Though raised in a southern climate, I’ve now lived nine winters in the Heartland. And I’ve learned nothing begins seasonal life anew like baseball.
It was a certainly a bittersweet Sunday in San Diego. Hours after the Chargers secured an impressive playoff victory in Cincinnati, and moments after the city’s top 20 college basketball team became the first non-Big 12 school to win in Lawrence, Kan., since 2006, San Diego lost perhaps its most legendary sports icon not named Tony Gwynn.
Other than enjoying a few visits when residing in Indianapolis, I have no allegiance to the Queen City. That said, I was a constant critic of Cincinnati’s baseball manager, who was rightly fired after another postseason choke job in October. Therefore, to be fair, I see the same things with the city’s football coach and believe Marvin Lewis should be axed after another playoff debacle Sunday.
As the news and sports media obsess over an outdated steroid “scandal” that has no effect on our lives, baseball fans I know are focused on 2013. Outside of the National League Central race and perhaps a last push from Arizona, the NL is becoming somewhat anti-climactic, but the American League has very good races. Perhaps the best stories, however, are three overachieving Midwest teams.