Buying a ticket to a baseball game gives you the right to express displeasure with the home team if you feel they’re not giving a suitable effort or playing badly. Maybe that reaction isn’t always fair, but it’s part of being a fan. And it’s also part of being a professional athlete.
For our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discussed Javier Baez and other New York Mets players giving a thumbs-down to fans for how they’ve reacted to the team’s poor performance recently. It’s a gesture that team management definitely didn’t support.
The New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves were expected to be two of Major League Baseball’s best teams. Yet approximately 65 games into the season, both are disappointing. On WISE Sports Radio, we discussed what’s going on and if each team can turn around with nearly 100 games left to be played.
Our other topics include another injury for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the key to the San Francisco Giants’ surprising success, and when we can expect MLB to start cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances.
Two months into the 2021 Major League Baseball season, one of the big surprises is the San Francisco Giants. Can they maintain their success through the rest of the year?
On WISE Sports Radio with Pat Ryan and Chris Smith, we also discussed Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa living up (down?) to the expectation of him being an out-of-touch curmudgeon, familiar faces on the USA Baseball roster, and the Tampa Bay Rays continuing to defy expectations despite a much lower payroll than the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
If it’s true that you ain’t tryin’ if you ain’t cheatin’, the Houston Astros have apparently been trying very hard as they’ve become one of the best teams in baseball. According to former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, there was a whole lot of trying, in terms of stealing signs from the opposition, in 2017 when Houston won the World Series.
That’s just one of the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. We also talk about the Manager of the Year award winners and look ahead to the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player announcements.
[Note: There was a glitch in the recording around the 13:10 mark, some kind of hiccup with my internet connection. Sorry about that.]