I know there are a lot of you guys out there that left baseball during the strike era and have not come back since. I can understand that frustration, I honestly can. These guys are out there playing a game, spending time in the sun, making millions upon millions of dollars, and they want to complain they aren't making enough? How dare them, right? I can understand the frustration. Some of you even gave it another chance, able to look past the strike and look forward to moving forward. Then came the Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, home-run spectacles that drew a large number of fans back into the stands. And now comes the steroid era and baseball is back to square one.
I personally love the sport. Not the cheaters, not the sky-rocket salaries, not the pre-Madonnas; but the game itself.
Some people in today's fast paced-world think baseball is too slow, too much time in-between the "action", too long to complete a game. I disagree with those people. I love the ability to go to or watch a baseball game and relax. Take a break from the rush of the world and watch a game that involves so much skill and ability. Honestly, I know basketball is a hard sport to master; football is for the brute's that don't care to get their heads smashed in; but put any of those guys in the batter's box and let them face Pedro in his prime. Stand there with a splinter of wood and let a guy throw a baseball towards you. You have less than a second to determine whether it is a ball or a strike, fastball or off-speed pitch, inside or outside...and then you still have to hit it once you determine all of that.
Anyways, stepping off my soapbox and looking forward to the upcoming season, it should be exciting. There is so much young talent in the MLB right now it's amazing. There is no dominant team, no single team you can point to and say "they are going to win". Parody is starting to take place, not as much as we are seeing in the NFL, but it's getting closer. The difference in team payrolls are still way out of balance, but the talent level between teams is getting a lot closer. In my next article, I will break down each division and each team inside that division and weigh their pro's and con's. Should be a great season and I, for one, am looking forward to it!