Snow is on the ground, but the Major League Baseball regular season is here. Hopes are renewed. Leading up to the season, Michael at Best Destiny has featured his takes on the best baseball movies ever. I largely concur with his opinions.
As a Detroit Tigers fan, I consider myself sufficiently humbled after last year’s crash from the plateau of high expectations — a crash of epic proportions. This year the team looks somewhat different, definitely younger, and based on significant uncertainty in the bullpen could finish almost anywhere in the division.
But it’s April 6, and I’m hoping for the best.
As for the hometown Colorado Rockies (my National League team), they likewise are relieved of the burden of high expectations. In a weak National League West, almost anything is possible.
For both teams, playing meaningful games in playoff contention come September would be signs of a successful season. Anything more than that would be icing on the cake. For now, though, it’s just time to step back and holler: “Play Ball!”