All my baseball blogging this spring has been of the Little League variety. I have been meaning to blog about my joy over the Diamondbacks’ success this season, but up to now, haven’t.
As of today, the D’backs share the best record in MLB with the Cubs, both of whom are 15-6. (Over in the AL, the Red Sox also have 15 wins, but they have 8 losses.)
I’m most happy — giddy, almost — over “my boy” Micah Owings, former Tulanian (like me), who is pitching FANTASTIC for the D’backs, again this season. He’s 4-0 in four starts so far this year, with a 2.42 ERA. He’s also batting .308, and has even been used as a pinch hitter, which is nearly unheard of, for a guy whose normal job is pitcher. I just wish Owings could pitch a wee bit deeper in the game. He’s only at 26 innings, which is just over 6 innings per game. Still, that’s not bad. I just love his whole game: the pitching, of course, and his overall athleticism and enthusiasm: sliding into home plate avoiding the tag, making diving defensive plays at first base, just being ready and able for anything, offensively and defensively.
Actually, all the D’backs starting pitchers are hitting admirably. During the game last night (which we lost — Dan Haren’s first of the season), our color analyst/former player, Mark Grace, mentioned that the D’backs are taking batting practice for the pitchers much more seriously, and the pitchers are rather spurring each other on. Even Brandon Webb has 4 RBIs, obtained from two, two-RBI doubles.
I didn’t get the #44 jersey I wanted for Christmas. But, my birthday is coming up…