It's baseball time! And since Boston's season doesn't start for about 14 more hours, I can safely say that they are on pace to win the World Series for the second time in four seasons!
Or they'll be down by three in the second inning Monday to the Royals, and I'll declare the whole thing over and pout.
Living in a DirecTV home, at least I'll get to see the first week in a free preview, and right now we have NESN, which is where nearly every Red Sox game is televised up in New England. We're not sure, though, if it's part of the sports package that Val's Dad gets every year to see the Cardinals play, or if it's also on a free preview. Fingers are crossed, though.
Having NESN would be tons better than Extra Innings, because I'd get to see pre-game, post-game and all day coverage of my team, as opposed to two minutes before the game, the game, and thirty seconds after the game, as Extra Innings turns it off while the players high-five on the field afterwards. Which is kind of like seeing a Bond film's climax, but missing the funny/sexy/hooray part where he seduces the Bond girl while talking naughty as the folks back in London roll their eyes.
And if the season has begun, it must time for my annual guesstimate predictions, more guess than estimate, with more than a dash of being a giant homer:
AL EAST - Boston (see?)
AL CENTRAL - Detroit
AL WEST - Anaheim
AL WILD CARD - Dang Yankees
NL EAST - NY Mets
NL CENTRAL - St. Louis
NL WEST - Los Angeles
NL WILD CARD - San Diego
AL PLAYOFFS - Boston over Detroit, Anaheim over the Dang Yanks; Boston over Anaheim
NL PLAYOFFS - Mets over San Diego, L.A. over St. Louis; Mets over L.A.
WORLD SERIES - Boston over Mets, Buckner gets the winning game ball
Now I admit, since I've been focusing on moving back to Memphis for the past month I've researched the least before a season since I was five years old. Not good for my fantasy prospects. If you can't find me, I'll be the one on the old I-55 bridge crying and yelling, "Why Hank Blalock, WHY???!!!!!"