The Kansas City Royals, which taught me to love baseball long ago, have hit the fewest home runs in the major leagues, relying on speed, defense, and pitching. But they swept the mighty Orioles, after also sweeping the mighty Angels. And now they are in the World Series. [Read more…]
After a thrilling 12-inning game that went back and forth all night, the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics to win the American League wild-card slot. That’s the first time the Royals made it to the playoffs in 29 years. They were the first team that inspired me to start following baseball seriously–back in the George Brett, Freddie Patek, Dan Quisenberry, Willie Wilson era–when I was in graduate school at the University of Kansas. So I’m glad. It’s hard to imagine them going very far, but I hope they do.
Anyway, the playoff lineups are now set, and the games have begun. After the jump, the first-round matchups and how I come down on the games. [Read more…]
The climax of the Washington Nationals’ league-leading season came Sunday on the last game of the regular schedule when Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter against the Miami Marlins. The Nationals’ hand for the playoffs includes five aces in the starting rotation. And yet, the playoffs and the World Series are often full of surprises.
So what are your predictions for the playoffs, which begin on Thursday? (By the way, we also had baseball predictions on this blog at the beginning of this season. We’ll see who was right!) [Read more…]
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?
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…]
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…]