Daily Archives: April 16, 2013
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and Rockies Correspondent): Follow @chuckbooth3024
If you take a look at the Standings in the NL West, you would see that the Colorado Rockies are among 4 teams over .500 right now. They are tied with the Arizona DiamondBacks at 8 – 4 – and 1 game behind the defending World Series Champion Giants.
Judging by a lot of other publications placing the Rockies so high on their MLB Rankings, I am guessing these place do not give out much credence to Strength of Schedule. at http://www.mlb.com – the club is listed #9 on the Power Rankings.
The Rockies are 6 – 0 this year already versus the hapless San Diego Padres and 2 – 1 versus the Milwaukee Brewers ( a team that is 3 – 8 itself and not looking so great). The Rockies played the San Francisco in a 3 game set at AT and T Park – and were swept, surrendering 23 Runs Scored, while only scoring 9 Runs themselves.
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There will not be pictures, stats or promotional items on this post. There will not be tags or descriptions. This is as serious of an article as I may ever write in this world. If you have found yourself reading this.. Than thank – you.
Yesterday I was tweeting about the Boston Red Sox game after working all night, and was unaware of what had transpired on the streets of the Boston Marathon finish line.
I was taken aback by the circumstances and reflected.
On Patriots Day of 2012, I watched a game in Boston at Fenway Park as part of my streak. In the 2 hours after the game, I made my way to the Boston Airport via the T – Train – and through the very area that was effected by the explosions last year.
Through my journey to the airport – I must have met about 100 people who were involved in the race of the Boston Marathon. I can’t get these peoples images out of my head since I learned of this tragedy yesterday. Most of them were carrying out their passion of life.
A lot of them had come in just for the day in order to raise money for charity, before resuming their life right after they ran the marathon. It inspired me that people flew in just for the day – ran the marathon – only to fly right back to wherever they lived. It is a testament to their spirit, and the same could be said for the thousands who participate in this event every year.
I am praying that all of these people and everyone else that was near this Boston area.
I can’t escape the fact, that if I were in Boston yesterday, I would have been in the direct area! It kind of changes your perspective on life.
As the night progressed, I was listening to XM MLB Home Plate Radio while I worked. It helped make me feel better that people around the game of baseball were sending out their support to the city of Boston.
It goes to show you how news media can spread out so fast around the World – as I listened to people dealing with this news through the channels of baseball.
We are all so fortunate to live in a part of the World where we have the freedom to enjoy travel, baseball and the historical places all over North America.
Boston is a beautiful city – with some of the most passionate people living in it. I rate this city very high. Having been there to see the spirit of the surroundings last year – it is unfathomable to me that someone would do something evil to the celebration.
Just as we have seen since the inception of baseball, over 150 + Years ago – the evil of the World tries to dampen our feeling secure, and those people who perpetrate these such acts are cowards. It is their full intention to wreck everyone’s quality of life, including the attack of the passions we care for that come from a result of these freedoms.
We can’t stand for this! We must continue to fight for our beliefs and quality of life – while not let these hooligans think they have won by their actions against us.
Baseball will be there to help heal the Nation as it always has. In times of War in the 20th Century, baseball was an escape for the people. In the recent attacks of 9/11 in the City of New York – what was more inspirational for the country than President Bush firing a Strike at Yankee Stadium!
I am not saying that baseball is the only way to heal for the people in this matter. Chances are – you are reading this post because you love the game. I am thinking that you would also use the National Pastime as an escape to heal your frame of mind right now – just as baseball fans have done for decades.
Major League Baseball has always shined in times like this by leading the way. Being part of daily life, during the season, brings normalcy back to a fan’s daily routine and establishes that everything will be alright.
We are allowed to carry a heavy heart – while sending out support to those who need it most.
Fans of Baseball are incredible. We should all thank the sport for being a catalyst – in helping us all communicate towards a common bond – when times are particularly tough for any occurrence of tragedy.
From going to every city that has a baseball teams several times over, it is amazing to me how this game unites strangers, people from different religions, race and gender to share a common love for the game by being a fan. That was another thing that was too bad about this happening on Jackie Robinson Day yesterday.
So we should all work towards this unfortunate tragedy by taking #42’s approach to adversity to when he was alive. Quoting from one of his sayings “Life is not as important as the impact it has on other lives”.
Take some time today to tell everyone around that you love them and that they mean the world to you. Reach out and help someone today (even if it is tough on you to so – or even if they are a complete stranger).
Pay if forward to humanity. If they ask you why you are doing this.. To quote a friend I made through my baseball travels – “Explain to them to that world could just use a random act of kindness.”
We will not forget what happened in Boston ever, but lets show that the baseball community can take the negative – and turn it into at least something positive.
When you are watching or reading about baseball, remember how lucky we all are to have such an beautiful sanctuary, where we can lose ourselves from the evils of the outside world.
I will conclude this blog by posting the Field Of Dreams scene with James Earl Jones (why baseball is so important to the fabric of our being), followed by a few inspirational songs from our favorite baseball movies. Whenever I am not feeling so great, I find listening to these songs makes me feel better.
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Tuesday April 16, 2013
By Ryan Ritchey (Baseball Writer): Follow @BaseballAddicts
The Mets are off to 7-4 start – and the pitching is proving to be a huge factor so far this season.
Matt Harvey is leading the charge with three wins and an 0.82 ERA. He also has 25 Strikeouts in only 22 Innings! He is showing everyone that he wants to be an “ACE” on this staff.
He is Arbitration Eligible after this season and should be expecting a huge paycheck if he keeps pitching like he is right now. Mets have a bright future with Harvey and that is always a great thing for a franchise.
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