“I always tell young broadcasters, ‘You want to matter? Then get hate
mail.’ If you get hate mail, it means you’re cutting through. It means
you’re pissing people off. It means you sound different. So I’ve always
had my own style, which is brutal honesty. I’ve never spent too much
time worrying about hurt feelings.”
— Colin Cowherd, explaining his theory behind becoming a sports media God.
That ain’t how Vin Scully did it. But even if young sportscasters don’t aspire to Scullian heights, the least they can do, I think, is to approach issues in a reasonable matter and try their best to explain them to and discuss them fans in a manner that it both entertaining and enlightening.
But maybe that’s crazy talk. Maybe you’re better off taking positions that are devoid of thought and which are calculated simply to piss people off. There’s good ratings in that stuff.
For my part I always come back to my favorite Kurt Vonnegut quote: “We are who we pretend to be. So be careful what you pretend to be.”
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East
Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams. The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.
Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.