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Sunday, September 22, 2019

How did World Series champions who missed the subsequent postseason respond the year after?

With a loss to the Rays and an Indians win over the Phillies, the Red Sox were officially eliminated from playoff contention in a season following their World Series championship.

Boston has won 4 titles in the last 15 years, a mark no other team has matched in the same time frame. But the last two times the Red Sox have won it all, they failed to make it past September the following season.

After winning the World Series in 2013 with a magical bearded run following the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox finished with a 71-91 record, which was good for last place in the AL East. They followed up 2004’s championship with a first-round sweep to the eventual champion White Sox and then fell to the Rays in Game 7 of the ALCS in 2008.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, it’s become pretty common for a World Series hangover to last an entire season after the fact. Boston is now the 10th team since 2000 to miss the postseason after hoisting that World Series trophy.

There’s at least one major factual error in this article- can you spot it?

 

QLE Posted: September 22, 2019 at 12:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: missing the playoffs, red sox, world series

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Barry Zito reveals why he rooted against Giants in 2010 World Series

Imagine rooting against your employer after they paid you $18.5 million.

That’s the story Barry Zito is telling.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Zito revealed in a new memoir that he rooted against the Giants in the 2010 World Series because they left him off the playoff roster.

“It was really hard to admit,” Zito told The Chronicle’s Ann Killion.

“Yes, my regular-season record was below-average, but what’s that got to do with anything?”

 

QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:52 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, giants, world series

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Josh Hamilton Says Holy Spirit Spoke to Him Before 2011 World Series Home Run

Josh Hamilton’s 28 dingers in the 2008 Home Run Derby are forever etched in baseball lore, but the former Ranger has a special memory attached to another famous homer.

Hamilton is set to be inducted into the Rangers’ Hall of Fame on Saturday alongside Texas greats Nolan Ryan, Pudge Rodriguez, Ruben Sierra, Michael Young and more. Ahead of his induction, Hamilton reflected on his career with the franchise in a piece for the Players Tribune, where he said the Holy Spirit told him that he would hit a home run in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.

“I’m in the on-deck circle, in extra innings, and I’m telling you, out of nowhere….I hear the Holy Spirit talking to me,” he said. “This is the honest truth. For real.

There are thoughts I have on this- but, as a mainliner, I have a feeling that both sides would jump me, so….

 

QLE Posted: August 17, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, world series

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

MLB releases postseason schedule and the World Series begins Oct. 22

Pick out your best costume, baseball fans, because you’ll be able to celebrate Halloween this year. Major League Baseball released its postseason schedule Monday, and Game 7 of the World Series will occur on Oct. 30 if necessary.

That’s right, there will be no baseball on the night of Halloween. That also means we won’t have any November baseball.

Make your plans now!

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 04:06 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: halloween, postseason, schedule, world series

Monday, August 05, 2019

Pedro Martinez: Members of Phillies Had Swine Flu During 2009 World Series

Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Pedro Martinez said members of the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies World Series champions were dealing with the swine flu.

“It wasn’t told, but most of us were sick,” Martinez said, per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Some of the guys had swine flu and had to be kept away. I caught some of the virus. We would just never say it. When I got home, I realized that I was really sick.”

Martinez said he was able to pitch Game 2 without problems but struggled in his second appearance in the series, which saw him last only four innings in Game 6:

“I had a little bit of an asthma attack in the middle of the game and I was having a hard time breathing. I was really sick. In any other situation, I wouldn’t be out there. But the team needed me. I held on as long as I could and I did that. I was really proud to have my last game with the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.”

I assume listening to Joe Buck wouldn’t have helped their stomachs any….

 

QLE Posted: August 05, 2019 at 03:07 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, swine flu, world series

Friday, March 29, 2019

MLB Predictions 2019: Our division winners and World Series picks

It’s that time of the year again — time to try to figure out what baseball will look like come October. We do this every year on opening day, our MLB writers making their picks in each division, the playoffs, the World Series and even some fun prop bet stuff.

We’ll readily admit we’re not batting 1.000 — but it’s baseball, nobody does.

Credit to Tim Brown, he called the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series last year on opening day. So keep an eye on his picks here.

Our crew of writers picked their champions, who will throw the first no-hitter, which manager will get fired first, the MVP winners and so on. Feel free to come back and troll us in October. It’s all part of the game.

Wonder if they’ll do better or worse than The Amazing Criswell would have….

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason, predictions, world series

 

 

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