Baseball predictions

Yesterday was Opening Day of the baseball season.  That means it is time for more sports predictions!  What teams do you think will play in the World Series, and which one will win it?

Baseball’s new replay rule

When the new baseball season gets underway at the end of the month, managers will get to challenge certain calls, which will be reviewed by a high-tech outfit in New York.   But managers will just get one challenge a game–two if the first one is upheld–though umpires can review plays after the sixth inning.

After the jump, an explanation of the new rule, including a list of the plays that are reviewable.  Also an excerpt from famed sportswriter Thomas Boswell defending the changes on the grounds that it will make for more strategy on the part of managers and more second-guessing on the part of fans.  What do you think? [Read more...]

A proposal for a new national holiday

There is a proposal before the body politic to declare a 12th national holiday:  Baseball’s Opening Day!

Finally, a cause to unite all Americans.  Or not.  I suppose we could also make Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday, to keep the balance of American sports, and since federal workers usually don’t have to work on Sundays anyway, it wouldn’t cost anything.  Or, if 12 is too many federal holidays–that’s over two weeks of paid vacations–we could move a bunch of the existing ones to Sundays, since that once-sacred day is no longer generally set apart anymore.

So what about Opening Day being a national holiday?  Why should our holidays be all about the government, political leaders, unions, and war?  Why not a sports day? [Read more...]

The secret of Greg Maddux

Pitcher Greg Maddux, fellow Atlanta rotation member Tom Glavine, and slugger Frank Thomas were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Maddux won 355 games over a 23 year career.  How did he do that?  A rocket-fueled fastball?  An over-arching curve ball?  Not really.  Maddux tells his pitching secret to Pulitzer-prize-winning sportswriter Tom Boswell, after the jump. [Read more...]

The World Series is all red

The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Boston Red Sox in the World Series starting Wednesday.  For the first time I can remember, both of the teams that I was rooting for in their respective league playoffs were victorious.  The playoff games were indeed fascinating, and the pitching was awe-inspiring.  In the World Series, I’m for the Cardinals.  I predict they will win it in six games.  What do you think?

Midwestern virtues vs. Hollywood star power

Sportswriter Thomas Boswell sees two worlds colliding in the National League playoff between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers:

When the Dodgers meet the Cardinals on Friday with the Gateway Arch framed in center field to start the National League Championship Series, we’ll see a clash of baseball worldviews and a collision of regional cultures, too.

The Cards have always hugged Midwest virtues while the Dodgers loved movie stars in the box seats and star power on the field. But this year both teams are such extreme versions of their traditional selves it’s just delicious. [Read more...]


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