Whether under the auspices of a master fortune teller or more commonly as a “baseball expert”, many people like to share their pre-season predictions on who will finish where at the end of the upcoming baseball season. I like to join in with the fun and I will be sharing my “wisdom” with you tomorrow, but it’s only fair to preface my predictions by having an honest look at how last year’s turned out.
Only a few spring training games to go now for each team. The real games are about to start, where all batting averages and ERAs head back to zero. The good thing about performances in spring training is that they can be turned to your advantage whatever the situation.
Seven days to go. Seven days until the Mets and the Cardinals kick everything off for another season. Seven days too long really, but we’ve waited for over four months now so I guess one more week won’t hurt.
Would you go to a baseball blog to find out about air conditioning? Didn’t think so. You probably wouldn’t expect to hear about air conditioning during a baseball broadcast either, but put this down as yet another unique quirk of Spring Training. I’m currently watching the A’s take on the Rangers and have just been treated to a half-inning discussion all about how to be energy efficient with your air conditioning (useful to a Texas native, not such a burning issue for me). The great thing about it was the sheer delight in the guy’s voice when he started mentioning that being energy efficient was now the “in” thing. You kind of got the feeling that he had spent years being the “energy saddo” and now all of a sudden he has become trendy. He seemed like a nice enough bloke, so good for him!
If your interest has been raised, take a look at Reliant Energy’s website (not that they plugged the company’s name much during the segment of course) . I think I’ve learned more than enough about air conditioning today already, thanks very much!
Liverpool FC fans will no doubt be looking for clues as to the direction their new American owners will be taking their club. The recent stadium developments in Texas may be of great interest to them.
I hope you’ve all been having fun watching/listening to some Spring Training action (I doubt it’s been hailing in Florida or Arizona today!). Am I the only person who gets a bit frustrated by the way some commentators constantly refer to spring training stats though? You can’t tell much about how a pitcher is throwing on the back of 15 innings work in practice games, just as a guy who gets 8 hits in 16 at-bats isn’t now a true .500 hitter.
We’re halfway through Spring Training and Opening Night is now only seventeen days away. So near and yet so far. MLB.com has a countdown on their main page and baseball fans the world over will be counting down the days one by one until the Cards and Mets renew their rivalry on 1 April to kick everything off once again. Read the rest of this entry »