I have found that a simple distinction appears to lie at the heart of whether athletes are able to rise to the occasion and perform their best when it...
This is the second year in a row the San Francisco Giants have ended spring training by signing a major star to an enormous contract extension. Catcher Buster Posey is now signed through 2021, with an option for 2022, at a total cost of about $167 million. Last year, they signed pitcher Matt Cain to a similar contract.
The Yankees are in sufficiently bad shape that even a great year by Rivera will not bring them back to the World Series. Moreover, Rivera is not the only aging Yankee seeking to recover from an injury.
A fan base that is told to expect a World Series victory every year, and to see anything else as a failure is going to end up an angry disgruntled group, largely because they have been sold a bill of goods by the team's management.
Musial, who died this week, was our Galahad, our Achilles, our Hector -- a modest, decent man who did more than anyone to raise St. Louis to its reputation as a good sports town where the fans even clap for the opposing team's players.
It is no surprise that a team that has won two of the last three World Series has a good farm system, but the discrepancy between how the system, and indeed the franchise, is perceived, and what it actually is remains significant.
The playoffs being what they are, we knew that only one team -- and its fans -- would actually be happy when the whole thing was over. So what did the Tigers and all the other "losers" (and yes, that includes the Yankees) learn from the playoffs?
The thing about me is that I don't know or care about sports at all. I'm even skeptical that other people genuinely like sports, rather than the proto-nationalist emotional catharsis of being fans. But with heart and mind open, I sought to understand.
Pundits are having a hard time figuring out what to make of the San Francisco Giants' recent World Series win. Nobody is arguing the team didn't deserve the crown; but when a team wins two championships in three years, it arouses discussion of the d-word.
Talk about cliches being accurate. The Dallas Cowboys nearly beat the Giants on a last second touchdown pass but Dez Bryant's hand was out of bounds by inches.
The off-season for the Yankees will be as intriguing as their playoff performance. There is little tolerance for dramatic failure.
Parents all know to read bedtime stories to their kids to build an early foundation for literacy, but most parents do not make numbers a part of the daily home routine.
The World Series is Shazam-enabled, allowing television viewers in the United States to use their mobile and tablet devices to synch up to their tele...
It didn't take long for someone to bring up his name as soon as Pablo Sandoval slammed his third home run in the first game of the World Series. Reggie Jackson. And it didn't take long for it to trigger the biggest regret of my life.
The Giants and the Tigers definitely won't be able to blame any lackluster performances on where they shack up.
The quest was just a win. No one thought history would be in the making yet the Giants never disappoint. Two Cy Young Award winners took the mound to do the inevitable, they handed Justin Verlander his first loss to start a postseason series.