A vague mood crept over me as I watched this year's fall classic, the one in which David Ortiz flew in the sky like a bird or a plane with a cape on his back. I slowly sank into schmaltz and became the world's corniest sap. I was homesick. For Boston, of all places.
To any Bostonian who still claims that impending-doom-is-upon us personality, it's time to bequeath it to the poor people of Chicago and Cleveland. In the grand scheme, the Red Sox are a bona fide winner now, in the company of the Yankees and Cardinals of recent years.
As the Cardinals played their final game of the 2013 season on Wednesday night, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the fans that have allowed me to take part in your world over the last few years.
So are you smart and up-to-date?! Do you know the answers to these questions? Who's in the World Series? How many members of Congress are there? Who is Kim Kardashian engaged to?
These numbers in themselves are a sufficient argument to justify granting the Dominican slugger the series' MVP. But baseball is not an individual sport, it is a team effort, and the only Red Sox veteran of the 2004 World Series champions has taken on a crucial leadership role.
The truth is we don't know how this series will end. And what I bet is that Big Papi also knows, ring or no ring, life goes on. The world still spins the next day. So you might as well really enjoy the game.
This World Series is turning into a hard-fought, competitive and exciting one. This World Series has also been surprisingly sloppily played.
It is time for the baseball officials, sportswriters, congressman, and self-appointed guardians of truth, justice, and the American way including baseball, to end the hypocrisy on PEDs and develop a rationale approach to the legitimate use of drugs in sports.
Let us get one thing straight: Intent does not matter in MLB obstruction. In the first ever playoff game in MLB history to be decided by obstruction, the umpires actually got the call correct. The Boston Red Sox complained after their 5-4 loss, but the truth was they deserved to lose Game 3.
Every sport has its own character. Football is often punctuated by violence. Basketball is highlighted by feats of jaw-dropping athleticism. In baseball, the phrase that comes up often is "grind it out." That's why baseball is the sport most like retirement saving.
The Cardinal Way is much more than a baseball strategy for a midsize market team to successfully compete in Major League Baseball. It's a model for how any business can efficiently manage finite resources.
Many of us expect to spend a bit of time in front of the TV. And we'll need to eat.
Growing up in northern New Jersey with New Yorkers for parents meant that, when it came to baseball, I could root for the Yankees or I could keep quiet.
There used to be a baseball announcer named Richie Ashburn (Google him, Youtube him, do what you gotta do). If you were ever fortunate enough to listen to him you'll know why we dislike Tim McCarver.
To properly illustrate the overall point of great players doing their everything to help their respective teams win a game, I give you "Exhibit 1-A," in St. Louis second baseman, Matt Carpenter.