I’m a fan of the Detroit Tigers. Needless to say, it’s been a long few years. I was there during the Cinderella season in 2006, when the Tigers won the … Continue Reading Winning Isn’t Everything; It’s Irrelevant
Yankees’ starter Masahiro Tanaka trundled off the mound, shoulders slumped in dejection, wondering how the hell he gave up six runs after only getting two outs. It was the worst … Continue Reading A Wild Slugfest Brings Baseball’s Best, And Worst, To London
Life gets in the way sometimes. That’s what Brett and I have to keep reminding ourselves as we think back to that unseasonably warm evening two years ago, at the … Continue Reading Another Year, Another Ballpark Tour, Another…Country???
The bottom of the ninth inning was a microcosm of the 2018 World Series. The Boston Red Sox put the best they had to offer on the mound in Chris … Continue Reading Nothing Stands in the Way of Boston’s Greatness
One of baseball’s advantages over football is that we all know what constitutes a catch. Or so we thought. Down two runs in the bottom of the first, Jose Altuve … Continue Reading The Absurd Attraction of Sports
Here it is. The Best Picture winner. The Granddaddy Of Them All. The M.V.P. And no, this year it wasn’t a race of Mike Trout versus everybody else. Both the … Continue Reading And the Award for Most Valuable Player Goes To…
If you have half an ear tuned to baseball’s rumor mill, you’ve seen the name “Manny Machado” pop up in connections with a host of other teams. Ken Rosenthal, of … Continue Reading The Winner of the Manny Machado Sweepstakes will be the Biggest Loser of the Deadline
Baseball fans are an eternally pessimistic bunch (looking at you, Mets fans). No matter how good a team is, we all know that somehow, some way, something will go wrong, … Continue Reading Troubles in Paradise? Analyzing Warning Signs for Baseball’s Top Teams
There’s two things sports fans love: rooting for your team, and hating the other guys. I’m not talking your casual dislike, your run-of-the-mill distaste for another team after yet another … Continue Reading The Taxonomy of Rivalries, and Why Yankees-Red Sox is One of the Best
Most teams have played around 10 games so far, or about 6% of their season. Yet struggling fanbases in New York and Los Angeles are already fearing the worst, and … Continue Reading Division Leaders, Division Winners?
A little more than a full week is in the books, and we’ve already had a ridiculous season. We’ve had three (!!!) position players pitching. We’ve had an Edwin Encarnacion … Continue Reading Case of the Mondays: Ohtani shines, Bronx whines
Baseball fandom knows two speeds. Either your team is a lock to win the World Series, or they’re on track for the #1 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. That … Continue Reading Early Season Jitters? Measure Each Team’s Panic Rating
Opening Day is less than three weeks away. Soak that in for just a moment; three weeks until the unofficial official beginning of summer. Three weeks until every team’s season … Continue Reading Old Rivals, New Friends: The AL East Division Preview
It took three months longer than it should have, but after much hand-wringing and anxiety from the Boston media market, Dave Dombrowski pulled the trigger on top free agent outfielder … Continue Reading Understated, But Effective: The Red Sox Offseason
If there’s one overriding lesson thus far from the 2017 postseason, it’s this: Managing a baseball team through the playoffs is a nigh-impossible task. It’s hard enough to keep a … Continue Reading The Hardest Job in Baseball
If it feels like there’s been a lot of big name players on the move after the trade deadline, you’re right. Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker, and just today … Continue Reading Shark in the Water?