Spring time is here, and I can honestly admit that I've seen things in the past two to three weeks that I never could've imagined would happen in my lifetime. For starters, I'm a proud parent of an 11-month-old son that is an absolute joy to be around. Though I never would have imagined being a parent by my mid-20's, seeing little Lawson "baptize" his new musical toy rabbit in the toilet Tuesday morning was something I didn't expect until he was at least working on potty-training.
Back in the sporting world, seeing my bracket fall to pieces was quite unexpected. The Dukies lost to West Virginia and Davidson took down the "Goliath" in the Georgetown Hoyas. As for my selections, the Hoyas will no longer be present in my Final Four. The plus-side is that North Carolina is still running and gunning and are heading in the right direction.
In high school sports, I watched Scott City pull off their first victory in anybody's recent memory over the Bulldogs on the diamond Tuesday. Pitcher Ryan Modglin is quite a phenomenal athlete to watch and should make Missouri State pretty happy when he shows up on campus next fall. That is, unless one of the scouts watching him puts a bug in his ear before hand. On Monday, I literally almost froze to death to watch a girls soccer game. That's something I never would've dreamt of doing a few years ago. They're fun to watch though, and I think the Lady Bulldogs under the direction of "Dude" Long will be pretty competitive for the rest of the season and years to come.
Along the lines of high school sports, a former teammate of mine, which I'm proud to say that, is making national headlines with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hopefully Blake DeWitt will keep up the good work and possibly even see that big league roster in the near future. It's pretty cool visit the Dodgers home page and click on DeWitt's name in a poll of who's going to start at third base on Opening Day. Just to give all of the supporters a head's up, Monday's Opening Day game against San Francisco is on ESPN around 3 p.m. our time. I know what you're thinking, "And I took off for college basketball?" Count your sick days and good luck DeWitt, it'd be an incredible thing to watch.
Also, not to be overlooked, is the outstanding play of DeWitt's high school teammate and pal Jacob Priday at the University of Missouri. Priday is just a handful of homers away from being atop of the list at Mizzou in that category. I'll be checking in on Priday and his squad April 11 as they suit up against the Texas Longhorns. The Tigers moved up to No. 2 in the Baseball America poll released on Monday. Look for the article in the near future.
And last, but not least, to all the fans in the "Country", and you know who you are. Analysts everywhere have the Diamondbacks, Braves and the Cubs, yes, I said Cubs picked to win their respective divisions. I even heard two hosts on ESPN Radio agree that the Cubs will win, W-I-N the World Series. Watch out, it may be a long, bumpy ride this season under TLR--Tony LaRussa for those of you wondering.
I hear that Todd Worrell, John Tudor and Joe Magrane may be available for call-up if the staff needs a lift. Either that or Seven-Run Kip may be able to return for a small price.
This week's question to ponder...
If Pujols goes down, and DeWitt were to be called up for a long stint with the Dodgers, I wonder how many people would wear a different hat, and stray from their legal Cardinal ethnicity? Would you be feeling Dodger Blue? Hmmm.
Last but certainly not least, here's a shout out to my mom. Happy birthday mom, you've finally hit your 30s.
Stay tuned for more high school news as well as the DeWitt and Priday tracker in the SD. I'll see you next week, and be sure to keep up with those Yankees at www.nyyankees.com.