Wow. Friday was rough.
Have you had the covid vaccine yet? I know two people who had the Pfizer vaccine and just got really tired after the second dose. I had the Moderna vaccine, and it put me in bed all day after the second dose. I know others who had the Moderna vaccine in the same shape as me after the second dose. So Friday was awful, but Saturday was better. I’m still not back to 100%, but I’m doing better. So let’s get to sports.
Kansas City Royals 10, Chicago Cubs 2 (Box Score)
Texas 91, Oklahoma State 86 (Box Score)
5:00pm – CBB – NCAA Selection Show (CBS)
8:05pm – MLBST – Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN, 610AM)
Today is Selection Sunday! It’s one of my favorite sports days of the year. I remember when I was young, waiting for the bracket to come out in Monday’s newspaper. It was the one time every year that I had to get the paper. I liked getting it as much as possible to see the box scores and read about the games, but the Monday after Selection Sunday was the day I had to get it.
A time came when I couldn’t wait for the newspaper. Yes, even before the Internet was something we could get on, newspapers were out of date. So I started sitting in front of the television and tried to write all of the brackets as they were announced, but I couldn’t get every team.
Then I started using the VCR to record the show, and I had more time to fill things out since I could pause it. But I had to wait until the show was over to run back the tape. When TiVo came around, I could pause the show as it was happening in real-time, so I had the full bracket sooner.
And then we had brackets released online as soon as they were announced. That took some of the fun out of it for me, but it also took out a lot of the work. It was easier, but was it better? In some ways, yes. In some ways, no.
There was something I enjoyed about being a kid, sitting in front of the television, and writing down teams as fast as I could. As I write this, I’m starting to think that it was just the fun of my youth, more so than writing down teams.
And maybe the only time better when I was young was when we got a computer. My brother and I would take turns playing Earl Weaver Baseball on our Amiga computer on summer days when we had nothing we had to do. We would play all day and late into the night. We had no school the next day, and we loved it.
Those were great times. Things are great now as well. They are just different. Every part of my life has been special. Throughout the year, I encounter days that remind me of special times when I was young or just a week ago.
So I hope Selection Sunday is an exciting day for you as well. And regardless of where your favorite team is seeded, or if they don’t even make the tournament, it’s ok. The tournament is back. And soon, it will be back to normal.
Junis Struggles In B Game
Just when I was getting a little excited about Jakob Junis, he laid an egg in a B game Saturday morning. There is no video, but he reportedly went 3 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and walked two. He was helped by a couple of double plays.
And that’s the history of Jakob Junis. He looks so good at times, and then he reverts to the guy that frustrates us. In his four seasons with the club, Junis has had an ERA under 5.00 twice (4.30 and 4.37). Those came in his first two years. He had an ERA of 5.24 in year three and 6.39 in an abbreviated year four last year.
My excitement this spring was because he added a cutter which, by all accounts, is pretty good. And he did have two good outings before Saturday. But maybe I jumped the gun and fell victim to spring training hope. Maybe I wanted to believe he had made a huge jump forward. No, I’m not as positive today as I was before Saturday’s appearance. Again, spring training stats mean very little, but it’s all we have to go by for getting a feel for how these guys are doing.
Let’s let spring training play out before getting too excited or disappointed. And ultimately, it only matters what players do in the regular season. So I’m going back to looking at Junis as a bullpen piece until later in camp.
Royals Roster Moves
The Royals optioned LHP Daniel Tillo and LHP Angel Zerpa. They reassigned LHP Eric Skoglund to minor league camp. I believe this puts the team at 43 players in major league camp. They have to continue cutting down the number of players in big league camp to get the guys who could make the club more innings and at-bats. With every transaction that sends someone out of big league camp, I am disappointed for the player but excited because it means we are getting closer to opening day.
NCAA Tournament Covid Protocol
Regardless of how you feel about the whole covid thing, if you are a fan of college basketball, you might want to understand what teams will be facing next week when the NCAA tournament starts. If you want your team to participate in the NCAA tournament, you have to play by their rules.
Teams under consideration for the NCAA tournament are undergoing daily covid testing right now. Anyone traveling with the team to Indianapolis for the tournament has to test negative for the covid for seven consecutive days before arriving in Indianapolis.
The day someone tests positive is Day 0. So the Kansas player who tested positive on Friday would not be able to join the team before next Saturday. And that’s assuming the player tested negative yesterday, which is unlikely unless it was a false positive. And how bad would that be if Kansas, or any team, is eliminated from a conference or NCAA tournament because of a false positive? If the Kansas player truly is positive, I can’t imagine he would play at all in the first two rounds.
All participants will be required to wear tracking devices for contact tracing. If someone tests positive for the covid, people within six feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period would be taken out of competition. So kids, get off the video games and go outside and play with your friends! Just don’t get too close.
It’s unfortunate that we even have to be dealing with this, but these are the rules for participating in the NCAA tournament this year. It’s better than no tournament like we had last year. And hopefully, next year, we will be back to normal.
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