The great thing about baseball is there’s a game pretty much every day. 162 little chapters that comprise a full story of a season after 180 days.
The bad thing is this schedule leaves little time to truly appreciate greatness when it occurs. You have a great game in the NFL and there’s a week’s worth of highlights and recaps. We see a truly incredible performance like Ohtani’s on Wednesday and it is back to business as usual right away.
Ohtani was spectacular on both sides of the game on Wednesday. Like, we’d have a hard time believing the best kid in Little League could pull this off. Yet here an MLB’er did against the defending AL champs.
And his pitches were just nasty.
While all eyes will now look towards the weekend set against Baltimore, we should really appreciate what we saw Wednesday. One day, years from now, Ohtani’s stat lines from a single game will pop up and people won’t believe it: 6 IP, 0 R, 12ks, 1 H, 2-3, R, BB, 2 RBI. Insane.
For all the brilliance we’ve already seen from Shohei, he’s actually getting better.
One good thing about looking forward? We get to see the return of the other GOAT on the team.
And while Shohei deserves all the love he receives. People are sleeping a bit on Trout, who has led the league in every meaningful stat since the day he arrived.
Andrew Velasquez is fighting to stay the MLB level and making some ridiculous plays at shortstop. He’s getting the attention of Joe Maddon and the Angels brass.
A big story around the league is the introduction of PitchCom to allow catchers to electronically relay pitch signals to the pitcher. The Angels are still getting the hang of it. Some guys love it, others don’t.
There were rumblings about guys throwing a new pitch in Spring Training. Usually, that’s the time to experiment. Now the sweeper is sweeping across MLB. Here’s all you need to know about the new pitch.
The Nationals Military Appreciation Day went horribly wrong when the US Capitol thought it was again being invaded and ordered an evacuation. Fortunately it was the heroes of the US Army Golden Nights causing the panic. I’m sure some laughs were exchanged among security forces (after some chewing out).
It has been a tough week for broadcasters. First our own Terry Smith fell for a Twitter gag, then the Met’s Gary Cohen said what we all think. Not sure if that’s a sandwich or his foot in his mouth.
We’ve talked about the A’s drawing fewer people than my wedding this week. Yet there are places hungry for baseball, particularly Nashville. Dave Stewart is heading a group trying to bring an expansion team to the Music City.
My two pennies? Let the A’s leave Oakland for Las Vegas and let the Rays leave retirement land for Nashville. Both franchises will get a lift, no expansion needed. Just make sure to put a roof and some serious AC in that Vegas ballpark.
Enjoy the weekend. Look for me at the ballpark on Sunday. I’ll be the guy with the adorable 4 year old son and some ice cream, looking like I won the lottery. Actually, lottery winners have nothing on a Dad spending the afternoon at the ballpark with their sons on a beautiful afternoon.