Joe Maddon I have a bone to pick with you. Now before I start, let me say I understand that you’ve brought my Cubs to a place they haven’t been in over 70 years. And although it didn’t look like it last night in their 6-0 loss to the Indians, there’s a chance you may guide them to a promised land that hasn’t been seen on the North Side in 108 years. All that being said, if I see one more of your young hitters stand and admire their handiwork in the batter’s box instead of putting their head down and running, I’m going to jump through my TV.
We saw it twice with Javier Baez against the Giants in the opening round. One ball he hit actually did leave the yard….but barely, nestling into the left field basket at Wrigley. … Read More »
It is definitely a great time to be a Kansas City Royals fan, but unlike some of the fly-by-nighters or frontrunners who have latched onto this team over the past year plus, I am a lifelong KC fan. In fact, my first big-league game was at Kauffman Stadium, then known as Royals Stadium, back in 1981 against the Yankees, one of many games my late father and I attended.
Back then, KC was a perennial playoff team and in 1985, when I was 14, the Royals won the World Series over the Cardinals. But little did I know they wouldn’t be back in the Fall Classic for nearly three decades much less make the postseason.
I watched as all the players from that great ’85 team, guys like George Brett, Bret Saberhagen and Frank White, my personal favorite, got old and retired. … Read More »
Madison Bumgarner is pitching like no other has ever done before in World Series play. Let that sink in for a moment – I’m talking about names such as Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Whitey Ford – Bumgarner leads them all. The 25-year-old threw another gem last night as he dominated the Royals for a complete game four-hit shutout and 5-0 win, putting the Giants one victory away from being only the 2nd National League team to win three World Series in five years – a feat the St Louis Cardinals achieved in ‘42, ‘44 and ‘46.
Bumgarner threw 84 strikes in his 117 total pitches on his way to the first World Series shutout since 2003, when the Marlin’s Josh Beckett threw a Game 6 goose egg at the Yankees. The Royals only managed to get one base runner to 2nd … Read More »