From a baseball perspective, it was a gem. From a statistical perspective, it was an opportunity lost. Chris Sale of the Whitesox won the game, but failed to strike out at least 10 Blue Jays, which would've set a record for most consecutive games with 10+ Ks. Instead of the record that nobody cared about, Sale and Mark Buehrle made beautiful baseball music in less than 2 hours. Now, that's a record to be proud of.
Unlike some broadcasters who talk a good game, I can actually PLAY sports. I'm not great, but I'm better than adequate. In fact, my Rec League softball team may be one of the finest squads ever put together at any level of any sport. We are undefeated this year, after a thrilling one-run victory yesterday at McMaster University. A few weeks ago, nobody would've thought it possible.
As someone who enjoys laying down the odd bet, I'm tempted to wager a few bob on the Boston Red Sox or the Baltimore Orioles to win the A.L. East this year. The Bluejays? Too many kids, suspect pitching and defense and a manager who worries the hell out of me. Sure, they had a better shot when Marcus Stroman was healthy, but now they seem to have cornered the market on inexperienced players and that's just not going to cut it.
I'm having trouble keeping up with all the professional athletes who are foregoing a big paycheck in exchange for their long-term health. Most have been forced to retire early because of concussions, but 24 year old linebacker Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers,who is perfectly healthy, retired the other day because he did his research, and doesn't want to end up being the next Junior Seau.