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.