Major League Baseball’s regular season is approaching quickly, as we enter the “Can we just start the season already?” portion of spring training. There are still a few roster spots to be determined, but largely, these last days teams spend in the warm climates of Florida and Arizona are about making it to Opening Day with everybody as healthy as can be. Otherwise, our eyes are firmly fixed on that point in the not-too-far distant future when the games really matter. When that happens, this is what we’ll be looking for.
A Massive Giancarlo Stanton Dinger
Even though we love baseball, the day-to-day events of the sport, like home runs, rarely move the needle for us. Giancarlo Stanton’s home runs, however, are the exception, because his dingers are not the dingers of mortal men. He’s had his last two seasons cut short by freak injuries, so we’d like for him to hit the ground running and blast some balls out of the park while he’s on the field, thank you.
Some Epic Bat Flips
When it comes to the unwritten rules of baseball, count us firmly among the new school (or any school that doesn’t listen to Goose Gossage). We love the big personalities of the sport, the ones who give our country’s oldest major sport an injection of youth. As mentioned above in regards to Giancarlo Stanton, dingers are maybe the best thing baseball has going for it over other sports, so right off the bat, we’d like to see stars like Bryce Harper and Jose Bautista making the most of them.
A No-Hitter Right Off The Bat
MLB has never been this rich with pitching talent since the late 1960s, when the likes of Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Whitey Ford were so good, they had to lower the mounds to (literally) level the playing field. Health permitting, look at the names that will take the ball for their teams’ first games: Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta, Matt Harvey, Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, Dallas Keuchel, Sonny Gray, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke — we could go on. With all this talent, why shouldn’t we be treated to something historic on Opening Day, like a no-no? Heck, Scherzer had two no-hitters just last year. The only time a no-hitter’s been recorded on Opening Day was by the legendary Bob Feller in 1940 — seems like we’re overdue.