This week saw the beginning of the longest marathon in all of professional sports – and that is the MLB regular season.
Of all professional sports the MLB has by far the most difficult regular season to follow. 162 games, something that those with short attention spans have difficulty following. This is simply a matter of opinion, but baseball is by far the worst of the big professional sports in America (well at least when comparing regular seasons).
Now, I understand why some would argue that having 162 games (still crazy to me) is better than the amount offered in other sports, but it is so difficult to follow any team in particular for so long. It is hard to imagine that every single one of those 162 games count when so many of them are dropped just because its an off day, but it is ironic how at the same time every single game does matter – in fact, it matters a lot.
But still, 162 games is absolutely crazy. Now I know that basketball has the same issue. 82 games in basketball is also a lot and it seems like the regular season really means nothing (depending on what team it is it usually means nothing at all). Hockey also has 82 games but hey, chances are most of you don’t watch hockey so what does it matter, right?
Regardless of how long the MLB season is it is still awesome every year to catch opening day games. Th excitement in the stadiums is unmatched; usually it is coupled with a beautiful sunny day that completes the experience. It is wild to think that evry year we get to do the same thing.
One thing that is particularly different this year is the team that was showcased on ESPN for opening day, did you see it? It was actually the Chicago Cubs at the Pittsburgh Pirates — can you remember the last time that the Pirates were showcased on national television on opening day? My, how the times are changing.
The season should be fun and exciting (as well as long) but what I can’t wait for already is the playoffs. Even though the MLB regular season is painfully miserable to watch and follow, the playoffs are by far one of the best forms of entertainment in sports. I know that it is still a long time away, but that is what we should be looking forward to.
But let’s be real, we all want to see how the Braves are going to do this season. They lost opening day but still could compete for a spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately the Atlanta pitching rotation has been an absolute train wreck, losing nearly all of their starters for the season or for an extended period of time. I know this is obvious but assuming the Braves hit the ball they should have a good offense, there is still plenty of fire power on that team.
Although the division might just fall in the hands of the Washington Nationals who have a loaded team — in all honesty the Braves will be very lucky to win the Wild Card this season. But hey, as stated earlier, it is a very long season. Who knows what we might get. It’s time to play some ball!
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to email@example.com.