I thought the Hot Stove starting up would get me excited but it’s only just begun – so only qualifying offers and opt outs. Needless to say, I’m bored out of my mind.
And while I’m a football and basketball fan, my first love is baseball. Plus, football is only played once a week and basketball, well, I root for the New York Knicks and I shouldn’t even have to explain why that’s not very fun for me.
Then I was looking through my Google Reader for story ideas and found out that MLB Network was going to show the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game this weekend. A real baseball game with prospects I have heard of! Hooray!
For us Yankee fans Mark Montgomery, Austin Romine and David Adams were all selected for the roster. And in case you haven’t seen that speed demon Billy Hamilton, a shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds, he will also will also be playing on Saturday night.
Montgomery has pitched in seven games – 8.1 innings so far – and has only allowed two hits and one earned run while fanning 15 batters.
Romine has stayed healthy so far this Fall – he suffered a back injury in Spring Training and missed nearly the minor league entire season. He’s batting .273 with three doubles in 12 AFL games.
And Adams, while his average isn’t anything to write home about (.226) he has hit six doubles which leads the team.
So this will be a chance for us poor baseball deprived people to watch a real live game again and a chance for us to check out some of the Yankee prospects you may have never seen play before.
Truth be told, as excited as I am to see the Yankees prospects, I’m even more excited to see Billy Hamilton. In 82 games in 2012, Hamilton had a .323/.413/.439 line and he stole 104 bases (No, that’s not a typo). He was caught stealing 21 times. I just want to see how fast Hamilton really is and I hope he steals second, third and home in this game.
The game is Saturday at 8 p.m. on MLB Network.