Opening Week of baseball

Wow, what a first week it was in Major League Baseball.

The Oakland A’s dropped the first two games to the Seattle Mariners this past week, but then went on a tear. Of course facing Felix Hernandez on opening day one of the toughest tasks out there, but that tough task seemed to challenge and motivate the Athletics the rest of the week. They dropped the second game of the series, and haven’t lost since, scoring 6+ runs every game. But let’s not forget about the pitching. Dan Straily was impressive in his first start of 2013 before he was sent down to the minors. His replacement Bartolo Colon also pitched well in his first start of 2013. Will this rotation be better than last seasons? I sure hope so and with a start like this, I’m ready for what this season has in store!


Here are a few notes from around the league from the last week in case you missed it…


In his first start of 2013, Yu Darvish came within 1 out of the 24th perfect game in Major League history. 1 out! So unfortunate. Especially considering they were playing the lowly Astros, who he made look silly the whole game, until the very last batter. Ron Washington took Darvish out after he gave up the 1st hit of the game, but was it necessary. I know it seems like a little much let your starter throw 100+ pitches early in April, but the guy was working on a career game and they let him get that far. So why not just let him finish what he started?


I know many fans are just getting used to baseball season being back, but this is ridiculous..

When are people going to learn that when you sit near the field or fences, you should BE PREPARED for a ball hit your way. Guys all over the country are starting to make a habit out of bailing out of the way on balls hit towards them, so their girlfriends or lady friends get hit by the ball. Tsk Tsk Tsk.


In even more hilarious news, Bob Costas of all people, rapped on television last night. Don’t believe me, check out the video below.

This all was stemming from Robinson Cano signing with Jay-Z’s new sports management company. They had asked Bob Costas who his favorite rapper was, and he referenced Ludacris because he was name dropped on the MC’s 2003 track, “Hip-Hop Quotables.” The video is hilarious, not to mention Bob Costas spitting a few bars, but the best part by far is at the end, when Costas says “If I stepped off a curb and got hit by a bus, I’ve lived a full life.” Here’s the lyric below in case you missed it in the video. “Now I roll up torpedoes, get blunted with rastas/ For a hefty fee I’m on your record like Bob Costas.”


Manny Being Manny. So as you may have heard, Manny Ramirez is now playing in Taiwan, in the Chinese Professional Baseball league. Ramirez had yet to go deep after a week of playing in this league, until this moment…

As you can see, they love Ramirez over in Taiwan. The broadcasters absolutely lose their religion during the homerun. The best part, is when the broadcasters stop speaking in their native language and start speaking English, saying words like “Two-Run Homerun” and “See You Later!” We do miss Manny here in the states, but I can honestly say that if more of these videos surface, I will be a happy man this season. Baseball needs Manny Ramirez, in whatever capacity we can get him.


Saturday Night, the Upton’s welcomed themselves to Atlanta in grand fashion. Down 5-4 in the 9th, B.J Upton stepped up to the plate against Carlos Marmol, and tied the game with a bomb to deep center field. Then as not to be outdone by his younger brother, Justin came up to the plate with hopes to win the game…

What a moment for these two. First season playing in Atlanta, together and during their first homestand they make history. The Upton’s became the first brothers in baseball history to tie and then subsequently win the game in the 9th inning or later. Wow, this could be a scary good team with the addition of the Super Upton Brothers. Welcome to Atlanta!


Now that the season is in full swing, it is time to get excited. If this season is anything like this first week, it will be entertaining to watch all through 162 games, especially with interleague play everyday.

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