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Saturday, April 30, 2016

An oral history of Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run

La Russa:

“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.’ ”

Crystal:

“So Duncan asked the same question I did.”

La Russa:

“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

Overland Park man buys baseball from Eric Hosmer’s World Series dash, loans it to Royals Hall of Fame

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?

Zach Posted: April 07, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, jeurys familia, memorabilia, royals, salvador perez, world series

Friday, March 25, 2016

Hosmer’s Mad Dash

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

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 25, 2016 at 12:14 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, kansas city royals, lucas duda, world series

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

MLB should build a national stadium

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.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 29, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums, world series

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

In Baseball, a Sparkling Consolation Prize

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.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: count da ringz, mets, rings, royals, world series

Monday, November 09, 2015

When Judging World Series, Context Is Paramount

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.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 09, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings, world series

Friday, November 06, 2015

Were the Mets Ever Really in It?

A look at the World Series from a probability-added perspective raises some questions:

  1. Did the Mets *really* contend?
  2. Was Sally Perez the best choice for MVP?
  3. 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.

J-Doug Posted: November 06, 2015 at 03:53 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, sabermetrics, world series

 

 

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