The staff tries to boil down the just-completed season to one thing.
The staff laments some of its poorest pre-season predictions.
The staff recognizes various trades, signings, draft picks, and hirings that helped propel the Redbirds and Sox to the World Series.
1. The Red Sox Pull Off "The Nick Punto Trade"
Perhaps the most obvious and talked-about move that’s helped Boston reach the World Series was last season’s so-called “Nick Punto” trade. For the uninitiated, that’s the deal that saw the Red Sox ship Punto, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers in exchange for Ivan DeJesus Jr., Rubby De La Rosa, James Loney, Jerry Sands, and Allen Webster.
None of the players the Sox received contributed meaningfully to the team this year, of course. Loney signed with the Rays in the offseason, DeJesus and Sands were dealt to the Pirates in the Joel Hanrahan trade, and De La Rosa and Webster performed poorly in 41 2/3 MLB innings.
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For good reasons or bad, these playoff jingles have proven tough to forget.
1. We Are Family
The 1979 World Series is the first one I can really remember at all. That’s largely because it had a theme song. I knew the tune by Sister Sledge, which was co-written by R&B legend Nile Rodgers. It was very popular, having gone to no. 1 on the R&B charts and no. 2 on the pop charts that year. When the Pirates—really paterfamilias Willie Stargell, who also doled out those gold stars (excuse to link to image of Kent Tekulve) and maybe also amphetamines—adopted it as their theme song, I guess I just assumed all championship teams had one. From what I can recall, though, it didn’t happen again until the 2005 White Sox latched onto Journey’s warhorse “Don’t Stop Believin’,” but that song didn’t have the same zeitgeist feel—it was released in 1981, much closer temporally to the “We Are Family” Pirates than Ozzie Guillen’s White Sox. In any case, its associations aren’t exclusive, as any Sopranos fan can tell you.
If one of the remaining teams in the post-season takes on a theme song this month, I’m hoping they choose one of the tracks off of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, preferably “Get Lucky.” The song was a ballpark staple all summer, but that’s not the only reason I hope it’s chosen. It’s also because “Get Lucky” was co-written by Nile Rodgers. —Adam Sobsey
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The staff recounts moves made by postseason skippers that stand out for the right or wrong reasons.
These hitters and pitchers didn't contribute much to their clubs this season, but they'll be in line for bling if their teammates go all the way.
As several long-time big leaguers prepare to ride off into the sunset, the staff recounts some of the memories they'll leave behind.
The staff recounts its fondest memories of players trying to swipe bags and others attempting to stop them.
In recognition of Yusmeiro Petit's near-perfect game, the staff recounts other gems on the mound that seemingly came out of nowhere.
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With relatively few playoff spots up for grabs, here are stories our staff is keeping tabs on this month.
The staff yearns for a chance to see these non-pitchers test their arms from the mound.
The staff recounts some poor umpire calls that could have been corrected with the benefit of instant replay.