When baseball can hide in
spring, it’s often good

Mar 20, 2007 6:29 AM

This is March Madness season, down to the Sweet 16 in college basketball.

We hear there’s also a women’s tourney, but bettors don’t really care. And, baseball starts Sunday night April 1 with the defending world champ Cardinals hosting the Mets in St. Louis.

"I just haven’t given baseball much thought," Eldorado’s veteran race and sports manager Wayne Braddock told me recently. And, nobody follows baseball closer than Wayne — from the majors to the AAA Las Vegas 51s where he is a season ticket holder.

Baseball will be farther down the list of priorities now that the UNLV Running Rebels are part of the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1991 and the golden era of Tark.

That’s good for baseball. We need all the garbage about steroid use to be put on the back burner where it belongs with scuffed baseballs and corked bats.

Baseball in March means going to Florida and Arizona to watch games in a leisure atmosphere. Good guys like David Eckstein signing every autograph and a month for some future stars to impress enough people that they don’t need another year of minor league seasoning.

Yes, roughly two more weeks for us to get our planets aligned and provide some of the best insight we can find. Enjoy