We’re only one day into the season and I think we have the candidate for the play of the season. Cain’s game-ending catch, to me, was one of the most exciting, game changing plays I can recall from recent memory. Did you miss it? Check it out!!!
Yes, that did happen. How can you not love this game?
Yesterday it was reported that this is the first opening season of the 21st century, where there’s not a single active player left who started playing in the 20th century.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau Adrian Beltre and Bartolo Colon were the last of their kind. This means the MLB becomes the first of the four major sports without someone still around who played in the 1900s.
I can guarantee you, no Expos fan thought he would be the last standing. He also became a bit of ray of hope, he would still be playing when baseball would return permanently to Montreal. I always liked to check-in and cheer on ‘Big Sexy’ whenever he was playing. Sad to see he has been forced into retirement without a contract this season.
However, hope springs eternal. We are now seeing the rise of what we can call the sons of the Expos generation. Both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. are turning heads with their on-field performances. The game is better and more exciting now. So while it’s certainly a milestone worth a pause, I won’t dwell to hard, as I feel the game has gotten so much better.
Mets: Agent-turned-GM Brodie Van Wagenen kicked off his first year in Queens with a flurry of moves, proving that the Mets won’t be taking a backseat in the National League East this season. The Mets showed that they’re aiming for the NL East crown in 2019, after a busy offseason which included the signings of Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, Jed Lowrie, Wilson Ramos, Justin Wilson and Jeurys Familia. The new-look Mets have a chance to win their first postseason game since 2015, especially if their rotation of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Jason Vargas stays healthy enough to serve as the backbone of the team.
Nationals: The Nats watched their franchise star Bryce Harper head to Philadelphia in free agency, but the Nats should be right back in the mix again in 2019 to make their sixth postseason appearance in nine years. Manager Dave Martinez will need to run a better bullpen than last year, and the additions of Trevor Rosenthal, Kyle Barraclough and Tony Sipp should give Martinez more options for the late-inning matchups. Plus, the Harper-less roster is just as talented as it ever was with young superstars like Juan Soto and Victor Robles and offseason acquisitions like Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez and Brian Dozier. Just like their competitors in the NL East, this team is loaded with talent and ready to compete
Prediction The Mets are the more experienced team and for that reason, they’ll beat a much younger Nats team on Opening Day.
CBS is not alone in predicting a Mets win. I think the Nationals have something to prove and will want to show they aren’t just Harper’s team. Of all the games today, this is the one I am most excited to watch!
The snow is still not fully melted here in Montreal, but the positive vibes from two exhibition games at Olympic Stadium, a rousing (if not bittersweet) celebration of 50 years of Expos history- now transitions into a new joyous occasion – tomorrow a new season begins. All the wins and losses of the season prior – even a bad spring training mean nothing. All 30 teams will play tomorrow. More than 750 players will have a chance to play on a field of dreams every 13-year old boy and girl baseball fanatic can only aspire (or wish for) to come true.
The spring may not feel like it’s here yet, but that’s not stopping me from getting my glove and hat ready to cheer. A new year of baseball excitement is ahead and I hope you’ll follow me on this journey!