Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. Much of the baseball world is skeptical and derisive. But Joel Sherman compares Tebow’s baseball dreams with those of Michael Jordan, who also, after his basketball super-career, tried to make it in baseball. [Read more…]
Imagine two professional baseball teams playing each other but not letting any fans watch the game. Maybe that’s the future of professional sports. But it is happening today in Baltimore, where riots over another African-American who died in police custody, have led to the decision that the Orioles-White Sox game would be closed to the public. [Read more…]
In yet another day marking the renewal that is Spring, today is the new baseball season’s Opening Day. (That it falls on April Fools’ Day is just a coincidence.) In observance of this significant holiday for us baseball fans, I will link to this column by E. J. Dionne, linking baseball to religion, a notion that I sort of understand but ultimately reject: Hope’s opening day.
So keeping in mind that Opening Day is when hope springs eternal and all teams are tied and anybody can win, who do you think will win the World Series?
For some people, the portent of spring, with it promise of new life and new beginnings, is the first robin or the first flowers to bloom. For baseball fans, it’s spring training. And I am happy to say that spring training has started! Hope springs eternal in the human breast, and now the fans of every team are full of hope. I’ll tell you my baseball hopes for this next season, and you tell me yours. [Read more…]