Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember soldiers who have lost their lives in battle. It has also become the unofficial beginning of summer filled with swimming and BBQs. Lastly, Memorial Day is a day to enjoy a lot of baseball. All 30 teams are playing today, and a lot can happen.
After coming off back-to-back sweeps for a seven game losing streak, the Braves find themselves four games behind the Nationals and fourth place in the National League East. They need to turn it around and today could be the day. The Mets are surprising everyone being in second place in the East. There is still September, though. The Dodgers just about have the West wrapped up at the end of May, leading the second place Giants by 7.5 games going into today. This is essentially the same team that had a horrible 2011 season. It seems that the right ownership makes all the difference. The Reds are making me look like a genius holding onto first place by half a game in the Central.
In the American League it is even more exciting. The Rays can overtake first place and knock the Orioles down for the first time all season. If they do, we will see how the Orioles respond to adversity. Will they fold up and return to the bowels of the East, or will they step up and prove they are for real. The lead can also change hands in the Central division where the Indians are clinging to a half game lead over the White Sox.
There are a lot of things that can happen before the end of the season. There are a few of divisions that only have five games separating first place from last place. Some divisions are farther a part, but you can’t count anyone out yet. Any team can get hot and make a run. So on this Memorial Day, enjoy the games, enjoy the BBQ, but let’s not forget those who have sacrificed themselves for us.
Shelby Fetsch was supposed to throw out the first pitch at Busch Stadium last night. She was filling in for her boyfriend, Army SPC William Johanson-Kubin, who was supposed to be stationed overseas. He played the part of the catcher disguising his face with the catcher’s mask. After she threw the pitch, she was in for the suprise of her life.
After he revealed who he was , he took everything a step further and git on his knees and proposed to her. If you want to know her answer, you can head over to the Cut 4 blog and watch the video. The broadcast was a part of the “This One’s for You” broadcast that the Cardinals were showing on the Armed Forces Network to start the Memorial Day Weekend.
I have a lot of criticisms for Major League Baseball, but they always go all out to support our troops and make them feel appreciated. Every year on Memorial Day, July 4th, and September 11th, they always done their red, white, and blue hats that are always extremely popular with the fans. The appreciation for the troops dates all the way back to World War 1 when someone decided it would be a good idea to sing the National Anthem before the game to inspire nationalism. That practice has become common place.
Memorial Day is about a lot of things. It’s the unofficial beginning of summer so there are lots of BBQs, swimming parties, and relaxing. There is also a ton of baseball to watch. But let’s not lose sight of what Memorial Day is all about. It’s a day set aside to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their freedoms, and even their lives, to ensure that we can enjoy our freedoms. We thank you for your service.