It’s a slow month for baseball news. But fear not, we’ve lined up a series of guest bloggers to entertain you. Leading off is Maureen from YankeesChick.com.
The Chick has been blogging for over two years now. She’s passionate about the Yankees and baseball as a whole and loves nothing more than ranting and raving about the team and then hearing what other people have to say about said opinions. That’s generally a hearty mix of, “Right on, Chick!” and of course a big dose of, “Yer a moron, go Saaaawx!”
Here’s her post:
Hello lovely Peter Abraham friends (or perhaps a few foes, everyone is welcome)! I imagine that as diehard Yanks fans like myself – which I assume y’all are, since you’re here – the shortage of baseball news lately has been difficult to cope with and has perhaps thrown a wrench in your usual workday plan of reading baseball websites for about 4 of the 8 hours (or is that just me?).
The Yankees in particular have been very quiet on the news front; since re-signing A-Rod, Posada, Abreu, Mo, and Pettitte they haven’t done a whole lot about which to write and/or read. It is during the lean times like the these that we must keep in mind the fact that there are 29 other teams in the league, each of them with a roster full of players and news for us to peruse!
Throughout the second half of the 2007 season, I provided an (approximately) weekly overview of the goings-on of the aforementioned other 29 teams over on my blog, which I called the “Rest Of The League Round-Up”.
The idea behind those round-ups was to provide a concise update on what was going on in the non-Yanks world, team by team, and just for some added fun (and, truthfully, because for some of these teams [Nationals, anyone?] there simply wasn’t always all that much to say) I implemented a self-imposed limit of 10 words per team. If you’d like to check out the 2007 round=ups, you can read them here, but for now, let’s rock and roll with a special Off-Season Rest Of The League Round-Up!
Once again, I see two teams that have a chance and three that don’t. Que triste, Torobaltibay…
Boston: Want Santana just to prevent Yanks acquiring. Pitching still scary.
Toronto: Virtually un-changed roster. Good luck keeping the DL under 2,809,123,098 players.
Baltimore: You haven’t had winning season since 1997. Keep the dream alive!
Tampa Bay: Maybe taking “Devil” out of name will help you. Nice try.
Two of you knocked the Yanks out in the last two years. Go to hell, AL Central.
Cleveland: You should’ve beat BoSox. Pitching too good.
Detroit: If beefed-up offense stays healthy, look out Cleveland.
Minnesota: In driver’s seat with Santana, but be smart: deal him.
Chicago: Ozzie Guillen will be the death of you… again.
Kansas City: Would love to see you succeed. Good farm, so someday?
You know rat-ville is coming out on top here, folks
Los Angeles: Hunter signing VERY wise. Extra “i” brings good luck.
Seattle: Current and former players going Clemens route after steroids scandal.
Oakland: Dear Billy Beane. Wise change in stance.
Texas: Otsuka recommended Padres as destination for Japanese players. Texas displeased.
Competition here in 2008!
Philadelphia: Crushing Mets = high spirits. Sidenote: Anna Benson comes with Kris.
New York: Signing veterans like you’re the old Yankees. PS: Get Santana.
Atlanta: If Mets blow it again, maybe you have chance again.
Washington: Got some good youngsters to watch! Maybe people will care.
Florida: Payroll now just under 150 bucks.
Too many teams, too little time.
Chicago: Weren’t you trying to sell the team? What happened?
Milwaukee: I wonder if these people will hope again in 2008.
St. Louis: STILL don’t get how you won in 2006.
Houston: Berkman outspoken about trades but probs won’t be traded himself.
Cincinnati: Reds.com headline: “Reds head to 2008 with clear intentions.” Obviously.
Pittsburgh: Will spend year trying to erase memory of Bonds.
Used to be “forgotten division”… now home to tight race!
Arizona: Yup, it was totally the less-hideous uniforms
San Diego: I still maintain: Who needs offense with this pitching!
Colorado: Congrats on pennant. Unsure what you’ll do in 2008 though.
Los Angeles: Good boy, Torre. Keep quiet and stay loyal to your lads.
San Francisco: No chance.