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Spring is Here… Opening Day 2014

2014 MLB Opening DayAlthough the first day of Spring was officially on March 20th, we think Spring really starts the same day as the Major League Baseball season- opening day.  With opening day happening tomorrow (Monday March 31st), we thought it would be fitting to make our predictions for the upcoming season.  As a Chicago Cubs fan, spring is the time for optimism.  A time where every team still has a chance to reach the post season no matter how big or how small the payroll.  While, over the last several years, parity has increased across the MLB landscape – most experts still pick the big spending teams like the New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The bigger and more interesting question is who will become this year’s Pittsburgh Pirates?  With that in mind, here are my picks for the 2014 MLB Season.

National League

NL East – Washington Nationals:  The Nationals were a big disappointment last year but they will be ready to rebound.  Bryce Harper will be ready to compete for a MVP crown this year.

NL Central – St. Louis Cardinals:  Hard to pick against St. Louis here… They made it all the way to the World Series last season only to lose to the Braves.  This Cardinals team is loaded with young talent that should only be better this year.  As much as I hate to admit it, unless they implode, expect them to cruise to another NL Central Title.

NL West –  Los Angeles Dodgers:  Again not a surprising pick here but the L.A. Dodgers are absolutely loaded with talent.  The got off to a slow start last season only to come on strong at the end – that could happen again this year but I just can’t see the Giants or Diamondbacks running away with the division early.

NL Wildcard Teams: Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies

American League

AL East – Tampa Bay Rays:  While most are picking the Red Sox or Yankees here, I just can’t pick against a team with an abundance of young talent and the best manager in the game (Joe Maddon).  Watch out for Desmond Jennings and Chris Archer this year!

AL Central – Kansas City Royals: Ok, here is my out-on-a-limb pick.  Every year I think the KC Royals will be much better than they turn out to be.  Maybe it is my inner Cub fan coming out but I really think this will be the year the Royals put it all together.  Watch out for Yordano Ventura!

AL West – Oakland A’s:  On paper the A’s look like nothing all that special.  However, they never look all that special on paper but Billy Beane always seems to find a way to keep the Athletics competitive.  With not a whole lot of dominant teams in the AL West you have to go with the team that will likely be the most consistent.

AL Wildcard Teams:  Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers

Ticket OnSales 11/25 to 12/02/2013

The week of November 25th 2013 is pretty slow on the concert front.  However some expect hot events include Demi Lovato, Il Divo, Lady Gaga, the Fresh Beat Band and Wiz Khalifa. There are also a few sporting events releasing tickets to the public this week.  These include WWE Live, the Professional Bull Riders, spring training games for the Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers, and Los Angeles Angels, basketball tickets from the Dayton Flyers, Washington Huskies, Orlando Magic and Golden State Warriors.

Top Onsale Events for 11/25/2013 to 12/02/2013

  • 2014 MAAC Basketball Tournament (Springfield MA)
  • 2014 NCAA Tournament (St Louis MO, Orlando FL, Dayton OH)
  • Amy Grant (Tucson AZ)
  • Atlanta Hawks (2013-14 Select Home Games)
  • Bill Maher (Cupertine CA)
  • Casting Crowns (Lexington KY, Amherst MA)
  • Chicago White Sox (2014 Spring Training)
  • Datsik (Boston MA, Philadelphia PA)
  • Dayton Flyers Basketball (2013-14 Home Games)
  • Demi Lovato (Indianapolis IN)
  • Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure (Coral Gables FL)
  • Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales (Rochester MN)
  • Disney On Ice : 100 Years of Magic(Johnstown PA)
  • Disney On Ice : Passport To Adventure (Wilkes-Barre PA)
  • Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After (Sacramento CA)
  • Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson MS)
  • Elf The Musical (Detroit MI)
  • Food City 250 NASCAR (Bristol TN)
  • Golden State Warriors (2013 Black Friday Offer)
  • Il Divo (Atlantic City NJ, Seattle WA, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, New Orleans LA, Woodlands TX, Oshawa ON, Hamilton ON, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Kingston ON)
  • Kansas State Wildcats Basketball (2013-14 Home Games)
  • Lady Gaga (New York NY)
  • Lisa Lampanelli (Atlantic City NJ)
  • Los Angeles Angels (2014 Spring Training)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (2014 Spring Training)
  • Melissa Etheridge (Windsor ON)
  • Mexican National Team vs. Korea Republic (San Antonio TX)
  • MLS Cup 2013 – Sporting Kansas City v. Western Conference Champion (Kansas City MO)
  • Monster Jam (Sacramento CA, Anaheim CA, Detroit MI)
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 (Sparta KY)
  • Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball (Cyber Monday Sale)
  • Orlando Magic (Select 2013-14 Home Games)
  • PBR Bullriders (Sacramento CA, Fresno CA, Worcester MA)
  • Phoenix Coyotes (Pepsi Family 4 Packs)
  • Public Enemy (Vancouver BC)
  • Rodney Carrington (Biloxi MS)
  • Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing (Rochester NY)
  • Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend (Laredo TX)
  • Steve Miller Band (Winnipeg MB)
  • The Fresh Beat Band Live In Concert (Sacramento CA)
  • Tim Tebow (Jackson MS)
  • Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned (North Charleston SC, Baton Rouge LA, Baltimore MD, Houston TX)
  • Washington Huskies Basketball (2013-14 Home Games)
  • Winnipeg Jets (2013-14 Home Games)
  • Wiz Khalifa (Anchorage AK)
  • WWE Live (Sacramento CA, Greensboro NC, Oakland CA)

Ticket OnSales 11/18 to 11/25/2013

Paul Simon and Sting
The week of November 11th 2013 has some pretty good concert events going on sale including Arcade Fire, Il Divo (A Musical Affair), Black Sabbath, Bob Weir and Ratdog, Brad Paisley, Journey and the Steve Miller Band, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, The Fresh Beat Band, Trey Anastasio Band, and Luke Bryan. There are also a few sporting events releasing tickets to the public this week.  Events include PBR Professional Bull Riders, Kentucky Wildcats Basketball, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers spring training, WWE Wrestling and the Monster Jam.

Top Onsale Events for 11/18/2013 to 11/25/2013

  • 94.1 KMPS Ho Ho Ho Down (Seattle WA)
  • ACC Basketball Tournament (Greensboro NC)
  • Air Supply (Rama ON)
  • AMA Supercross (Toronto ON, Detroit MI)
  • AMSOIL Arenacross (Greensboro NC, Louisville KY, Reno NV)
  • Anaheim Ducks vs Los Angeles Kings (Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles CA)
  • Arcade Fire (Cleveland OH, Bridgeport CT, George WA, Pittsburgh PA, Louisville KY, Toronto ON, Nashville TN,  Mountain View CA, Denver CO, Brooklyn NY, Mansfield MA, Philadelphia PA, Columbus OH, Maryland Heights MO, Austin TX, Atlanta GA, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Washington DC, Woodlands TX, Auburn Hills MI, Chicago IL)
  • Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival (Atlantic City NJ)
  • Bar
  • enaked Ladies (Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC)
  • Bill Cosby (El Paso TX)
  • Bill Engvall (Rama ON)
  • Black Sabbath (Hollywood CA, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Brooklyn NY, Kanata ON, London ON, Hamilton ON)
  • Bob Weir and Ratdog (Upper Darby PA, Chicago IL, Nashville TN Atlanta GA, Buffalo NY, Westbury NY, Boston MA, Portland ME, Montclair NJ, Indianapolis IN, St Louis MO, Detroit MI, Louisville KY)
  • Brad Paisley (Tallahassee FL)
  • Chicago White Sox (2014 Spring Training)
  • Dierks Bentley (Orlando FL)
  • Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival (Louisville KY)
  • Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show (Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON)
  • Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales (Canton OH)
  • Disney On Ice : 100 Years of Magic (Youngstown OH, Washington DC, Pittsburgh PA, Johnstown PA)
  • Disney On Ice : Passport To Adventure (St. Louis MO)
  • Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate! (Greensboro NC, Fayetteville NC, Auburn Hills MI, Boston MA)
  • Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes (Fort Wayne IN, Charleston WV)
  • Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After (Fresno CA)
  • Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson MS)
  • Florida Country Superfest (Jacksonville FL)
  • Gavin DeGraw (Napa CA, Biloxi MS)
  • George Strait (Foxborough MA)
  • Huey Lewis & the News (Biloxi MS, Tunica MS)
  • Il Divo (Orlando FL, Seattle WA, Baltimore MD, Edmonton AB, Indianapolis IN, Detroit MI, St Louis MO, Hollywood CA, San Diego CA, Thackerville OK, Miami Beach FL, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Phoenix AZ, Denver CO, Boston MA, New Orleans LA, Rosemont IL, Raleigh NC, Oakland CA, Washington DC, Providence RI, Woodlands TX)
  • J. Cole (Mashantucket CT)
  • Jason Aldean (Orange Beach AL, Saint Paul MN, Manchester NH)
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Reading PA, Columbus OH)
  • Journey and Steve Miller Band (Virginia Beach VA, Cincinnati OH, Dallas TX, Mountain View CA, Burgettstown PA, Phoenix AZ, Darien Center NY, Bethel NY, Holmdel NJ, Cuyahoga Falls OH, Auburn WA, Concerd CA, Wantagh NY, Woodlands TX, Maryland Heights MO, Raleigh NC, Birmingham AL, Clarkston MI)
  • Justin Timberlake (San Antonio TX, Charlotte NC, New Orleans LA, San Jose CA, Uncasville CT, Baltimore MD, Albany NY, Kanata ON, New York NY)
  • Kentucky Wildcats Basketball (2013-14 Select Home Games)
  • Kobalt 400 (Las Vegas NV)
  • Lady Antebellum (Calgary AB, London ON, Saskatoon SK, Uncasville CT, Edmonton AB, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB)
  • Larry the Cable Guy (Salina KS)
  • Lupe Fiasco (Montclair NJ)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (2014 Spring Training)
  • Luke Bryan (Moline IL, Oklahoma City OK, Wilkes-Barre PA)’
  • Minnesota Wild (2013-14 Select Home Games)
  • Monster Jam (Council Bluffs IA, Detroit MI, Greensboro NC, North Little Rock AR, North Charleston SC, Pittsburgh PA, Lafayette LA, Houston TX, Charleston WV, Laredo TX, San Antonio TX, Hampton VA, Richmond VA, Tampa FL, Ocala FL)
  • New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils (Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY)
  • New York Rangers vs New York Islanders (Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (Detroit MI, New Orleans LA)
  • Paul Simon and Sting (Saint Paul MN, Auburn Hills MI, Dallas TX, Seattle WA, Washington DC, Sunrise FL, Orlando FL, Denver CO, Boston MA, New York NY)
  • PBR Bull Riders (Fresno CA, Rosemont IL, New York NY, Phoenix AZ, Tacoma WA, Birmingham AL, Greenville SC)
  • Robin Thicke (Seattle WA, Vancouver BC)
  • Rodney Carrington (Thousand Oaks CA, Rama ON)
  • Ron White (Houston TX, St. Louis MO)
  • Sesame Street – Make a New Friend (Grand Forks ND, Toronto ON, St. Louis MO, Houston TX, Lincoln NE, Dodge City KS, Baton Rouge LA, Oklahoma City OK)
  • Sesame Street Live : Elmo Makes Music (Hershey PA, Poughkeepsie NY, Wilke-Barre PA, Binghamton NY)
  • Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing (Detroit MI, Joliet IL)
  • The Avett Brothers (Boca Raton FL)
  • The Band Perry (Saginaw MI, Rockford IL, Brookings SD)
  • The Fresh Beat Band (Orlando FL, Birmingham AL, Oakland CA, Baltimore MD, Louisville KY, Appleton WI, Cincinnati OH, Sacramento CA, Nashville TN)
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Greensboro NC, Dallas TX, Sunrise FL, Glendale AZ, Cincinnati OH)
  • Trey Anastasio Band (Kansas City MO, Atlanta GA, Charlotte NC, New Orleans LA, Orlando FL, Indianapolis IN, St. Louis MO)
  • Tyler Perry’s “Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned”  (Chicago IL, Columbus OH, Peoria IL, Rockford IL, Louisville KY)
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship – UFC (Newark NJ)
  • Willie Nelson (San Antonio TX)
  • WWE Live (Sacramento CA, Rosemont IL, Stockton CA, St Louis MO, Hampton VA, Kalamazoo MI, Columbus OH, Wilkes-Barre PA, Hershey PA, Newark NJ, Indianapolis IN, Dallas TX)
  • WWE Raw (Oklahoma City OK)
  • WWE Smackdown (Toledo OH)

2013 MLB Playoff Picture

Pittsburgh Pirates playoff chances

Are the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates for real or will they fade down the stretch?

Now that the 2013 MLB All Star game is complete, many teams have decided to throw up the white flag and “wait til next year”.  Others are gearing up and looking to acquire a few pieces of the puzzle for a playoff push.  The best indication of where you team fits on the above spectrum is to see who is buying and who is selling come the MLB trade deadline on July 31st.  Although MLB baseball tickets are not necessarily a big seller on the secondary ticket market, knowing which teams tickets will be in demand come time to chase the pennant can reap huge rewards.  With that in mind we decided to breakdown the 2013 MLB playoff picture.

American League

The American League is filled with tight races in each of the 3 divisions.  In the American League East, The Boston Red Sox currently have a 1.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.  However, the AL East is far from a two pony show as the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees are also both within striking distance (not to mention in wildcard contention).  The only team seemingly out of it is the Toronto Blue Jays – currently 12.5 games out (9 games in the wildcard).

In the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are in a heated race.  The Tigers are currently ahead by 1.5 games but a lot of things can change depending on what happens at the trade deadline.  The rest of the AL Central including the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox are pretty much out of it and are expected to be sellers at the trade deadline.

In the American League West, there is also apparently a 2 team race for the division crown.  The pesky Oakland A’s currently have a 2 game advantage over the Texas Rangers.  However, the Texas Rangers are expected to be big players in the trade deadline frenzy.  Rumor has it that they are close to landing Chicago Cubs ace Matt Garza.  The rest of the west, including the Anaheim Angels, Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros are out of it and will likely be gutted for prospects.

Still in it, to win it:  Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers.

Count them out:  Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Anaheim Angels, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros.

National League

The National League playoff picture isn’t quite as complicated as it is in the American League.  The National League East is already seemingly locked up by the Atlanta Braves.  The Braves currently have a 6.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.  While 6.5 games is far from insurmountable, the Phillies nor the Nationals are not likely to add any significant pieces to make a playoff push. In fact, the Phils may actually be sellers.

In the NL Central we actually have a really interesting pennant race.  The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates thus far have been the 2 best teams in the MLB.  The Cardinals have a slim 2.5 game lead but the young, upstart pirates show no signs of fading down the stretch.  The Cincinnati Reds are also a strong team sitting 13 games above .500 but are 4.5 games back.  The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, however, are done and will be unloading talent and salaries before the trade deadline.

Lastly, in the weak NL West the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angles Dodgers and perhaps the Colorado Rockies are still deciding who deserves a change to lose in the first round this post season.  The Dodgers are just 1.5 games behind the Dbacks and are likely the only team willing to add payroll and talent.  The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres are certainly on the wait till next year path.

Still in it, to win it:  Atlanta Braves, St, Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies

Count them out:  Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres