Don't get me wrong, I love Darvish and Lester, but Kyle Hendricks getting the honor of starting for the Chicago Cubs on opening day... that's FANTASTIC!
The Baby Maddux.
The guy who beat Clayton Kershaw in the 2016 NLCS game 6 to clinch and sent the Cubs to their first World Series since the invention of the Candy Apple.
Oh yeah, he's also the guy with the 86.9 MPH fastball in The Age of Velocity is All.
I'm so happy for him!
You like him because he comes off like "The Little Engine that Could", right?
But in reality, he's just really really good.
Last May I had fantastic seats at Wrigley and had the pleasure of watching him toss his 81 pitch complete game shutout vs the Cardinals.
I hadn't seen this clip before, and in the opening frames I think...
...that's me. Can't be positive but if it's not, then it's still just about where I sat.
He'll get another "start" in a summer camp Cubs-Only game on Sunday, hoping to go maybe 85 pitches.
And the next one will be an actual game vs the Brewers on the 24th.
A thing I just.. never believed they could pull off.
Do you listen to podcasts?
Like "Onto Waveland" with Brett Taylor, Sahadev Sharma, and Patrick Mooney? (If not, listen here. It's fantastic.)
The other day I was listening and they were saying that when they talk about the virus, they still get tons of comments like "stick to sports".
Covid 19 itself has it's own disease, which is politics.
Can't shake it, apparently, and politics make people angry.
But this season, trying to ignore Covid is silly - everything MLB is doing revolves around it.
I won't go too deep into that except for masks.
Wearing a mask isn't hard, and it's common sense.
Some feel it intrudes on their rights, or freedom or whatever, so I made this:
On the 22nd, teams will begin traveling for the first time.
Travel means planes and hotels and interacting with regular folks who work in those places, and those people interact with the rest of us.
So... if you won't wear a mask to help protect other people, then how about wearing a mask for baseball?
Okay, done preaching.
Go Kyle, Go Cubs, and Go Baseball!