It’s Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble, y’all. At the turn of the century (no, not that Previous turn of the century) when newspaper columnists all sat down and wrote what sports figures to be thankful for that Thanksgiving season. We are not immune to the allure of the thank you column trope. There is much to be thankful for!
So, as we head into Thanksgiving, here’s something for every group to be thankful for. Whether your team is a champion or a cellar dweller, there is something to be thankful for.
Blue Jays: Vlady Jr
We’ve all been shortchanged by Aaron Judge and Shohei Otani over the last two years, and for good reason, but let’s not forget that the Blue Jays have a young star that’s winning. His own The MVP in 2021, he has a smile that could light up the sky, a swing that sends fireworks from the sky and, oh yeah, he’s the son of a Hall of Famer, one of the funniest players in baseball’s recent vintage. . Don’t take Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for granted, folks.
Orioles: The fun is just getting started.
See, success is not a linear concept. They take a few steps forward and then a step or two back. You break, then struggle to take the next jump. Your young players don’t get tired much. Exactly Any way you want. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine anymore. But one thing is clearly true: Last year was proof that the worst is behind Orioles fans. This is a competitive team with a lot of young talent that isn’t going anywhere for a long time. You did it, Orioles. You deserve this.
Rays: The talent just keeps on coming.
Remember when the rays are bursting for business This player, or That’s what he said. Player? Remember that the Rays were “too analytical” and “too clever for their own good.” Well, guess what? This year they made the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. They have a lot of questions to answer this season. guess what? Maybe they will answer them. They always do.
Red Sox: Fenway is immortal.
You always know that things are not great When the “thank you” thing in Boston ends up being “Fenway,” but seriously: there’s nothing in the world like Fenway. You’ll see pictures of the ice at Fenway this season, and it’ll remind you of what you’ve been missing… and while 2022 will be tough, we’ve learned that this team will bounce back quickly.
Yankees: They won 99 games last year and came within one round of their first World Series in 13 years.
Yankees fans were so upset at the end of the game and so scared about Aaron Judge, you need to say it out loud every now and then.
GUARDS: That building might buzz again.
Those of us who remember how full and wild Cleveland and its stadium were in its ’90s incarnation got a big kick out of the wall of sound against the Yankees in the ALDS. Those fans are still there, and still great. Not every franchise can say that.
Royals: A transition that seems headed in the right direction.
The Royals have made many changes this offseason, and while how they will be is certainly up in the air, they certainly point in the direction of a franchise that has seen itself well and is ready to experiment. Something new. When things don’t work out, really, that’s all a fan can ask for.
Tigers: The page has changed.
Almost everything that could go wrong went wrong for the Tigers last year. This team is sure to go through some tough times in 2023, but there’s reason to believe things will get better. The emergence of Riley Green in the second half is a good spot.
Twins: The team and the front office don’t intersect.
Many teams, especially those in smaller markets like Minnesota, pack up and start over when they lose 89 games, like the Twins did in 2015. Marketed Carlos Correa (opted out and free agent). I didn’t get them in the playoffs and now that player is gone, but it speaks to the motivation: This team will not sit idle.
White Sox: Still plenty of young talent here.
Last season was so disappointing that you might forget that the White Sox have some very good hitters under 30 in addition to their solid rotation: Tim Anderson (29), Yoan Moncada (27), Luis Roberts (25), Eloy Jimenez (26), Andrew Vaughn (24) There’s not a team in baseball that doesn’t want that.
Angels: Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are still here.
Look, last year was pretty rough for a while. But every baseball fan will be excited to see the Angels come to town because it means they’ll be watching two games. And Angels fans watch them every night!
Astros: They just won the World Series.
No need to complicate this.
Athletics: There are some classes that could be part of the next great A team.
Yes, it’s been a rough couple of years, but it should be fun to watch Shea Langelier’s rise to stardom. Christian Pache can come. Yankees fans can ruin the day they included Ken Waldichuk in Frankie Montas’ contract.
Sailors: They made the finals!
They did it after a 21-year post-winter drought. In fact, they made it round! And the best part: it’s no fuss. This is just the beginning.
Rangers: There’s a lot of good stuff that keeps coming.
It might have been argued that signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien was a little ambitious last year, but there are worse things you can say about your team than “ambitious.”
Talent: Lots of young talent. so much!
Remember, you think that the talented are lined up with young talent before They had two top vote-getters in this year’s NL Rookie of the Year vote. How many more people are there?
Marlins: First Cy Young Winner!
Sandy Alcantara is now the first Marlins pitcher to have a Cy Young Trophy on his shelf. And it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the 27-year-old adds another one at some point.
Mets: The Quakes are back.
The Mets didn’t end their season the way they thought and the way many (including me) thought they would. But the days of LOLMets are long behind them. This team is smart, loaded with resources and very determined to win. They had the best record in New York City last year. It can stay that way for a while.
Nationals: The Padres’ trade package was excellent.
Yes, it will be sad to see Juan Soto go. But CJ Abrams and Robert Hassell III will be important parts of this team for years to come.
Phyllis: They went to the World Series!
What an incredible run it was. You didn’t think so. Indeed it did.
Brewers: There are plenty of pitchers here.
Like the rest of us, you’ve heard the Corbin Burns story. If not traded, this worker is stacked. But if he does… this staff is still stacked! Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta are the mainstays of the rotation, and Devin Williams anchors the bullpen in what was, ultimately, the strongest trade since Josh Hader. To their credit, the Brewers aren’t going anywhere.
Cardinals: After one of the greatest byes in recent baseball memory, the Cardinals can do it again.
Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina went out in glorious fashion. Now Adam Wainwright is starting to do the same. Hopefully in the later playoffs this time.
Cubs: Stopped allowing a run.
Maybe the Cubs will be active in the free agent market, but even if they aren’t, there are reasons to be excited. Thanks to the likes of Marcus Stroman and Adrian Sampson, they had a 3.30 team ERA after the All-Star break, which ranked fifth in the majors. Plus, there’s a group of soon-to-be prospects (led by outfielder Pete Crowe-Armstrong). With that talent and the opportunity to add through free agency, this dip shouldn’t last forever. It should not last long.
Reds: Joey Votto is a treasure.
no need social media To know how wonderful Votto is. But, you know, it doesn’t hurt.
D-backs: Corbin Carroll is your signature star.
They haven’t had one since they bought Paul Goldschmidt, and Carroll looks like one.
Dodgers: They’re the Dodgers!
The postseason was rough… again. But every team in baseball with the Dodgers has positions in a second.
Giant: It’s going to sound like a smart front office.
Do you know how smart they were two years ago when they found talent in the most unlikely places? Now they feel they have something to prove.
Padres beat the Dodgers!
In fact, there are three MVP candidates next year on this team. But it’s okay to enjoy the Dodgers’ NLDS win, you all get it.
Rockies: Coors will be a beautiful place to watch Kris Bryant hit 40 homers.
Amazingly, Bryant didn’t hit a single homer at Coors Field during his injury-shortened 2022 campaign. But they will come. In groups. in near.