Posted on: April 21, 2012 11:36 am

Happy Birthday Fenway!

So yesterday was Fenway Park's 100th birthday and what better way to celebrate the century than to renew the greatest rivalry in sports, Yankees and the Red Sox.  It is actually my favourite time of the regular season whenever these two teams get together.  I even have my own routine that I follow.  On the opening day of the series I make sure that I either wear one of my pinstripe dress shirts, or some other piece of fan gear with the Yankee logo emblazoned across it.  Yesterday was no different. Except now when I dress for the rivalry, I am dressing for two, and I was disappointed to figure out that I forgot to put my boy's Yankees shirt on thereby leaving him basically naked. 

In the town I live in now my routine is basically lost on those around me, but there was a time when I lived in Fredericton that when I put on my Yankees attire that I was either given a death stare, or a smile of approval.  I actually taught of class of grade 2's that was full of Red Sox fans, and they would come to school with something that their parents said to spite my love of the Yankees.  Inspired by this friendly rivalry I actually taught a lesson on Yankee-Red Sox lore.  I read Everyone's Hero, a story about a boy named Yankee and his love for Babe Ruth, I guess it is a movie but I have never seen it.  I was able to teach a bit about the curse of the Bambino as most wouldn't be familiar with it as the Red Sox had put that behind them at that point and were actually getting the best of the rivalry at that moment in 2007 (They started 9-0 against the Yankees that year if I remember correctly).

During my time in Fredericton I came across either a friend or a friend of a friend of former Angels all-star pitcher Jason Dickson.  He told me a story (but I haven't been able to determine it's factual basis and some of the "facts" in my story may be off but I like to tell the story anyway) about Dickson's first trip to Fenway.  I guess while in the outfield the scorekeeper called him over and brought him behind the Green Monster.  It was there that he asked him to sign where many others have signed before during their trips to the storied field. 

Whether the story is true or not doesn't matter as much as the mythology that follows it.  Imagine the types of names that would be tatooed on the inside of that wall.  Yesterday I came across a headline to a story asking whether or not Fenway could make it for another 100 years.  I hope it can, because these are the houses that contain baseball's history, and there aren't many historical parks left  The history is part of the game's mystique and what makes it so great, so thank you for a memorable century Fenway, and here is too 100 more! 
Category: MLB
Tags: Fenway
Posted on: April 15, 2012 8:00 pm

Radio, Radio, Radio

Call it lack of direction, or call it "the best laid plans may all change by tomorrow (or a couple hours as it stands)",but I am changing my blog topic to include other baseball related topics, not only my fantasy team.  Anyway, I found myself inspired to write again today, so while the feeling lasts I am going to do it. 

As a fan who has recently renewed his interest in the game, or any fan for that matter, I couldn't have asked for a better week.  It was the opening week of the season, I had a week off of work, and the MLB Extra Innings package was having its free preview week.  There were two small problems, I live in the central time zone so games all start two hours earlier, and I have a child who is highly addicted to watching Cars so I haven't been able to actually watch much television for the last three weeks or so.

It is for this reason I am thankful for Gameday Media included in our league.  I can keep up with any game I want on the radio broadcast, and I can check box scores and what not with Game Day.  I am actually watching Cars and waiting for the Yankees/Angels game to come on in the next 20 minutes.  Listening to the games is something I actually quite enjoy, and always have. 

I remember going to work and sitting in the car and trying to either get the Blue Jays or Tigers game over the AM radio.  I also remember being at work while the Red Sox and Yankees were playing game 7of the ALCS in 2003 and listening to the first few innings over the radio.  Don't get me wrong, there is no substitute for watching a game in person or on television, but radio broadcasts are very capable of filling that void. 

I was also reading today that legendary HOF announcer Vin Scully recently had to miss the last 5 games due to illness.  At 84, he has spent 63 years behind the mic and has been part of some of the most memorable moments in baseball history. As the longest tenured announcer he has also been around for a lot of changes in the way we take in a game.  Now there is all sorts of things available to us including being able to get out of market games over the television. 

I guess the point I am trying to make is that while my son may not care who is winning the Yankees game yet, I hope that being able to listen to the game from a radio broadcast is always available to him.  Although it saddens me, I am trying to comes to terms with the fact that I am most likely never going to share the experience of going to a music store and browsing through the titles and the pure joy of finding something that you had been looking for, or something you weren't, but glad you found it anyway.  I have been around for the "death" of the cassette, beta, VHS, soon the dvd and cd (although some argue it already is), I just hope that radio broadcast of baseball games don't make that list because of all the other available formats. 
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 15, 2012 1:13 pm

Early Optimism

This first blog has been a long time coming, not only has my cursor's tendency to change where it is caused me to go back and write and rewrite (which I hate doing, but recently an author I heard speak spoke to his former hatred as well and has since came to terms with it), but since I found out CBS has an area for bloggers in February I been trying to earn enough points to get my own by posting and replying to posts by others. The sme author I mentioned also said that the key to being a good author is  to create interesting characters, tell interesting stories, and take the reader on an interesting journey.  None of which will likely be found here. During this time I have also spent time, some of which where I should have been working, researching and reading draft related articles in order to take back lost glory on the fantasy baseball field and avoid taking a second round pick like I did a few years ago in J.J. Putz. Since winning in the inaugural season in the keeper league I belong to, I have not even made the playoffs.  So consider this blog my journal chronicling my journey back to the pinnacle of fantasy sports, and quest to add another bobble head trophy (as much as I am cursing about my computer and rewriting, this is my rewrite of the first paragraph and I like it better).

So it is the end of the second week of the season and my team got off to a good start by winning and tallying the third most points in the process in the first week.  This week on the other hand I am down about 15 points on the last day of play.  I do however have my biggest risk pick heading to the mound for me today, Matt Moore.  I say biggest risk because I took him in the 4th round and he had all of two starts in the big leagues.  I drafted him after reading an article talking about taking risks on  some of the bigger prospects such as Moore and Lawrie, and I had a keeper in round 5, and with the way the draft was going, I was doubting Moore would be there.  So I pulled the trigger on him.  Either way, I have placed a lot of expectations on him, I gave up on other proven guys to take him, and my lack of a top relief pitcher leaves me with depending on him to have a good start once or twice a week. 

But as I alluded to in the first two paragraphs I spent some time researching and planning my draft, but as The Dropkick Murphys tell me "the best laid plans may all change by tomorrow."  The first half of the draft did not go anywhere close to what I had hoped for.  I guess that happens when 36 of the top players are off the board before the draft starts and everyone is trying to get the best of what is left.  The first half of my draft was plagued by picks that were mostly afterthoughts, except for my number 1 pick, Evan Longoria.  The two worst picks for me in the first half were Joakim Soria, because mere hours later speculation started to swirl about his impending Tommy John surgery, and in round 6 I was looking for a hitter and I was left with Alex Gordon, who only a year earlier  I took with a 24th round flier.  Other then that, I was filling up my team with solid players and even a couple value picks, I grabbed David Ortiz in the 8th round and he might end up being one of my best picks. 

While the first half of my draft I wasn't happy with, I was more excited by the last half mostly because I took Erick Aybar in the 17th round and for some reason I was really psyched on that pick.  But this half of the draft was also filled with a lot of question mark picks.  I got Ryan Howard in the 16th, and to back him up I took Mark Trumbo in the 18th, and while Trumbo can hit, he doesn't have a full time job at this point.  The picks I am most excited about though are two guys that I took late, JD Martinez who has been hitting well over the first two weeks, and my 24th round pick this year, Drew Pomeranz, who takes the mound today for the Rockies

But as much as I feel trepidation (even more after writing about it) over the draft, when I look at my team, I feel like they can compete.  So even two weeks in, I feel optimism, something that might may not have been there in previous years.  It remains to be seen if that optimism will remain in the upcoming weeks, so check back next week to see if I have changed my mind or not. 
Category: MLB
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or