I would like to begin tonight’s blog with an explanation of why Wednesday Night Baseball is being published on Thursday this week.
At 4:57 Eastern Time yesterday afternoon my daughter gave birth to a 7 pound 8 ounce baby girl! I am pleased, and thrilled, to announce the arrival of Madeline Grace Beauchamp into this world! She is the first-born to my daughter and son and law. She is also our first grandchild! Mom, dad, grandparents, great grandparents and baby are all doing fine!
Now on to some baseball.
I want to start out by discussing the suspension of Pittsburgh Pirates star Starling Marte. The Buccos star outfielder was given an 80 game suspension for testing positive for PED use. The Pirates were planning on holding a Marte jersey giveaway on July 2nd, but have canceled it due to the suspension. The jerseys were supposed to be given to kids.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is the latest player to be suspended for half the year over PED use.
First off, when will players learn that they will eventually be caught? Look at the long line of stars that have been caught over the years. We all know that Barry Bonds, despite hitting more home runs than any other player in MLB history has been essentially black-balled from the Hall of Fame because of his steroid use. Same is true for Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire. It remains to be seen what will happen when Alex Rodriguez is eligible in 2021. Is it really worth losing half a season and have that black mark on your career?
Secondly, if you are a Pirates fan, and you have a son that idolizes Marte, how do you break the news to him? How do you tell your son, who might be playing Little League ball that your star idol was caught cheating? We went through this here in South Florida with Dee Gordon’s 80 game suspension last year. I honestly don’t know the answer, but it puts the game in such a bad light.
Besides the Marte suspension, the story of the week has to be the New York Yankees. After beginning the season on a road trip that took them to Tampa Bay and Baltimore the Bombers were 2-4. The Yankees won the finale in Baltimore, and opened up for business in the Bronx on Monday afternoon. The Yankees won their first six home games by sweeping three game series’ against the Rays and the Cardinals. They also won the opener of a weekend series with the White Sox on Friday, before losing on Saturday. With the road win in Baltimore, the Yanks won eight straight, seven of them at home and finished the homestand 9-1.
The New York Yankees go 9-1 on their opening homestand.
Following the dramatic turnaround, the boys from the Bronx are in second place in the American League East. They trail the first place Orioles by 25 percentage points.
Here’s hoping for an eventful upcoming week in the Majors. Barring any more births, this proud Grandpa will see you Wednesday!