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.
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