An amazing music video featuring a World Series game between the Cubs and the A's was unearthed recently.
It was 1992. The Oakland A's, behind Tony La Russa, Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley, and the Bash Brothers, were only a year removed from a three-year run in the World Series. The Cubs, meanwhile, had been to the playoffs once in eight years, and Greg Maddux was only just beginning his stretch as the greatest pitcher alive. Away from sports, Garth Brooks had friends in low places, Pearl Jam was destroying the charts, and Uncle Jesse was breaking little girls' hearts all over the world. Not to be forgotten, Chicago Cubs fan Richard Marx was dreaming of a World Series win for the North Siders.
From this early-'90s potpurri, a music video was born. No, it wasn't "Jeremy" or even that silly Beach Boys video that had Uncle Jesse up on stage drumming. Not even close.
What was it about baseball during your young childhood that made it so special?
Joe Posnanski, the best writer in the business, recently started a podcast series (cleverly called "The Poscast") over at Sports Illustrated. His guest this week was his close Kansas buddy, Bill James.
Those two sentences right there should be enough to get pretty much any baseball fan, especially one who reads Baseball Prospectus, to go over and listen to the podcast. Even with all the talk about college basketball, it's as great a listen as you would expect. In his blog post describing this week's show, Joe says:
Last July, I published
an article here at Baseball Prospectus Online
on the best teams in baseball history. At the time, the 1998 Yankees were
plowing through the American league like Arnold Schwarzenegger through
"Commando", and I noted that by my measurements, they could wind
up as one of the best teams ever.
"The Best Teams in Baseball History" dealt with the
question of competitive balance throughout baseball history. While in the
19th century .700 teams were common, today they are quite rare. This is
because the aggregate quality of the game and its teams has been rising
over the years. Moreover, this rising quality manifests itself more
forcefully at the lower end of the standings. Bad teams, in a general
sense, have been getting better and better throughout history. So, the
question emerges: is a .630 team of today better than a .700 team of 80