We are only a week and a half into the season but boy am I glad baseball season has returned.
It may not be the the pulse of the American populace it once was but early April is always a fun time.
The start of baseball season still basks in a blaze of glory for me.
It still has the glow.
It still matters.
There is far and few things in the world that I enjoy more than taking a trip to the stadium (preferably a early day game on a Sunday), buying my in-game program, purchasing a hot dog with a coke and getting to my seat and taking in the atmosphere an hour before the first pitch.
Are there things I would change about the game?
I wish pitchers were less bitchy about a batter bat flipping whenever their 95mph fastball gets smashed for a homer.
I wish umpires were consistent in calling a consistent strike zone.
I wish MLB would be a bit more progressive with their rules and how they handle a given game.
I shit you not -- attending a baseball game for me is therapeutic. It is damn near a religious experience of a different kind. Something that not any sport -- be it basketball, certainly not football can actually present.
QUICK SEASON PREDICTIONS
East: Boston Red Sox
West: Anahiem Angels
Central: Cleveland Indians
Wild Cards: Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles
East: New York Mets
West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Central: Chicago Cubs
Wild Cards: St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals
New York Mets vs. Boston Red Sox
New York Mets (complete homer here!)