From April to September (and beyond, if you're lucky), it's baseball season. No other sport has been so ingrained in pop culture.
Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First" routine. Jack Norworth's "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Ernest Thayer's "Casey At The Bat." The countless movies such as Field of Dreams, The Natural, Major League, A League Of Their Own and Bull Durham top several sports movie lists. It's a relaxing sport with moments of intensity. It's a daily grind. It's pretty much just like our lives. And that's what we'll talk about on Baseball Cabal.
Some of us even have our own team- and topic-specific features:
• New York Yankees: Pinstripe Report
• Boston Red Sox: Dead Red
• Detroit Tigers: Harwell's 1984
• St. Louis Cardinals: Semper Cardinalis
• Arizona Diamondbacks: Desert Pepper
• Hall of Fame arguments: Hallspotting
For now the Mets are staring at Opening Day and wondering how to get through the remaining 161 games as quickly as possibly.
Wright is indeed the franchise, inheriting that title from Tom Seaver, the last player to be considered that important.
The WBC certainly is proof that a true “world” series is something that must eventually happen.
We are all young again from the moment we hear “pitchers and catchers” until that first pitch on Opening Day.
The question is where is A-Rod now? My guess is that you would have an easier time finding Waldo.
David Wright is now “The Franchise.” He follows in the rather large footsteps of Met legend Tom Seaver.
Dickey’s story is not just a Mets story, but one for all sports fans, for it transcends team glory and becomes a lesson in perseverance and human dignity.
The one-game Wild Card is the best idea baseball has had in a long time.
Melky Cabrera is the latest in a long line of baseball players who thought he could get around the rules.
With nothing riding on this season, the Mets should approach Santana and ask him to go quietly into that good night.
There is more hot air pumped into this basically meaningless game than the Goodyear Blimp.
Will the Mets roller coaster ride of winning three and losing three continue against the Yankees?
Hang on, New York; it's going to be a bumpier ride than sitting in a roller coaster car on the Cyclone at Coney Island.
Santana not only achieved what no Mets pitcher has ever done, but he exorcised the demons of the franchise in the process.
Someone is lying and someone may be convicted, and the real truth may never be known, but a former Yankee could end up in prison.
These Mets are starting to be Amazin' again, in a way that is so old that it is new.
Rivera leaves a great impression with his work ethic, his demeanor, and his embodiment of sportsmanship.
Detroit Tigers take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, while the U. S. struggles with cultural changes.
By expanding the playoffs to include ten teams, the idea is to no doubt push the playoffs to a longer (and more lucrative) format.
So take it from a Mets fan who knows Bobby V's act - the devil is in the details.