Finally I can spend my days and evenings with a baseball game on in the background. Often times I don't actively watch a game, pitch by pitch. Instead it's more of a keeping tabs while I'm occupied with something else. Television rarely offers anything good enough to serve as a worthy alternative so the soft sounds of a game are great for me.
March madness is over and hopefully your bracket didn't take too bad of a beating. I skipped filling out a bracket this year since I just couldn't get into it like I have in previous years. This year the final four teams ended up being Michigan, Syracuse, Louisville, and a slight surprise in Wichita State. Michigan handled Syracuse well in order to make it into the championship game but Louisville almost faltered against Wichita State, even going into halftime down by a point. They hung in there to win by four and met with Michigan in the final where they again found themselves down by a point at halftime. Another well played second half led them to a championship win and their first championship since 1986.
The 2013 season has begun and even though a typical baseball season is a 162 game marathon not a few week sprint let's take a look at which teams or players are standing out. First we have the Nationals and the Braves who are winning in opposite ways, the Nats with superb pitching and the Braves with batting, and quickly making their presence known in the league. Surprising teams like the Orioles have players like Chris Davis who already has 4 home runs, an eye popping 17 RBIs, and batting a .417 average. Then you have a stack of teams off to poor starts. Like the Yankees, who are packed with top tier talent, have been thrashed with injuries and can't seem to get good consistent starts from their pitchers. Sure it's only the first month so any of this could change, one injury can stall out an up-and-coming team or one surprise bench player could recharge a floundering one. It's no time to panic or celebrate just yet.