That was quick
That was quick
ESPN has posted all of their predictions for NL/AL playoff teams and wild card winners. Not surprisingly, there is a huge amount of people picking the Red Sox to come out of the American League, with some sprinkled in Yankees a few random picks like the White Sox or the Rays.
In the National League, there are more people than I expected thinking the Braves would make it to the Fall Classic, but the Phillies are still everyone’s favorite. I am surprised that with the love affair that is the Phillies and their potentially potent rotation, the number of people who pick them not to make it to the World Series and in some cases, not even make the playoffs.
Click here to check the picks out yourself and discuss. One other note, in case you were delirious and were hoping, not one person picked the Mets, Nationals or Marlins to even make the playoffs.
Four weekends, five spring training visits.
This year, with a tight personal life schedule, four of the five visits were to the New York Mets facility in Port St Lucie, Florida. The New York Mets PR crew was gracious in allowing myself and some from The Real Dirty Mets Blog to have Field Passes to those games. This allowed us to get a ton of great pictures (album links will be posted later), a couple quick player interactions, and an experience that makes any baseball fan excited for the season, no matter who you root for.
We most recently saw Carlos Beltran participating in a minor league game, playing Right Field and rehabbing his knee. While watching how he has progressed, we were lucky enough to meet Michael Baron, who writes for MetsBlog and takes fantastic photos (much better than mine), as well as Howard Megdal a fantastic writer for multiple sites. Very enjoyable watching the game and talkin’ baseball with these two.
We made our way back to the main field to see the middle innings of a Mets Spring Training win versus a mainly B squad which traveled for the Braves, but saw some bright spots for the Mets with Emaus, and a cameo by Wilmer Flores late in the game. He is a big guy! (pictures in album links below)
Finally, we attended another Terry Collins post game and with some help again by Michael Baron, we got a couple more great pics and heard and twitter’d some news regarding the Mets 2B situation at the time.
Not to be missed, I also made a short trip over to Wide World of Sports on Sunday to take in some Phillies and Braves baseball. The facility is beautiful, although the traffic getting in and out was quite annoying. Besides seeing Kawakami go for the Braves, who since has been sent to the minors , we saw a fun game and even saw what looked like regular season fan interaction. Many Phillies fans were quite excited about Spring training play against a minor league pitcher, but hey.. its almost that time, so who can really blame them?
It was a great spring, each weekend filled with great baseball. I will be heading down to Miami for the opening game of the Mets and Marlins season on Friday as well, armed with my camera, and my phone for some twitter posts.
Here are all the albums from this spring:
I’m also looking forward to another growing year for NLEC and all the blogs underneath it. With that said, we are still looking for new bloggers for the Marlins and Braves and additional writers for Centerfield Gate, NL East Chatter and Phillies Phandom. Please contact me at @nleastchatter on twitter.
According to Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki, Brad Lidge is still experiencing shoulder pain and will begin the season on the DL. The Phillies are still the favorites to win the NL East and potentially the NL in everyone’s minds, but questions are certainly beginning to pile up.
Check out Phillies Phandom for all your Phillies news and opinions
DirtySanchez of Real Dirty Mets Blog and I attended the Red Sox at Mets game in Port St Lucie on Sunday. In addition to meeting Ted Berg of TedQuarters , we got to see some great action, talk to some Mets players and take some pictures.
Dirty and I will be heading back down this Sunday and more than likely one or both of us will get to a game each weekend throughout the rest of spring training, and likely Opening Weekend in Miami.
We will attempt to report more next week, but I know at least for myself, this has been a busy week in “the real world”, but please enjoy some of the pictures we took here!
And as always, we can always use writers for this site and all NL East teams, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope everyone is enjoying Spring Training for their teams. I just want to send a reminder that although we are still in need of Braves and Marlins blogs, our others are going strong.
NL East Chatter will be getting ramped up again soon with editorials, NL East News and daily recaps when the season starts again. Until then, watch our reports and pictures from Spring training and please email email@example.com if you are interested in writing for any of the NL East Chatter blogs!
Today, NLEC is headed to cover the Red Sox @ The Mets via the public relations office of the New York Mets. Make sure to follow us on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nleastchatter