October 6, 2010. The date the Yankees begin the 11 game trek to accomplish Mission 28, i.e. winning world series title 28 in the team’s history. It is also just hours away from the start of the NHL season. Or better, the campaign for the defense of the Stanley Cup by the Blackhawks. As a baseball addict and huge lover of the Chicago Blackhawks, this is such an exciting time. I don’t necessarily care who wins the World Series — well as long as it is not the Minnesota Twins, but post season baseball is the bomb. The eight teams that make the post season have a fresh start and anything can happen. Particularly when in the first round when it is a best of 5 series. You get a team that is firing at all cylinders and they can be dangerous. Add a top flight pitching staff with potential aces as your 1-3 game starters and it could be amazing.
Even though my team is out of the playoffs this year I still will find someone and something to root for. Whether it is the Texas Rangers getting to the playoffs and the amazing story of Josh Hamilton, Dusty Baker leading the Cincinnati Reds to the playoffs and being only the 2nd manager to lead 3 different teams to the playoffs, the Yankees going for it again, etc., there is always something fun to see. I am hoping to see some amazingly pitched games as well as stellar defense to back up the pitching. A few magnificent runs would be great as well. Whatever happens, it will be fun guaranteed.
As for hockey season beginning, it is going to be fun. Even though the Blackhawks lost a lot of key players due to salary cap issues after winning the Cup in June, I still like the way the team looks. There is still depth there and the core is still there. It is going to be an exciting season to watch. It will be a little sad seeing some of the former Blackhawk players on other teams, but such is the business of sports where you can’t keep everyone you would like to. That can be for a number of reasons, but generally they can all be summed up as due to the almighty dollar.
My guess is that I won’t be fully engaged in the hockey season until the baseball post season is over, but that is ok. I wasn’t fully engaged in baseball until the Stanley Cup had been decided. Here is to an exciting post season coming up as well as a phenomenal start to the hockey season for the Blackhawks.