As the news and sports media obsess over an outdated steroid “scandal” that has no effect on our lives, baseball fans I know are focused on 2013.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.
There’s a scene in Major League where Bob Uecker, portraying the radio voice of the Indians, bemoans, “In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.”
Sports are a beautiful creation. What else could make a rather mundane Monday in May as exciting as it turned out to be? From Boston to Cleveland to Oklahoma City, the excitement and heartbreak was rampant. Fans in three cities were delighted on Thursday, while others were left heartbroken.
The Ubaldo Jimenez experience in Cleveland is rapidly coming to an end — or at least a long pause. Yours truly and many I know immediately declared the July 31, 2011 deadline deal a blunder the night it was made, as did many MLB experts. The stats have proven us prescient.
Kurt compares the final win totals for 2012 MLB regular season to his predictions from March. How many did he get right?