COLUMN: Baseball season destined to be great

Esteban Ramirez, Sports Editor
April 18, 2012
Filed under Sports

The 2012 baseball season is well under way, and I don’t think that I’ve been as excited for a season like this one because you don’t have a real clear-cut favorite.

Sure you have the Anaheim Angels who made big news in the off-season getting first baseman Albert Pujols and starting pitcher C.J. Wilson, but I still think the team has inconsistency from the rest of their hitters. Even the Philadelphia Phillies, with their dominant pitching rotation, aren’t a clear-cut favorite because of their inconsistency to get on base.

Another thing that is exciting about this season is how many story lines there are. Of course one of them is how will Pujols do going to the Angels. Also, how will Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun do after being accused of using performance-enhancing drugs?

Ho will the Phillies do without Ryan Howard, and can Roy Halladay finally break through and get to the World Series? I’m even interested how the Los Angeles Dodgers will do. Can they return to the postseason behind starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw?

I really believe that this season could end up being a great one, and as much as I would like to say that I think the Yankees are going to take it this year, I’m just not sure about that. I think there are plenty of teams that will make a run for the World Series, like the Phillies, Dodgers, Cardinals, Angels, Yankees, Tigers and Red Sox.  Even a team like the Colorado Rockies could surprise some people and make some noise in the postseason. We could even have an L.A. World Series… but don’t worry you “Dodger haters,” it won’t happen. It will be the Phillies versus the Angels in the World Series with the Phillies taking it.

MMA

Just two weeks ago the number-one contender for the heavyweight title Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. He tested 10-to-1 for elevated levels, and it is required to be at 6-to-1.

When you see this guy and how he just destroyed former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, you wouldn’t be shocked that he tested positive.

Now with Overeem testing positive, there is no telling who will fight heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. There is no doubt in my mind that they should have Cain Velasquez step in to fight Dos Santos. They already fought earlier this year and Dos Santos caught him early in the first round with a lucky punch, but I think if they fought again it would be a whole different fight. I think it would make a better fight than if they had Frank Mir or Fabricio Verdum.

Golf

This is the first time in a while that I’ve been excited for the Masters, and the reason behind that was that Tiger Woods had just won at Bay Hill before that.

He was headed to the Masters on a positive note for the first time in about two years, and anyone knows that golf is at its best when Tiger’s performing well. I was excited to think that the Tiger who brings fear to every golfer was back, but he shot a disappointing three over par, while Bubba Watson stole the show with a come-behind victory over Phil Mickelson.

This really showed that Tiger’s best years might be behind him, but hopefully he can bounce back and return to form.

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