Well, the World Baseball Classic is in full swing and there have been some terrific games thus far in the tournament. Most notably last night when the Netherlands upset the Dominican Republic for the second time in the first round of the tournament. They pulled it out with two runs in the bottom of the 11th and claim victory 2-1. The United States has also advanced to the second round with two victories already. They will finish out first round pool play today Wednesday March 11th.
The second round will start in a few days and hopefully the action will be as hotly contested as the first. This is a nice breath of fresh air into a stale spring training season and makes me very anxious for the start of the MLB season. I think more of the top stars should take the World Baseball Classic seriously and it should be played every two years instead or three so more of the major stars have a chance to play in more annual Classics. It gives guys that sometimes have no chance at playoffs and big at bats in the majors have a chance to really come up big. It's fun stuff.
I am also glad to see A-Roid decide to have surgery. I wish it was the bigger and more serious surgery but I'll take even 6-9 weeks. I just hope karma sticks around and we needs the bigger surgery later to end his season.
The Sox pitching looks like it will be strong this year even if they hold out John Smoltz until June and just get marginal performances from Brad Penny. The bullpen looks alot deeper and the back end of the rotation should be a little bit better then last year. The offense doesn't look as strong as in the past but the way Bay and the Greek God of Walks are hitting so far in the Classic, they should still be able to score some runs.
Off baseball for a second, T.O. to the Bills? What exactly is the point of this besides T.O. just getting the most possible dollars? He doesn't care about winning or Buffalo. He's just going to where the money sings. I as a Pats fan am not worried about the pickup at all and I am glad that the Pats didn't make a play on this. However, I would like to see them at least negotiate with Harrison. I know he is in the later stages of his career but as a third or fourth wide out for Tom Brady that could pay big dividens.
The Celtics are still in second place in the Eastern Conference, a game and a half behind the Cavs going into a game tonight with Miami. I hear alot of the C's will be out tonight, so with the kind of heroics D Wade has been coming out with lately, they could fall to two games back. I'm not too worried, there are still 20 games left and Garnett should be back soon. If they don't over take them in the regular season they are fully capable of doing so in the playoffs I think.
Be on the look out for more Blog Chomps looking at the WBC, NBA, and whats left of MLB hot stove.