I’m getting excited. Once the Rangers and Astros were underway tonight (welcome to the AL, Houston), it really sank in that CC will take the mound tomorrow and a Red Sox player will step up to the plate and we’ll be off and running.
I’ve been asked by so many people, including various media outlets, if I share the sentiments of many fans who are disgruntled about our season-to-come. I’m not disgruntled. I’m not jumping up and down as if we’re poised to win a championship either. What I am is practical. The team we’re about to field isn’t terrible – not by a long shot – but other teams have their weaknesses too. Is the Angels’ lineup scary? Oh yeah. Do the Tigers have the best pitcher in the AL? Probably. Are the Blue Jays about as solid as it gets? Yup. Do the Rays and Orioles have fighting chances to win the division? I think so.
But…..history tells us that the best teams on paper, including past Yankees teams, don’t necessary win it all. (Did anybody pick the Giants last year?) So we’ll see. Maybe the Yanks will sink like a stone early on and maybe they’ll tread water and maybe they’ll surge and surprise everybody.
And isn’t that what baseball is all about? Unpredictability?