Let's just start with this one prediction for the AL Central:
I am NOT good at predictions.
Of the ten teams to earn postseason births I correctly identified only four: Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates and Blue Jays.
I don't think my player award selections will fair much better. Heck, I picked Andrew Cashner to win the Cy Young, which is only slightly better than Joe Kelly stating he would be the leading vote getter for the award in the AL. Yep, that's the same Joe Kelly who had an ERA just south of 5.00 for the Red Sox. Man, that's really putting yourself out there!
Also in my prediction post I chose who would lead the Cubs in many offensive and defensive categories, and I correctly selected my fair share. I thought the Cubs would win 83 games this year, which would be an improvement of ten games from 2014. They finished with 97 wins and 101 if you count the post season. I correctly said they would finish in third place within the NL Central, but I wasn't thinking playoffs.
I don't mind being wrong and I do my best to "own it" when I am wrong. (I pass out Dum-dum suckers to students who point out a misstep in my math at the board. Because even a veteran teacher can be a dumb-dumb.) In fact, this is truly one of the times I am relishing the moment. Dare I say it? I couldn't be happier being wrong with my predictions!
The Cubs were swept by the Mets, who definitely played better baseball when it matter most, but that doesn't take anything away from the season the Cubs had.
The roster was crammed full of quality character guys who knew how to have fun. Partner those personalities with some quality social-media-using-beat-writers and one terrific website, and I felt like I was a part of the ride. In short, I had the most fun listening to and watching baseball games that I've had in a very long time.
Is it spring yet?