This post will be pretty short, as I'm going to be spending more time building the site for at least today. As way of a little background (if you crave more, you can go to the "About Me" page), I'll pretty much watch anything that keeps score, though baseball is my favorite. It is a dream of mine to make it to all the big league parks, and I've got an okay start for somebody in their mid-20's. I've been to both Chicago parks, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and both Busch Stadiums. And now that I'm out on my own, making my own money, I can make a little more concentrated effort. Of course, all my money right now is going towards a wedding, but I can't gripe very much about that.
Also, as a bit of warning, the hockey playoffs are about to start, which is another favorite of mine, so look out for Blackhawk sightings. The Pacers also look like they're finally breaking through to the playoffs. Probably a brief stay, but you might see some of that discussion thrown in as well.
As far as baseball today, I know it's early, but I'm really liking the start that both the Pirates and Orioles are getting off to. I've watched this Pirate core quite a bit when they were in Indy, and I have to say, they've got a solid group there. The question, as it seems to have been for a long time with Pittsburgh, is the pitching. If they can get enough pitching, they can score runs. They're not going to win the division, and I don't even think they're going to finish with a winning record, but I do think they're going to end up a lot closer than most realize. As far as Baltimore, I haven't seen them yet, but looking at that roster, they are also going to be much improved. And I think there's something to having Showalter there. It can't be all coincidence that the Orioles win percentage zoomed as soon as he got there. I feel bad for Trembly, I always liked him, but clearly the O's made the right choice. Now if they would just go back to the cartoon bird of the 70's. . .
The Cubs? Well, they've looked about like I expected so far. I really can't stress enough how much I like seeing Kerry Wood and Reed Johnson back in blue. It just feels like all that is right and good in baseball. And seeing K-Wood get out of the bases loaded jam yesterday was also a really nice sight. If Soriano can be the same hitter he was a couple years ago, the Cubs might turn out much better than I thought, but that is a huge if. Looks like another year of watching more Reds games.
Speaking of the Reds, what a sweep of the Brew Crew! That was one of the most exciting openers I've ever seen. And I like the Reds a lot. I felt pretty good about picking them to win the division this winter. I feel even better about that pick after Wainwright's blowout and Milwaukee looking totally inept at holding a lead. I don't know if I can count on Milwaukee to keep blowing games, because I think Axeford is a solid closer (though that might have more to do with his being Canadian and awesome 'stache than his actual pitching ability). But, it's not looked good so far.
Anyway, back to site building. Hope you keep checking in, and I hope I keep up my end of the deal, too.