Human error will always occur in the officiating of any athletic competition, but the most exciting plays are now followed by endless delays. It destroys the certainty and excitement.
Of course there are the stories that revealed the brutal and often ugly nature of the games and their athletes. These are the stories that can stay in 2013 and hopefully never come back. But let's start with The Good.
Candlestick Park itself is an abysmal structure, full of decadence and resembling more a relic of a stadium that belonged 50 years ago. But given its history, there's undoubtedly a strong amount of sentimentality and nostalgia that comes with it.
Baseball is the mythic ideal. Football is the brutal reality. Both represent the two symbolic sides of the coin that is America.
Ellsbury will not be the first to drop the letter "Y" from his name in deference to the glory of the pinstripes. Few are even aware that before joining the team in 1995, the Yankees' All-Star shortstop went by the name Dereky Jeter.
It's Game Six of the 2013 World Series. St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha steps up to the mound and winds up. Convergent Science, a company based in Middleton, Wisc., examined the physics behind the pitcher's knee-buckling curveball.
One of these players, who only had two years of team control left, netted Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi. The other one, who also currently has two years of team control left, only netted Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.
The single most important thing we can do to address the urgent ecological challenges we face is change cultural expectations and attitudes about how we relate to the planet. The motivation for sports to engage in greening is simple.
Attending a professional sporting event carries some inherent risks. Balls, equipment, and even athletes themselves sometimes fly into the stands. Drunken idiots throw punches. Mascots can sometimes get a little handsy.
We are here at Fenway with a great baseball player, a friend that has brought a lot of pride to the entire baseball community, particularly the Puerto Rican and Latino youth who watched him play, Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez.
Leasing a new car and getting the latest smartphone may make sense for some consumers, but what about when it comes to a baseball stadium?
The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in 6 games to win the 2013 World Series. This marks the first time that the Red Sox have clinched a World Series title at Fenway Park since 1918, and it is also the third world championship for the team in the past 10 years.
Doug Glanville is one of those real-life "triple threats" that you occasionally hear about. A gifted athlete, an intellectual, and -- in this age of in-your-face self-aggrandizement -- a genuinely thoughtful and modest man.
Sport properties, please be clear: if your app is just a collective portal for your press releases, videos, social media and ticket office, you're leaving big money on the touchscreen.
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.