Last year was a pretty unfocused year for my baseball fan activities. I did pay attention to the White Sox, got enthused by the pitching of Yu Darvish of the Cubs, and sort of followed the World Series. But I didn’t watch a lot of games, and those I did watch didn’t hold my interest all that much.
I’m hoping this year will rekindle my enthusiasm for the game. In order to try and jump start things, I’ve made a list of baseball resolutions for 2021. I’m hoping that these will get me going and fire up my interest.
1. Pay More Attention
Things have already gotten interesting, with a couple of blockbuster trades. There’s also a lot of uncertainty about the rules, the National League DH, the number of playoff teams, and even how long the actual season is going to be. It feels like I’m going to have to work on staying informed or I’ll lose interest before things even start.
2 Focus On Hometown Teams
The White Sox are the obvious choice for a team that needs attention. The talent is there for a strong run, but things seem complicated thanks to the choice of an ‘old school manager with some personal issues. How that will all work out should be very interesting.
The Cubs situation is also worthy of some focus. The new guy at the helm has already started making changes that have the fans in a panic, and we don’t really know what is coming. Whatever it is, it should be fun to watch.
The Brewers – not really hometown, but close by – are always fun to watch develop. They have some really good players and a manager that is creative and unconventional. How they use the pitching staff should be fascinating.
3 Watch The Games
It’s pretty obvious that everything starts here. I really was out of touch most of last season, and it’s time to get back to work. I’d like to try to watch at least one game for each team, and perhaps keep score in some of the games. I’m hoping the scorekeeping might get my focus back. I guess I should order a score book soon.
4 Check Out The Announcers
It was a real shocker when Len Kasper, the Cubs TV play-by-play man, announced he was moving over to the White Sox to do their radio broadcasts. Len says that he feels radio is ‘pure’ broadcasting, and I can’t really disagree. It will be interesting to see how he works out. The sad part is that the White Sox’ TV crew was really special last year, and I’ve gotten very fond of their work. It will be hard to decide which broadcasts to listen to this year.
The other part of this is the number of really decent broadcasters in the game. I’m going to try and pay some attention to most of them and see if I can find a few that might end up being new favorites.
I think that’s enough to keep me busy this season. Let’s see how it all works out.