Sunday, April 22, 2012

Positivity! L.A. and Washington... be happy you aren't Boston

In the aftermath of yesterday's misery, I found being relieved by two other games. I saw the Nationals win in extra innings (despite a blown save by Brad Lidge) and I also watch my local team, the Dodgers, beat the lowly Astros.

Both Washington and Los Angeles (the only team that plays in Los Angeles) have won 12 games already. They are 13% of the way to a 90 win season already.

And they are winning in truly exciting ways. The Dodgers have tied the Rangers for the best record in the game so far and have a 4 1/2 game lead. It's early, sure. But these are games they don't have to make up. And Matt Kemp seems to be on a mission, asking "Still think Ryan Braun is better than me?"

And Dee Gordon should become the face of the post steroid era. Also this Kershaw kid isn't bad.

Meanwhile in Washington, the Nats are in first. Will they be there all year? I don't know and neither do you. Remember how all year last season people kept saying "This Diamondback team is a fluke, they will fall"?

Did they?

OK, so Lidge blew a lead for Stephen Strasburg. And yes the team's lineup doesn't strike fear into the hearts of men.

But that actually works in their favor. If the lineup heats up, they may actually be the exact kind of team that takes advantage of other teams injuries and dysfunctions.

Look, these two teams could be feasting on other disappointing teams and go on a huge losing streak.

But right now they are young, exciting and fascinating teams that are fun to watch.
You know, everything the Red Sox AREN'T!
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