Donald: I’m Donald and I’m here with SportsWise and with me is John Hagan. We’re talking about Major Leauge Baseball teams that we think are going to show up in the West and in the East. What’s really happening and what’s going on. We got the A.L. West and the A.L. East and A.L. central. The Houston Astros are currently the world champions, but I also believe that the L.A. Dodgers are going to follow up. In the A.L. East you got the New York Yankees, who are always problematic. I think the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Rays are going to be there. In the A.L. Central we’ve got the Cleveland Indians with Kansas City coming up real close and there could be some surprises. In the N.L. West we’ve got the L. A. Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. In the National League East we’ve got the Washington Mariners and Atlanta Braves, who are sure to follow up. In the National League Central we’ve got the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers. Surprise team this year, because they aren’t missing much of anything, and they are hitting real, real hard. Let’s see what the Cubs do with that one.
John: We’re talking about Major League baseball and who I think is going to be in the playoffs this year. We’re going to talk about the National League. The West is the best and the East is the least. I like the Dodgers to win the National League West. There will be four teams in the National League in general battling for two wild card spots. The San Francisco Giants, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. I think the Cubs and Giants come up short to the Diamondbacks and Rockies. The National League East: if the Washington Nationals do not win the East, we need to call in the F.B.I. They are head and shoulders above everybody else in the division. Milwaukee’s best is no longer for beer. They also have the best team in the National League central. I have them beating out the Chicago Cubs. In the playoffs I like the L.A. Dodgers to beat the Washington Nationals. I think they’re the two best teams in the National League. In the American League, I think Houston will win the division. In the American League East, I like the Yankees to etch out the Boston Red Sox, with the Red Sox taking one to two wild cards. In the Central, a few surprises along the way. Believe it or not, I like the Minnesota Twins to win the A.L. Central. But the bigger surprise, and the pleasant one, is the White Sox will get one of the wild cards to play the Red Sox. Cleveland is going to be my disappointment this year. They will finish third in the A.L. central. As far as the World Series is concerned, I’ve got the Dodgers beating the Yankees.
Any final thoughts, Donald?
Donald: The West is the best and the East is the least. Let’s deal with the fact that I don’t think that the Houston Astros will repeat. I do think there are going to be surprises all over the place. You got Washington Nationals, you got the L.A. Dodgers, who are looking for revenge from the Houston Astros, who surprised them last year. The Chicago Cubs could well win. To wrap it up, I think there will be a lot of surprises and I think Houston will be totally disappointed.
John: All I got to say is, if there are going to be playoffs in Chicago this year, I believe it will be on the South Side. Get your silver and black ready. The silver and black attack is ready to explode on the South Side!