Clinger’s Corner: MLB notes, and wake me when the NBA Finals start

It’s not very often that I get a chance to give you, the reader, two columns in one week.

But thanks to rainy weather that led to this rare occasion we are going to take a look around some professional sports with an opinion or two splashed in.

You’re welcome in advance!

First things first, I would like to talk (surprise) baseball.

If you read any column that I have done about Major League Baseball, you know exactly who I am rooting for. However, I have been more than a little torn so far this young season for a few reasons, which I will present to you now in a numbered format.

1. The recent events that have been brought to the forefront involving the Boston Red Sox and more so, their hometown fans, is just driving me mad. I am an incredibly proud Sox fan and to think that the negative, even racist remarks that were made towards Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles disgusts me. They say that it takes just one to ruin the fun for everyone and although that particular person or group of people will never see this, shame on you! And that’s all that I am going to say about that…

2. Aaron Judge is the most electrifying young talent in the sport. You don’t know who Aaron Judge is? Open up a web browser, go to Google and educate yourself. This 25-year old kid is dominating at the plate, belting 13 homeruns in his first 25 games of his ROOKIE season, including six in six games! The downside, he plays for the dreaded New York Yankees…

3. Boston, wake up and score some runs! Your ace (Chris Sale) leads the league in strikeouts and has a losing record! I miss Big Papi too but come on!

4. The balance between stout pitching and homerun hitting slugfests seems to be nearing equality. I have been a baseball fan long enough to remember 70 homerun seasons (cough … steroids … cough) and the way that pitching has become more dominate. I appreciate and enjoy both aspects of the game and am overjoyed by the fact that, at first pitch, you never know what exactly you’re going to get.

Alright, enough about baseball…how about some playoff basketball takes?

Can’t want until NBA prelims are over

The Toronto Raptors have apparently been sending a junior varsity squad out to face the likes of the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. I, by no means whatsoever, am poking fun toward JV players, but have you watched the first two games of this series?

No one can stop LeBron (duh) and the Raptors seem to only score points against the Cavs’ reserves. But hey Toronto, it’s quite alright. We will need the energy in the Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. Oh yeah, the Celtics are good again and Isaiah Thomas is one heck of a player at only 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs was injured in game two against the Houston Rockets. Parker is also like a million years old and should probably just retire. I respect you Mr. Parker but, c’mon.

Someone just please wake me up when the Cavs and the Golden State Warriors meet in the Finals again.


Chad Clinger

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