Welcome back everyone,
I am sorry for the layoff, but now I am back. I had a greast week with my girlfriend and I am sorry that there wasn’t much posting while she was here. For this post’s agenda we will talk about spring training, the WBC, and of course March Madness.
Ok so spring training has just about hit it’s full stride. We start games on the 19th, which is very exciting, we get to see a team in a different uniform. Since I last posted, the pitchers have thrown live batting practice sessions, and even simulation games. Yesterday I threw about 2 innings, or around 40 pitches. It was really good to finally face some live hitters. They have also broken us up into our 5 day rotations, and separated the starters from the relievers. That way the starters can start to extend some innings and get into the in-season workout routine. The relievers will be able to monitor their work loads and get ready to pitch in games.
The World Baseball Classic has been very exciting thus far. With the Netherlands upsetting the Dominican, the Aussies beating Mexico, and Korea playing good baseball. Japan has emerged as a powerhouse, and I am hoping that the Americans can pull out some victories to come out of the loser’s bracket. Puerto Rico is also playing very good baseball, it will be a very good game tonight between them and Venezuela. I will definitely be watching. I would like to see Snell pitch well tonight.
Now on to my favorite topic, March Madness. I would like to first point out that Clemson got shafted, they deserve to be a better seed than a 7. I also thought that Memphis should have been a 1 seed, and that Missouri did not deserve to be a 3 seed. I don’t think that the big 10 deserved to have 7 teams, adn the pac 10 should not have had 6 teams. But I guess that’s why I am a baseball player, and not a NCAA Basketball analyst. So here are some things that I am throwing out there. Who was the biggest snub out of this year’s tourney? Who will be in the final 4? Who will be the national champion? Who is going to be this year’s cindarella story? If you have any other questions feel free to ask them.
Some of my opinions to these questions are that Virginia Tech is a pretty big snub. I think they are a better team than a Minnesota or a Wisconsin. My final 4 has Memphis, UNC, Duke, and Wake Forest. You can call me an ACC homer if you want to. I think that Wake matches up well with all the teams in its possible path. I still think that UNC is probably the most talented team in the country, and thats who I will probably pick as my National Champion. I think VCU has a chance to be a cindarella, they are pretty darn good.
Final point, to all the Irish out there, have a happy St. Patty’s day. Have fun, and of course be safe.