Friday, April 17, 2009

The Great Thing About Sports

One of the best things about sports (aside from rooting for your team) is seeing great performances. Already this week we've had two major leaguers hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, and home run), and they happened within days of each other.

First, the Dodgers Orlando Hudson turned the trick on Monday. It was the home opener for the Dodgers and for Hudson, who signed with LA in the offseason, his first game infront of the Dodger Blue faithful. What a way to make an impression! Not to mention three of the four hits came off future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. FYI, Hudson is the first Dodger to hit for the cycle since Wes Parker in 1970.

Then, a day later the Rangers Ian Kinsler hit for the cycle, going 6-for-6 in the process! You may never see someone hit for the cycle the whole season, let alone just days apart.

Finally, the opening games of the NHL playoffs have lacked drama, except for last night's Flames/Blackhawks overtime thriller. If you've never followed the quest for Lord Stanley's Cup, do yourself a favor and tune in. It's likely you'll see some of the most exciting games of any sport. Chicago's Martin Havlat tied the game late in the third and then netted the game-winner just 13 seconds into overtime. His teammates poured onto the ice as if they just one the cup. The reality is they need 15 more wins. The point is you see the passion and emotion these athletes display on a nightly basis during the playoffs, all to reach a common goal. And when that happens, you see some amazing performances. Who knows, you just might witness the next great moment in sports.

Jason Brown

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