First of all, "Obstruction" is part of the game, and the rules absolutely need to be enforced or players would constantly gain an edge by hip checking, hooking, even grabbing!
With references to hockey and football, the last thing we should want is to devolve this sport away from displays of skill.
Had not Jim Joyce made the tough call (and my money was on the Sox), it would have been the THIRD time I watched a series game hinge on a blown rules infraction NOT enforced by the umpires!
Why is this even possible with the Commissioner in attendance (or at least communications range)?
In 1934, in game 7 of the World Series, there was an incident with future Hall of Famer (and future and last NL triple crown winner) Joe (Ducky) Medwick, in which he tripled in the top of the 6th in Detroit, and in going into third base, even though he was clearly safe, he took out the Tiger third baseman (and 2 for 29 hitter) Marv Owen. Following a RBI single by Ripper Collins, St. Louis led 9-0 (and would finished 11-0 under Dizzy Dean).
When Medwick took his place in LF in the bottom of the inning, the fans showered him with debris, "probably imported from the bottom of the Detroit River", or so it would seem!
Remember, this town would go on to infamy when celebrating their VICTORY in 1984 by overturning and setting fire to cars! Imagine how they felt about losing!
When alerted to the situation, Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, the Commissioner who had no problem banning Shoeless Joe Jackson from baseball, ordered Medwick to his box and asked him directly if he scissored out the legs of Owen.
And I may be paraphrasing here, but he essentially answered, "Yeah, but that's the way I always play!"
Landis ordered Medwick out of the game for his own safety! (You could look it up!)
So a commissioner making a decision in the middle of a World Series game would NOT be unprecedented.
After the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees, they went on to have 237 consecutive losing seasons. It was known as the Curse of the Bambino, as the Yankees would go on to win hundreds of World Series titles.
But since 2004, the Red Sox have reversed the curse and have won 2 titles, and are playing for a third this year.
Yankees fan and archeologist buff Sammy "Indiana" Stevenson has come up with what he calls a fool proof plan to revers the Red Sox recent fortunes.
"We dig up Ruth." Indiana told us. "It's simple. We excavate the bones of the Bambino and the curse will be placed back on Boston. They will go one-hundred more years of losing!"
How the hell is digging up Ruth's body going to cause that?
Indiana dropped the shovel and ran off into the woods. We started doubting that he is a real archeologist at that point.
Is Boston going to win its 3rd World Series in ten years?
Down 0-3 to the Yankees with Matsui surgically disemboweling them, the Red Sox (whether intentionally or not) began drilling Yankee batters and certainly making them knee knockers at the plate. And while the Yankee offense went South, so did the pitching, now that there were no runs to spare.
They even got to Mo and rode that wave to an unprecedented 4 straight comeback win; and with the Yankees (the century long bane or pain in the collective Boston behinds), they blasted the Cardinals, avenging 1946 and 1967 WS to boot!
But that vibe doesn't exist here - the beards were tired the nanosecond they emerged, the Boston defense still leaves a lot to be desired. (I'm not saying they don't make great plays on D - but they fail to make pressure ROUTINE plays, often.)
The Cardinals have something to prove with an attempted WS sans Pujols, and they are energized.
Boston should (repeat should) beat them in seven, except for that lame NL rule of no DH (when the rest of the ballplaying world uses it). It is now the only gimmick (if you will) by which the Cardinals can steal this show!
No Poppi, limited use of Napoli in St. Louis - Boston may need 3 out of 4 in Boston.
As I write this, Mike Francesa has just announced the passing of Bill Mazer (the "amazing"). This broadcast great had a steel trap mind, and not just regarding baseball! He knew everything about EVERY sport, answering on the air many trivia challenges that readers guaranteed he couldn't answer.
My question about the record set by Tom Zachary (the man who gave up Ruth's #60 in 1927), but Tom Zachary in 1929, pitching for the Yankees set a MLB record that still stands. Bill Mazer stated that "we never recognized it as any kind of record, just as an 'aside' ".
Mike continues to effusively lob respect on this man, and rightfully so. BILL MAZER was the single greatest sports trivia expert we have ever seen, bar none!
Top 10 MLB Teams:
1 New York Yankees $3.3 Billion
2 Los Angeles Dodgers $2.1 Billion
3 Boston Red Sox $2.1 Billion
4 New York Mets $2.1 Billion
5 Chicago Cubs $1.3 Billion
6 San Francisco Giants $1.2 Billion
7 Baltimore Orioles $1.1 Billion
8 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim $1.1 Billion
9 Philadelphia Phillies $1 Billion
10 Texas Rangers $1 Billion
Bottom Six MLB Teams:
25 Miami Marlins $595 Million
26 Oakland Athletics $590 Million
27 Colorado Rockies $580 Million
28 Cleveland Indians $575 Million
29 Kansas City Royals $540 Million
30 Tampa Bay Rays $530 Million
The Red Sox players have grown gross and disgusting beards all year long. Now, we are learning that another man who has a beard that he recently trimmed, is looking to trim more.
Melvin Mallards explains:
"I grew a beard for 5 months straight when I was playing on a wiffle ball team in my local town. I got fired from my job, but it was worth it." said Mallards
So, we heard you trimmed it.
"Yes I most certainly did. I did it all by myself and now I want to trim others." he added
Mallards did cut his nose off by mistake, but thinks this time he will do a better job.
"I will maybe." he concluded."
A 1 hitter against Boston, in Boston ... tells me the umpire was Larry Vanover or Joe West, and sure enough as I researched it, it was Joe west. (Vanover umped in the Bosox/Tampa series, so maybe we get spared him in the WS.)
But if it goes seven, Joe West has the plate again - oh, the horrors!
NL Dodgers were prohibitive faves from May until late August, but their lack of experience has sent them packing like the 76 Royals.
But Boston and Detroit, two of the top hitting teams in the MLB having two 1-0 games is ludicrous - yawn.
This all reminds me of the 74 Series between Oakland and the Dodgers 3-2, 3-2, 3-2, 3-1, and 3-2. Naturally , it is known as the 3-2 series.
I just spent a month in hospitals and I get tired more quickly now, so I'll cut to some trivia...
The Yankees have the record at 14, but two teams currently have 9 game WS winning streaks! Who and who?
Reggie hit 10 WS homers. In what ball park did he hit most of them?
I'll root for Boston to go all the way so I can see another (fake) Mastercard ad in which they cut off Dennis Leary's other nut!
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Gordo James Jr. has a fantasy baseball team that he manages each and every year. His main pick and keeper is Robinson Cano. Cano always produced for his team, but Gordo James Jr. has some choice words for him.
"Run to first base you lazy jerk." he explained.
Cano has been known to admire his hits and some times jog to first base instead of legging it out. Over the years this has gotten to Gordo.
"I work at a doughnut shop and you never see me dogging it. I make $3.45 an hour and hustle like I am making $4.25. Never in all my years of filling doughnuts did I slow down for no one. My dad wanted me to be a carpenter. Well dad, I am what I am. get off my back."
Clearly Gordo has a few other issues to deal with, but he is very amendment that Cano picks up his game. We also later informed him of the minimum wage. He was pissed.
"Say what!?!?! I'll have to have a chat with Martha the owner of that shop. For now, Cano needs to hustle." he added.
Will the Yankees come to terms with Cano? They did with Girardi. Who's next?
Sounds a like someone scripted this though..
"I felt so many times in my career a little scared I'm going to lose my job," Cervelli said. "Every year I have to go to spring training and fight for a job."
"Sometimes you listen to people who have nothing to lose; that's dangerous," Cervelli said. "When you're desperate or anxious or scared, that's when you have to step back, slow down and think about what can happen in the future with your actions in the present."
"I talked to all the kids here in the rookie league," Cervelli said. "Just be careful with your circle and the people around you, especially the people that have nothing to lose, because they don't care if you fail or are a success. I'm not going to tell anybody what they have to do, what decisions they have to make. Prevent a little bit about when you're desperate, anxious or whatever, what bad decisions you can make, so just be careful. Just listen to your heart and listen to good people."