Lance Berkman, known as among other things Fat Elvis, retired this week ending a 15 year career in which he was for many years one of the top hitters in baseball. Berkman is a strong candidate for most overlooked great player of his generation, but is also a symbol of the problems facing the Hall of Fame.
The Cardinals are obviously a very good team, but some of the mistakes they make as an organization would draw much more attention if not for the best organization frame.
Baseball is the mythic ideal. Football is the brutal reality. Both represent the two symbolic sides of the coin that is America.
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.
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.
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.