I’m writing this column while sitting behind home plate at the Stanford-UC Davis baseball game, and despite the excellent pitching of Brendan Beck and the productivity of the Cardinal bats, I can’t take my eyes off of my computer screen, where I’ve got the first Yankees-Red Sox game of the year pulled up on a questionably legal streaming website. And wouldn’t you know it, just as I was drafting that last sentence, Mookie Betts just crushed a grand slam right over the Green Monster to put the Sox up 14-1. And if you were wondering if I’m overjoyed or upset at that outcome, I’ve been a massive Red Sox fan since I was 10 years old. Seeing the Yankees get smashed is pure ecstasy. But even so, I’ve got to sit back and ask myself, why am I actually watching Major League Baseball?
The past week of baseball gave us a great example of how we all succumb to societal pressure. In Game 2 of the ALDS, Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees, made a couple critical blunders that likely cost his team the game against Cleveland
It makes me uneasy that Derek Jeter is going to be the new CEO of the Miami Marlins. Jeter, as you might have heard, is one of the greatest Yankees and New York athletes of all time. From the moment he broke into the big leagues, he shone as a brilliant beacon of hope and pride for all New Yorkers. And he gave all baseball fans, even Yankee haters, someone they could respect. (Unlike, say, a certain Apple watch-using team in New England.) Throughout his career he never failed to display the highest levels of competitiveness, sportsmanship, leadership and, to his beloved franchise, loyalty. But now he’s set to run the Marlins. Confused? Me too.
No, you’re not looking at an old Yankees box score: Alex Rodriguez is back in pinstripes and in the New York starting lineup — albeit in spring training. Yesterday, in an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies, number 13 once again dug into a Major League right-handed batter’s box and took swings against major-league pitching. This…
From his at-the-plate mannerisms to the purity of his batting form to his fundamentals at shortstop, every subtle motion Derek Jeter makes just seems classy.
If there was an award given to the most frustrating team in Major League Baseball, the Rockies would be the unanimous recipient for the third year running.
LeBron, I’m sorry. I fell victim to the plague that spread across America, the one that claims you’re a villain and the one that hopes each and every year to see you fall short and fail to achieve your goals. For 11 seasons, like much of the United States, I’ve rooted against you at every…
It is the night of January 22, 2014. I finally have time to relax and think, and the first thought that comes to mind is that the Los Angeles Dodgers have finally been outbid for a player.