Should auld acquaintance be forgot just like the lyrics to this song by most revelers. The 2021 MLB season ended a couple months ago but come midnight we can all officially put 2021 behind us.
Those aren’t the only things that were Strange but True.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were played in 2021. Former Angels skipper Mike Scioscia took a ragtag group of college guys and former MLB’ers and struck for a silver medal. For his efforts, he was honored as USA Baseball Coach of the Year.
Congrats Mike. Baseball is better when he’s in it. I sincerely hope he’s back with the Angels in a community relations capacity soon.
Meanwhile our biggest off season prize thus far attended the Ducks game on Wednesday where they had a little fun with his nickname.
And while baseball has turned into a business, let’s not forget it is a game. One we fell in love with as kids on the playground, one the players still love once the business aspect is put away. Not much reminds me of that more than this picture of Vladdy pitching to Juan Soto at a game in the DR last week.
Look at Vladdy smiling ear to ear. The kids in awe of their idols. That picture shows so much of why I love this game.
Looking around at some of the other best things from 2021, FanGraphs did a nice job of showing what goes on in draft rooms. Our draft coverage and discussion here this year were the best I’ve ever seen.
It is kind of funny that by now the sticky stuff has faded into memory. But sticky stuff enforcement is one of 5 key takeaways from 2021, per SI.
I’m really hoping Gerrit Cole’s second half swoon is due to a lack of sticky stuff and that the Yanks stepped in front of a $330 million bullet for the Angels. His answer to whether he used it was cringe worthy.
As always, 2021 saw some greats of the game pass away. RIP Hank Aaron, Tommy Lasorda, and a host of others. Thanks for your impact on the game, and in Aaron’s case the nation.
Closer to home, our community lost Josh Mayhood.RIP Josh.
I sincerely wish all of you health and happiness in 2022. Please link things I’ve missed and if you feel like it, state your goals for 2022.
My first goal is to enjoy a game of catch with my dad and my son. Ideally this happens at Spring Training but that’s icing. Buying my son his first glove for Christmas was an epic Dad moment. The thought of sharing a catch with my son made me realize I need to do the same with my dad.