I find myself spending less and less time on the Internet these days.
That’s to be expected during baseball’s offseason, I guess. But I think there’s more to it than that — I’m sort of losing my desire to explore the outer reaches of cyber space. There are 2-3 sites I check every day (L.A. Times, Dodger Thoughts, DesMoinesRegister.com) — but after that, what else would I want to see?
Unless you’re a Facebook addict, or a hard-core YouTube devotee, which sites would make a person spend all day on the Web? My Internet experience has become rather boring, and a bit overwhelming (there’s SOOOOOO much out there, that more and more I choose to explore very little of it). I can see why older Americans are generally put off by the whole idea of Web surfing.
Seems like 2, 3, 5 years ago, I could spend hours on the ‘Net and never run out of things to do. Not anymore. It’s far easier and more enjoyable for me to read my newspapers or watch TV.
My wife said she, too, is logging fewer minutes on the Web. Granted, we’re a small sample size, but I wonder if/when society as a whole will eventually curb its online time.
Today’s trivia: Three players have won two MLB All-Star Game most valuable player awards. Name them.
Last night on MLB Network, “Prime 9” featured the top players of the 1980s. They had one player per position, which left some really good players off the list (Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith, for example).
Still, it was kind of interesting to see who they picked. See how good my memory is … Dale Murphy, Rickey Henderson, Ryne Sandberg, Don Mattingly, Gary Carter, Jack Morris, Mike Schmidt, Cal Ripken. Shoot, I can’t remember the other outfielder. Andre Dawson, maybe?
They also did a “Prime 9” for top managers of all-time. I was pleased to see Walter Alston cracked the list at No. 6.
Joe Torre came in at No. 9.
Trivia answer: The following players were named All-Star Game MVP twice: Cal Ripken (my wife’s favorite player), Steve Garvey (one of my favorite players) and Gary Carter (I’m sure he’s someone’s favorite player).
I see in the newspaper that the Cubs have decided to remain in Mesa, Ariz., for spring training. For at least the next 25 years.
Selfishly, I wanted the Cubs to move to Florida. That would have made the Dodgers the most popular team in the Cactus League. Dodger fans will just have to settle for second-best in Cactus League attendance, I guess.
Staying in Arizona is the right thing for the Cubs to do, though. Their fans have been so loyal; it’s proper to return the loyalty. Plus, my family can continue to see the Cubs when they go down there to visit my brother.