Ah, spring flowers bloom, the sun shines, and hope springs eternal for baseball fans everywhere. I mean, come on, the Chicago Cubs jerseys won last year. Anything can happen. Games start this Sunday, so we called up Jessica Mendoza. And she is a baseball analyst for ESPN.
Hey, it’s David Greene. How you been?
GREENE: Finally. I mean, full disclosure, I am a Pittsburgh Pirates jerseys fan. So I was not all that happy with the Chicago Cubs jerseys winning the World Series. So I are we done with them? I mean, it’ll be another 108 years?
MENDOZA: (Laughter) We can be. I don’t have I’m, like, one of the few that doesn’t have them repeating. So.
MENDOZA: I feel like I mean, they’re still the best team in baseball, no doubt. But I felt like what helped them be so successful was the fact that they had starting pitchers that pitched every single game. Like, they didn’t have injuries that you saw happen to the Indians jerseys, the Dodgers jerseys. I mean, they used 15 starters (laughter) last year. And I think that that is going to play a part in their run prevention. I think the Pirates jerseys are going to be a strong team. I think the Cardinals jerseys are going to be better than they were last year. So I don’t think the NL Central is going to be as easy.
GREENE: Well, is there a city out there a baseball city that you think is going to be pleasantly surprised?
MENDOZA: The Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys and the Colorado Rockies jerseys.
MENDOZA: Yeah. If you’re talking, like, teams that are like here we go. Pollock who he I mean, no one knows this guy’s name, but he is one of the most dynamic players in the game. And he got hurt last year, was out the entire season. And he’s a young guy, center fielder. The guy can’t hit. So the Diamondbacks jerseys are you know, if you’re living in Phoenix right now, they get all right, spring training’s leaving. Here we go.
GREENE: Yeah. I think ears are perking up for people listening in Phoenix right now. I can already tell.
When I think of sort of the personal mlb jerseys from china story that I’m following this year, cheap Andrew McCutchen jersey, you know, outfielder for. He had such an off year. He wrote this beautiful essay in The Players’ Tribune talking about that he thought every day he would look at his phone and find out that he was being traded. But he stayed with the Pirates jerseys, and he loves the city. Is there a personal story somewhere that you’re really following?
MENDOZA: I feel like the biggest storyline coming in is coming off the biggest World Baseball Classic that’s been as far as fan support, just people watching. won. I saw more passion and this is coming from an Olympic athlete, OK? So I’m someone that resonates with USA across the chest and playing against these other countries. I went out in LA to the finals as a fan, which I can’t remember, honestly, the last time I was a fan right? of a baseball game. You know, I work.
GREENE: (Laughter) You’re usually working, yeah.
MENDOZA: Yes, exactly. And to be around the players and the passion that they had, you’re seeing what, to me, is the best part of the game. It’s really showing the emotions that come with when you really want to compete and go out there and win.
GREENE: It almost sounds like it’s getting back to the basics. And it’s just love for the sport.
MENDOZA: When we were 10, right? When all of us were out there playing the game when it’s just, like, you know, your I’m coaching my son’s Little League team, right? So they’re 7 years old. And, you know, they’re going to dogpile for a second out in the third inning. (Laughter) You know, like, they don’t.