Get ahold of yourselves now, ball fans
Baseball season always seems like it takes such a darn long time to start. I'm not sure why it feels this way. In those few months that separate the seasons, all of our teams go back to 0-0 and our hopes for a bigger and mightier team arise again. Maybe that is why that short wait seems like such a long time.
In the case of the Cincinnati Reds or the Kansas City Royals, who are both off to excellent starts, the wait was worth it. If you are a Texas Rangers fan, the wait also paid off nicely, but the Rangers faithful probably expect dominant starts to a season these days. The Philadelphia Phillies are killing it, too.
Tampa Bay Rays fans must be a little bummed. Their team was the overachieving stars of last year. Not only is the Rays' start to the season a bit alarming, but so is the sudden performance-enhancing-drug-inquiry-turned-retirement of Manny Ramirez a bit bizarre. That sucks … all the way around.
On the flip-side of the Manny-PED episode was a great segment on "60 Minutes" this past Sunday on St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. What a stud. With all of the stuff he has achieved on and off of the field, he makes me want to re-examine my priorities. My wife was a little teary at the end of the story. So were my dogs. Well, truth be told, so was I.
My Seattle Mariners team got off to a great 2-0 start, but had not won again as of this writing (Sunday). Going from 2-0 to 2-7 is a tough reminder of seasons' past and hopefully not a harbinger of the future for the M's faithful. I will watch, listen and go to games regardless of their record, but hell!
But the biggest early surprise has to be how the Boston Red Sox started winless in their first six games. I've been to Boston many times during baseball season, and on their local sports radio the Red Sox will get scorned after they win a game. I could only imagine the radio-callers this past week. It must sound like a friggin' doomsday prelude. Those fans are passionate, to be sure. Well, at least they took two of three from the Yankees.
But before any of us gets a little too far ahead of ourselves, let's just remember that we are only 10 games into the season. Before we state that the Cleveland Indians are going all of the way, or that the Red Sox are already out of it, let us remember how small of a fraction this first 10 games is to the rest of the season.
The Life asked columnist Duff McKagan to give us some music recommendations. Here's what he had to say:
For all that is good and grand and real in rock, the Foo Fighters have always, in my view, epitomized all of the righteousness that makes music good.
Just when we needed it, then Dave Grohl and his stalwart band of genius musical henchmen grant us with a reprieve to the banal fodder that we are often force-fed on "rock" radio. You young rockers out there: Take note of "Wasting Light" (iTunes | Amazon), the newest release just "dropped" by the Foos.
"White Limo" -- A peak inside the old-school punk rock influence that surrounds Foo Fighters. The video for this song (shot on a VHS camera, and directed by Grohl) is the best thing since Black Flag's "TV Party."
"Rope" -- I saw these guys play this song on "Saturday Night Live" the other night. Great song. Ridiculous band.
"Miss the Misery" -- These guys just get better at their craft of songwriting. With every new record, they expand and go to unexpected places … instead of doing the same ol' thing.
Get this record now.
Being 0-10 in the MLB is like:
A season like the one Boise State had last year in college football, has to be much worse. They were so good, for so long -- and hadn't lost a game in a long, long time -- that by the point they hit that mini-buzzsaw that was Nevada (and losing), there was really nothing that could save their season afterward. All of the other top college teams would've had to lose a game, to give Boise State any hope of a chance at the national title. Of course, a collective collapse doesn't happen there in the top tier. NCAA football is brutal that way. Lose one game, and you are effectively out.
The Major League Baseball season has so many different factors involved that we often don't really know who is going to be in the playoffs until teams in the AL and NL Wests, Centrals and Easts play their division rivals at season's end. So in context to the rest of these above factors, don't get too up or down about your MLB team yet. We have another 150 games to go!
Musician Duff McKagan, who writes for Seattle Weekly, has written for Playboy.com and is finishing his autobiography, writes a weekly sports column for ESPN.com.