Sidelines: Baseball season officially starts Saturday

February 22, 2019

Baseball: Spring training games start Friday, Feb. 21 for major league baseball. One of the big free agents, Manny Machado, has signed with the San Diego Padres for 10 years. I'm fine with that as I prefer that the Phillies get Bryce Harper rather than Machado. I hope that the fact that Machado has finally made his decision will force Harper to make his in the near future. If the Phillies do get Harper, I hope he will be a good teammate and not just look out for himself.

Football: Last week, Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens got traded to the Denver Broncos. He was the University of Delaware quarterback for part of the time I was in college. I hope the same type of thing happens for Nick Foles. I would like to see him go somewhere that he wants to go and be the starting quarterback. I don’t want to have to hear any more controversy about who is going to be the Eagles starting quarterback next year. I would like to see the Foles trade happen before the NFL draft in April.

Basketball: March Madness is right around the corner. So far, I would say the top four teams to vie for the national championship this year will be Duke, Tennessee, Michigan and Virginia. Duke played their first game against North Carolina this year, and actually lost to them by over 10 points. Duke didn’t have their best player, Zion Williamson, for the whole game because of a bizarre injury. His left sneaker disintegrated 36 seconds into the game, causing an apparent knee injury.

Let’s hope he is able come back during the NCAA tournament. It would be a shame for him to go out as a college player like this and go straight to the NBA draft under the one-and-done rule.

See you on the sidelines!

  • 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