Opening Day … what a farce
Major League Baseball Opening Day!
In a word, farcical.
Sorry folks, but win or lose in Seattle this weekend, I’m not digging Opening Day, baseball or the defending world champs.
Seriously, I’ve been pushed to this by the money in the game and lack of any fairness. I ask you in all honesty, do you have any doubts today that the Red Sox, Yankees and Astros will all be around when MLB’s “real” Opening Day commences in October with Game 1 of the ALDS?
Baseball’s regular season has grown into an afterthought, at least in this day and age of the American League where these franchises are outspending their competition two or three times to one.
Look, I’m like every New England 50-something. I turn on the radio and allow the Sox to be the background noise of my summer. Yard work? Sox on radio in garage. Office stuff, Sox on radio at my desk. You get the idea.
Side note here, yes I will indeed miss Tim Neverett.
The regular season, as long as these big three can continue to buy missing pieces to fill in the blanks while other teams have way too many blanks to fill, is a boring series of bludgeonings.
It’s too bad, too.
I mean honestly. I’m stunned here in New England, where the Patriots have made history in a strict salary-cap era, earning six titles with nine Super Bowl trips overall in 18 years, that any true Pats fan can follow the Sox with a straight face.
Brady and Belichick have rolled up their sleeves and earned it. They are legends, performing above and beyond the competition rolling on two decades now.
The hapless Jets, Dolphins and Bills spend just as much as New England does. This is not the Rays spending $60 million and Boston and New York up over $200 million.
It’s not an anti-Sox rant here. I love this team – in the playoffs any ways.
Manager Alex Cora talked on Wednesday about how the 2019 Red Sox are looking to do “something special.”
With the amazing financial advantage they enjoy, would repeating be really special?
I mean the first 162 games are a formality, aren’t they?
This baseball team won 108 games a year ago in a season which the Yanks and Astros also won 100-plus.
Sorry, folks. That’s not captivating baseball.
Remember this fact that went underplayed in the news. Despite the humongous signings of the postseason, Major League Baseball’s player salaries dropped for the second straight year overall.
That folks, is a warning shot. I’m not alone in this thinking.
As fun as October was around here last fall, there is little or no intrigue on Opening Day.
Three-fifths of the AL playoff lineup is set already.
Pencil it in here. The Sox, Yanks and ‘Stros are all headed for the playoffs.
See you guys in October.
Hector Longo can be reached at 594-1253 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org