Floating on air on the eve of the Draft because my little 5-tooler just found out he made All-Metro in the St. Louis area for the high school season he just finished at Ryan Howard’s alma mater. Maybe one day, who knows? Here is what I have always told him and he listens well:
I’m proud of you no matter what
Now go out there and kick some butt
ESPN Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter keeps referencing this as the longest drought without a no-hitter in baseball history. My stories on MLB.com in April and May first reported that it’s the longest drought since World War II. It wouldn’t even be the second-longest drought. But it IS a long drought, and Preston Wilson just extended it. Anyway, just don’t embellish.
What if there were just a PGA Tour — period? Not an LPGA Tour. Pro Golfers Association. Men or women. Just golfers. What if and why not? Go, Michelle.
Did you all get to see any of the Stanley Cup opener? Wow. Throw in a World Cup, and the Heat and Mavs meeting in a brand-new kind of NBA Finals, and these are fun times.
Barry is now just 39 away from Hank. That sounds a lot closer than 40. Isn’t that why people claim to be 39 instead of 40 years old? Yes, that’s why. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Barry start bunching homers now. Opposing crowds are now just a feint and unoriginal humming sound to him as I saw Saturday at Shea and much of that 715 pressure is way gone. Dude’s gonna pass Hank.
For anyone wondering if this Red Sox-Yankees thing is a little passe now because they’ve been playing each other so much, all anyone has to do is read the MLBlogs. (Man, you guys really don’t like each other’s team.) It’s a marathon season, and top pros in any occupation (baseball, concert tours, whatever) know how to keep an even keel. It seems like these two teams always tend to seesaw dominance in their individual series. Having said that, the Yanks and Sox have finished 1-2 in the AL East EVERY YEAR since 1998. That’s a long time, 2004 magic notwithstanding. It makes it a little harder to say "that was just one game," because come October there were always nights like 6/5 you’d like to have back, and Sox fans just have to hope they don’t regret that one game when the Yankees were missing those big guns and Josh Beckett was pounded.
Bring on the First-Year Player Draft! Amazing MLBlogs-only opportunity over at Inside the Dodgers, where you could win a valuable seat at Chavez Ravine by being closest to correct in their Draft selection process.
Happy anniversary today to White Sox VP/Communications Scott Reifert, who saved his first post on Inside the White Sox one year ago today. Definitely a pioneer around here, the first high-level exec for a pro sports franchise to communicate directly with a fan base through a daily blog. It has been truly revolutionary and amazing timing that saw the daily buildup of excitement for a world championship season along the way. Put a hard cover on it and it’s a great book, but a book can’t do what a blog can.
Mark Feinsand might have the best shot of a 1,000-comment post around here.