As we close out 2013 and have our eyes already on spring training, I would like to take one more look back and rate the top 5 moments from 2013. While it is impossible to get this list totally right, I believe that these are the biggest moments of the year. Take a look and enjoy 2013!
5. The Pittsburgh Pirates Make the Playoffs.
The Pirates made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. The Pirate fans have suffered for a long time and the baseball god's finally came through for them After a few recent second half collapses the time held it together and even won the wild card game. With a super star in Andrew McCutchen and young arms like Gerrit Cole and Jeff Locke, this team should be set for a few more playoff runs over the next 3-5 years.
4. More PED Scandals
After MLB dropped the hammer on players a few years ago I was naive enough to think that players would have learned their lesson. I was wrong. The actions of Ryan Braun in particular really castes a shadow on the integrity of the game. It was more understandable for marginal players to cheat, but when top tier players are suspended it kills the game. By the way, I will not even give A-rod more than this mention.
3. Max Scherzer Wins The Cy Young
I honestly thought that Max Scherzer was going to win 30 games this year. Absolutely amazing season for a team that most people thought would win the world series. He finished with an insane 21-3 record while going 2-1 in the playoffs. He tailed off a bit at the end of the regular season, but he was solid for the Tigers as they ran into a team of destiny in the Red Sox.
2. Yasiel Puig Mania
What a fun player to watch. The best thing you can say about Puig (from a fans perspective) is that you never know what he is going to do. This drives managers and coaches crazy, but his go for broke on every play attitude is something that is missing from the game these days. Baseball needs a human highlight film like this and I can not think of a better place than L.A. for this type of player. It's gonna be a fun 2014 for him and the Dodgers.
1. The Boston Red Sox
What a likable team (if you do not live in New York). They have personality, they hustle and they all have nicknames. Big Papi and the bearded bunch will go down in history as one of the most unlikely world series winners ever. In spring training this team looked like it was starting a long rebuilding process. This shows that there is more to the game of baseball than big payrolls and big names. It is a team sport and even more than that. The way the team and organization rallied around the Boston community after the bombing truly showed their connection to Boston is the strongest in professional sports.