Michael Brendan Dougherty has written about politics for a long time. Long enough that he's now decided he'd rather get up at 4am every day to write about baseball.
It's Opening Day: a day to summon hope where possible and delusion where necessary, bust on Shane Victorino out of reflex, and try not to make eye contact with the Arizona Diamondbacks. A hugely digressive and mostly useless season preview, in dialogue form.
The very term "Cinderella Team" is a reminder of the cinematic aspect that's inherent to NCAA Tournament upstarts. But in the case of Florida Gulf Coast University, an epic upstart with a beachfront location, casting the movie adaptation is almost too easy. The hard part is traveling back in time to 1985 to make it.