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Opening Day: Official Start of the Regular Season

We’ve had the Opening Series, held down in Australia on March 22nd and 23rd; we’ve had Opening Night, held down in San Diego last night; and now, after so much anticipation leading up to the year, we’re set for Opening Day — an unofficial holiday for millions of baseball fans around the country. This is the day we’ve all been waiting for, ever since the final out of the World Series was recorded in October of last year.mlb-opening-day-logo_2014_hero

Thirteen total games are on tab for today, with the Yankees, Astros, Dodgers and Padres being the only teams not in action. The games will take place all throughout the day, from 1:05 Eastern, with the Pirates taking on the Cubs, to the Mariners going up against the Angels, at 10:05, making the entire day exciting.

Not only is Opening Day fun because of the official start of the 162-game baseball regular season, but it also stands out as one of the few times you ever see every single teams pitching ace on the mound around the country. Every team starts from zero, with hopes of making the postseason (some with better odds than others) and putting your best pitcher on the mound is a great way to kick off the year on a high note; knowing that things may not look too good towards the end of the year.

With so many changes this past offseason, this could be one of the most intriguing Opening Days in years. While teams and players have had over a month of Spring Training games to show off their potential, those games are basically meaningless. You never know how individual players, and teams as a whole, will fare for the entire length of a season. That’s what makes a given season so entertaining — the unknown factor.

So, make it a point today – if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably planning to anyhow — to sit back and watch a least a little baseball at some point. With every game played from here on out taking teams closer and closer to the World Series in October, there’s nothing quite like Opening Day baseball.

2013 MLB Draft: Appel, Bryant & Gray As Top Three

Mark Appel, Jonathan Gray and Kris Bryant were ranked as the number one, two and three draft picks going into Wednesday’s 2013 first-year player draft, and that turned out to be close to dead-on. While Appel did in fact go number one overall, as predicted by many around the baseball world, Gray and Bryant went in reverse order from expected, however, they all fell within the top three as was originally thought out.

Mark Appel went first overall, getting drafted by the Houston Astros.

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Appel, who chose not to sign with the Pirates after they drafted him eighth overall in the 2012 draft, went 10-4, with a 2.12 ERA, this past season at Stanford University. His college career was a fairly impressive one, as Appel went 28-14 overall, with a combined 2.91 ERA, including setting the record for most career strikeouts as a Stanford pitcher. If Appel can continue to develop–though many argue he’s nearly ready at the moment–he should be pitching on the mound for his hometown Houston Astros sometime in the very near future.

Kris Bryant went second overall, getting drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

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Bryant, who was previously drafted by the Blue Jays in the 18th round of the 2010 draft, batted .329, with 31 home runs and 62 RBI’s, in his third season at the University of San Diego. Though Bryant has only been playing college ball for a total of three years, his numbers are intriguing, as his combined stats include a .353 batting average, with 54 homers and 155 RBI’s, between his freshman, sophomore and junior years. It’ll take a little time for Bryant to fully tap into his projected above average power, but once he figures things out, he’s sure to be a big impact player for the Cubs.

Jonathan Gray went third overall, getting drafted by the Rockies.

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Gray, who was previously drafted by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2011 draft, went 10-2, with a 1.59 ERA, this past season with Oklahoma University, after playing at Eastern Oklahoma State College two years earlier, where he was just as great, going 6-2, with a 2.89 ERA. It shouldn’t take long before Gray finds himself pitching in the mile high city, as he was regarded as one of the top college pitchers and is sure to carry the same tag with him as he moves into the minor leagues. The Rockies would appear to have a can’t miss pitching prospect on their hands.

The remainder of the draft saw many surprises. A lot of players went higher than anyone expected, while others stuck around longer than many thought they would. But that usually happens every year with the draft.

The rest of the 1st round of the 2013 draft, following the first three picks, went as follows:

4. Minnesota Twins: Kohl Stewart

5. Cleveland Indians: Clint Frazier

6. Miami Marlins: Colin Moran

7. Boston Red Sox: Trey Ball

8. Kansas City Royals: Hunter Dozier

9. Pittsburgh Pirates: Austin Meadows

10. Toronto Blue Jays: Phillip Bickford

11. New York Mets: Dominic Smith

12. Seattle Mariners: D.J. Peterson

13. San Diego Padres: Hunter Renfroe

14. Pittsburgh Pirates: Reese McGuire

15. Arizona Diamondbacks: Braden Shipley

16. Philadelphia Phillies: J.P. Crawford

17. Chicago White Sox: Tim Anderson

18. Los Angeles Dodgers: Chris Anderson

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Marco Gonzales

20. Detroit Tigers: Jonathon Crawford

21. Tampa Bay Rays: Nick Ciuffo

22. Baltimore Orioles: Hunter Harvey

23. Texas Rangers: Alex Gonzalez

24. Oakland Athletics: Billy McKinney

25. San Francisco Giants: Christian Arroyo

26. New York Yankees: Eric Jagielo

27. Cincinnati Reds: Phillip Ervin

28. St. Louis Cardinals: Rob Kaminsky

29. Tampa Bay Rays: Ryne Stanek

30. Texas Rangers: Travis Demeritte

31. Atlanta Braves: Jason Hursh

32. New York Yankees: Aaron Judge

33. New York Yankees: Ian Clarkin

Competitive Balance Round A

34. Kansas City Royals: Sean Manaea

35. Miami Marlins: Matt Krook

36. Arizona Diamondbacks: Aaron Blair

37. Baltimore Orioles: Josh Hart

38. Cincinnati Reds: Michael Lorenzen

39. Detroit Tigers: Corey Knebel

So there you have it. Take a good look at that list. Make sure to follow them as the majority of them begin their professional careers. Odds are at least a few of those names will become MLB All-Stars, with the possibility that some may become a future Hall of Famer. You never know what can happen when you have so much young talent entering their given MLB organizations.

Heath Bell Twitter Ticket Contest

GOOD NEWS: I won two tickets to Saturday’s Padres game versus the Diamond backs courtesy of Heath Bell.

BAD NEWS: I can’t attend the game.

Before I get started let me point out that I thought I would be able to attend Saturday’s game. I wouldn’t of participated if I didn’t think I could make it. I thought I could. Okay. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, keep reading………

It all started at midnight on May 6th, when Heath Bell tweeted the following tweet:

Okay everybody. New ticket contest in five minutes…..for Friday and Saturdays games.

I figured, “what the heck.” It wasn’t like I was going to win. (HA!) So when Heath tweeted his next tweet……

Name my favorite Actor and Actress….Actor=2 tix for Fridays game and Actress=2 tix for Saturday. Get both, win both……..GO!

……I had no hesitation in trying to guess the answers.

I tried to guess actors that were well known. But alas, had only given two guesses when Heath tweeted again:

We have a winner for Actor….no one’s gotten Actress yet though.

Oh well. At least I tried. I was about to give up and let the other tweeps keep guessing but I decided to stay in and guess some actresses. My first guess:

Helen Hunt.

My second guess:

Ashley Judd.

Thirty seconds after I guessed Ashley Judd, the following tweet appeared on Heath’s twitter page:

We have a winner!

Hmmm……

Then the unthinkable happened. Heath tweeted one last time with the winners twitter names. (I’m @M_2012H by the way.) And the results were…….

Congrats to @NickLee51 and @M_2012H for being the first to guess Tom Hanks and Ashley Judd!

Yeah. I WON! WHOOOOOOOOO! But no. I checked my schedule and CRAAAP. There was absolutely NO way I could attend. It didn’t help my state when Heath sent me a DM. It read:

Hey dude…Congrats! I owe you 2 tix for tomorrow nights game. Shoot me a msg back with your full name as it appears on ur drivers lic.

Correction by Heath:

Actually your 2 tix are for Saturdays game.

I let Heath know that I probably wouldn’t be able to attend. His response:

Hope you can go. The tix will be there but you have to let me know what name to leave them under.

Then:

If you know you can’t go I’ll give them to the 2nd person to guess Ashley Judd….let me know.

I guess that’s fair. I mean, if I came in second and the first place winner couldn’t go I’d want the tickets to go straight to me. But it still doesn’t make me any less upset over the situation. Well, at least I’ll always be able to brag, “I once won a twitter contest from Padres closer Heath Bell.” How many people can say that? Sigh………

UPDATE!!!!

I let Heath know 100% for sure today that I wouldn’t be able to attend Saturday’s game. His response:

Thanks. Since you can’t go tomorrow let me know which game you want to go to and I’ll leave you 2 tix. Just give me at least a days notice.

That’s right! Heath will give me two free tickets to the home game of my choice. I probably won’t be able to get out to CA until the summer, but I’m definitely going now!

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