Does anyone actually enjoy sports anymore? With Twitter, Facebook and message boards, it seems we have more outlets than ever to discuss and learn about sports. Add MLB.tv, NFL Sunday Ticket, ESPN3.com
and other technological advances in streaming video, we’re always
informed and entertained. So we can bitch. And bitch. And bitch. And then bitch some more.
From a fan’s standpoint, what Aroldis
Chapman is doing seems amazing. Through May 27, Chapman hadn’t allowed
an earned run in 21 appearances and 26 innings. He’d only allowed seven
hits, walked eight and struck out 44. But it’s not just those in the
stands that are impressed — so are his teammates.
During a baseball season, 40 games isn’t
enough to tell the whole story, but it should be enough to get an idea
where it’s going. Except when it isn’t — like with this season’s
installment of the Cincinnati Reds.
Andy Dalton jokes that he can now hold
his head up and boss around the mere rookies that invaded the Bengals’
locker room this past week for a rookie minicamp. He, of course, is
joking. It’s not his style to boss anyone around — more likely he’s
showing his new teammates the ropes.
Last week, former San Diego Charger and New
England Patriot Junior Seau, a future Hall of Famer, committed suicide.
Like former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, the 42-year-old Seau shot
himself in the chest. Last February, before shooting himself, Duerson
sent a text to several family members.
The Bengals did exactly what they were
expected to do in the first round of the NFL draft on April 26 — take a
cornerback and an offensive guard, even if the names were different than
expected. Last Thursday, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama and
Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler became the newest Bengals.
One of the great beauties of baseball is
that one pitch can mean everything and one game can mean nothing. The
Reds are off to a slow start, winning seven of their first 16 games.
It’s not ideal and wins in April count as much as wins in September, but
it’s baseball — every team loses roughly one-third of its games.
It seems every mock draft out there — and
there are a ton — knows exactly what the Bengals will do with their two
first-round picks on April 26: The team will take a guard and a
cornerback. They seem to be the two glaring needs,
even though the team addressed their depth at the positions in free
Nielsen says we’re the smallest market in
Major League Baseball, but last week Bob Castellini sent the message
that the Cincinnati Reds are no longer a small-market team, signing Joey
Votto to a 10-year, $225 million extension that brings his contract to
more than $250 million over the next 12 seasons.
I know I will lose any claim to being an
actual Cincinnatian with this statement, but I’m not really bothered
that Major League Baseball’s first pitch of the season wasn’t thrown in
our city. In case you missed it — and it’s very
possible you did — the 2012 MLB season began on March 28 in Japan.