World Series


Battle of the Bay series trophy
Every year the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco giants play four regular season games. Now they call it the “Bay Bridge Series,” the way the teams in Los Angeles have the “Freeway Series” and in New York they have the “Subway Series,” but the “Bay Bridge Series” started out as something different and for those of us who still remember it, it’s something any of us will forget anytime soon.  First I’ll start out with the big news. Thanks to NBC Bay Area’s Brody Brazil who tweeted a great idea to Cal Trans about using a pieces of the old […]

A’s, Giants will now fight over Bay Bridge Trophy during ...


My favorite day in baseball history: Game 4 of the 1989 World Series This day in baseball history in 1989 was the greatest day of my entire life. I was eight years old and it’s an entire series that I will never forget, the 1989 World Series. I know it’s hard to say it was the best day of my life, given the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake that devastated both San Francisco and Oakland. My heart goes out to every single person who wa injured or lost someone they loved that day but this series meant the world to me. […]

OTD in Baseball History: Athletics SWEEP the Giants in the ...


World Series Game Recaps
World Series Game Recaps but first a discussion on how to know who you are really rooting for! Well this may be a little mundane but what kind of baseball person/writer/fan would I be without keeping track of the World Series games, especially this World Series. It is historic.  Two teams, both with long World Series droughts, are fighting it out for the top spot in all of baseball.  I don’t know about you but I find it hard to not root for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs already broke a curse simply making it to the Fall Classic and […]

World Series Game Recaps & the conundrum of who to ...



Schwarber
The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber started off his sophomore season the way no player wants to start any season. In the third game of the season at the Arizona Diamondback’s Chase Field, Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL – both imperative ligaments in the knee – in an outfield collision with centerfielder Dexter Fowler. The injury caused him to miss the remainder of the regular season and thus far, the Cubs’ entire playoff run to the World Series. You can watch the injury as it happened back in April below: Yes, it most certainly wasn’t pretty and it was a huge […]

Should Kyle Schwarber really be the Cubs’ DH in the ...


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Dave Henderson 1958-2015 Dave Henderson, lovingly known around Oakland as simply “Hendu,” passed away Sunday from cardiac arrest, approximately a month after having undergone a kidney transplant. He was just 57 years old. While I don’t know much about his career prior to 1988 when he signed with Oakland, I do know that he spent time in Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco and finished his career with the Kansas City Royals. What I can tell you is that he was one of my childhood heroes, playing center field for the A’s with his friendly demeanor towards the fans and his […]

Remembering Dave Henderson


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As I KNOW you’ve already heard the Kansas City Royals are your new World Champions (thank goodness! Even though I wasn’t rooting for them at least it isn’t the gnats anymore! whew! – actually that is part of the reason I wasn’t rooting for them. Couldn’t they have done this last year?? Thanks a lot Royals!). Naw, regardless Congrats to the new World Champion Royals. I am not going to go through the game play-by-play, but I’ll lay it out for you.  The New York Mets held a 1-0 lead through six innings on a lead off home run by […]

Royals are your 2015 World Champions



Murphy, KC
After Saturday night the New York Mets found a themselves in a place that they had hoped to never be. They found themselves three games to one to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. It’s not an impossible spot to get out of. Teams’ in history have done it before, the last time being the 1985 World Champion KC Royals.  The Mets had the lead until a fifth inning mistake by Yoenis Cespedes but the scoring started on a solo home run by rookie Michael Conforto. It was his first of the night off of Royals’ starter Chris […]

Murphy, Cespedes allow KC to go up 3-1 in the ...


Game 3, takeaways
New York Mets’ captain David Wright, who has been out most of the season with lumbar spinal stenosis, was the true hero during the Game 3 of the 2015 World Series as the Mets defeated the Kansas City Royals by the score of 9-3. He contributed four RBI to the Mets’ nine total runs and it was great for everyone to see him looking like his old self. It was Wrights second career postseason home run and first ever in the World Series. The crowd at Citi Field was electric with constant chants of “Lets Go Mets” and when Daniel Murphy […]

Mets take control in Game 3 of the World Series


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Cueto pitches first World Series complete game since 1991 Honestly  this is a game I don’t want to talk about all that much.  Not that I necessarily don’t like the Kansas City Royals but I most certainly like the New York Mets a bit more. Unfortunately for me and a lot of New Yorkers, the game ended 7-1 in favor of the Royals. This game was pretty straight forward. Royals manager Ned Yost made the best decision possible. He started Johnny Cueto at home in Game 2 Wednesday night. Yost made sure that if the series even goes to six […]

Behind Cueto, Royals easily take Game 2



Game One
Royals walk-off in the 14th inning to take Game 1 of the World Series You can’t say that this hasn’t been a strange postseason. From New York Mets’ David Murphy‘s six home runs in six straight games to the insanity that ensued in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series (ALDS). Almost every postseason game in 2015 has had something special, different or interesting occur (most of which will be in a series of columns I will soon be running on Today’s Knuckleball – likely at the conclusion of the World Series). Game 1 of […]

Craziness continues in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series


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Every team has had a window to win a World Series Championship at some point during their history. By window, I mean having the right collection of great players at the right time. For the most part, a team needs a superstar along with a good collection of supporting players, a solid pitching staff and a bullpen that won’t blow the game in the late innings. This is also most often combined with having a strong farm system in case of an emergency, and young players to bring up to replace aging ones. Windows can stay open for a few […]

Is the Angels’ Championship window closing?


In game one of the 2014 World Series the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals each put forth the ace of their pitching staffs in Madison Bumgarner and James Shields to start the game.  The Bumgarner easily won round one and when the two matched up again in game five he pitched even better, beginning a scoreless inning streak that won him the title of World Series MVP. With Shields now on the San Diego Padres these two will be matching up more than twice this season. Game one of the Shields vs. Bumgarner matchup turned out quite […]

Rematch: Madison Bumgarner and James Shields