On a personal note, I would like to thank you guys for your kind words, encouragement, and silliness on my last post. I like to think of us all as being a weird baseball loving family around here, and y’all didn’t disappoint in being supportive and uplifting. It’s still a little difficult, but it’s good to have people in your corner.
We’re still doing positive, happy stuff today. Or at least things that make me smile a bit. What do you say, fam? Let’s go for it.
Czech Me Out: World Baseball Classic qualifiers are happening right now. Yes. RIGHT NOW. I love the WBC; I love watching teams from countries that aren’t known for baseball going out there, rocking their colors, doing their things, playing for pride and love of the game. I mean, sure, there are sometimes ringers on a team – Anthony Rizzo on Team Italy, for example* – but for the most part, it’s just a really cool tournament and I love it.
*Anthony Rizzo has a legit reason to be on Team Italy. Per WBC guidelines, your parents or grandparents must be born in the country for you to be eligible. I believe that Rizz’s grandpa was born in Italy, so it’s all good.
Anyway, the WBC has introduced me to a lot of cool stuff. The coolness that is Loek van Mil. Seeing Aussie players that I like all on the same team, and being able to play instead of sitting on the bench. Watching a who’s-who of American players on the same team and seeing how they relate, how they work with one another. I love the passion of the international teams, the pride they have in their countries, the bright colorful uniforms. It’s great.
This year, the WBC qualifiers are introducing us to the little engine that could, the team from the Czech Republic. They were playing against tournament favorites Germany, who features an actual legit prospect player, Donald Lutz (who is a cool follow on Twitter, btw, for those who like to follow players). In fact, the Czech Republic only has one minor leaguer on their roster.
They didn’t play like it today, though. Yes, they had a huge eighth inning to win the game, topped off by the one and only minor leaguer on the team hitting a grand slam! It’s the kind of thing you see in movies that don’t do well at the theatre.
I love it. Seeing the highlights put a huge smile on my face.
More Things to Make People Happy:
Here’s a two for one special. Imaginary Big Brother Smoltzie for me, and the Most Handsome Manager in Baseball for Historio:
Daredevil season two came out on Netflix. Sources close to me say that it’s light years better than season one. I personally loved season one, so I’m psyched to see season two. I’m not a fan of the Yankees, and I’m not really into Saint Derek Jeter, but guys, this tweet is fire.
And here’s a little something special for our friend tmc. Welcome back, pal.
You’re gonna love Simba. 🙂
Have a great weekend, y’all!