In case you’d forgotten sports are dangerous and good times are fleeting, the Cleveland Indians’ ace is here to remind you of both things. He took a line drive off his pitching elbow in a game Wednesday and ended up with a broken arm. He will be out indefinitely, leaving the Indians without their best pitcher.
There are rumblings they might try and replace him with free agent Dallas Keuchel. The one-time Houston Astros ace remains unemployed as we enter the merry month of May. So does the closer for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. I am sure these guys have unrealistic contract demands, but I think there is something wrong with baseball’s payroll system when all-star players keep having such a tough time finding work. There seem to be a lot of complaints about the most recent agreement. I hope they get things straightened out the next time the players and owners come to the negotiating table. There is certainly enough money to go around.
It is still kind of early to get a feel for who will prevail in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Well, other than Golden State. I think everyone can kind of figure out the Warriors are going to beat the Rockets; no matter how much talent that team has, Golden State has more. Every other series is locked at 1–1 though, and they all seem pretty evenly matched. I am enjoying Damian Lillard’s coming-out party. The Portland Trail Blazer star has been one of the best parts of this year’s tournament and it would be great to see him get to square off with Steph Curry and company. Not that I’d expect him to win, but the national stage would be nice for one of the game’s most under-appreciated stars.
The same thing is going on with the hockey playoffs. With the exception of the Carolina Hurricanes running the New York Islanders out of the bracket, every other series is pretty close. I’ve had the chance to watch quite a bit of the San Jose Sharks this year and they look like a team good enough to hoist the cup when all is said and done. Their game 7 with the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round was the sort of thing that is remembered for a long, long time. In case you missed it, they scored four goals during a five-minute major penalty to come back from a 3–0 deficit in the third period to eventually force overtime and then win the series. It was a heartbreaking way for Vegas to go out, but a thrilling thing to watch for even a casual hockey fan. San Jose is now up a game on Colorado and while there is still plenty of hockey left to be played, I think they are the strongest team in the Western Division of the playoff bracket right now.
Finally, a fond farewell to NBA Hall of Famer John Havlicek. I was too young to have ever seen Hondo play live, but I certainly heard a lot about him. He passed away last week at the age of 79 and he leaves us as one of the greatest to ever play the game. He will be missed.