Posts Tagged ‘World Series


Find Waldo, or Whoever You Want at Game 1

Remember after the inauguration the photo that was so detailed you could see nearly every single person who was at the event’s face? Well, photographer David Bergman took 675 individual photos over a 53 minute period at game 1 of the World Series measuring a full 2,904 megapixels and now you can zoom in and see all the fans. Whether it’s spotting Alec Baldwin, Lorne Michaels or just see someone get carded while buying a beer in the stands, you can see everything. I can’t show the full thing here, so click the image below to be taken to see the full version. Check it out you won’t be disappointed!

World Series Gigapan[MLB]


Schill Says 3-Day Rest is No Big Deal

curt-schilling-2004(solomon-strohmeyer)He can be a blow-hard sometimes but Curt Schilling wrote something today on his blog that I thought was especially interesting in light of this World Series. Few people can adequately talk about what it is like pitching on short rest in the postseason but Curt is one of them. This is a man who lost an entire year (at least) due to his putting it all on the line for the 2004 postseason, something I don’t think he’s ever regretted.

It’s October baseball (November, actually). The rules go out the window, right? The season is 27 outs from being over … literally, every game.

That’s the mindset I always felt worked for me in October. You do whatever you have to, whenever you have to, to have one more run than the other team.

From a starting pitcher’s standpoint, three days’ rest in October was never an issue, because from the time you’re 5 years old, doing that “World Series” replay in your back yard, it’s the game, the innings, the at-bats you’ve always dreamed about having the ball in your hand for.


I guess for me it comes back to the player. I always felt the need to make sure the manager KNEW I wanted to do it, and ya, I’d put up a fight to get the shot to be able to do it. If as a player you don’t assert this, you leave the manager sitting there in a no-win, really. If he does it, and you don’t do well, it’s his fault for pushing you. If he doesn’t do it, and you lose, it’s not your fault because he didn’t ask. That’s the easy way, I think, and I’ve watched guys take it more than once. Being the “quiet type,” I never could. You may never be there again, and the belief that in October I could not be outpitched, regardless of whether it was true or not, made me push to get the ball in my hands if at all possible.

I mean, it’s the World Series, there are no more games after this, right? Nine innings in October can change the lives of every person in the organization. How cool is it to know that power rests in the ball being in your hands? Scary? Hell, yes. But that’s why it’s so damn fun. On the biggest stage, with the most on the line, let the rest of the world shrink back or cower — me? I’m good with letting it all hang out, and letting the chips fall. I’ve done my work, in the weight room and the video room, now it comes down to execution.

Read the full post because Schilling writes rather eloquently about the subject and about his thoughts before warming up for game 7 of the 2001 World Series. While the New York media is howling about Girardi’s choice to go with a 3-man rotation for the entire postseason, what did they want, Chad Gaudin in the World Series? Joba back in the rotation? There aren’t any better options for this team right now, with their offense and their stadium all they need is for Pettite to keep them close and they’ll always be in it. After all, there’s always Mariano in the ‘pen.

[38 Pitches]


Yankees Fans Show They Don’t Care and Are Fair-Weather Fans

yankeestadiumempty1The greatest fans huh? Now, call me crazy, but if it is the FUCKING WORLD SERIES you DON’T LEAVE THE GAME UNTIL IT’S OVER NO MATTER WHAT THE SCORE. Or at least, that’s what Phillies fans, Red Sox fans or Cardinal fans would do. That’s because those are informed fans who actually understand baseball as opposed to fair-weather rich people who follow a team only because they were successful in the past.

It’s the goddamn World Series, it’s supposed to mean something. Way to show up Yankee fans.

[h/t NYC Barstool Sports for the photo]


A Note About the World Series

At what point does taking Ryan Howard out of the field and putting him as the DH NOT make sense? I mean, he’s a goddamn BUTCHER out there and I have to believe that someone, ANYONE on their roster is a better first baseman than he is. Then he could spend all of his downtime hitting or watching video or praying to Jobu about how to hit a left handed slider. Right? Or am I just too damn reasonable for my own good?


Obama Controls the World Series

Because the World Series doesn’t start late enough, Barack Obama has asked for, and received approval from MLB and Fox to start any potential game 6 of the World Series fifteen minutes later. That’s because he’s purchased a half hour of airtime from Fox so that he can air a longer commercial for his campaign.

“Fox will accommodate Senator Obama’s desire to communicate with voters in this longform format,” Fox Sports said in a statement. “We are pleased that Major League Baseball has agreed to delay the first pitch of World Series Game 6 for a few minutes in order for Fox to carry his program on Oct. 29. If requested, the network would be willing to make similar time available to Senator McCain’s campaign.”

I for one hope it is like the old Ross Perot ad buys where it is a half hour full of lots of charts and graphs. Now THAT’S exciting television!




Who else is excited for the MLB playoffs! Actually, I’m not even that excited yet, I’m sure once the games start I will be, but at the moment it all feels very hum-drum. Oh well. Anyways, here are my predictions now that all of the teams and matchups are set.


Red Sox over Angels in 5

Rays over White Sox in 4


Red Sox over Rays in 6


Phillies over Brewers in 4

Cubs over Dodgers in 4


Cubs over Phillies in 5

World Series

Red Sox over Cubs in 5

World Series MVP, Jon Lester

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