Well, there are five of us now who are included in this blog's friendly (?) baseball rivalry.
Steven has decided that he wants to be in our group. He describes himself as a Toronto Blue Jays' fan -- "Well, sort of," he says. He's "trying on baseball this season" now that his hockey team has been knocked out of the playoffs ... "season ended prematurely, like some marriages," he added with a wink.
Glad to have you aboard, Steven. We need people with a sense of humor. And your timing couldn't possibly have been better! Your team is leading both the American and National Leagues in winning percentage (.833), did you know that? Have you discovered this site? This is where you can check daily to find out how your Blue Jays compare to the other teams in your division and see how the rest of the American League is doing. You can even check on the National League, if you want to.
Your team and my son-in-law's team (Boston Red Sox) are in the same division. The Red Sox are currently 2-3, tied for last with Tampa Bay in the American League East.
Patrick's team (Atlanta Braves) really struggled last year, and he was discouraged early. However, this year the Braves have started out with a bang. They have a 4-1 record. That's a winning percentage of .800, which is almost as good as it gets. Keep it up, Patrick! (That is, until you play the Astros. In which case, it's "Go, Astros!" But we're not in the same division, so I'll be cheering for your team a lot.)
The Chicago Cubs (Chuck's team), who tore through the National League's Central Division like gangbusters last year but then fell flatter than the proverbial pancake in the playoffs for God only knows whatever reason, are now tied for second place with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Unbelievable!
Leading the Central Division pack are (my personally least favorite team - sorry, Tammy!) the St. Louis Cardinals, who have beaten my Astros twice already in a set of three games. I watched yesterday's debacle. I don't think it's so much bad pitching as it is a case of lack of timely hitting. In each of the first three innings yesterday, we left two men on base. Unacceptable!
I realize that it's way early in the season, but still! My team, up to this point, pretty much sucks. (However, that won't stop me from watching the game that's due to start in a little over two hours now. I have to catch these games that will be shown on my television set when I can, right?)