Hello and happy opening day, hoddlers!
Yes yes! It’s the opening, finally! There are two things I like. One: MLB Opening Day and Two: Alienation of half my audience by writing about a sport they don’t care about!
But for the other half: how excited are you? Are you as excited as me?
If today’s header image isn’t a dead giveaway, your chief hoddler is an Angels fan. My childhood hometown is near Anaheim and I love watching the angels play.
But know who I really love watching baseball play? Shohei Ohtani. The Sho. It’s Shotime! I was lucky enough to see him twice when I was living in Southern California. Once when he was taken out in the second inning against the Red Sox with a blister. But the second time around, he hit a home run from Corey Kluber, who had just won his AL Cy Young Award.
There is no baseball player as exciting as Ohtani. The man literally changed the situation. Who knows what the season of angels has in store for us. This team has been mediocre for over a decade now – even with the best player the modern game has ever seen.
But Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon healthy, Ohtani is coming off one of the greatest seasons in history, Jared Walsh is coming off a breakout season, and the Angels got Noah Syndergaard back while keeping Raisel Iglesias.
Most of the predictions I look at call for the Angels to finish with 81-84 wins and possibly sneak into third place on the Wild Card. That seems fair, honestly.
Let’s be honest, though: the playoffs would be exponentially more fun with Ohtani and Trout.
Notable games today (all time ET):
Astros at the Angels – 9:38 p.m.
Dishes at Nationals – 7:05 p.m.
Reds at Les Braves – 8 p.m.
Fitzie’s track of the day: White Gloves, by Khruangbin
And now for your links:
Tales of Ohtani’s Greatness show why the angels believe he can repeat the magical season
Why Harry Kane’s World Cup Dream could be good news for Tottenham
Everton give a terrifying glimpse into the future after the loss to Burnley
Manchester United reportedly close to finalizing Erik Ten Hag appointment
Ronald Koeman will replace Louis van Gaal in charge of the Netherlands after the world cup