The teams with longest championship drought made the World Series

The two teams that have gone the longest without winning a championship are in the World Series this year.  The Chicago Cubs last won it all in 1908. The Cleveland Indians won it in 1948.

That these two teams have conquered their respective leagues should be encouraging news for all other losers.

I’m pulling for the Cubs, in honor of my late father, a die-hard Cubs fan.

Which team are you for?  Why?  What are your predictions?

What you need to know about the series, after the jump.

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Why Tim Tebow is good for baseball

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.  Much of the baseball world is skeptical and derisive. But Joel Sherman compares Tebow’s baseball dreams with those of Michael Jordan, who also, after his basketball super-career, tried to make it in baseball. [Read more…]

World Series post mortem

The Kansas City Royals won the world series against the New York Mets in a series of epic comebacks.  They were behind in each of the games!  In game #4, they were down to their last four outs, but ended up winning the game.  In game #5, they were down to their last three outs–completely shut out in a brilliant pitching performance by Matt Harvey–but they scored two to tie it, going on to score seven runs in the 12th inning for the series victory.  The  Royals were relentless and never quit, so they are the World Champions.

Didn’t we do our annual baseball predictions for this season?  I can’t find them.  If we didn’t, that’s unlike me.  If you can find them, say so in the comments so that we can see who, if anyone, won our virtual prognosticator award.  All I know is that most observers, including me, picked the Washington Nationals, who didn’t even make the playoffs, likely because in times of adversity they are not relentless and do tend to quit.

An account of the series after the jump. [Read more…]

The World Serious

I was pulling for the Cubs, in honor of my late Father, a die-hard Cubs fan, but now that they were swept by the Mets, my way is clear to support the Kansas City Royals, the team that got me first seriously interested in baseball, back when I was a grad student at the University of Kansas.  Those were the days of George Brett, Freddy Patek, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen.  That was the last and only time the Royals won the World Series.

Any predictions about the series?  (We’ll check our prognostications made at the beginning of the season to see if anyone predicted this matchup.) [Read more…]

Yogi Berra dies–here are some of his sayings

Yogi Berra, the winner of three MVPs who played in more World Series games than anybody, died at age 90.  Here is his obituary.  In addition to his baseball greatness playing for the New York Yankees, Yogi became known for his gnomic comments.  On one level, they didn’t make sense, and yet, on a higher plane, they sort of did. After the jump, a list of some of what he said.

My favorite:  “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” What is your favorite?  Explain the sense in which it is kind of true.  (For example, in my favorite, it is true that something that was once fashionable can become unfashionable when everyone starts doing it.) [Read more…]

The Royals play the National League All-Stars

Voting for baseball’s All-Star team used to involve going to a game and then, between innings, punching out the chads next to the player you thought was best at his position.  But then some of the voting went online.  This year all of the voting is online.  You don’t have to go to a game and you get to vote up to 35 times.

So fans of the Kansas City Royals (the team that first got me interested in baseball) have been stuffing the virtual ballot box.  Yes, the Royals are having a great year.  But that doesn’t mean all of its starters are the best at their positions.  And yet, as of last week, the voting would mean that Royals players would start at all positions in the All-Star game except for one slot in the outfield, which is being taken by Angels superstar Mike Trout.

Now it’s likely that fans of bigger-market teams might wake up to what is happening and vote their players in.  But, people, you are supposed to vote for the best player, not just vote for the members of your team! [Read more…]