Posted 02/27/2009 at 04:41 PM
It is a bit odd to see baseball lines in February but while checking the lines for basketball the last few days there has been the block of spring training baseball games. If you were really in tune with a few of the teams in Arizona or Florida you might find some opportunities but probably not. The new MLB network aired the Thursday game between the Indians and the Diamondbacks and if you somehow had action on the game it would have been an awful thing to endure with 26 runs scored including 12 in the final four innings. Cleveland had four errors in the game which helped to lose the lead and the pitching was dreadful at times. Somewhat entertainment TV, but a stressful watch, although if you are playing early spring training baseball you have nerves that are well tested.
If you are a baseball player or an aspiring player it can been enjoyable to watch these games however as the mistakes may make you feel better about your own game. I'm sure if local men's leagues took six weeks to practice and scrimmage almost everyday prior to the season the games would be pretty sharp as well. Certainly the talent level difference is immense but the rate of mistakes might be much closer than you would imagine as we often forget how much work goes into just preparing for the start of each MLB season, not to mention the 162-game grind.
The final week of the college basketball regular season is nearly upon us and this is the start of a great stretch in sports with critical final regular season games, conference tournaments and then of course Selection Sunday and the NCAA tournaments. If you're not excited for the next few weeks, I'm not sure how you found this blog as you are in the wrong place...