The weekend series between the Red Sox and Detroit Tigers was telling…very telling.
Remember that amazing American League Championship series last October? Well, it is clear to see… the Tigers have gotten better. The Sox have gotten worse.
The Tigers look younger and more athletic. The Sox look older and slow.
The Tigers added Ian Kinsler, Rajai Davis, Nick Castellanos – and what if they add Stephen Drew to play shortstop come June 5th? The Sox added Grady Sizemore and Jonathan Herrera.
On the week leading up to Memorial Day Weekend…the Tigers appear for real. The Red Sox are a team caught in the middle. Dare I say, caught in traffic on that baseball “bridge.
Bruins need to look ahead
The Boston Bruins playoff loss to Montreal still stings. I am convinced they would have beaten the New York Rangers and at least been playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup in June.
But it is time to look ahead and I think the Bruins have to take a long, hard look at their roster. GM Peter Chiarelli needs to build his team for a new-look Eastern Conference – one that seems filled with increasing speed and skill.
Detroit, Montreal and Tampa Bay all seem primed to be a force in the next few years with young and fast players. The Bruins toughest task will be getting through the east.
There are over 100 unrestricted free agents out there to sign and the Bruins have $9 million dollars or more they can spend…
So would it be better to get a Thomas Vanek or Martin St. Louis type instead of bringing back Jerome Iginla? How about Ryan Callahan? How about former UMaine Black Bear Dustin Penner?
A balanced Class A East
Let me see if I get this correct…
In Class A East high school baseball, #4 Lewiston has beaten #3 Oxford Hills…#1 Messalonskee has beaten #4 Lewiston…#3 Oxford Hills has beaten #1 Messalonskee…#2 Bangor has beaten #4 Lewiston…#3 Oxford Hills has beaten #2 Bangor.
Sets up for a great final two weeks of regular season play.
An appealing play
Under the category of “truth is stranger than fiction”…
Linfield College (Oregon) will get a chance to defend its Division-3 College World Series title later this week. Remember, a year ago Linfield beat the University of Southern Maine in the championship game.
But how the Wildcats won game-7 of the NCAA regional tournament against Wisconsin – Stevens Point is interesting.
With Linfield leading 3-2 in the 8th inning, Wisconsin’s DH Kyle McHugh hit a home run to tie the game. After McHugh crossed home plate Linfield appealed to the umpires that McHugh did not touch first base during the home run trot. The first base ump ruled he did miss the bag and the home run was taken off the board. Linfield went on to win 3-2.
As fate would have it, Linfield and Wisconsin=Stevens Point met again… in the regional final with Linfield winning 4-2.