Published October 26, 2009
ALCS , baseball , World Series , Yankees
Yankees in the World Series … again. So I won’t be watching the World Series … again. Yes, I’m a sports fan and a baseball fan. But when the Yankees are in the Series, it’s not baseball. It’s Hollywood. It’s a story when the franchise with the most overwhelming advantages of any team in history doesn’t make the Series.
Sports pundits gloating when they pick the Yanks and are proven right? It’s like betting that a corrupt politician will be elected … You’re bound to be right.
When the Yankees are back, as they inevitably always are, baseball is boring … again.
Published October 13, 2009
baseball , sports
Tags: "Chicago Cubs", Cubs
The Chicago Cubs filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday, exactly 101 seasons after their last World Series win.
Tinker to Evers to Chance, where are you when the Windy City needs you?
Baseball’s Sad Lexicon
A Famous 1910 Poem by New York Newspaper Columnist Franklin Pierce Adams
These are the saddest of possible words:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double–
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
“Pricking our gonfalon bubble” means popping the balloon of pennant hopes for the writer’s beloved New York Giants. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were a renowned double-play combination who helped the Chicago Cubs win four National League pennants (1906-08, 1910) and two World Series titles (1907-8). The Cubs could use them today.
Published April 18, 2008
ALCS , Barry Bonds , baseball , Bill Belichick , character , cheating , coaches , drugs , ethics , fans , Indians , integrity , Red Sox , referees , sports , steroids , World Series , Yankees
As we prepare to continue this series here is a review of numbers 7-10 of the list. Click on the titles to read the articles. Number 6 to appear soon.
10: Wimpy Pitchers
9: The Designated Hitter
7: The Concept of the Closer
Click here for the full report.
Here is the list of 88 players, active and retired:
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Paul Lo Duca
Gary Matthews Jr.
Published November 17, 2007
Barry Bonds , baseball , basketball , Bill Belichick , character , cheating , coaches , college football , Dolphins , drugs , ethics , fans , football , integrity , Michael Vick , NBA , NCAA , NFL , O.J. Simpson , Patriots , sports , steroids , Yankees
The U.S. sports scene has been providing a bumper crop of soap operas.
1. Barry Bonds: Finally indicted.
2. A-Rod: Mr. Not-October slinks back to New York.
3. O.J.: Is America ready for another trial?
4. Stephon Marbury: AWOL egoist pays.
5. Ricky Williams: Desperate Dolphins tap sober former-superstar.
Joe Glenn/Kyle Whittingham: Coaches prove they can be less mature than the students they coach. [story]
Michael Vick: Continuing saga.
Belichick/Patriots: The coach fans love to hate.
Published November 15, 2007
Barry Bonds , baseball , character , cheating , drugs , ethics , fans , integrity , O.J. Simpson , sports , steroids
Barry Bonds has been indicted for multiple counts of perjury and obstruction of justice four years after his testimony before the grand jury that he did not knowingly take performance-enhancing drugs. The baseball world is wondering, Why now?
Did they wait for him to break the record? What do they suddenly have now that they didn’t have before?
Regardless, his career is certainly over. A debatable value as a DH, most likely in nearby Oakland for the A’s, Bonds has lost his options. No g.m. is going to want to add a circus to their 2008 schedule. And, of course, he may not be at liberty to play anyway.
It’s a sad day for baseball. Some fans, mostly in San Francisco, were holding out hope of his innocence. And while those hopes have not been entirely dashed—he could still be found innocent—most expect a guilty verdict to be inevitable.
Now we can look forward to months of news dominated by the Bonds and O.J. cases. Remember when sports were what mattered in the sports world?