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Clubhouse Meeting: The Start of the 2017 Season

The New Season is here and we’ve got some new faces! Come learn about them and see what they’re looking forward to and who’s got a strong feeling about the Minnesota Twins!

Clubhouse Meeting: The Start of the 2017 Season


Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes

Welcome to the first monthly Clubhouse Meeting! Each month, the Three Up, Three Down Team will come together to mold our minds together and give you all of our hopes, dreams, predictions, hot dog condiment suggestions, etc. for the month ahead. However, since it’s Opening Day, we decided it would be a good idea for us to not only introduce ourselves, but also set the expectations of what kind of baseball blog we are. So with that in mind please enjoy:

Three Up, Three Down’s 2017 Opening Day Clubhouse Meeting!


JUSTIN COLOMBO

BOLD PREDICTIONS

The Chicago Cubs miss the 2017 playoffs.

Yoenis Cespedes hits 52 Homers.

Bartolo Colon gets an infield hit. Like, legs out a bunt.

The Twins will be worse than last year.

HEARTFELT DESIRES

That the Washington Nationals stop saying “Natitude”. IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

I just want to play in the Broadway Show League. Is that too much to ask?

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Noah Syndergaard leads the league in Strikeouts.

David Price wins a playoff game.

The San Francisco Giants bring back the Krazy Krab.

UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Matt Harvey – 2017 NL Cy Young. Please.

The Mets trade Jay Bruce for a catcher who can throw to second and is not made of glass, or just anyone who is not named Jay Bruce.

THAT THE MLB GETS THEIR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND AND REMOVES THE NEW ERA LOGO FROM THE OFFICIAL CAPS. ARE YOU SERIOUS WITH THAT?

NED DONOVAN

 

 

BOLD PREDICTIONS

For the first time in history, the AL MVP is split between two people, as Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts combine for the greatest season in Major League history. (This could also be filed under Heartfelt Desires)

In a quietly brilliant season, the Milwaukee Brewers win the World Series after getting written off all year, shat on by every pundit, and only winning their division by half a game.

The Cleveland Indians break the record for most walked batters in MLB history, and yet still win their division by 6 games.

HEARTFELT DESIRES

See above MVP statement

Bartolo Colon beans Bryce Harper, he charges the mound and promptly gets knocked the fuck out.

Greg Maddux comes out of retirement for absolutely no reason, pitches one perfect game, and retires again.

REALISTIC EXPECTIONS

The Red Sox coming off a kickass year, do what they always do after a kickass year and finish last in the AL East, despite having the best offense in Baseball.

The Arizona Diamondbacks revel in their remarkable mediocrity, and go 81-81, taking 3rd place in the NL West

The Tampa Bay Rays win 60 games, they decide it’s the name, and change it back to the Devil Rays which was infinitely cooler.

UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS:

I catch a ball in my beer while attending a Sea Dogs game. They are so impressed I get a tryout, and end up playing 3rd base, which is completely odd for a lefty.

JOANNA KRUPNICK

BOLD PREDICTIONS

John Jaso will be tagged on one of his dreadlocks and will be called out. This will spark a heated debate as to whether or not a dreadlock is a part of the runner.

HEARTFELT DESIRES

The San Diego Padres get rid of those All Brown Alternate Jerseys. Just because you’re team is in the toilet doesn’t mean your team has to look the part.

Connor Gillaspie stops touching himself.

That Giancarlo Stanton stays healthy and does well this year. I just wanna see him smile again.

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

That Noah Syndergaard names his next glove “Delores” or “Bernard”.

That Jose Bautista figures out what is happening with his beard.

UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

The Twins will be better this year.

Everyone stops wearing Neon and switches to Earth tones.

Jon Niese pitches a perfect game.

David Ross wins Dancing With the Stars.

BOBBY UNDERWOOD

BOLD PREDICTIONS

The Yankees will publicly apologize to their fans for signing Jacoby Ellsbury instead of re-signing Robinson Canó.

The Mets’ infield defense is so bad that Matt Harvey, in an effort to conserve his elbow, offers to play shortstop.

In a similar effort of elbow conservation, David Price will pitch every other inning with his right arm.

HEARTFELT DESIRES

The Yankees will publicly apologize to their fans for signing Jacoby Ellsbury instead of re-signing Robinson Canó.

Didi Gregorius comes back healthy and soon. Because he’s awesome. And underrated. And adorable.

Joanna is absolutely right: Padres, please get rid of those jerseys. If you want to do something weird every now and then, have a team cap designed with a friar’s haircut.

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

A Cubs-Indians World Series rematch.

Yoan Moncada will get called up to the majors and either make the Red Sox regret trading him or make the White Sox regret trading for him.

Despite his ineligibility, Gary Sanchez will get at least one Rookie of the Year vote.

UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Gary Sanchez will win Rookie of the Year.

Yasiel Puig will win NL MVP.

The Yankees will publicly apologize to their fans for signing Jacoby Ellsbury instead of re-signing Robinson Canó.

BRYAN PLOFSKY

BOLD PREDICTIONS

The Seattle Mariners will make it to the ALCS.

HEARTFELT DESIRES

I’ll catch a foul ball this year.

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Michael Conforto becomes MICHAEL CONFORTO THE AMERICAN HERO. – Bryan Plofsky

UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

The Orioles get over the fall hump.

CARLOS PARRILLA

BOLD PREDICTIONS

Coming live via a Cablevision transmit!

Of course I think the METS will win the world series. Unfortunately, I don’t believe their rotation will be the reason. I believe the play of the young, tenacious, talented, and David Wright inspired infield players will be the difference maker. We obviously need the entire team to hit the baseball. I don’t want this team to become the 1999 Mets with”no-men on base home run champ” Mike Piazza. Yes, he’s a HOF’er, but the fact is, he hit big ones with no men on base. Granted, you couldn’t count on Rey Ordonez getting on base in any crucial situation, but that’s neither here nor there, and definitely a different conversation.

HEARTFELT DESIRE

I hope to see Terry Collins be more of just a face in the dugout, and really make those strategic game calls on a daily basis. Be a mentor, guidance counselor, Marine drill sergeant, and expert with this game. Bring it, Terry, it’s your last year. Leave it on the field. The game can use some of your experience, and wisdom. Aren’t you like 107 years old already? I’m not always a fan of managers getting the ump’s faces, but IT’S BE NICE TERRY!!!

REALISTIC EXPECTATION

Lastly, myyyyy man A-Rod. I would love to see the Yankees look like a burning F-150, blazing through the tail, teetering in all the wrong directions, slumping like user taking the SAT at 745am after homecoming, and gliding into last place like the HARE in the 2105-2016 Super Bowl Mercedes Benz commercial. Then have the audacity to even think about considering A-Rod going on the bench, and be back up to any young, innocent soul whom Girardi has no skill of training, guiding, or mentoring. “Oh what a night…” – Four Seasons(1968)

That’s all folks. Catch me next time, same blog, same Nuyorican.

Andrew Wilhelm

BOLD PREDICTION

Justin Verlander wins the AL Cy Young

Mike Trout DOESN’T win AL MVP

The Mets won’t make the playoffs (braces himself for hate from at least half the writers on this blog)

HEARTFELT DESIRES

The replay reviews won’t suck the soul out of the game as much this year.

Jim Joyce personally apologizes to me for robbing me of being able to say I was in the stadium during a perfect game. (I was at the Galarraga game and I’ll never get over it)

I get to see a game in my beloved hometown of Detroit for the first time in 4 years.

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

The Cubs repeat as World Series Champions

Andrew Benintendi wins AL Rookie of the Year

Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, and Giancarlo Stanton all hit over 50 HRs

UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Victor Martinez steals a base

Yu Darvish pitches a complete season

The Mariners make the playoffs

Meeting adjourned! LET’S PLAY BALL!

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