Four for four


NBA playoffs

drop cap said last week it would be hard for Golden State to win three in a row to get back to the NBA finals. Well, guess what? They did it! I suppose I am not surprised. They were the best team in the regular season after all. So I guess if anyone was going to do it, it was going to be Steph Curry and crew. It did not hurt that Kevin Durant seemed to be mailing it in during the seventh game, dreaming of the riches that are surely coming his way as he enters free agency. If you read last week’s column you also know that I said this would be the year Cleveland finally gets its championship and I am sticking by that. The Cavs are healthier than they were a year ago and I think that will be the key. Of course I have been wrong before – just look at last week!

I was searching for a baseball game to watch this weekend and I stumbled across a hockey game. I figured it must be some round of the never-ending NHL postseason but was surprised to see it was actually the Stanley Cup finals. Try as I may, I just cannot get into watching hockey casually. I have a favorite team, and I watch them whenever I get the chance and will follow them for as long as they are playing. But once they are eliminated, my interest in the sport shrivels up and dies. So, it looks like the Penguins are playing the Sharks. I will not offer any predictions here. I also probably won’t ever mention it again.

My conditional love of hockey does not extend to baseball. I will, and sometimes do, watch as much baseball in a day as is humanely possible. This often turns into quite the binge, especially on the weekends where you can start watching at noon (my time) and finish close to midnight with a game out west. There is a lot of good stuff going on in the MLB right now. Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and his five home runs in seven at bats against Baltimore! That is kind of unheard of. In fact, it has only been done two other times, coincidentally both times by Boston Red Sox. Betts is a fantastic player and one of the rising stars in the league, but when you look at him you don’t see a prodigious slugger. He is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and supposedly weighs 180. But I guess he has plenty of bat speed to generate all that pop.

The fans of the Kansas City Royals are at it again, pushing their players to the top of the American League All-Star voting. I think I touched on this last year, I think if MLB is going to let fans pick the All Star starters, then it has to be prepared for something like this to happen, especially when they let fans vote on the internet. The All Star Game has never been truly representative of the best players in the league and as long as fans pick the starters, it will not be. That said, I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing. The fans are the reason the games are played in the first place, so why not let them get to see the players the majority of them want to see? And, if you, as a fan, don’t like it, there is something you can do about it right now. Get out there and vote for the guys you want to see play. Just remember, if you are trying to vote out a Royal, then you are going to have to vote early and often (and then go ahead and vote again).