Jibber Jabber – A break for the ages

Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer

There’s a special guest in the office while I write this week’s dose. It’s none other than my oldest son, Yusuf, aka YDJ to those who have read a Jibber or two.

In a shocking move, YDJ decided to bail on spring break in Canada, so he could spend time with his “best friend” aka his dad, aka the #Middleagedgangsta, aka me.

The move inspired an impromptu “Bring your son to work” week, which is a small price to pay for knowing my boy wants to spend time with his old man.

Not to mention, the kid is a wealth of knowledge.

For example, he just informed me the New York Mets hit seven home runs on Tuesday, including three by my fantasy outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

He also reminded me that Cleveland’s walk-off win over the White Sox on Tuesday marked the first time since 1960 when both teams in the previous year’s World Series won their current season’s home opener with a walk-off (When the home team wins the game on its last at bat.) The defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs had a walk-off win versus the Dodgers on Monday.

What’s more interesting is the White Sox and Dodgers are the same teams that pulled off the feat back in 1960.

I’m sure I could write an entire column about this abstract fact along with the other quirky details that make baseball the best sport to follow.

I could write a book about how awesome it is the federal hiring freeze is officially over a mere two weeks before the GOVT could be facing another shutdown. It would be a bitter, quick, read highlighting federal bureaucracy and its link to disgruntledness; however, it would probably only get me closer to forced retirement, aka the boot, aka “You’re fired.”

So, I’ll write a bit more about spring break with “The Boy,” who is currently updating the MLB standings on my white board – Tigers are in first place at 5-2.

Actually, I wouldn’t be able to have this week with my son if it wasn’t for my job, so instead of complaining, I should probably thank Uncle Sam.

Apparently, I should also be contemplating Yusuf’s big question: Who is going to win the World Series? That’s apparently Yusuf’s big question. The answer, of course, is the Detroit Tigers, but that’s only because I’m an optimist. Fandom aside, I’ll say it’s going to be either the Cubs or Indians.

I’d certainly put some money on the Washington Nationals (we’re going to watch them play on Saturday) if Dusty Baker wasn’t the manager. Baker has never been able to win a World Series, even with great teams. He managed the Barry Bonds-led San Francisco Giants and the early-2000 Cubs – can anyone say Steve Bartman?

As for the Tigers, they certainly have the talent to contend – Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Ian Kinsler and Rookie of the Year candidate JaCoby Jones — but per usual, it will come down to the

bullpen’s ability to consistently keep the leads their juggernaut offense and quality starting pitching will give them.

Baltimore, which has a great bullpen, has a shot as well if their starting pitching holds up. The winner of the AL West (Houston, Seattle and Texas) will be strong as well, but unfortunately, Cleveland is the team to beat in the American League.

With that out of the way, time for me to get back to my boy’s spring break! If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil, or hit me up on Twitter @CTJibber.

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