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Great article, Jay. I also was there, and it was a hoot. As a Cardinals fan, I need to mention that the Rangers fans were awesome. Made for a fun time.
Was Lohse's bunt really "bad," or did he mean to do it? Beltre was coming like a train down the line, so if he doesn't do that, it is an easy out at third.
I agree with Ken and not Jim Leyland, but I think we should be careful when using smallpox as a comparison with human error in baseball. There have to be better examples.
No, but I have yet to see evidence regarding an immense, or even significant, intellectual difference between a "bright" and "not very bright" eight-year-old. It is a decision an eight-year-old would make. Period. There was no need for any potential derogatory qualifier.
Good point. Molina has to be ahead of Baker and Suzuki, right?
Again your writing reminds me of why I need to renew my subscription, and why I will shake my head when I do it. This article had the best and worst of BP: a wonderfully well-thought and researched article, written in a coherent and flowing manner. And vernacular that would rival most political debates with regard to dismissiveness, derisiveness, and arrogance.
Years ago, Jonah Keri was kind enough to engage me in conversation regarding my concerns over BP subtitling a book \"Why Everything You Know About the Game is Wrong.\" Since then, I have come to realize that, like that book, BP is full of wonderful content that is wrapped in elitist language and presentation. I will continue to read and enjoy, but I wonder if Jonah Keri\'s humility left with him, and if that was a good thing for the retention of future readers who may not know the game as well as you all, but want to. Would they feel welcome?
Exactly. Well said. It is an attempt to see more copies of the book. And considering how consistently good it is, I do not blame BP one bit. When your product is as outstanding as BP\'s annual, these decisions are warranted. As I am assuming the decision was not political in the least, next year, I suggest a conservative, passionate sports well-known to hit that market as well.
Amen. A Red Sox win, unfortunately, is one step forward, three steps back for baseball commentators and, therefore to a certain extent, baseball fans.
Great column, Joe. I heard a statistic - perhaps meaningless but still somewhat intriguing - that the Cubs were only the second NL team in the history of LCS play to have the best record in their league and get swept in the first round.
I agree with your analysis about the playoffs, but to a baseball fan, part of this is about solace. Solace in the fact that while the playoffs are a cold and cruel way to decide the fate of teams after six months, a win or two in the playoffs helps justify this cruelness. \"See, we were good enough to win. They were just the better team over four/five games.\"
It is hard to hold on to this when yours was the best team and they produce nary a win. I realize three game losing streaks happen to the best of teams, but I would guess not usually when they are well rested and set-up exactly as they want for a series. Such does not justify brash and irrational decisions from a front office. But it does allow a fan base and front office to lament beyond just a \"that\'s just the playoffs\" throw away.