Wow! While most years I feel pretty neutral about the World Series (unless, of course, the Royals are in it), this year, I must confess, I will be rooting for the Cubs. Part of the reason lies in the fact that they will be facing off against the Indians, and if the Royals can’t win the Series, then I would prefer that nobody else in the AL Central win it. Also, the historian in me can’t help but get excited about the fact that, this year, I may have the opportunity to see a huge bit of baseball history. True, both teams have had quite a World Series drought, but the one that Chicago finds itself up against is one of legendary proportions. Go Cubs!
If you plan to follow along, Game 1 is slotted to take place on Tuesday night in Cleveland. The schedule is as follows:
All first pitch times ET
Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 25: Cubs at Indians, 8:08 p.m.
Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 26: Cubs at Indians, 8:08 p.m.
Game 3: Friday, Oct. 28: Indians at Cubs, 8:08 p.m.
Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 29: Indians at Cubs, 8:08 p.m.
Game 5*: Sunday, Oct. 30: Indians at Cubs, 8:15 p.m.
Game 6*: Tuesday, Nov. 1: Cubs at Indians, 8:08 p.m.
Game 7*: Wednesday, Nov. 2: Cubs at Indians, 8:08 p.m.
A World Series trophy is a wonderful thing to behold.
On October 21, 1993, Curt Schilling became the first Phillies pitcher to throw a shutout in a World Series game. Schilling shut down the Blue Jays, 2-0, giving up only five hits.
Another great song from The Baseball Project. This tune certainly does emphasize the larger-than-life quality that Babe Ruth’s legendary status took on. And maybe it’s just because I’m still in the process of discovering these guys, but this one seems fairly mellow and soothing compared to what they usually put out. I enjoy it.
A ball player’s got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That’s why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.
I love how this piece highlights the seeming contradictions that one finds in the job of the pitcher, and how everything a pitcher strives to do seems to go against the grain of what everyone else strives to do. I feel like I could spend hours picking apart the various subtleties and potential interpretations of this piece. I particularly love the third stanza: “The others throw to be comprehended. He / Throws to be a moment misunderstood.”
His art is eccentricity, his aim
How not to hit the mark he seems to aim at,
His passion how to avoid the obvious,
His technique how to vary the avoidance.
The others throw to be comprehended. He
Throws to be a moment misunderstood.
Yet not too much. Not errant, arrant, wild,
But every seeming aberration willed.
Not to, yet still, still to communicate
Making the batter understand too late.
Dan Driessen of the Reds became the first National League player to be used as a designated hitter during the first game of the 1976 World Series. From 1973 to 1975, though the DH had been employed in the American League, all World Series games were played under National League rules, with no DH and pitchers batting.
Starting in 1976, the DH rule applied to all games in the World Series, regardless of venue, but only in even-numbered years. Beginning in 1986, the DH rule was used in games played in the stadium of the American League representative.