Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
Hey there fellow MGoBloggers,
I have been a Michigan football fan for about 25 years now, and over the course of my childhood and highschool/college years have followed an increasing number of UM athletic teams. Besides the big 3, (Football, Hockey and Basketball) I have recently hopped on the LAX bandwagon, and have also decided to spend my first offseason following Michigan baseball closely. I love sports, by the way.
Here are my question for you MGoBaseball Fans...
What is a good way to gauge how well the season is going? I know the W-L thing is good, and the Big Ten Standings are good, but nationally, are teams ranked?
How many teams make the regional/super-regional tournaments, and how are these competitions formatted?
Does every team make the post-season tournament? Is there a selection committee?
Any and all help would be nice. I don't want to be one of those fans (of any sport or team) that doesn't really know what's going on all year, or have a full grasp on the criterion for a celebratory worthy season, then act like I know everything whenever my favorite team performs well.
So, I've been a season ticket holder for the Tigers for 3 seasons now, and this will be the first time I will actually be able to use my opening day tickets. I was looking for some advice from the board on where the good spots are downtown before the game. I plan on rolling downtown around 7:00 am and beginning my festivus day of drinking and baseball.. Any advice would be appreciated.
An hour long documentary of the craziness that took place during game 162 of the 2011 MLB season is on right now and so far it is awesome.
A great way to get ready for my favorite day of the year - Opening Day.
It was announced this morning that LHP Drew Smyly won the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation. He had to beat out through the spring top prospect Jacob Turner, as well as fellow left handers Andy Oliver, Casey Crosby and Duane Below. He was considered the dark horse to get the job because last year was his first full year of Pro ball.
His combined numbers from A+ and AA minor leagues last year:
11-6 2.07 era, 126 IP, 36 BB, 130 K's, 1.103 WHIP.
Pretty impressive numbers, but take with a grain of salt because it was still lower minor leagues he was pitching in. Lets hope he is ready for the Bigs and the organization isn't rushing him like they have done to some other pitchers in recent history.
He will make a start in Triple-A Toledo for the Mudhens on the 7th and then be called up to face the Tampa Bay Rays on the 12th. It was also announced that Luis Marte won the final spot in the bullpen. Opening Day is this Thursday the Tigers take on the Redsox at Comerica. For those of you who are non-baseball fans, just look at it like this, the next "opening day" will be the football season and then everyone can be happy again.
"By the time you add shredded cheese, chili, sautéed onions and fries, the entire plate could weigh two pounds."
I think I could maybe eat a whole one without toppings, probably not more than half when fully loaded. How about other MGoBloggers out there?