2008 MLB Optimism and Pessimism

WHAT I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE 2008 BASEBALL SEASON

1. Jon Miller and Joe Morgan on ESPN baseball broadcasts; Joe Buck and Tim McCarver on FOX baseball broadcasts.

2. Chris Berman and Back, Back, Back… Gone!, Albert ‘Winnie the’ Pujols, and the plethora of other Bermanisms that will exit his mouth while broadcasting the Home Run Derby.

3. Citations of motivation or de-motivation. For instance:

  • When the Mets get on a hot streak, people will say they were motivated by Beltran’s pre-season comments about the Mets now being the “team to beat.”
  • When Andy Pettitte struggles, people will say he’s mentally distraught over the whole HGH thing.
  • If the Mets start slowly, people will say that the team hasn’t gelled with Johan Santana yet.

4. The Yankees and Red Sox taking up 40% of the American League All-Star roster spots.

5. Whining about an East-coast bias when the Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox are getting a lot of face time on ESPN.

6. Sportswriters and fans alike chastising Alex Rodriguez when he throws up MVP-caliber numbers, insisting that he’s still not a great player because he just can’t get it done in the post-season.

7. This.

8. Arrogant sportswriters conveniently forgetting their pre-season predictions and acting like they knew all along that the Pittsburgh Pirates were going to win 102 games and that the Red Sox would win only 68.

9. Price gouging at the ballpark.

10. Awkward moments in baseball broadcasts where the cameraman zooms in on young pre-teen girls in the stands (not surprisingly, this is what Chris Hansen will be looking forward to the most).

If you go on summer cruises and travel towards Cuba, you’ll see that there are only a few ATMs in Cuba. Even if you locate an ATM, there is not necessary that it will have adequate funds. Similarly there are very few car rental stations. A number of good hotels can be seen here and there, but destinations close to cheap flights are not good enough if you intend to stay for a whole month.

WHAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE 2008 BASEBALL SEASON

1. Hearing the voice of Harry Kalas again.

2. Pitchers hitting home runs, speedsters legging out inside-the-park home runs, home runs that hit the foul pole and, obviously, the Home Run Derby (sans Chris Berman, of course).

3. Hilarious errors, especially the ones that involve multiple throwing errors.

4. Bench-clearing brawls, and the head-hunting that precedes them.

5. Fans who make Web Gem-quality catches.

6. Perfect games and no-hitters that get broken up in the ninth inning. Mmm… schadenfreude.

7. That one broadcaster who says something completely offensive on the air. Seems like there’s at least one every year. Who will it be this year? Come on, Joe Buck, say something that’ll get you canned.

8. Dollar Dog Nights at Citizens Bank Park.

9. Phillies commercials. Last year’s were pretty good and this year’s are way out-of-left-field.

10. Lou Piniella blowing up in front of an umpire.

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  1. Nick

    February 21, 2008 09:54 PM

    I just got waaaaaay too excited about baseball while reading the second half, and my head was nodding in agreement as I chuckled to myself while going through the first part. Go Phils! Since the Cardinals are going to awful this year, I just want the Phils to keep Johan and the Mets out of the playoffs… is it too soon to hate the Mets for getting Johan?

  2. Bill Baer

    February 21, 2008 10:03 PM

    It’s never too soon to hate the Mets.

    At least you’re not rooting for the Pirates. Always remember that.

  3. Paul T

    February 23, 2008 09:38 AM

    Not looking forward to:

    The extreme close up of the pitcher’s nose hairs as he looks in for the signal. About 300 times a game.

    Looking forward to:

    The six month soap opera that is so fascinating.

  4. Rob

    February 23, 2008 11:50 PM

    Not looking forward to:

    The unsung journeyman or rookie turned instant worldbeater, who destroys the league in April, with 8 or 9 home runs.

    Tune in in September, so you could see him hit his 15th!

  5. Bill B.

    February 24, 2008 02:09 AM

    Paul, I second your thoughts. I wonder if it will ever get any better than it did in the last 17 games of the ’07 regular season.

    Rob, sounds like you’re talking about Chris Shelton circa April 2006.

    Egg, thanks.

  6. MoonDog

    February 25, 2008 08:30 AM

    I hate the watered down version of the Cubs telecasts. For that matter, I hate the fact you can’t watch Cubs games with the regularity you used to.

    I’m not a Cubs fan, but it’s nice to click on the TV at 1:20 on a Tuesday and watch the Cubs from Wrigley.

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