The first game of the season -- Spring Training 2011, Yankees vs. Phillies. The first line-up has even been posted!
For every baseball fan, this is a great day! We've waited months for this. Even Cubs fans are brimming with hope as to what the new season may hold, and Red Sox fans can't see the utter humiliation which awaits them.
People wonder why I am a Yankees fan when I am a Californian down to the fourth generation. One reason is found in the picture of Yogi and Jeter from this year's spring training.
My first baseball game was at Dodger Stadium in July of 1964--Angels vs. Yankees. Even at age ten, I just knew that any team with Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra was better than the no-name scrubs from Los Angeles (you know, the "Los Angeles Angels" when they really were the Los Angeles Angels--Anaheim Stadium had not yet opened). No other sports team has the "legend thing," the Yankees do. The picture of Yogi and Jeter really conveys that point.
One last thing, the photo of Bartolo Colon running (and bouncing) somehow gives every middle-aged man hope. We are not alone. Even professional athletes can have moobs . . .
A.L. East: Obviously, either the Yankees or Red Sox win the A.L. East. Whichever of these two teams does not win the division (because of injuries, etc.) will fall to third or worse, because both Toronto and Baltimore are much, much improved. Tampa brings up the rear this year.
N.L. East: No question about this one; Phillies win, Atlanta wins the wild card.
A.L. Central: Tigers or Twins? Tigers
N. L. Central: Brewers
A. L. West: Angels over Rangers. I think the Angels will surprise everyone.
N. L. West: Giants
Your thoughts? Predictions?