We are past the actual midpoint of Major League Baseball’s 162 game marathon of a season, but the regular season is basically half-finished. Here are a bunch of scattered thoughts on the year so far as the All Star Game looms just a few short days away:
- I recognize that the MLB has seen better days when it comes to popularity, but I still am stunned when I go onto to Stubhub and see Yankees tickets going for $6. Things are real bad. But one fan base that deserves some credit is the San Francisco Giants’, who continue to fill AT&T Park despite the fact that the team has not been good.
- After coming out of the gate flat and playing really poorly for two and a half months, the star-laden Los Angeles Dodgers have
been on a tear lately. The Dodgers have won 15 of their last 18 games and are getting incredible production from rookie sensation Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez. They could be poised to overtake the Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West very soon.
- David Ortiz just broke the record for hits by a designated hitter. He is in the middle of another monster season (it looks like it could wind up being his best since ’07) and has his all-time home run total up to 420. If it wasn’t for the whole steroids thing, he would be well on his way to Cooperstown. Even with that blight on his record, people are chattering about his Hall of Fame chances (see: this and this). I’m going to ignore such discussion until people start looking at Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez as HOFers again.
- Speaking of Manny, he shaved his head! He also looks good in this hat.
- Derek Jeter was finally healthy enough to make his season debut today, but had to leave the game due to tightness in his quad. It would be pretty sad for Jeter and the Yanks if he had to go back on the DL already!
- Alfonso Soriano has been killing it for the Cubs lately–he has five homers in their last five games.
- It is almost All Star Game time at Citi Field (can’t think of a better venue outside of Fenway/Wrigley for an All Star game). I’m excited. Matt Harvey should start for the NL in the game.