…which is probably more than you can say about him when it comes to football, if his fucking disgraceful performance calling the ’09 Fiesta Bowl was any indication.
In any event, here he is trying to lighten the mood while Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe is being shoveled off the field after being hit in the head and/or neck with a throw.
Yeah, I’ll bet he thinks this swine flu thing is a real hoot, too. Jerk.
Well, I wanted to get all the previews up before tonight’s opening game, but at that point I hadn’t really anticipated having a pair of jammed fingers from playing basketball. I’m usually able to type pretty quickly, but then again, I’m usually able to type using my right middle finger and, should the situation require it, thumb.
That being said, I’m going to try to fire out the rest of these previews tonight, particularly since I also have another article to write tomorrow for my actual job, which, naturally, is also about baseball. Gloriously, there is no escape.
I had anticipated to once again let my East Coast Bias shine through in this post, since I’m more familiar with a few of these teams than, say, the San Diego Padres. Anyway, no promises now — we’ll see how the digits hold up.
So let’s dive into the Senior Circuit, starting with the WFCs.
Seeing as how tonight is Opening Night, I guess it’s pretty important that I spring through the remaining previews.
Luckily, the AL West only has four teams, and only three of them have experienced any intriguing offseason changes.
We’ll start with last year’s division champs:
The Angels had the best regular season in franchise history a year ago, finishing with a 100-62 record and looking in the eyes of many like the favorites to represent the American League in the World Series.
Then they encountered the Boston Red Sox in October, and it was the same old story.
We’ll continue the previews with the AL Central. It’d make sense for me to jump to the NL East from here, what with their games beginning on Sunday night with the Phillies hosting the Braves, but hey, whatever.
Like the last post, the teams will be previewed in order of their appearance in the year-end standings a year ago, with my official predictions coming at the end of the six preview sets.
This will probably not be as exhaustive as the AL East preview, on account of my not being quite as familiar with these teams.
As Opening Day 2009 fast approaches — a little faster than I’d like considering what I’m trying to accomplish here, though I’m more than fine with it otherwise — I thought I’d take a more expansive look at the upcoming Major League Baseball season. For those who don’t care to read my exhaustive rambling, I produced an easy-to-digest version of this all-you-can-eat buffet of baseball-related banality right here.
With that out of the way, let’s not even pretend that I don’t contribute, however little, to the dreaded East Coast Bias.
Yep, it’s AL East time. Teams appear in order of last year’s finish.
The defending American League Champion Rays stunned just about everyone who follows baseball last year (with the possible exception of my friend Brian, who claims that in his sleep-deprived haze during last year’s A’s-Red Sox opener in Japan he had the foresight to tell me that the Rays would win the American League. I was too busy cursing Daisuke Matsuzaka’s constant nibbling and J.D. Drew’s wonky back to notice or care) when they made the leap from perennial punching bag/disgrace to a fairly great team that merely plays in an unspeakably disgraceful venue.
Whereas the question a year ago at this time in the eyes of the people who had given the Rays any respect was if they’d finally manage to win at least 82 games, the question today is can the Rays repeat as champions of the AL East and the American League? The best answer is, they can, but they’re going to need to catch quite a few breaks.