Saturday, March 30, 2013

2013 MLB Predictions

 I love a lot of things. I love my family; I love ministry; I love gaming; I love reading. And one of my loves is baseball.

When I went to MVNU in the fall of 2002, I was most assuredly not a baseball fan. In fact, I don't believe I had ever sat down to watch a game on tv, including the world series, all star game, whatever. I remember watching Mark McGuire break Roger Maris' record in 1998. But, I was not a fan. If you had asked who my favorite team was, I would've said Reds or Indians... but I had no idea.

That all changed living in Oakwood Hall. I became friends with real baseball fans. They were split 50/50 between the Reds and the Indians, although, two of my friends Jack and James were from Indianapolis, and they represented the Chicago rivalry. Jack was (and is) a huge Cubs fan. James was (and is) a big White Sox fan.

A lot of my friends from that year had grown up playing and loving baseball. I didn't have a heritage of baseball, so I decided to pick a team to be my favorite. I chose the team everyone on the entire campus hated the most...

The Yankees.

So, since the 2003 baseball season, I've become a Yankees fan. Baseball is my favorite sport. I have a subscription to, and watch at least 80% of the Yankees game throughout the season. Xavier loves to watch baseball, too. He sits and watches, mesmerized. He does not have the same affinity for football or basketball (for what it's worth).

Anyrate, I love making predictions for the upcoming season. Two years ago, I publicly made dreadfully bad predictions, so why not do the same this year?! Without further ado, my 2013 MLB predictions:

AL East Winner: Baltimore Orioles
AL Central Winner: Detroit Tigers
AL West Winner: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
AL Wild Card: Toronto Blue Jays
AL Wild Card: Chicago White Sox

NL East Winner: Washington Nationals
NL Central Winner: Cincinnati Reds
NL West Winner: San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card: St. Louis Cardinals
NL Wild Card: Los Angeles Dodgers

ALCS: Angels vs Orioles
NLCS: Nationals vs Reds

World Series: Angels vs Nationals

Angels in 6.

I'm ready for the season, hope my predictions are wrong and the Yankees win the whole thing. Who do you think is going to win the world series? Leave your answer in the comments!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


This isn't the first blog I've had. I had the Revolutionary Nazarene site for a while, I last posted there two years ago with my picks for the 2011 baseball season.For those of you who are counting, I did horribly. I picked the Phillies, Reds, Giants and Braves for the NL and the Red Sox, Twins, A's and Yankees for the AL. Of those teams, only the Phillies and the Yankees made the playoffs, and only the Phillies did it in the position I predicted (NL East Champs). In my defense, the Braves and Red Sox were both only a game out of the playoffs, but the Twins and A's each finished below .500. So, alas, not the best at predicting baseball. Honestly, I have hidden my head in shame since then on that site. At some point, I may move the posts over here, because they tell part of the story of my life from that time. More on that later.

Once we found out we were pregnant, I realized I wanted to catalog some of my thoughts regarding fatherhood into a journal-type format, so I started the "First Time Father" blog experiment. It was a lot of fun detailing some of my thoughts into blog posts; giving people an inside look at what I was thinking in my role as a first time father.

However, neither of those blogs really encapsulate me as a whole. The former was focused mostly on the theologian side of me (and apparently to some degree the baseball lover, too), and the latter exclusively focused on my life as a first time father-to-be; there have been no posts since I told the story of Xavier's birth on that blog. Feel free to check it out, though.

So, I wanted to make a site that would capture Alex as Alex, not just one (or two) parts of Alex. My dear friend Johnna decried when I first started the "Baby Blog," that it was unfair to separate life into compartments for blogging because that's not the way life really works. She's right.

So, here I am. This is going to be something different for me, I'll be sharing things that interest me, things that make me laugh, things that taste delicious (little known fact about me is that I absolutely love to cook!) and other facets of my life, even the nerdy side (minecraft screenshots, anyone?).

However, to start with, I'll be having one major focus in this blog.

I'm heading full-speed toward a major milestone in my life. It should be no surprise to you that some birthdays are more important than others. When you're younger, almost every birthday is of the utmost importance. As you get older, they start to space out in importance, though. 16 is a big one, and 18 is a big one, but 17 is rarely celebrated with the furor of its neighbors. Following those milestones, you hit 20, 21, 25... and finally, 30.

At this point in time, 30 is that benchmark birthday, for whatever reason, it's expected that we are settled down and making progress on our life goals at the age of 30. Some of us do, some of us don't. It's okay if you weren't in "that place" at 30, but be honest, society has sort of turned that into a really big deal.

In light of my thirtieth birthday coming up next year, I've hammered out a list of thirty things I want to accomplish in the 17 months between now and then. My friends Nate and Micki have each spent some time making these sorts of lists. They have both inspired me to do the same for myself. So, I made a list of my 30before30. These are the 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn 30. I'll spend some time explaining what I mean here on this blog, and share in the successes (and inevitable failures) here too.

I love living my life publicly and collaboratively. I appreciate the input from my friends and family on these sorts of things.

Be blessed.