While most of the sports world was talking about the final game of Kobe Bryant’s hall of fame career, my mind was on the inferno of a baseball team a few miles outside of our nations capital.
I’ve got to hand it to them, the Baltimore Orioles are on fire. The kind of fire that requires fire departments from surrounding areas to help try to put it out. I picked them to finish at the bottom of the A.L. East, and early on they are making me look silly.
Buck Showalter has always been one of my favorite baseball personalities. No bull, straight shooter, and the guy outright knows the game.
Manny Machado is a guy I love to watch, both in the field and at the plate. I’m a fan of first baseman Chris Davis. The guy can hit all day long. The pitching staff is good enough to win games.
So why, you ask, do I not believe that Baltimore can sustain their early season success? Why won’t they duplicate the Kansas City Royals 7-0 start to a World Series crown? I can give you several reasons. The Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Anaheim Angels, and the list goes on.
While Baltimore is playing out of their heads right now, it won’t be able to last the marathon that lasts more than 160 games.
The pitching will break down in a grueling A.L. East that has three other teams that are legitimate playoff contenders. The bats will eventually cool off, and then it will come down to team chemistry, raw talent, and the ability to purchase hired guns before the trade deadline.
Random notes from The Mustached Sportswriter
-Baseball isn’t the only sport on my mind. I’ll be checking out the Nebraska Cornhuskers Red/White game on Saturday. Football season can’t get here soon enough. I can’t wait to be able to bitch about poor decision making, bad quarterback play, and fan bases with expectations as high as Snoop Dog on Willy Nelson’s tour bus. Don’t get me wrong, I am as optimistic as it gets right now about my Huskers, but that is par for the course for me in April.
-Sometimes I read things or overhear conversations that blow my mind. For example, a friend of mine posted on Facebook about a conversation he had with a guy in his late teens/early twenties. This young man made a statement to the effect of Michael Jordan being a decent role player if he were in the NBA today. Drugs are bad kids. Please don’t let them take control of your mind, or lack thereof. .
-Jim Harbaugh and his satellite camps have ruffled some feathers, and I like it. SEC coaches are especially upset about the camps that Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines held, and for good reason. He is trying to expand the brand and do camps in areas that are traditional SEC strongholds. It’s brilliant, and I wish that more schools could continue to hold these camps and steal away talented players from the south.
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