2 Weeks and counting…
We’re just 14 days away from the most exciting time of the year! If you read my column often, you know that I love college basketball….it’s right behind the NFL as my favorite sport to watch….and nothing compares to the excitement of March Madness!
The month of March not only marks the end of the winter season, but the start of a jam-packed month of sports! The NCAA tournament, opening day for Major League Baseball, the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament, The Masters, The NFL Draft, NBA playoffs, and NHL playoffs all take place in March/April/May and there’s never a dull moment. As an added bonus, my birthday is April 14th (I think I’m turning 35?) and my daughter will turn 1 on April 7th! I cannot believe she will be a year old already! Where did that time go? It was easily the fastest year of my life.
She is growing up way too fast! She’s already running around the house, eating everything in sight and talking/babbling up a storm! She’s getting so big and everyday I’m feeling so much older.
Speaking of getting older….
How about those Yankees? They’re dropping like flies! Add Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira to the growing list of injuries. He will be out 8-10 weeks with a wrist injury.
This may be an embarrassing year for the Yankees. Last season, the Yankees led baseball and set a franchise record with 245 homers. Of those 245 homers, only 60 will be on the roster opening day (make that 45 if Derek Jeter isn’t ready to go. The other 185 (or 200 if Jeter is out) were traded, let go or are injured.
For the first time in 20 years, the Yankees are not a good team. The AL East will be pretty competitive this year, which may leave the Yankees under .500 this season. The team’s streak of 87 or more wins is in danger, and so is its streak of 20 winning seasons in a row. The team is getting old, they’ve had trouble developing players and the one advantage they used to have over teams…their enormous payroll….no longer separates them from their competition.
Yes, my Red Sox have issues of their own….but they still possess the talent to be dangerous. I’m always optimistic.
Tampa Bay has reloaded their offense and their starting rotation is as good as any in the majors.
The Blue Jays are probably the most improved team in Major League Baseball, and the Orioles always seem to string a few good games together.
It should be interesting to watch.
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