Top five reasons to be excited for baseball season
Baseball is back, and I’m fired up!
Baseball fans, rejoice! Our beloved sport is almost back, as everyone is gearing up for the season during spring training. I’m incredibly excited to see baseball back for a number of reasons, so I thought I would give you guys my five reasons to be excited for the 2015 baseball season.
- Regina Red Sox are back
This article will mostly be about the upcoming MLB season, but I wanted to start with something a little closer to home. The Regina Red Sox has a disappointing year last season, and I’m not exactly sure if they’re going to be any better this season, but I don’t really care. Baseball rocks, and the Red Sox are the way to get your fix in Regina. I started going to Red Sox games last year, and absolutely loved it. Couple of cold beers, some popcorn, my friends, and a good game of baseball is all I need to enjoy the spring/summer.
- Some Blue Jays Optimism
I know that this is normally what happens every year for the Blue Jays, but there might be some reason for optimism. Star players Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes are all healthy, and should be primed to deliver big years. A healthy Reyes could be the difference in the shaky AL East, with rival Yankees and Red Sox in the midst of massive changes. The Jays also have a lot of young talent that’s ready to show off, including the likes of Aaron Sanchez and the newly acquired Josh Donaldson, the Jays now seem to have the supplementary talent to go along with the crazy power they have always shown.
- Boston Red Sox Redemption Year
I am a diehard Red Sox fan and last year was… nightmare fuel. Coming off a feel-good World Series win against the Cardinals the year before, with a roster full of castoffs and talent they developed, the Red Sox came and stunk up the joint. But in the offseason, they added a former top-level prospect in Hanley Ramirez, and a real life Panda to play third base! (Ok, it’s just Pablo Sandoval, but he’s essentially the same thing!) Could the Red Sox go from worst-to-first-to-worst-to-first? That would have to be some kind of record, right?
- Can the Giants Continue their Dominance?
Normally, I don’t like seeing a team absolutely dominate a sport over the course of a few years (unless it’s my team, of course), but I can get behind the San Francisco Giants recent dominance of the past five years. They’re full of nice, and well-respected guys, and play baseball the way it’s supposed to be. Smart hitting, dominant pitching, and have one of the best fanbases in the MLB. I might not be cheering for them, but they are definitely one of the teams I will be paying close attention to for the entire season.
- World of Trout
There used to be a debate on who was the best player in baseball. Old-school fans would say Miguel Cabrera, and the advanced stats crew would say Mike Trout. Now, there is no longer a debate anymore. Mike Trout has become the defacto best in the world after his dominant MVP season last year, and it would’ve been considered a down year for him. Mike Trout is poised to become one of the best players of all time, and we’re lucky enough to watch him dominate at the highest level. Also, the guy is only 23 years old. He’s going to be doing this for a long, long time.