First of all, it's pretty crazy to try and think about regular season baseball happening in March. Sure, it's the end of March, and it's basically April, but it's still March. Rest assured though, by 2020 they'll have corrected this when opening day is once again in April (thanks, Wikipedia!). Of course this isn't the first time opening day has been in March, but it's just so rare that it seems wrong in some way.
Nevertheless, after a week's worth of games, we have some standings to look at. Boston leads the AL East with a 5-1 record, followed by New York at 4-2, and Toronto at 4-3. There are apparently two other teams in the division but they don't matter. Yet. I'm a bit surprised that Boston has such a big lead - at least I was, until I looked at their first 6 opponents. They had the Rays, followed by the Marlins (and then today, April 5th, they have the Rays again). Luckily they will have to face the Yankees, which I think will be a split between the two teams.
Back to the Jays - they are at least 1 game ahead of where I expected them to be. I thought they might be at the .500 mark, but they pounded their way above .500 and even enjoyed a 4-game win streak (which included a split vs the Yankees). So I'm happy with that.
Honestly, a split vs the Yankees is probably the best result they could have hoped for. And then they won the series against the White Sox, another plus. April is looking like a tough month for the Blue Jays, and I think they'll come out of it in good shape as long as they win 2 out of 3 vs the likes of Baltimore and Texas. Tread water against the better teams and then move on from there.
The good news is that on the off day, they are 0.5 back of the wild card spot. If the Jays can keep up their pace it's going to be a very tight race all year.
The Ottawa Senators are up 2-0 in their round 2 playoff series vs the New York Rangers; but when it comes to sports media in Canada at least, it feels to some fans like they’re in a hole 0-3.
For the Senators, it’s always been an uphill battle for respect in the league. They’re roughly in the middle of two franchises with huge fan bases – the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Naturally, this tends to create media bias toward these two clubs, simply because creating content geared toward them will bring more eyes to the major networks.
I think what’s happening is a little bit of bias on the part of Senators fans. I think a lot of what the mainstream media is saying about the team is largely objective. There was a piece on TSN with a headline relating to something about “cause for concern” after game 2 – and I think it’s justified! Game 2 was a mess for both teams, and there will be adjustments.
The real problem, I think, is on Twitter. I hear about some of these “battles” after the fact, because I tend not to follow a lot of hockey reporters. But there are a select few reporters who claim to be neutral but carefully choose their words in order to incite angry reactions from Senators fans – and laughter from non-fans.
It’s these irresponsible tweets that have most Senators fans up in arms. I don’t blame them either, but the best way to deal with them is to just ignore them and not give them anything to deal with. They want you to be angry at them and read their pieces and generate ad revenue. They know what they’re doing.
Bottom line for Sens fans – the most important thing for the team is that they win. Who cares what outside voices say about the team? Does it matter if the team is respected by people who don’t follow the team? I don’t think it does. What matters to me is the team’s performance.
The NYPL website can be found here – and there’s a lot to explore. Not sure exactly how to do it yet, but I will definitely have to do some exploring soon for some neat images. The featured image of this post comes from a ‘then-and-now‘ section of the archive, which compares images from 1911 5th Avenue to 2015 5th Avenue. I really like that kind of photo comparison, I find it neat to see how much has stayed the same.
There’s some really cool images of American history to be found here – so take some time to check it out!