For my money, baseball is the sport that best encapsulates both the best and worst aspects of social media and 24/7 coverage. On the positive side, playing virtually every day for six months means there is always a frequent turnover of fresh content.
However, this is counteracted by a tendancy to over-analyse every single incident, which can sometimes look ridiculous when put into the context of a 162-game season. Case in point is the Blue Jays 0-2 start.
You can already sense (or more to the point read, listen and watch) the grumblings within certain sections of both the media and the fanbase. Yes, no one anticipated a season-opening loss or the cold bats, but it’s not all bad.
Brandon Morrow looked good last night, coming out smoking hot (almost literally) and finishing with eight strikeouts in six solid innings. And if this is anything to go by, Jose Bautista looks primed to have another explosive year:
For my money, the way Bautista swings that bat and reacts whenever he hits a home run is one of the most exciting sights in all of sports. If that doesn’t get you pumped up, nothing will.
Overall, the Blue Jays will be just fine this season. Don’t forget folks, it’s going to be a long year……………hmmm, that actually sounds bad doesn’t it? Errr……..how about ‘it’s a marathon not a sprint’! Yes, that works much better.
Of course, I appreciate that no matter how positive you try to be, this won’t stop some people worrying and that’s fine. As such, here’s something to help put things in perspective:
If someone could tell me what she actually looks like, I’d appreciate it.
Photo credit: @miizzrussell
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- By paul.taylor
- April 4, 2013