I have a lack of focus for a column this week, so here are some random baseball thoughts…
All Star Recap
So, I missed most of the Futures Game, as my family went out to eat. I got to see the top of the first and local boy Jacob Turner pitch; it is on TIVO at my mom’s house, so I’ll be able to catch it at some time. I saw the first round of the home run derby; I would have watched more, but Chris Berman drives me nuts. If any other broadcaster were calling it, I could handle the full thing.
I watched bits and pieces of the actual All Star game. I was celebrating my 32nd birthday with my family. My one goal was to just watch the game, but that really didn’t happen. It was too loud and there was too much going on.
Really, I love the All Star game. I like watching a collection of the top players in the game play as a team. It’s a game for fantasy matchups – Roy Halladay vs Robinson Cano; David Price vs Prince Fielder. Sure, you get to see some of these during the World Series, but it’s just not the same.
The only thing I don’t like that homefield for the World Series is tied to the game. It doesn’t add anything to the game and I don’t like having a situation where a player from a non-contending team can impact the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Pirates
The best surprises of the first half was the amazing play by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Did anyone expect them to play close to .500, let alone compete in the division?
I’m still expecting them to drop off in the second half; they have a young team and I would expect that their lack of experience may come to a head around mid-August. Is it a bad thing? No; this season is a huge stepping stone for the team and it’s definitely something they can be proud of. If they end up with a record above .500, it’s a positive for the team.
Now, the worst thing the team can do is trade to improve them for now. If they trade young players for a veteran or 2 to solidify the team, they will regret it. They’ve followed a formula to get here (sign veterans to 1-year deals and trade them at the deadline for prospects) and deviating from it would not be smart.
If I ran the Pirates, I’d sit still; I’d maybe even deal the veterans again (I could see a contender wanting to add Lyle Overbay to their bench). The organization needs to keep to their plan, as the team will continue to improve as they add long-term pieces.
The Big Orange Guy visited Wrigley Field recently and wrote about it here…He also looked at Derek Jeter’s Run to 3000…The Sports Glutton previews the Open Championship – a must read for golf fans…That Bootleg Guy visits New York…Check out Daniel’s Waiver Saviors at COSFBA…Blogging from the Bleachers takes a mid-season look at Matt Garza trade…
Future of 85% Sports
I’m in the process of changing servers for the site, so don’t be surprised to see some down time.
As we do this, we also are streamlining the site. We’ve added pages for the sports we cover most – MLB, NBA, NFL – to go with our About Us, Interview, and Review pages. The sport pages have links to features, specials, and pages that are updated regularly. We’ve also taken writer’s pages and moved them to the About Us.
We might have layout changes coming as well; it depends on the server changes.