Seven Days Away
Next Monday the Cubs take the field in the season opener against Pittsburgh. Dale has Castro penciled in as the No. 2 hitter. And Rafael Dolis was eliminated as a contender for the final bullpen spot; that is now down to Zach Putnam, Cory Wade, and Hisanori Takahashi.

Not A Good Sign…
Your high-priced 1B is in a steep decline. Your high-priced 3B is embroiled in yet another PED scandal. Your high-priced SS is old, has no range, is coming off a broken ankle, and you are forced to trot him out there until he willingly quits. Your high-priced CF was hurt in his first spring game and probably won’t return until May (or later). Your closer, returning after a year off from injury, is 42 years old and in his final season. So what do you do Brian Cashman? Acquire the AL’s albatross, Vernon Wells. What’s amazing is that the move probably makes the Yankees better, at least until Granderson returns. If I was a betting man, I’d expect Girardi to retire in late-July/early-August only to be replaced by a hairless no-name who likes to bet the ponies.

Brackets Busted
Did you know that Florida Gulf Coast was younger than you (well maybe most of you) – established in 1997? Did you have them in the Sweet Sixteen? They are the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet Sixteen. For good measure, there’s a 12 (Oregon), a 9 (Wichita State) and a 13 (La Salle) all crashing the tournament’s second weekend as well.

Useful Shot That
Play the ball where it lies; and Sergio Garcia did exactly that…after he climbed the tree, located his ball, and hit it back into the fairway while facing the wrong direction and hitting one-handed.

Spectacular Wreck
I think it’s totaled.

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