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Chicago’s Hope

In Baseball, Long form on June 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair spent a career in the minor leagues before becoming a starter. He hasn’t disappointed.

Teams have gotten better at identifying talent and predicting success in prospects, but the baseball draft remains a nebulous institution. Each year, there are a few can’t-miss prospects, guys with talent, maybe even a diamond in the rough. But, for better or for worse, most players selected in the baseball draft are just warm bodies. As a player falls deeper and deeper in the draft, expectations for his career potential fall accordingly. The Seattle Mariners selected Bryan LaHair from St. Petersburg College in the 39th round of the 2002 draft. According to 30 major league teams, 1,179 players had a better chance of becoming big league players than did Bryan LaHair. Read the rest of this entry »

Putting out the fire with gasoline

In Baseball on June 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

The Baltimore Orioles were supposed to crash and burn in 2012. Instead, they’re 10 games over .500 and have the third-best record in the American League.

The 2012 Baltimore Orioles are a constant reminder that we are all going to die. And that’s okay. It is death that makes life worth living.

The Orioles have started the season 39-29, the team’s best start since 2005. Many wrote off the Orioles before the season started. Some said they were prepared “to watch one of the most storied franchises in baseball history burn to the ground” in 2012.

Amazingly, that has not been the case. The Orioles have played exciting, above-average baseball to begin the year. There have been pleasant surprises along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

NBA Finals Game 1 Diary

In Basketball on June 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm

We made CDH’s Sam Sutton sit through Game 1 of the NBA Finals and record his observations in real time as the Miami Heat took on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Pre-game

Miami was introduced to the “Imperial March” from Star Wars, which is pretty lame. Shouldn’t the Evil Empire have an empire before it’s given that kind of treatment? No music would have been more insulting. Could you imagine the ego-check Wade would take walking out to silence? The man thrives on hate.

Kevin Durant is receiving the loudest applause (no surprise) as a choice cut from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch The Throne” plays over the loudspeakers. It’s a fitting pick — Durant and Westbrook have a Jay-Z/Kanye dynamic that makes their team both volatile and very fun to watch. Read the rest of this entry »

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