Bunting for a Hit 2013: Week 13

imagesThe baseball season is upon us and there has already been some great action. Clayton Kershaw not only starts opening day for the Dodgers, but throws a complete game shutout and provides all the offense his team would need with a homer run to lead off the 8th. The Astros started their new life as an American League team with a win over their cross state rival Texas Rangers. Bryce Harper started his sophomore season with a bang, actually 2 bangs, as he homered in his first 2 at bats, providing Stephen Strasburg with plenty of support as the Washington Nationals began their run at a World Series title.

images (1)The local 9, Boston Red Sox, started off with a bang getting to C.C. Sabathia for 4 runs in the 2nd inning and the Yankee bullpen for 4 more runs. Jon Lester looked sharp for 4 innings before losing his command in the 5th, but still gets the win. Koji Uehara threw 5 pitches, all strikes, and got 3 outs. Junichi Tazawa threw 9 pitches, 8 strikes, and proved that they will both be keys to the success of the Red Sox bullpen. The bats were alive in the way they will have to be for this team to score runs, with lots of singles and smart base running. Now the question will be if they can maintain it.

images (2)I’m not exactly sure if the Celtics can make their plan work. Sure in years past they have just gotten into the playoffs and turned on their team magic and made deep runs into June. This team seems different. They don’t seem as ready, or able, to turn in on like a light switch. I will say that Jeff Green does finally seem to be showing what he can do and if he can be the man for this team, along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, they can challenge for a chance to play the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The bigger question is can they win, and I’m not sure anyone can beat Lebron James right now.

6901bc67-c09e-415a-81cc-d55e94b5b2afWell the Boston Bruins have indeed completed a trade in actuality, not in theory. Jaromir Jagr will join the B’s this week and will instantly add some offensive sizzle to a team that lacks said sizzle. The Bruins rough and tumble style of great defense and opportunistic offense won them a cup in 2010, and has allowed them to be very competitive for large stretches of time since then. But sometimes you just need a guy who can put the puck in the net when it isn’t opportunistic. Jagr has that ability still, even at the age of 41. Below is a picture of the newly acquired Jagr with now teammate Milan Lucic. Lucic is on the left and was 10 at the time. Picture found on twitter via @tsnjamesduthie.

595b7f9ab6254f2d8673c3d9090c5083-0b681c3dbcce4e99bea6ad9859cf71ac-5It was quite the interesting end to Brittney Griner’s college career at Baylor, as she, who dominated for 4 years, was held to 14 points and 10 rebounds AND committed the foul that allowed Louisville to go ahead with only 2.1 seconds left on the clock. For a player who dominated the game and changed the landscape of women’s college basketball for the time she was in it, it was quite the ugly, unceremonious end. This is not like seeing Willie Mays in a Mets uniform, or Michael Jordan in a Wizards uniform. This is a player at her peak being completely and totally game planned out of her game by Louisville, whose coach gave the players credit for buying into and perfectly executing said game plan.

Bubba Watson has a golf cart that is a hovercraft. As we all learned in G.I. Joe the cartoon series hovercrafts are awesome as they traverse land and sea with ease. This is important because of how they could potentially be utilized on a golf course. They can traverse water hazards, sand traps and greens which allow for far better efficiency in navigating a course and can ideally speed up play. The problem with carts as they are currently designed is that they can leave large marks and indentations on soft fairways and greens making them a detriment to the course itself. Also, when your cart partner purposefully runs over your ball, like one of my ass hole friends tends to do, it can make for quite the difficult shot. With a hovercraft my ass hole friend can run over my ball all he wants and I won’t even notice! Which means he will just get out and step on it, I’m sure.

Now my only question is this, in Back to the Future II when Marty McFly goes back to the future with Doc Brown to 2015, there are hoverboards. We are 2 years away people! Will I have a hoverboard by 2015? Another Back to the Future II moment, that I’m wedging in even though there is no relevance, is that I just wish that Bud Selig and the owners had moved the Miami franchise instead of the Houston franchise to the American League so that for the next 2 years I could at least pretend that Back the Future II was going to accurately predict the winner of the 2015 World Series as the Chicago Cubs. Even though even Cubs fans have never believed THAT was going to happen.

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