Monday, February 21, 2011

Baseball is Back!

Baseball is back!  Pitchers and catchers have arrived with all the new stories and adventures for the 2011 baseball season.  It doesn't matter if you are a fan of the big market teams or small market teams early in pre-season because there is always hope that at this point your team will make it to the promised land.  After a bitter winter spring training is welcomed more than ever and the fun is just beginning. 

There are so many questions for the new year of baseball.  Will Derek Jeter return to playing like Derek Jeter and reach 3,000 hits? Will Albert Pujols have another MVP season and sign with the Cardinals or become a free agent at the end of the season?  Will Joey Votto have another MVP season and will the Reds take the next step to the playoffs? Can Zack Greinke get the Brewers over the top? Do a new Manager and young players like Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman change the fortunes of the Atlanta Braves? Can Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes make their new Manager look smart and can the Mets pitching staff shock the world?  Was Buck Showalter just lucky last season or are the Orioles the team to shock the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays?  Can the Angels return to their winning ways or is Texas officially the beast of the West? Can the Pirates young stars Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata become a new version of Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla?  Will Don Mattingly be as good a Manager as he was a player? Will the Yankees find a 4 or 5th starter who can stop the Red Sox and Rays? Are the Red Sox as invincible as they look on paper? Do the Phillies have the best starting pitching staff of all-time? Which young star will step up to be the next Albert Pujols?  Will the Giants repeat or were they a one season miracle?  Will Buster Posey experience the sophmore jinx?  Will Stephen Strasburg come back better or worse? 

I could go on all day with the questions of the new baseball season because baseball gives us so many story lines and so much pleasure.  Enjoy the season as it's always great!

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