Thursday the 31st of March is Opening Day of the 2011 Major League Baseball Season. It will begin with the Atlanta Braves playing the Washington Nationals and the Detroit Tigers playing the New York Yankees. Both games will begin at 1:05pm ET. The official closing of the regular season is scheduled for Wednesday the 28th of September. What happens every day in between is magic!
I know from past experience that I will enjoy the wins and the losses; strikeouts and hits; the amazing fielding plays and the errors that will determine the outcome of a close game. It is the game and it’s starting tomorrow. More on the joys as the season progresses, for now, because it is expected, my “predictions”.
In the American League it will be the Boston Red Sox in the East, the Chicago White Sox in the Central, the Texas Rangers in the West and the Tampa Bay Devils as the Wild Card.
In the National League it will be the Philadelphia Phillies in the East, the Cincinnati Reds in the Central, the San Francisco Giants in the West and the Los Angles Dodgers as the Wild Card.
As a pre-season pick, I again have to go with the team for which I root, the White Sox as the eventual World Series Champions, but I do state that is a pick from the heart although they have a great pitching staff both starting and bullpen, plenty of hitting, great defense and a wonderful manager.
Some other forecasts are that Barry Bonds will still be a pompous ass whether he is found innocent or guilty. Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs will have his yearly meltdown no matter how much therapy he has received. Bud Selig will still over-think what is needed for Major League Baseball, but the game will continue to flourish in spite of him. But mostly, baseball will be played and we will be better for it!
Let the games begin!
And on a personal note, thanks to all of you that have encouraged me to start writing this blog again. I hope I can create some “magic” with my words.
~ Coach Mike