May 3, 2012
There’s an epidemic spreading throughout baseball fans.
And I’m here to stop it.
For too long, and too often, baseball fans have jumped to conclusions too early in the season. Right after their favorite team loses, they call the season over without paying any attention to foresightedness.
For example, after Albert Pujols had a slow start last season, he bounced back to knock in 99 runs and finish fifth in MVP voting.
Some of the same things are being said this season. Although I think it’s too early to rule Pujols out for a decent year, things may look bleak for him.
But what about other aspects of baseball, such as the slow start for the Boston Red Sox? As of Tuesday’s press time, the BoSox sat at the bottom of their division, but things aren’t over yet.
Last year, the World-Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals started out their season 2-6. After having an on-and-off season, they threw together a late-season rally to break into the playoffs and make a postseason run.
Another example this season is the Washington Nationals. Although they have a solid record, it doesn’t look like they have the experience or talent to hold up at the upper half of the National League East for the next five months.
Please folks, don’t jump to conclusions.
Cure the epidemic.
Game of the week
Boys baseball: Crystal Lake South (17-7) at Prairie Ridge (18-6)
4:30 p.m. Thursday
Two of the top teams in the Fox Valley conference go head-to-head for the second time this week in the thick of the baseball season.
Sports prank of the week
During the NFL draft, a student from Rutgers University called wide receiver Mohamed Sanu telling him that he had been drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sanu and his family rejoiced, but their smiles vanished soon after when they saw the Bengals didn’t draft him the first round.
The Bengals called him and apologized, but things worked out when they took Sanu with their third-round pick.
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