Shhhh. Can you hear that sound? That's right, it's the furious ripple of the season's first batch of white flags being waved by disappointed fans across the nation. And though most bloggers wait through April to see the true hand they've been dealt, it's the first weeks of May that some fans finally admit that the preseason barroom beauty is the regular season's "Wow, I can't really wait until this whole bad idea is over and she leaves and I can go get some McDonald's breakfast on my own" morning reality.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three recent last rites that have already been administered by some fans ...
Gaslamp Ball (Padres 12-23, 11 games behind Arizona) "After watching the Padres' start to the 2008 season, Gaslamp Ball now officially believes that the team will not contend for the National League Championship and will therefore not be in the 2008 World Series. Gaslamp Ball is not saying that participation in the 2008 World Series is an impossibility, but rather that it is wildly improbable, and on par with the probability of monkeys suddenly flying out of our butts."
Lookout Landing (Mariners 14-22, 8 games behind Oakland): "Season in Review 2008: It sucked."
Chuckie Hacks (Brewers 16-18, 5 games behind St. Louis) "It's over. Done. Finished. Stick the proverbial fork in the Brewers, they're done as 2008 playoff contenders. Everybody at once now: Take off those blue and mustard colored glasses and open your eyes. Look big picture, people! I'm not talking about the last few games, or the dormant offense, or the most recent botched fill-in-the-blank-move by Ned Yost. Look macro, not micro. Since last year's red hot 24-10 start, Milwaukee is 75-87."
Anyone think the above views are a bit knee-jerk? Or are they spot on?
For which teams should the white flag stay up or come down?