The Seeker

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Two summers ago, I was on a cruise ship in the western Carribbean.  It became novelty amongst my travel companions to stay up all night and watch the sunrise.  I’ve mentioned this before–it’s quite an experience when you’re watching the event on water instead of land.  You can see the whole thing slowly unfolding.  It starts with a purplish glow below the horizon, and then that glow slowly tranforms into orange.  A few rays shoot over the horizon before you see the top of the sun, kinda like teasers before the big show.  If you’re patient and keep your eyes on the horizon, you’re in for quite a treat.  Watching the sunrise that night was one of the most memorable events from my cruise, and is something I wish I could experience with more frequency.

I’ve been thinking about that sunrise a lot the last few weeks as April 5 looms just below the horizon.  See, there’s really only one thing that would get me to wax so poetic over a natural event like a sunrise:  Baseball.  Because waiting for the baseball season to start is a lot like that night spent waiting for the sun to pull itself above the horizon and drench us with warmth and light.  What’s made this anticipation even jucier is the incredible weather we’ve had the last two weeks.  As I write this, it’s 75° at 7pm.  The fans are on.  There are ribs on the grill.  I’ve been riding my bike all weekend.  I’m wearing shorts.  The only thing missing is freakin’ baseball, and it’s not going to truly be here for 18 more days.

I have the fantasy league setup and ready to roll for the summer.  Hopefully I won’t finish in second place YET again.  I’ve been tuning in to preseason broadcasts for a few minutes here and there, despite my loathing for any preseason sports (they truly are a waste of time).  Last weekend, I dug up a few scorecards from last season and read through them.  A few weeks ago, I had a funny thought:  Will I renew my subscription to MLB TV?  I don’t know what the deal was.  Maybe I wasn’t feeling well or something.  Of course I’m going to renew my subscription.  But it’s not going to do anybody any good until the freakin’ season starts in 18 more days.

It’s going to be an interesting summer.  As far as I’m concerned, the Cubs are still in “Suck It” mode.  I’ll tune in and follow, but I’m not going to be giving them much of my energy until I see them emerging from their perpetual suckage.  Still, they could contend for the playoffs this year, though I doubt they’ll make it.  A winning season might be enough to hope for.  As for the Brewers, it’s definitely an all-in year.  They still have the pitching to take them pretty far, and bringing in Aramis Ramirez as a replacement for Prince Fielder’s bat wasn’t a bad idea.  Ramirez still has some quality miles left on him, and he can definitely hit (.306 last year, plus 26 HR and 93 RBI–all that on a horrid team).  But the Brewers have to get used to something the Cubs never really got used to, and that is that Ramirez will never be a team leader.  He’ll usually play just about as good as the team is playing, though he’s capable of torrid streaks.  He’ll have some decent bats around him, and that will help.  Still, can you ever replace Prince Fielder?  If the Brewers tank this year, they might be able to sell off some of their solid pieces to contending teams and quickly turn things around.  Supposing they don’t tank it, I think they could be a wild-card team.  It’s hard saying at this point.  The division is pretty much up for grabs between St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati.  But really–Cincinnati?  I’m sure, as per normal, that Dusty Baker will find a way to screw things up.

I’ll also be keeping my eye on Detroit this year.  I don’t often take much interest in American League teams, but these guys have had my passing attention for the last few seasons.  I love that they picked up Prince Fielder, and think that definitely qualifies them to be a division winner and to make a run to the World Series.

Not that any of this matters.  It’s a long season, and it’s always full of unexpected things like injuries, trades, Cinderellas, and suspensions.  Now if only the damn thing would get here.

Written by seeker70

March 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

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  1. Thank you for the reverence of the date April 5.


    March 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

  2. Now you’ve got *me* waxing nostalgic for those sunrises on the boat. =)


    March 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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