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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Spring Flings

“Spring” is upon us, which means it’s time for baseball season. Never you mind that it’s 46 degrees outside and raining. [EDITOR’S UPDATE - right now it’s freaking snowing outside, throwing me into an unbelievable funk. It’s April for cripes sakes – this should NOT be happening.] Spring is a state of mind more than it is a physical reality. And so long as it’s lighter later, it’s spring to me.

The Mets looked good in their opening day win over the Washington Nationals. Tom Glavine went 6 innings (the Mets could use seven innings from their starters more regularly however), Aaron Heilman looked shaky but gutted through two more (with a nice assist from the home plate umpire’s missed call) and Billy Wagner did what a closer should do; he closed out the ninth – with a nice assist from Jose Vidro’s brain freeze.

Good pitching and defense. That’s how world series winners are made. Throw in a little luck, the middle of the lineup (which looks pretty tough) and the Xavier Nady Factor, and who knows? Of course, the Mets look more like a high 80’s win team than a world series contender, but at the beginning of spring, anyone can dream…

Another springtime ritual is the NHL playoffs. And for the first time in many years, the Rangers will be joining the party. Last night’s victory clinched a spot at the dance. Not only that, after last night’s gutsy win over the Flyers, they may even do so as Atlantic Division winners (and thus the third place seed). This team continues to surprise me with their grit and tenacity. Even without Jaromir Jagr scoring recently, they continue to fight off the Flyers, now they have 4 points on Philly with an even amount of games to play. After last night, you actually get that ”hey, this is really happening” feeling. Even Kevin Weekes looks good at this point.

Can the Rangers make a serious run in the post season? That’s debatable. Usually, one line teams can be shut down. And honestly, I don’t see how anyone is taking Ottowa in a seven game series. That team is stacked. But can the Rangers make some noise in this, their rebuilding year? Absolutely. And next season the team should be even better.

4 Comments:

  • So I'm not the biggest sports fan. OK. Admittedly, not a fan at all. But I do love spring. Cherry blossoms wouldn't come without the rain. :)

    By Blogger Eshet Chayil, at 11:49 AM  

  • But snow? On April 5? unacceptable

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:53 AM  

  • Yeah, well, it was sunny 20 minutes later.

    By Blogger Eshet Chayil, at 11:25 PM  

  • Mets are okay, but the Braves will take the East again, baby.

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 5:23 PM  

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