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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung around the Hops and Homers homestead. We had the first fire of the season last night after doing some spring cleaning. Who would have thought installing a replacement screen door would take triple the time I thought it would? As the saying goes, if it was easy, everyone would do it.

Clover and I have a new weekend morning tradition. We come out early, me with my coffee and her with her zeal for life, and sit. I listen to the birds and watch as she ninja-stalks them and comes oh so close to catching one. I don't know if she would know what to do if she did actually catch one. This morning in particular, there must be something amiss in the bird community because there is a lot of chatter going on. That or they're happy it's spring.  I'm still working on my bird chirping from Rosetta Stone.

Clover has some new tricks.  If she gets around to it, she will tell you all about them. She's been busy lately so you're just going to have to trust me.

Well, I need some more coffee and need to get this day going.

Until next time.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Happy Birthday to H & H!

Today is officially the 3rd anniversary of Hops and Homers. I've said it here before, but it bears repeating. I started this blog to have a voice, a place to go to talk about anything I want. I have done that and plan to continue to do so. I know it hasn't been as much as I would like recently, but things are going to get better with that. I am working on a post about my recent trip down to Tampa where the Wife and I visited some family and also some very good breweries. I'm looking at you 7venth Sun. So we have that to look forward to. Not to mention, hopefully in the next day or two the NY Rangers clinch a playoff spot and the Mets are getting into the swing of their season. I also plan to get back to my roots and do some beer reviews again. It's been a good 3 years. Here's to many more years talking about  IPAs to ERAs and everything in between.


Until next time.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2014 MLB Preview

The 2014 season officially started with games in Australia, but tonight is the officially official start of the 2014 season, because ESPN said so? But wait! What about all the Opening Day games tomorrow? I'm confused. What about the petition to make Opening Day a national holiday? When would that day be? Would it be a week? I'm all for a week of holidays! But in all seriousness, the real opening day to me is tomorrow when the Mets take on the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

The management of the Mets believes this team can win 90 games this year. While I am not that optimistic, I do believe they will finish around .500 and be in contention for the last wild card spot. I like the direction they are going in with their young guys. Not only their young pitches, Wheeler, Syndegaard, and eventually Harvey when he comes back, but also the minors are filled with pitching prospects. This is good for two reasons. First, it means they have potential pitchers for years to come and secondly, they have prospects that are coveted to make a trade for a big bat, like a Carlos Gonzalez. I really think CarGo would look good in a Mets uniform, but I digress.

Along with the young arms, the team has gotten better at the plate, too. Curtis Granderson is an upgrade and affords some protection in the lineup for David Wright. I still think one more big bat is needed to make the lineup really potent, but until then, this team can compete. I see them finishing a close 3rd in the NL East behind the Nationals and Braves.

Here are the rest of my predictions for the 2014 MLB Season:

National League
East: Washington Nationals

Central: Pittsburgh Pirates

West: Los Angeles Dodgers

Wild Cards: Cincinnati Reds / St. Louis Cardinals

MVP: Adrian Gonzalez, LA Dodgers
Cy Young: Adam Wainwright, St Louis Cardinals

American League
East: Baltimore Orioles

Central: Detroit Tigers

West: Los Angeles Angels

Wild Cards: Tampa Bay Rays / Texas Rangers

MVP: Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
Cy Young: David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

NLCS: Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

ALCS: Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

World Series: Dodgers vs. Tigers

ChampionLos Angeles Dodgers

I was pretty close with my predictions from last year. Hopefully I can build off of that and do well again this year.

Until next time.