And Down The Stretch They Come: The Spring Training Draft Showdown Nears the Finish Line

ST MetsWe are less than one week away from the true start of the 2014 regular season (no offense to the Opening Series, but it’s still technically Spring Training). Why not take one last look at the Spring Training Draft Showdown standings before the competition is all said and done?

The competition is simple. Kyle Alvey and I picked five teams; one team that won its division last year, one team that finished second, and one that finished third, fourth and last. The winner is the man whose five teams win the most combined games during the course of Spring Training. The loser is forced to do something embarrassing on the air of our next joint podcast episode.

If Kyle wins, he’s decided to have me sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. . . in Spanish! If I win, then Kyle gives his best rendition of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds rap song, “Red Hot” (for those unfamiliar, you can listen to the song in this former post).

With just five, count them, five days of Spring Training action remaining, here’s how we stand. These numbers are through today’s games.

Team Alvey: 57 wins

  • Toronto Blue Jays: 12-12
  • Seattle Mariners: 16-10
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 14-10
  • Texas Rangers: 7-15
  • Boston Red Sox: 8-15

Team George: 61 wins

  • Colorado Rockies: 13-12
  • Baltimore Orioles: 12-7
  • New York Mets: 14-11
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: 12-9
  • St. Louis Cardinals: 10-11

As tight as this competition has been throughout, four games initially feels like a lot of breathing room. But it was a false sense of security that I felt when I first tallied the scores, because with five teams each there could be a lead change over the course of just one day.

Kyle has a couple of Spring powerhouses in the Mariners and Angels, but is really feeling the sting caused by the records of the Rangers and Red Sox. My teams have provided me with some key balance. I can only hope that continues.Otherwise I might be in the market for a Spanish tutor.

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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