Ahhh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, baseball is back! MLBs Opening Day was yesterday, April 2 and it didn’t disappoint. Tanaka got lit up, Archer and Kiermaier (swoon) looked solid, Bumgarner hit 2 homers (ridiculous, I know), the Diamondbacks walked off, Bryant had 3 SO, Lester lasted 5, and Grichuk walked off for the Cards. Like I said, it didn’t disappoint. Fast forward to today’s games (and there are plenty) and I’m sure there will be just as much excitement. Will Kershaw continue his dominance? Will Bryce bounce back? Will the Braves be more competitive? Is McCutchen finished? Can Porcello do it again? Will King Felix turn it around? Will the Mets starting rotation hold up? There are a lot of questions, and while they won’t all be answered today, I’m excited to see how things start out.
For those of you who don’t know, I am a Braves fan through and through (laugh if you want to). Yes, I know what you all are thinking…”the Braves are hot trash.” Sure we’ve had some challenges in recent years, and we are miles away from the teams we ran out in the late 90s, but I’m hoping we can turn things around this year and look more like the 2016 second-half Atlanta Braves. On paper it certainly seems like we could be around .500 (ish). Teheran will still be a stud and I think this is Folty’s year (at least I hope so). Dansby is a dream and I’m stoked to watch him play for a full season and make a run for Rookie of the Year (which I think he’ll win!). I love having Brandon Phillips at second, he’s a hometown kid (shout out to Redan HS) and incredibly easy to root for! Kemp looks great (physically) coming into the season and I think he’ll settle in just fine! To be honest, I’m just glad baseball is back. I’ve missed it.
If you guys are baseball fans then I hope the season gets off to a great start for you and your respective teams…unless you’re a Mets fan. Do you like baseball? Who’s your team? I’d love to know! And as always, GO BRAVES!!!