What caught my eye: America’s weekend and America’s pastime

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Finishes forgotten
This past weekend held one of the biggest sporting events in America. It didn’t matter if you don’t care about motorsports, you still feel drawn to the opening ceremonies and the final lap of the Indianapolis 500. The crazy thing about the day is that for three hours of Memorial Day weekend, these racers are rock stars, while the other 364 days in a year, are forgotten about by the American public. It’s a day where no-name drivers become the names everyone can’t stop talking about. For Simon Pagenaud, he is the talk of race fans everywhere after crossing the brick in first. The sad reality of the day is that he will soon be forgotten until next Memorial Day weekend when the announcers remind everyone that he was this year’s winner.

Two teams, two very different offseasons
Dryden and Newfield both saw their baseball seasons come to an end in the first round of the Section IV playoffs. The road to the sectional play wasn’t easy, but the teams battled through and put together seasons to be proud of. Now the attention switches to the offseason, where the storylines look very different for these two. Dryden is set to lose a large portion of its starting lineup due to graduation, leaving open spots for younger players to fill in and gain experience. For Newfield, they will see their youth use this season as a building block as a large majority of the players are underclassmen that are becoming seniors and veterans.

Dallas to New York?
The 2015 AL Cy Young winner, Dallas Keuchel, is still without a job, for now. The Yankees, who have had an injury-plagued rotation and lackluster performances from sure-handed throwers, have reportedly scouted the former Houston Astro throughout the last week. If the team is willing to meet the contract demands of Keuchel, the same demands that have left him unemployed, the Yankees will have a guy that might only hit 93 mph on a fastball but will freeze batters with off-speed breaking balls.

Hear Mark Shelley regularly with Nick Karski on Between the Lines, from 5 to 6 p.m., on ESPN Ithaca at 107.1 FM/1160 AM. Did we miss something? Contact us at MarkS@VizellaMedia.com.

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