“Lot of debate on people liking certain sports over the other. How about people dig what they dig and shut the hell up?” That was my favorite tweet of the entire day on Saturday from one of the guys I follow, in this case my friend @WesReynolds1.
Wes hit the nail right on the head. I can’t tell you many people have looked at me like I have some kind of communicable disease when I’ve mentioned that I preferred watching exhibition baseball to other sports, even though the games in the other sports are more meaningful. I’m already bracing myself for criticism when I fail to watch even one minute of the upcoming World Cup.
It’s as if one is committing a criminal act if they don’t follow the flock and watch what they’re apparently supposed to watch. The World Cup will be a perfect example. Yes, it’s a huge international event and hundreds of millions worldwide will be watching. I won’t, because soccer holds no interest for me. I’m absolutely not knocking anyone who loves the game. It’s just not my personal preference.
I also won’t watch professional wrestling. I’d rather watch a rerun of a “Perry Mason” show from the 1950′s where I already know who the guilty party is than ten seconds of the WWE. But that’s just me. If you enjoy pro wrestling, go for it and have yourself a great time.
The bottom line is that people arguing over what we’re all supposed to watch is ridiculous. It doesn’t matter whether it’s sports, news or entertainment. Watch what you want and lay off barking at anyone who doesn’t think along the same lines.
And I’ll extend this to the political arena. I don’t think there’s anything that infuriates me more than people telling me how I should think. Well, actually there is one thing that makes me even more furious. That’s people who end up standing on one side of the aisle simply because that’s what they’re being told they’re supposed to do. Make up your own mind and stick to your own beliefs. End of sermon.
2-1 Saturday with the Cardinals and Brewers winning, while the Giants got shut down nicely by the Padres and Eric Stults, who pitched a beautiful game for the Friars. Six winning days and two splits over the last eight MLB slates, so it’s good right now.
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Ryan Braun played the role of hero as he rallied the Brewers to victory against the Pirates as the Saturday free play. I’m heading to the AL East for the Easter Sunday comp, and by the way, Happy Holidays to all!
04/20 10:40 AM MLB (919) NEW YORK YANKEES (920) TAMPA BAY RAYS
Take: (919) NEW YORK YANKEES +115
It’s the windup of what has been a series of blowouts between the Yankees and Rays. The Pinstripes roared out of the starting gate with a 10-2 romp on Thursday. But the Rays have responded with two slaughters by a combined 27-6 the last couple of days. Needless to say, this set has been a bonanza for Over bettors, and we might get another load of runs today. But I’ll focus on the side for the Sunday free play.
While I’m very reliant on doing the math to isolate the best value on a daily basis, the eye test is always of importance to me. In this particular game, there’s really nothing much to choose on the numbers. But off what I’ve observed, I simply see one of the pitchers having an edge today and I’m going to ride that to what will hopefully be a win.
Cesar Ramos is getting another start for the Rays, and that ought to be good news for the Yankees. Ramos is a fringy lefty. I can see him as a situational southpaw out of the pen, or better yet, the last guy in the pen who eats up some innings in a game that’s lopsided. I don’t see Ramos as a starting pitcher. His stuff is marginal, he sure doesn’t miss many bats and his control is shaky. Ramos is clearly a stopgap for Tampa Bay right now. He’s in the rotation simply because injuries have depleted the staff.
On the flip side, I see Vidal Nuno as a guy with a little potential. I don’t see the lefty as a stud, but he’s a guy who is able to locate three pitches and when someone throwing from the southpaw side can do that, carving out a rotation spot is not at all far fetched. Nuno is never going to blow anyone away with his high 80′s fastball. But he’s also a guy who has shown a knack for throwing strikes and that means he isn’t likely to beat himself.
The Yankees should also have an offensive edge here. They’ve hit lefties reasonably well thus far, something that cannot be said about the Rays. On the other hand, if this is close late, Tampa Bay has the better bullpen. But following two really ugly losses, I expect the Yankees to come out ready to play today, and I prefer Nuno to Ramos. Getting the plus sign on the betting line clinches the opinion for me, and I’ll side with the Yankees to notch the getaway day win.