TORONTO — After a nice break from baseball (as much as I love the game and covering it, it’s nice to get away every now and then), I’m back north of the border. Since I’ve been away, Paul Beeston is back as team prez, in an interim capacity, and Gibby got a job as a bench coach with the Royals.
I’ve been back home in Chicago until a couple days ago. Got to see lots of family and I took part in the Chicago Marathon. That was an amazing experience. I didn’t come close to my goal time of three and a half hours, but the temperatures soared to 85 degrees (what is that, almost 30 Celsius?).
I was on pace for a 3:30 finish until about 13 miles in — then the heat wore me down. But, being my first marathon and all, I didn’t get too discouraged about my time and just soaked it all in. I’m starting to look ahead to next year now. I might tackle the New York City marathon next November.
As for baseball, I did manage to watch that amazing Game 5 between the Rays and Red Sox on Thursday night. Mrs. Bastian fell asleep when it was 7-0 Rays, and I kept waking her when Boston insisted on climbing back in the game. What a great comeback. After covering the Rays in the first round, I don’t think that game will be enough to kill their confidence.
I don’t see Tampa Bay losing both of these games in St. Pete. I, for one, will be pulling for the Rays. They’ve been a great story all season long and it’d be nice to see them in the World Series. People might grumble about a Phillies-Rays Series, but I think that would make for a fun Fall Classic. We’ll see.
First things first, though, Michigan State is taking on Ohio State this aternoon. This will be a big test for my Spartans. This is the time of year they usually fall apart — maybe this year will be different.
And, don’t forget, every Monday I put together the Blue Jays mailbag. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion. Stay tuned for more…