With the Fall Classic now upon us, the staff at Baseball Prospectus shares their most memorable World Series moments.
Every baseball fan has a special World Series memory, whether it's Willie Mays' catch, Bill Mazeroski's home run, Brooks Robinson's defense, Kirk Gibson's limp around the bases, or Derek Jeter becoming the first-ever Mr. November. With the World Series opening tonight at AT&T Park in San Francisco with the Giants facing the Texas Rangers, many of our writers, editors, and interns share their favorite memories of the Fall Classic.
The Bombers blast their way back into the ALCS, while the Rays live to play another day.
When you're down 2-0, everything is a matter of last-chance sweepstakes. Do or die, theirs to reason why—curse you, Jim Wolf—with nothing to do but try and rally from it, because in a five-game series, you just need to set everything else aside and recognize that there are no tomorrows, not if you don't create them yourself. One of the two teams down to their very last game in every game left in the round, one did exactly that, one less so.
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Should the Yankees and Rays pull out all the stops in order to win the division and potentially gain home-field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS?
Over the next four nights, the battle for the American League East will rage in the Bronx, as the Yankees host the Rays for the teams’ final head-to-head confrontations of the regular season. Scant daylight separates the two clubs in the standings, as the Rays enter the (Evil) Empire State trailing the division-leading Bombers by just a half-game, and tied in the loss column. That may sound like a pressure-packed scenario, but at this point in the season, it’s safe to say that each team has become accustomed to hearing the other’s footsteps:
The Twins center fielder talks about various subjects, including the struggles he went through to reach the majors.
It took resilience, faith and hard work, but Denard Span has quietly emerged as a stalwart in the Twins’ lineup. Once buried behind Torii Hunter and labeled an underachieving, failed-prospect-in-the-making, the 26-year-old Span is now best described as one of the most underrated center fielders in the American League. A first-round pick in 2002 out of a Tampa high school, Span spent his first full season in the big leagues last year, hitting .311/.392/.415 and leading the circuit in triples while providing plus defense.
A trio of BP columnists join ESPN's Buster Olney to resolve whose surprising performances so far are real, and which aren't.
Matt Meyers, ESPN Insider: Welcome to the latest ESPN Insider Roundtable, and thanks in advance for participating. This week's topic: "Is he for real?" Or, as I like to call it, "how I learned to stop worrying and love Fernando Nieve."