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The National League East is the best division in baseball

February 27, 2021

To start the year, no one seems to be sure about who is going to win the National League East division. The New York Mets and The Atlanta Braves are the two teams that will battle for the lead this year. The Mets improved their infield defense when they traded for Francisco Lindor from the Cleveland Indian’s to play shortstop. He is one of the best players in baseball today. Realistically, I think it is more likely for the Philadelphia Phillies to be in contention for the wildcard position in the National League when it comes down to "winners". The Phillies have virtually the same team as last year except for some new bullpen pitchers. So we will see how that works out.

The first Phillies spring training game is on Sunday. I hope that means no more freezing cold weather here in Delaware too. Ha Ha, I know, wishful thinking.

Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka each won their divisions in the Australian Open Tennis Championship in easy fashion. Osaka beat Jennifer Brady of the United States in straight sets. It was a breakthrough for Jennifer to make the finals. Until last year, I had never heard her name before, so she has made a lot of progress. Osaka is a very talented player. If she can maintain this level of play, she will win a lot more majors in the future. Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev and won his ninth Australian Open Championship! Last week I said he was going for six. Oops, my bad! Now he has 18 overall! He is only 34 years old and he doesn’t seem that close to retiring so he could eventually pass Federer and Nadal who both have 20 and hold the most mens grand slam championships ever.

I’m sure everyone has heard this by now, but Tiger Woods had a very serious car accident on Tuesday in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. I think his career as a professional golfer is most likely over. What a terrible way to go out. I just hope he can recover enough to walk around and maybe play using a golf cart. We've all heard the remarkable Ben Hogan story. Ben came back from a car crash in 1949 to play golf as a professional, but he was younger and did not have the number of injuries that Tiger Woods already had before Ben's accident happened. For now it's just hoping Tiger can make this recovery as best as possible.

Be safe everyone. Go Phillies!!

 

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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