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Baseball: Americas Middle Class Sport

Growing up outside KC, you have two choices, either you play football, or you play baseball. There was no third option until soccer became relevant with the rise of Sporting.

During the Mid 2000’s football was king. The chiefs were doing great things for the town. The Royals? Not so much. During the early and mid 2000’s, the Royals had more 100 lose seasons than any team in baseball.

The attendance the team the team, were not that great at Kauffman for many years, but that didn’t stop my love for my Boys in Blue.

Growing up we didn’t have a lot. My mother was a teller at a bank, and my father was a warehouse working, struggling to make end meets. Chiefs tickets were expensive and hard to come by, so we had to settle for the Royals.

Tickets were usually right around $10, we would tailgate in the parking lot of the Truman Sports Complex, cook our burgers and hotdogs, then make our way to the gates.

The games were usually a blow out, but as a young kid, what did I care? I got to go watch the team I love, play the sport I love with the people I love. And sometimes if I was lucky, I would get a foul ball or get in early and go watch them take BP and take a home run ball with me like it was the greatest thing in the world.

My greatest memories of the Royals were the years I was a junior or senior in high school. If the royals were playing in a noon game at home, me and friends would cut class and go watch them, Just to give us something to do when we got home.

And when the games stars were in town, you could bet that we were there in our Royals gear, except my best friend Garrett who would wear wear Angels or Nationals gear when we would go see Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.

Kauffman is filled with some of my favorite memories in life. Its the place where I saw my first walk-off home run. It’s where I spent my 21st with my father, and countless other amounts of memories with my family and friends.

That’s what makes baseball so amazing. It’s 162 games, 81 games in your home stadium. 81 chances to watch your team play. My parents would save for weeks and months to take me and my sister the watch the Royals, of the local independent team, the T-Bones.

Baseball is this nations oldest past-time, and it has a way of keeping its fans intrigued. Its the gamesmanship, the chess match that is played between 9 players. Baseball is an experience. Going to those few games as a child was the greatest thing. Singing along to “Take me out the Ballgame”. Dancing, waving my arms trying to get a few seconds, of what I thought was fame, on the Jumbo-tron. Doing the wave. That is what made those games so great. Letting go of your cares, and the worries of the outside world and enjoying the game.

Baseball is, and always has been, a game for the middle the class heroes in america. When your playing as a little kid, and you get a hit or make a big catch, and you hear those parents cheering and clapping and yelling, you feel on top of the mountain.

Going outside with my friends we played a little bit of football in the backyard, but we mostly played wiffleball. That was our life. Baseball was all we really needed. anytime we got bored in the summer, we would sit down and watch whatever mid-game or afternoon games was t.v or watch the recap of all the games from the day and fall asleep to it. That was our summers, and our lives for those summer months throughout my teen and pre-teen years.

Baseball has a way of infecting people and getting into their blood. Sitting in those seats at the stadium, I felt like I was a part of the game, part of the experience. Even though we didn’t have a lot of money, my parents were still able to let me and my sister experience the games. They let me fall in love with the sport. Although i wasn’t blessed with the god given athletic ability of some of my other friends, i still loved the game. I gave me and millions of other young men and women like me, hope for something greater. Hope that we could leave everything behind us. This game is far more to the middle of america than just a game. Its a release from the mundane and harsh reality of what lies past those stadium gates.

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Opening Day Re-cap

Well with my favorite time of the year finally in the books, it’s time to look back on the best 2 days of the year… Opening Day.

Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs led the league off with a home run on the first pitch of opening day against the Marlins with the juiced-ball era fully in swing. *wink wink*

Some dude named Matt Davidson hit 3 home runs against my hometown Royals. (I’m crying inside, Screw you Matt Davidson.)

Giancarlo Stanton blasted a home run in his Yankees debut at home, cause who the hell saw that coming?

Braves beat the Phillies on a Nick Markakis 3 run walk-off in a battle of the rebuilds

AND ON THE 2ND DAY OF OPENING DAY:

The Pirates beat the Tigers in a 13-10 slug-fest in the 13th inning.

Scherzer goes for 6 innings and 10K’s as the Nationals shut-out the Reds

In a game where both teams used a combined 14 pitchers, the Marlins beat the Cubs in 17 innings.

Nick Ahmed goes 3 for 4 with 5 RBI’s to lift the D-Backs over the Rockies 9 to 8.

WHAT TO EXPECT SUNDAY:

White Sox sweep the Royals ( as i curl up with a bottle of Jameson and remember 2015)

Ohtani goes for 7 innnings and 6 K’s as the Angles beat the A’s 5-2

Yankees beat the Blue Jays, (they shall be known as the “BJ’s” from this day forward) as Judge and Stanton both hit Dongs.

Pirates destroy agaisnt an apparently undecided Tigers rotation according to ESPN (Its the 3rd day of  the season, get your shot together ESPN)

And Trevor Baurer returns to form and shuts-out the Mariners in a blow-out..

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2018 MLB Preseason Power Rankings

With the season starting tomorrow, I figured what better time to give my completely guessed at power rankings. Please let me now what you think!

  1. Houston Astros: Reiging World Series champs. Best lineup from top to bottom with Altuve in the lead-off and followed by Correa and Springers is tough to beat. No to mention the stellar rotation of Verlander and Keuchel.
  2. LA Dodgers: Best tem in the NL. Terrific lineup with Puig, Seager, Pederson and Turner, Shoild over come a slightly under-powered rotation, even with Kershaw.
  3. Washington Nationals: By far the best rotation in baseball with Scherzer and Strausberg leading the way. Harper and Ryan Zimmerman give the lineup a lot of pop and youngster Trea Turner provides some speed.
  4. Cleveland Indians: Looking to past the ‘Stros, they didnt make a splash in Free Agency this year, but still boost a brutal lineup with Encarnacion, and Francisco Lindor. Solid rotation led by Kluber and great bullpen with Andrew Miller.
  5. New York Yankees: Best power hitting lineup the league has seen in years, with addition of  Stanton. Judge, Sanchez, and Stanton could put up the Best numbers the MLB has in decades in a stadium that was built for ants and little league baseball.
  6. Boston Red Sox: Not alot of offseason moves, but still one of the the top team in the AL. Middle of the league in slugging last year and 10th in BA, but still sneaky good with young guys only getting better. Rotation led by Chris sale could wind up being tops in the AL by seasons end.
  7. Chicago Cubs: Mostly the same team from the 2016 WS. Lots went wrong in 2017, look for Joe Madden to whip the Cubs back into post-season form.
  8. Arizona Diamondbacks: Might seem like a shock at #8, bust considering the power Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock, combined with the speed of Peralta, the D’Backs look poised for an NLCS run in 2018.
  9. LA Angles: With the signing of Japanese superstar Sohei Ohtani, the rotation looks a hell of a lot better than it did last year. Even with Mike Trout, the age is a bit concerning for the Angles of Anaheim.
  10. SF Giants: Solid rotation with Bumgardner and Queto. With offseason acquisitions of McCutchen and Longoria, the Giants are loading up for another even year run in 2018
  11. STL Cardinals: Solid, but aging lineup, with Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina. Decent Rotation with Carlos Martinez and Micheal Wacha. Now or never time for the Cards
  12. Colorado Rockies: 2nd best power lineup behind NYY with Blackmon, Story and Arenado. Little bit of uncertainty with the rotation but they appear to be taking an “offense is the best denfense” approach.
  13. Seattle Mariners: Decent lineup with Cano, Cruz and the additio of Dee Gordon. Paxton and King Felix top off the rotation. Much like the Cards, age is a concern. But nows the time the Mariners to take control in a weak AL West.
  14. Milwaukee Brewers: Additions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, have given this team a much needed lineup boost alongside Orlando Arcia and Ryan Braun. Look for the brewers to make a push in the NL Central.
  15. Mini-Soda Twins: Seriously underrated lineup in the Twin Cities. Sano, Dozier, and Buxton will lead the Twins into battle this year. With Buxton poised for a breakout year and the power of Sano and Dozier, the offense is poised for success. But with newly acquired  Pineade on the 60-day DL, the rotation is an issue.
  16. Toronto Blue Jays: It’s the last year for Donaldson in Toronto. The lineup with Tulo and Smoak could do some damage. But with a lineup that scored the fwest runs in the league in 2017, its hard to see them doing anything in 2018
  17. New York Mets: With the Best Rotation in baseball in Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey and FA addition Jason Vargas, its going to be tough to score against these Metropolitans. scoring will be a problem for the offense though, even with Cespedes, Frazier and Jay Bruce, spring has not been kind to the Mets.
  18. Kansas City Royals: Its a rebuild period for my hometown Royals. Resigning Mike Moustakas to a cheap 1 year deal was big, and FA signing Lucas Duda provides some pop where hosmer left off. With Merrifeild at 2nd and Soler finally looking like decent DH option, the Royals look like a deep WC sleeper despite the loss of Salvador Perez in the early season to a torn MCL.
  19. Tampa Bay Rays:  Decent rotation led by Chris Archer. Nothing great about the lineup, will finish .500 at best.
  20. San Diego Padres: Signing Eric Hosmer to an 8 year, $144 million deal, made him the cornerstone of the rebuild in San Diego. will be competitive in 2020, just not this year.
  21. Oakland Athletics: As long as Billy Beane is still in charge, the Athletics will never be competitive. (Fix your damn stadium!)
  22. Texas Rangers: Lineup is sub-par at best but provides some decent defensive gloves. But the have to be sharp with a bottom 5 rotation.
  23. Philadelphia Phillies: Lots of young talent coming up, lead by Rhys Hoskins. still a couple years out from the post season, but pay attention to this young team in 2018.
  24. Cincinnati Reads: With only Joey Votto to han their hat on, its time for the Reds to start anew and take their lumps for a couple years,
  25. Baltimore Orioles: Lineup with Machado and Adam Jones seems deadly, but can they score enough to overcome a weak starting rotation
  26. Pittsburgh Pirates: Young team, but no starting pitching spells disaster for fans of PNC Park.
  27. Chicago White Sox: No love for the team on the south side with and inexperienced lineup and an overpaid James Sheild
  28. ATL Braves: We’ve been waiting on this team for a while now and still have nothing. With all the talent from young gun Dansby Swanson to veteran Freddy Freeman and Flamethrower Julio Tehran, its a surprise they’re not getting better.
  29. Detroit Tigers: Poor, poor, Miguel Cabrera.
  30. Miami Marlins: Jeter, what the hell are you doing? Sincerely- every 20 year old who worshiped you growing up.
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All Things Must Have A Begining

Hello! And welcome to my Blog! This is my first attempt at one so bear with me as this will be a learning process for all! I’m doing this simply cause i need something new in my life and sports has, and always will be my first love. (besides mamma of course) I wasn’t athletic enough to play them so i figured i might as well try my best to cover them, and what better place to start than with the MLB season just 1 day away! So come with me as I try and do my best to cover this amazing and crazy sport!

“I was not successful as baseball player, as it was a game of skill”- Casey Stengel