Play ball, hang up the skates, and put away the basketball

Yup, I know it’s Throwback Thursday and I’ve already re-published a post from the past, but today is also Opening Day, so let’s shout out a loud…

Play ball!!!

Yes, today is Opening Day for Major League Baseball as the San Diego Padres begin a four-game homestand at Petco Park against their NL West rivals, the San Francisco Giants. This is a special year for the Padres as they will be celebrating their 50th season. Over the last decade, the Opening Day hopes of realistic Padres fans centered around a .500 season finish, but with the acquisition of 3rd base slugger, Manny Machado (photo left), on February 19th, the team and the fans are beginning to set their sights higher. But let’s not get carried away. Although the Padres have the best farm system in the Majors, it will take some time for the young blue chippers to mature. Look for the Padres to start competing for the NL West next season. But this year we can all cheer the slugging “El Ministro de Defensa”!

Below are the Padres’ expected Opening Day starters:

  • C – Austin Hedges or Francisco Mejia
  • 1B – Eric Hosmer
  • 2B – Ian Kinsler
  • 3B – Manny Machado
  • SS – Fernando Tatis, Jr. – a 20-year-old, blue chipper who has improbably been promoted from Double-A straight to the Majors based upon his outstanding Spring Training
  • LF – Wil Meyers
  • CF – Manuel Margot or Franchy Cordero
  • RF – Hunter Renfroe or Franmil Reyes
  • P – Eric Lauer

While the season ends for another team…

I had no interest in ice hockey for fifty-three years, although the sport is very popular here in Rochester. However, nine years ago on a whim I started following the Rochester Institute of Technology (my alma mater) Men’s Hockey Team. It’s the only Division I college team in Rochester and home games are broadcast on cable TV. This past season, Coach Wayne Wilson led the club to 15-14-4 overall and 13-11-4 Atlantic Conference records, certainly not a great year, but good enough for the #5 seed in the conference’s postseason tournament. Two weekends ago, the Tigers took the postseason quarterfinal series 2 games to 1 against #4 seed, Sacred Heart (Argh, what a name!). However, this past Friday night in the semi-finals, RIT lost to #6 seed, Niagara, 1-0, in overtime. Season over. Shout-out to graduating seniors, Abbot Girduckis, Mark Logan, Christian Short, Gabe Valenzuela, and Erik Brown (photo right), RIT’s all-time leading scorer at the Division I level.

…while this team limps to the finish line.

The hapless New York Knicks are at the tail-end of their season with a 14-60 record and 8 games left to play. The Knicks have a very good chance of beating the franchise record of least amount of wins in a season; 17. With tons of cap space after jettisoning Porzingis and Hardaway, can the lowly Knicks lure free agents, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, in the offseason?

15 thoughts on “Play ball, hang up the skates, and put away the basketball

      1. Thanks, Tom!!! The nice thing is none of my boys – that are still home- really like baseball so I don’t have to listen to them whine like they do during football 😁
        ( does word press unfollow people for you when you yourself didn’t unfollow someone?)

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      2. Both of our sons are huge into football and one also follows the Knicks in basketball, but that’s it. They don’t like baseball or hockey.

        I’ve never had WordPress change a “following” to unfollow, but numerous times I have inadvertently clicked on the “following” tag myself, which resulted in me unfollowing the person. I accidentally did that with your blog a week or two ago and had to click “follow” again.

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      3. My husband likes college basketball better then pro! Then I have 2 that like “pro” wrestling ( that I just can’t stomach!!!)
        I must have done that to yours too ( follow button!!)

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      4. I know college basketball appeals to many people rather than the pros because it’s much more of a team effort. I liked “pro” wrestling too when I was a kid, but way back in those days it was nothing like the big-time, glossy production it is today. Our sons liked wrestling too when they were young.

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      5. That is exactly why Dean likes it!

        My uncle took my grandpa back in the 80’s when wrestling would come to a school in Kankakee! Way better back then! Definitely!!!

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      6. Yeah, I’ve caught bits and pieces of WWE when I channel surf. Vince McMahon has to keep “pushing the envelope” a little bit more each year. I guess we could say most forms of entertainment have done the same.


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