With March just around the corner, I can gladly proclaim: It that time of year again!
Baseball season is here. I bet you thought I was going to discuss March Madness, right? But no, America Pastime reigns supreme in this columnist eyes. I have finally been able to stop my countdown to the date when pitchers and catchers report that happened over a week ago; now, we are on the precipice of the first spring training games of the 2002 season.
Records are meaningless in the spring, but for millions of baseball fans around the country, the games that are played in Florida and Arizona give hope if even for just one fleeting moment that their team can win it all. Of course, only one squad can realize this dream each fall. Autumn seems far off now, and the World Series is seven months away, but a full month of spring ball, and before you know it, it the trading deadline in the 162 game season. From there, the pennant race heats up, and then it time for the playoffs.
To avoid any allegations of band wagon jumping, I have decided to go public with my forecast for mlb jerseys from china this upcoming baseball season now. Timing is everything, they say, and, well, if I am right, my stellar handicapping skills will be confirmed. And if I am wrong, no one will ever remember.
So, without further ado, here are the top four contenders two from each league for this season.
The American League will once again be decided between the New York Yankees jerseys and the Oakland Athletics jerseys. The Seattle Mariners jerseys, Cleveland Indians jerseys and Boston Red Sox jerseys figure to be the best of the rest. But the Mariners jerseys will not have the stars aligned perfectly for them this year, the Indians jerseys will be plagued by inconsistent pitching, and the Red Sox jerseys, well, they the Red Sox jerseys.
The A came close to knocking off the Bronx Bombers last year, but Joe Torre club was able to pull it out and advance to the World Series, which they eventually lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys in a thrilling seven games. But Jason Giambi now lives in the Bronx and is sure to develop a certain affinity for Yankee Stadium short right field porch. He help the Yankees jerseys cruise to the AL East title once again, backed by an enhanced offense and excellent pitching. Without Giambi, the A will teeter on the brink of a World Series berth, but once again fall just shy.
Who will the Yankees jerseys face, you ask?
Neither team has top notch pitching, but in a seven game series, give the edge to the Cardinals jerseys, as they have a more balanced attack. The Mets jerseys rotation, aside from Al Leiter, will probably be more of an offensive asset than a pitching plus. And that not a compliment to their batting ability. The Cardinals jerseys will be National League champs, setting the stage for a Fall Classic between two of baseball most storied franchises.
It will be another riveting World Series, with St. Louis entering another set against a team from the Big Apple. The teams will split the first two at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees jerseys will take two out of three in St. Louis. Then, back in the Bronx, the home team will be clinging to a one run lead in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and Tino Martinez the ex Yankee first baseman at bat for the Cards. Martinez, who was underappreciated by the Yankee front office, especially for his defense, will hit a dribbler up the first base line that finds its way through the legs of Jason Giambi, for whom he was run out of town. The Cardinals jerseys will go on to win Game Six, but never will the Yankees jerseys lose a Game Seven in the house that Ruth built. You heard it here first: Yankees jerseys in seven.