I’m going to be honest with all of you, I didn’t watch or even follow much baseball this week. There were multiple reasons for this, mostly having to do with going into tech for a show. (This is a baseball blog comprised of writers who primarily work in theatre. Truly a niche group of people.) But the other big reason was the NBA Finals. I love the NBA Finals, and ever since moving to California I had adopted the Golden State Warriors as my second favorite team to root for (Detroit teams will always be number 1). It also didn’t hurt that they had just drafted Draymond Green, who is a MSU Spartan. This years Finals was less about who would win and more about how the Warriors would win it seemed. And it didn’t disappoint (unless you’re a Cleveland fan I suppose).
To tie it into baseball, this year’s Warriors team compares directly to the 1999 New York Yankees. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant are Derek Jeter, Jorge, Posada, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera. Andre Iguodala is Bernie Williams. Etc. The Warriors only lost one game the entire Posteason, a blowout to their bitter rivals the Cavs. The ’99 Yankees only lost one game their entire Postseason, a 22-8 drubbing by their bitter rivals the Red Sox. And so on and so on. We also seem to be in the midst of a dynasty, not unlike those Yankees. The major difference is the Yankees are evil and the Warriors are not. Not yet at least.
The only major to thing to happen in MLB this week that I even remotely took note of was the MLB Draft. BUT, I can’t even really tell you who was picked and if they were good choices or not. Because unlike the NFL and NBA Drafts, where most fans can tell you who went first overall and who their team took each year, as well as some stats about that athlete, the MLB Draft always seems to be mired in some confusion. I think there are a few reasons for this. For one, no one follows College Baseball, except maybe a few games during the CWS. I know I don’t because the sound of a metal bat drives me bonkers. But that’s just me. Another reason would be that MLB teams are drafting both HS and College athletes, and that’s just far too many kids for a Mel Kiper Jr. type person to keep track of and explain to you on Sportscenter. But the biggest reason is that MLB drafts into their farm system. Rarely do you see someone who was drafted make it to the Big Leagues that year. Or the following year. Especially when you consider the Draft happens IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ACTIVE SEASON. So as much as I would love to recap what happened in the draft for you, I can’t. Partially because I don’t really know myself, and partially because it’s too much work to even try and make sense of it.
BRYCE “THE JET” HARPER??
Ok, not really but he did do this:
He’s no Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, but Bryce Harper is still ripping the cover off the ball. pic.twitter.com/Tf9q4X1KJz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 9, 2017
That’s just silly. Also, MLB might need to start requiring him to chin strap his helmet on. Seriosuly, I don’t think anyone’s helmet comes off as much as Harper’s does, wheter he’s throwing it while charging the mound or just swinging the bat.