All good things come to an end.

Each baseball season is filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, and walk-offs and heartbreak. It fuels the part of our emotion that helps us to believe that when your back is against the wall, anything is possible. You always have a fighting chance as long as you still have an out available to be made. Our seasons are dotted with unbelievable plays that we will watch over and over again years from now as well as those home runs that never seem to find their way back to Earth. Just as a fire can light a team’s road to the postseason it can also, coincidently, be what burns a team out of it. In October, you have to be perfect. Believing that a comeback was still in our future, I made my way to Tropicana Field with my friend Kristen last night for ALDS game 4. What’s really funny is that Kristen and I met via Twitter last year after watching each others video submissions on YouTube for the third season of the MLB Fan Cave. When we saw their 2014 video starting to play on the screen at the stadium, we had to have someone take our photo. Though you cannot really see the video playing in the background–it’s there, trust me. Facing our fifth elimination game since September 29th, I felt that the odds were in our favor despite what anyone else would suggest. We had proved our determination and fearlessness against Toronto, Texas, and Cleveland so Boston was just the next victim on the list. We had gained momentum by eliminating the Orioles and...

Wil Myers Earns Promotion

Top Tampa Bay Rays prospect, Wil Myers, got the call that he will be joining the team this week in Boston. Myers will wear the number 9. In Durham, Myers was hitting .286, has 7 stolen bases, and leads the team with 14 home runs and a International League leading 57 RBI’s–which is 14 more than any other player on the Bulls. What kind of impact do you think Myers will make for the...

Pretty in pink

I love the color pink, and that may be one of the reasons that I enjoy seeing players wear the color to honor not only their mothers, but to support the fight against breast cancer. I decided since pink is seemingly a feminine color, I would give out a girly award for WHO WORE IT BEST! There was a clear winner, but let’s take a look at some of the men who were bold enough to wear such an amazing color. (PS: Guys, you should wear pink more often.) Brandon Barnes – Astros Adrian Beltre – Rangers Jason Kipnis – Indians Sterling Marte – Pirates Donald Lutz – Reds Lucas Duda – Mets Ryan Zimmerman – Nationals Michael Taylor – A’s Martin Prado – DBacks Pablo Sandoval – Giants Justin Ruggiano – Marlins Steve Pearce – Orioles Alexi Amarista – Padres Ryan Howard – Phillies James Loney – Rays Ryan Roberts – Rays Jonny Gomes – Red Sox Reid Brignac – Rockies Robinson Cano – Yankees * The man who dedicated the entire day to pretty much pink everything was Bryce Harper. So, my Who Wore It Best award goes to him. Great job, Bryce, supporting your mother and women around the world. Again, thank you to all of the players who wore pink this Mother’s Day because more importantly than the color itself is the meaning behind wearing it. I wish I could post a photo of each and every one of them, but there were way too...

RISPy business & near no-hitters

In case you haven’t noticed, the Tampa Bay Rays have been suffering with their offense through the first eleven games of the 2013 season. Some may be surprised, while others may not. Although it still may be too early in the season to say that this is going to be a long-term problem, it may lead one to believe that the team should at least consider their options with hitting coach, Derek Shelton who has been with the club since 2009. This past December the Rays promoted Jamie Nelson to assist Shelton, and to work with the teams’ catchers, after numerous articles had been posted on the internet calling for Shelton’s termination (This also includes the negative social media chatter among fans–and Facebook groups supporting the decision to fire Shelton). Out of the fifteen teams that now occupy the American League, the Rays find themselves LAST in both hits and runs scored. In 2012, the team was ranked 11th (out of 14) for runs, and 13th in hits. 2011 saw the team rank 8th in runs and 13th in hits. In 2010, when the team won the American League East Championship, the team was ranked 3rd in runs and 13th in hits. 2009 featured the team in 5th place for runs and 11th in hits. The team went to the World Series in 2008 while placing 9th in runs and 13th in hits. For starters, let’s take a look at the first eleven games and the stats for RISP/LOB. Game 1 (BAL) Team RISP: 0-for-1, Team LOB: 2 – (L) 7-4 Game 2 (BAL) Team RISP: 4-for-7, Team LOB:...

Megan’s picks for the 2013 season

Since the ladies and I decided that we should each make our own predictions for the season, I’ve been thinking really hard about all of the possible things that could happen; all of the injuries sustained during Spring Training, all of the potential call ups that could take place. I’ve never been one to really enjoy making predictions because I feel like I’m such a realist when it comes to things that can happen and I like to consider EVERYTHING and usually have a super long explanation for the “why.” With that being said, how can you really predict the future when it’s so uncertain? Do we know if the Dodgers will be worth their payroll? Do we really know if Alex Rodriguez will return this season? I wish I knew. Here are my 2013 guesses… American League Rookie of the Year: Wil Myers (TB) National League Rookie of the Year: Zack Wheeler (NYM) American League MVP: Mike Trout (LAA) National League MVP: Joey Votto (CIN) American League Cy Young: Justin Verlander (DET) National League Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg (WSH) American League East: Toronto Blue Jays American League Central: Detroit Tigers American League West: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League Wild Cards: Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays National League East: Washington Nationals National League Central: Cincinnati Reds National League West: Los Angeles Dodgers National League Wild Cards: Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants World Series: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Washington Nationals World Series Winners: Nats I actually had a dream last season that it was the Rays and the Nats in the WS… I assumed it was for 2012...

SI.com experts make their predictions

Word on the street in the Tampa Bay area is that SI.com may have given the Rays the Kiss of Death for 2013. “Why?” You ask? Well, that’s a great question. It may be because 4/7 experts predicted the team to win the American League Championship (and the East). It could also be because two of them named Evan Longoria as their pick for the American League MVP. Or, maybe it was the fact that one of them said they believed David Price would two-peat as the American League Cy Young winner. Not to mention, 5 of the 7 experts selected Wil Myers as this year’s American League Rookie of the Year. Wait… three of the experts said that Matt Moore or Alex Cobb were going to be named as the Stand Out Player of the Year in the league? Yup. According to the experts, the Rays are going to do great things this season–which has fans a little worried that SI.com may be trying to jinx the franchise’s chances of postseason glory. Before everyone gets excited over the matter, let’s take a look at how their 2012 predictions went. Chen… I don’t want to call you (or your editor) out, but for 2013 you listed Wil Myers as being part of the Royals organization which, along with your 2012 prediction of the Red Sox winning the AL East, that’s a joke. Boston finished in last place in the East in 2012 with a total of 69 wins. Picks for the American League Champions were split between the Angels, Yankees and Rangers–all of which seemed like popular picks heading...