Posts Tagged ‘Major League Baseball’

Big Predictions

April 6, 2012

I don’t have time to write a full blog right now. Baseball is on and I have a podcast to do. Check it out by the way! Here are my predictions for the final standings and awards, completely devoid of analysis:

NL West:

1. Arizona Diamondbacks

2. San Francisco Giants

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

4. Colorado Rockies

5. San Diego Padres

NL Central:

1. Cincinnati Reds

2. St. Louis Cardinals*

3. Milwaukee Brewers 

4. Pittsburgh Pirates

5. Chicago Cubs

6. Houston Astros

NL East:

1. Washington Nationals

2. Philadelphia Phillies*

3. Miami Marlins

4. Atlanta Braves

5. New York Mets

AL West:

1. Los Angeles Angels

2. Texas Rangers*

3. Seattle Mariners

4. Oakland A’s

AL Central:

1. Detroit Tigers

2. Kansas City Royals

3. Cleveland Indians

4. Minnesota Twins

5. Chicago White Sox

AL East:

1. New York Yankees

2. Boston Red Sox*

3. Tampa Bay Rays

4. Toronto Blue Jays

5. Baltimore Orioles

NL MVP:

Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

AL MVP:

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

NL Cy Young:

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Cy Young:

C.C. Sabathia

NL Rookie of the Year:

Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

AL Rookie of the Year:

Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners

Feel free to tear me apart! Goodnight!

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Bay Area Battle

March 8, 2012

Let me get this out of the way: I hate the San Francisco Giants. More than war and famine (if you haven’t seen this movie, you’re gonna think I’m a horrible person…). More than Hitler. Okay, that’s messed up. But I really hate them. And their seemingly endless scuffle with the Oakland A’s over property rights in San Jose isn’t making things any better.

The poor A’s just want to get out of arguably the worst professional sports venue in America. If you’ve never been to o.Co Coliseum (they’ve changed the name a million times in my lifetime, but this is the longest-standing one I can remember), consider yourself lucky.

My high school field had more charm to it than o.Co. Well, my high school team might also have been better than the A’s will be in 2012, but that’s besides the point. Back in the 80’s, the Giants were in the A’s situation and Oakland very graciously gave them the rights to San Jose. As a kind gesture.

Now the Giants organization is holding those same rights hostage against the A’s. Who cares if it’s the best thing for baseball? The Giants must have that extra television market, apparently.

The only way in which the A’s are competition to the Giants is in interleague series and the television market. The fact that they won’t give the A’s the rights to San Jose and are dragging the entire ordeal out for so long just further proves the point that baseball revolves around money in an evil way.

Right now, as much as I hate to say this, the Giants ARE the Bay Area’s baseball team. But if the A’s are good too, it’s still good for business. Even better, it’s good for baseball. The A’s are an iconic franchise with a fantastic GM, but they can’t afford to even put together a contending team for more than a couple of fluke seasons at a time.

I just hope the Giants and Bud Selig come to their senses soon and get this thing taken care of. The longer they wait, the angrier I get, the more likely I am to march into San Francisco and do THIS. Yup.

 

Three Up, Three Down Premieres Tonight!

March 4, 2012

Hello fellow baseball lovers! Today is a big day! Because later this evening, myself and five other MLB Fan Cave candidates who didn’t quite make the cut are recording our inaugural podcast episode of Three Up, Three Down!

Each one of us represents one of the divisions. I’m a Dodger fan, so I’ll be the NL West extraordinaire. And my lovely co-hosts will be:

Kurt Peter (affectionately known as KP) – Brewers/NL Central

Bryan Mapes (surname only, please) – Braves/NL East

Brian Boynton (responds to Brian and RangerfanBrian) – Rangers/AL West

Angelo Fileccia (or Godfather, if you will) – Tigers/AL Central

Abby Mollenhauer (AbbyMo we want some Mo we want some Mo!) – Yankees/AL East

And while we won’t have Denzel as a guest quite yet, I’m not going to completely shut out that possibility. Because when you put six motivated, knowledgeable and passionate baseball fans into one podcast all about America’s pasttime…impossible is nothing.

Our podcast is going to be epic, there is no question about that. And tonight will be the first step towards glory – just stay tuned for updates on where you can listen to it. And when you become mesmerized by our collective genius, put 3u3d on your calendar for every week.

The basic format, as it stands now, is that we will each take time to discuss the biggest stories from our respective divisions. Then the entire group will jump into a more general baseball discussion. And don’t worry, the Three Up, Three Down moniker has a purpose (and an awesome logo, being revealed soon). We will also work in a segment with three hot hitters/three cold hitters, three fantasy pick ups/three fantasy drops, etc.

For now, you can take my word that this podcast is going to rock. And what can you do, other than tune in and listen? How about following @3u3d on Twitter to get all the updates you’ll ever need? Or maybe like the 3u3d Facebook page!

And did you notice how I linked in the six hosts’ Twitter handles up there? Now would be a good time to click, follow and love us. Baseball season is in full swing (puns aplenty, just wait until we’re on the airwaves), and with it comes a gritty, funny, informative podcast about the sport we all love.

I’m excited. You should be too. Remember to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and to LISTEN to the first episode, set to debut for your auditory pleasure in the next 48 hours.

Welcome to Sportsaholics Anonymous

January 20, 2012

My name is Jeremy (Hiiiiiii Jeremyyyyyyy…) and I have a problem. I am addicted to sports. And I’m not talking the occasional hit behind the bleachers at lunch during high school. I’m talking breakfast, lunch and dinner. And I won’t make any apologies about it. I will ditch an intervention and go down swinging if anyone wants to take me to rehab.

Sports have always been a huge part of my life, and it’s a chunk of me I refuse to lose. I’ve had my own personal blog, filled with mundane stories of traveling the world, or the daily questions I bother myself with (Why did Bob Marley spare the Deputy? Why did Emma Watson cut her hair? Why doesn’t EVERYONE wake up to The Circle of Life ring tone?!), and the occasional sports quip.

But here’s a place, away from my glamorous, unpaid position as a Major League Baseball Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com, where I will shamelessly relapse on my sportsaholism every…single…day. I will do it my way. And you will read it. And you will like it.

Starting Monday, January 23rd, 2012 I will grace the pages of this blog with my wisdom, hilarity and insight once a day. I will discuss the biggest sports stories of the past 24 hours, even if business is slow and I’m only left with the “sport” of NASCAR to talk about.

Not that it matters – the world is ending in 11 short months. But until then, your final days will be filled with my writings. I apologize in advance.

No I don’t. You are feeding the fire and it burns so good.

Follow this blog if you enjoy the rhymes I’m spittin’ and please feel free to engage me in a fierce debate in the comments section. But I must warn you…I bring the pain.

For now, enjoy the greatest catch ever made. See you soon.


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