After what felt like maybe the longest All-Star break in history, the Pirates return to action tonight in Milwaukee. On top of that, the deadline to sign this year's draft picks (meaning Mark Appel) comes at 5 PM this afternoon. So we go from five days of almost nothing, besides the odd trade rumor, to baseball overload. I'm OK with baseball overload.
I don't expect any real news on Appel to come until shortly after the deadline this afternoon, so I'll put up a post for him around lunchtime. I thought about doing a second-half preview, but I think that my first-half review functions as pretty much the same thing. What I will say is that I'm very interested to see what Neal Huntington's approach to the trade deadline is here; on top of the Pirates angling to put themselves in position to win a playoff spot (hot damn, do I like typing that), Huntington's approach here should tell us a lot about what he thinks of various players and prospects in the organization and that should give us some insight into his plans for 2013 and beyond.
I haven't been this excited about a baseball season's last 77 games in a long time. It feels like Christmas morning right now.
I too, am OK with baseball overload. These last few days have been rough. And I'd say this feels more like Christmas morning with bipolar parents, since we don't know if we're getting a manic shopping spree worth of presents this half, or a big steaming pile of coal and reindeer turds like we did last year. Let's just pray for the former.
My aunt always gave me underwear for Christmas, underwear being the Jeromy Burnitz of Xmas gifts. I'll take this over Christmas morning any old day.