World Series Newsbeat
Saturday, April 30, 2016
“So here’s what I thought. I thought, Gibby, he’s hittin’ on one leg. … My thought was, lookit, he’s hurting, I wanted to bring the outfield in because I didn’t think he could hit the ball out of the infield. So I was just trying to protect [against] the bloop. … So I was worried he was going to hit a ground ball through a hole or hit a blooper. So [pitching coach Dave] Duncan says, ‘You know, Steve Sax is on deck. And Eck’ll walk through him like he’s water.’ I said, ‘Hey, who’s the manager? We’re gonna pitch to him.’ ”
“So Duncan asked the same question I did.”
“Dunc didn’t ask it. He said, ‘Walk Gibson.’ I said, ‘I’m making the decisions here.’ And as we walked off the field, he says, ‘Dumb ass.’ “
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Then Lucas saw JB044155 and this description:
Session Name: 2015 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 KC@NYM
Session Date: November 1, 2015
Additional Information: BATTER — SALVADOR PEREZ, PITCHER — JEURYS FAMILIA, TOP OF 9, GROUND OUT
Lucas did a double-take. Wasn’t that the ball Mets first baseman Lucas Duda threw away as Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer dashed home to tie Game 5 of the 2015 World Series?
Friday, March 25, 2016
On a play that defined the 2015 Royals, Eric Hosmer’s daring sprint for home in the ninth inning of Game 5 sent Kansas City to its first World Series title in 30 years
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
I thought the Nationals already had a stadium?
All this has to make any American baseball fan think: What if our national pastime finally got a national venue?
What if a stadium was constructed somewhere in the United States to serve as the official center of baseball in America? How would it work? Where would it be built? Would it make the game even more popular than it already is? Would it create even more indelible history and hallowed ground in a game that’s been built on time-honored tradition?
Here are thoughts on how this game changer of an idea could play out:
A serious Series venue
The creation of this stadium would fit perfectly as the natural annual host to the World Series. That’s a good place to start for this idea. Establishing a neutral-field situation for the sport’s ultimate championship might be controversial, as colleague Anthony Castrovince recently pointed out in a piece examining the viability of that particular scenario, but it could work, too.
All-Star Games could be in play, too, with one advantage being that fans could plan for months, if not years, in advance to help optimize their experiences at baseball’s jewel events.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Makes it harder to COUNT DA RINGZ if everyone gets one.
Glass wanted to spare no expense. But Uhlich and Moore persuaded him to tone down the ring and keep it to a reasonable size, something fitting of a pennant, not a World Series. They had both companies make sample rings, and they chose Jostens’s design, made of 10-karat white gold, with the “KC” logo. The total carat weight is 1.9 carats.
“We think it’s a beautiful ring,” Uhlich said. “But we did consciously make sure that we left a little distance, in the event we were lucky enough to win a World Series. How would we take it to another level?”
This is not a common problem across professional sports. N.H.L. teams that lose out on hoisting the Stanley Cup do not typically hand out rings. In the N.B.A., where some fans believe that rings define a player’s legacy, teams do not give out rings when they lose in the finals.
The N.F.L. pays for 150 rings for the Super Bowl runner-up, but, by rule, the cost can at most be half of what the league pays for the winner’s rings. By definition, then, the N.F.L.’s conference championship rings are more modest by comparison. The Buffalo Bills have four such A.F.C. championship rings from the 1990s.
Baseball remains a sport in which the team that loses the championship often gives itself rings. Major League Baseball covers up to $1,500 of the cost of each ring for members of the World Series-winning team — for the players, coaches, manager and general manager. The team must cover any costs above that, and the price is routinely significantly higher.
But the team that loses the Series must buy all of its own league championship rings.
Monday, November 09, 2015
In 1975 Cincinnati defeated Boston in a seven-game epic, still cited as one of the greatest World Series ever played. That World Series averaged a 28.7 rating and would have ranked No. 2 among primetime programs that season. The rating itself was over three times as high as this year’s series, but the rank of the series among primetime hits wasn’t much different.
In 1985 Kansas City topped St. Louis in seven games, giving the Royals their first and, until this weekend, only world championship. That series averaged a 25.3 rating and would have ranked No. 3 in the primetime top 10.
In 1995 Atlanta beat Cleveland in six games, averaged a 19.5 rating and would also have ranked No. 3 among primetime hits.
In 2005 the Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to earn their first title in 88 years. The four-game sweep clearly impacted viewership, as the series averaged an 11.1 rating and would have ranked ninth in prime time, a relatively low ranking for the World Series by historic standards.
...This year’s series went five games and would rank third for the season-to-date. Everything and nothing has changed.
In 1967, 78 million viewers saw the fugitive Richard Kimble confront the one-armed man. In 2015, 17 million viewers saw the one-armed man playing second base.
Posted: November 09, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, November 06, 2015
A look at the World Series from a probability-added perspective raises some questions:
- Did the Mets *really* contend?
- Was Sally Perez the best choice for MVP?
- How big a deal was Murphy’s game four error?
Quick answers, in reverse order: big deal but not the biggest; i’m leaning “no” but remain open-minded; not as well as they seemed to at the time.
Posted: November 06, 2015 at 03:53 PM | 22 comment(s)
Thursday, November 05, 2015
People must have tuned in to see Joe Buck’s beard!
The final scores are in, at least for one of the big games last night, and you have to call it a home run for Fox. With an audience of 17.2 million watching the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-2 in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, the net saw the highest Game 5 viewership since 2003. That Game 5 between the New York Yankees and the Florida Marlins snagged a crowd of 19.9 million. Let’s add some more history to that and note that the victory brought the Royals their first World Series since 1985.
Compared to last year’s World Series Game 5 between the Royals and the San Francisco Giants (a series the Bay Area team won), last night’s game was up 37% in total viewers. In the adults 18-49 demographic, Sunday’s winning game got a 5.1 rating, which was up 55% over last year’s October 26 game. The 2014 World Series went to seven games, with the final match-up getting a 6.6 rating on October 29 after what had been a record-low series. Up against the seven games of 2014, this year’s World Series bopped up 6% in total viewership — even with two fewer games.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Rany, they are all good.
So here’s to the 2015 Royals, for taking us there. For being the team I’ve waited my entire life to root for. For dominating the regular season from start to finish. For being the most unkillable baseball team October has ever seen. For finishing the season with a Game 5 that so perfectly embodied their season that it’s as if they had planned it all along.
If I live another 50 years, I may never see another Royals championship. Even if I do, I will probably never see another championship as gratifying as this one. And you know what? That’s okay. This was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of season. This was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of team. Sports are pain. And then, suddenly, they are perfection.
Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
Where will the good luck charm land?
This is what Jonny Gomes said at the Kansas City Royals World Series parade (attended by twice as many people as actually live in Kansas City, meaning that for the first time ever there was no lunch line at Oklahoma Joe’s) while holding an American flag for those revelers who thought they had been transplanted overnight by alien whim to Belgium:
“It’s unbelievable what those boys did,” Gomes said. “It’s unbelievable what they did! It’s unbelievable what they did! They stole bases, they hit homers. Hey guess what, Cy Young winner, not on our team, beat him. Rookie of the year, not on our team, we beat him. MVP of the whole league, (turns around) sorry guys, not on our team. But we beat that guy too! You know why we beat them. Because all of you all people had our backs. And Dayton Moore put this team together and (Ned) Yost delivered it by being the captain of the ship. You all want to be politically correct, I’m the un-politically correct person. We whooped their ass!”
Now find the un-politically correct thing in that paragraph. I’ll give you just 63 years.
Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 43 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
You have got to see this Taiwanese animated video summarizing the World Series. It’s worth the 30 second commercial.
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