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 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
Published October 27, 2007
baseball , World Series
Sports and Ethics has been posting from Spain. Will miss the rest of the World Series and the next couple of weeks of the NFL.
Just saw sports here in Barcelona. Biggest coverage was on the South Africa Springboks who recently won the World Rugby Cup. Actually, I like rugby … a lot more than soccer.
Published October 26, 2007
baseball , Red Sox , Rockies , World Series
I can’t say it with quite as much conviction as when it was 1-0. At least the margin of defeat was 11 runs less. I’m still rooting for a 7-game series.
The Colorado Rockies were completely dominated by the Boston Red Sox who put on a record-breaking display in a 13-1 route in game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park. The Sox handled the Rocks like they were Little Leaguers, but an hour after the game is over, it’s no worse than a 1-run loss for the Rockies. It’s just a 1-game-to-none margin no matter what the score was. Maybe the Red Sox have used up all their hitting in the first game, they might be thinking, hoping.
Who knows? What we do know is that this was just one game and Boston will need to beat Colorado three more times before they can be crowned. And it’s not exactly like the Rockies have never had to overcome a seemingly insurmountable difficulty before.
So play the games. Hopefully seven of them. Fans love seven-game series.
No matter what happens, it has been an incredible postseason, one that has been good for the fans, and good for baseball.
11-2, 30-5, 3-0. The numbers that brought the Red Sox back from the brink of defeat … again … and put them back in the World Series. Game seven win: 11-2. Total score against Indians, last three games: 30-5. Games won after Cleveland led 3-1: 3-0.
The Red Sox are a team of destiny.
And now they play the Rockies, a team whose entire payroll is about what Boston paid for Dice-K. With the Red Sox on a roll and Colorado on an extended hiatus, the Rockies have their work cut out for them.
But both teams are teams of destiny, with remarkable comeback stories. The Series awaits.
Published October 21, 2007
ALCS , Barry Bonds , baseball , character , cheating , drugs , ethics , fans , Indians , integrity , Red Sox , sports , steroids , World Series
I have said that game sevens are heaven—seventh heaven if you will—for baseball fans. It is unfortunate when anything takes away from those magical games. But a blog called Sports and Ethics can’t ignore the current revelation about Cleveland starter Paul Byrd.
“Byrd, whose win in Game 4 of the ALCS moved the Indians within one victory of the World Series, bought nearly $25,000 worth of human growth hormone and syringes from 2002 to 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.” (Read the full report here.)
Baseball doesn’t need this. One normally associates steroids with power hitters, like the accusations against Barry Bonds. But a non-superstar-type player seems to have the most to gain from such use. Byrd has denied the accusations in the past. The timing of this revelation seems political, like something that would happen near election time. Game 7 is the closest to election time in baseball there is. It is a shame to see this now. It is even a worse shame if it is true.
No matter what happens, we will be hearing a lot more on this. If the Indians pull one out tonight, it will become front and center until the end of the World Series.