Coach Jayzor’s 2nd Annual MLB Predictions
Last year, I made my predictions before the season started, as all respectable prognosticators should. However, this year, life got busy, and I found myself two weeks into the season. A wise man once said, “Better late than never.” That was either Benjamin Franklin or Winston Churchill. At any rate, I have included the current standings and my predicted standings. In some cases, they are similar. In some cases, they are very different (See the AL East, where I have predicted the exact opposite of the current standings). If you read until the end of this post (which is quite a feat), you will be rewarded with my predictions for MVPs, Cy Young Awards, and World Series teams. Enjoy the predictions, and enjoy the season!
*NOTE: Current Standings are as of the morning of 4/17/13 (before any games were played).* Read more
“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.” - Terrance Mann
It’s opening day. The day games have started, the aces are warmed up, and the crisp spring has launched the Boys of Summer towards the Dog Days of Summer and the Fall Classic.
It’s Monday morning. You’re back to school or work after a weekend of football, family, friends, and all sorts of other fun. Today probably isn’t so much fun. That’s where the Monday Mailbag comes in!
With the pennant races heating up and the regular season wrapping up, I felt it was time to get together some of the best baseball minds I know for a Wise Guise Roundtable, discussing the season and prospects for individual/team successes down the stretch. Who is going to play in the World Series? Who will win the MVP, Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Cy Young Awards? Was shutting down Steven Strasburg the right thing to do? Enjoy!
This guest post comes to us courtesy of Wise Guise friend Patrick Henson from Lexington, Kentucky. Enjoy his take on this year’s MLB All-Star festivities and the constant tension between one of the game’s biggest stars and the host city!
Editor’s Note from Joseph: I really love the Major League Baseball All-Star game. I was thinking about writing a post discussing my childhood home run derbies in my friends’ game room, missing so many of them for church camp each summer, my love of voting each year as a good American should, etc. But then I realized that my post would be more self-serving. THEN, I realized I’d rather read what Patrick Russell had to say. And it didn’t disappoint! Enjoy Patrick’s third guest post for us here at The Wise Guise. In case you missed his last post about baseball, check out his reflections on being a Japanese baseball fan. Read more
Japanese Baseball Game Day Experience
By Patrick Russell
[Special thanks to Eric Lord for his contribution of Japanese Baseball facts. And for helping me nearly start a riot.]
Confession: I like baseball. A lot. Upon reflection, perhaps a bit too much. I try to watch every Cincinnati Reds game I can, check league box scores every morning, manage two fantasy teams, and read mlb.com and the MLB sections of Sports Illustrated and ESPN every day. To top it off—and perhaps most telling of the true extent of my baseball fanaticism—I can even name FIVE players on the Oakland Athletics.*
*Coach Jayzor suggests that knowing more than 3 Oakland A’s** is the benchmark for watching too much baseball. In my defense: one of my officemates is an A’s fan who is determined that I should know their starting 9 and 5-man pitching rotation before the end of April. Complete resistance has thus far been futile.
**Fun fact: I went on a grammar tangent minutes ago—as is wont to happen in an office shared by 7 English graduate students. Did you know that the apostrophe in “A’s” is NOT a misuse of a possessive form to form a plural? That would be wrong, anyway, since it would be the plural possessive, “As’.” Apparently, “A’s” is a contraction. You’re welcome.
Some people call me “Coach.” Some people call me “Jayzor.” For the purposes of this article, you can call me “Coach Jayzor.” I will present a predicted order of finish for each division, commentary on each team, and a player to watch for each team. If you don’t like my predictions, then you’re probably cheering for the wrong team. Feel free to jump on the Detroit bandwagon. Believe me: there’s room. A ton of people jumped off of the Detroit bandwagon a few years back. Remember? The city needs our support. Read more
Editor’s Update: On Saturday, April 21st, 2012, Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitched the 21st Perfect Game in Major League Baseball history. Another moment in baseball history when perfection was achieved, making the analysis below of Billy Chapel’s accomplishment appropriate to one more man who has taken the mound in the quest for perfection.
In a year when three of my favorite/most critically acclaimed films were tributes to the nostalgic era of 1920s cinema, film’s impact on America’s culture of leisure is quite clear. When people weren’t captured by the moving pictures, they were enraptured by Jack Dempsey and the sweet science or by Murderer’s Row dominating America’s pastime. News reels of Babe Ruth aired before Douglas Fairbanks graced the silver screen. In America’s pantheon of heroes and icons, movie stars and athletic all-stars have always filled the hallowed halls. So, with spring training upon us, Opening Day weeks away, and a new film season before us, it’s time to turn to our past.
In the recent B.S. Report podcast where Bill Simmons interviewed President Obama in the White House, President Obama spoke about the power of the myth of sports, how it can bring people together who may agree on nothing else, and how it may be one of the truest meritocracies in our society.
Every winter when the Academy Awards graces the small screen, we get movie stars gushing about the history of film, how it has captured their imagination since childhood, and how it expands our horizons while carrying us to far away places and pushing our minds to think about things in ways we’ve never thought about them before. Read more