Hey, guys. This is Ted, probably best known (if known at all) as the author of A Price Above Bip Roberts, but the weekend guy over here.
Last weekend, well - I wasn't over here. In fact, last weekend at this time I was driving (I was actually sitting shotgun, if you want to be specific) from Baltimore to DC en route to a wedding, with an immense hangover caused by a combination of Boog's + seeing an Orioles win + dancing with a 40 year old white guy and his harem of rehearsal dinner females as he tried to crip walk to the song "Carolina In My Mind." I wish I was kidding. I got home at about 3am and was awakened by my friend calling to tell me he had arrived maybe 5 hours later.
My life is a sham. Or maybe your life is a sham and mine is the normal one. I suppose it's all relative, right?
Right now I'm at work - my last Saturday morning at work for the next 8 weeks, which is cool - and I'm trying to think of topics to address this weekend for OBoS. I don't like golf that much, and with Tiger and Phil playing like crap, the U.S. Open to me seems boring. The NBA is done. Football seems light years away. I even kinda miss the NHL right now.
While perusing MLB.com, though, I realized how many absolutely meaningless games there are in baseball this weekend. I like Interleague - the concept to me is solid, and it has produced a ton of important, relevant sequences in the last decade of baseball history - but if you were an Interleague hater, it'd be pretty easy to point to this weekend as why the entire concept is a crock. To boot:
- Diamondbacks vs. Orioles
- White Sox vs. Pirates
- Blue Jays vs. Nationals
- Rangers vs. Reds
- Astros vs. Mariners
- Royals vs. Marlins
- Rockies vs. D-Rays
(I didn't list series such as Red Sox vs. Giants and A's vs. Cardinals - both of which are long ago World Series rematches, by the way - because at least one team is relevant).
I got to thinking, and this is partially inspired by the Sports Show on Mute MLB Survivor Challenge of which I am a part, how many teams in baseball as of June 16 just don't matter.
'Twas the genesis of our weekend series: teams that don't matter and some of the most tangible reasons why. Perhaps Selig will access this site and in so doing, he'll want to constrict the amount of teams in MLB (is that even the right word? It's too early).
We'll be back a little later with the first edition.