Welcome to spring training, where everything’s made up and the runs don’t matter.
It’s that magical time of the year when baseball seeps back into the world, when our timelines are filled with grainy photos and videos of players in t-shirts and shorts jogging on the warning track and playing catch.
Hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. Do it at age 34 after your speed has been fading away for years. Commit yourself to a new diet and new workout regimen to make it happen after your team signs a couple of players to eat away at plate appearances that used to be yours. Make the All-Star team. Get some down-ballot MVP votes. Revitalize your career.
It’s not a good thing to bet on. It’s almost certainly not going to happen.
Crazy goals can be a good thing to have, so good for Ramirez for getting in shape and giving himself a puncher’s chance.
The game of musical chairs among NFL game announcers has sped up in recent days. On Friday, Richard Deitsch of? Sports Illustratedreported ESPN was reassigning “MNF” play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough back to college football after two disappointing?seasons in the booth with Jon Gruden.
With Gruden now the head coach of the Raiders, ESPN will have to cast a new team in the booth to join sideline reporter Lisa Salters. The Post reported?Joe Tessitore will become the new “MNF” play-by-play announcer, but ESPN declined to comment. If Witten is interested in TV, a source said ESPN would love to talk to him.
The Lions are keeping Ezekiel Ansah with the franchise tag, but they still need to upgrade the edge pass rush for new coach Matt Patricia and coordinator Paul Pasqualoni. Davenport could have the same situational impact as the Eagles’ Derek Barnett did as a rookie.