The Nationals Have Won the World Series


It took seven games but the Washington Nationals have won the 2019 World Series.  Being a Texan, I was cheering for the Astros the whole time but Nationals earned the victory and no one can take it away from them.

Congratulations to Washington for showing what can done with some talent and a lot of luck and also to the Nationals for not only going to the World Series for the first time but winning too!  My Rangers have gone twice and they still haven’t won.

(I’m not bitter at all, by the way.  If anyone needs me, I’ll be in a corner, crying and watching that clip of Rougned Odor punching Jose Bautista’s sunglasses off of his face.)

Here’s hoping that the rest of Washington D.C. follows their baseball team’s example, gets their act together, and concentrates on winning a victory for America.

And now, it’s time to start counting down the days until the start of the 2020 regular season!

Love That Dirty Water: BOSTON RED SOX WIN 2018 WORLD SERIES!!


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108 regular season wins… playoff victories against bitter rivals the Yankees and defending champs the Astros… a historic 18 inning loss in Game 3… and finally, the Boston Red Sox seal the deal to become the 2018 World Series Champions! And best of all, they did it before midnight!!

No one thought this team was anything special at first. Their new manager, Alex Cora, had no experience running a team on his own. They didn’t sign free agent slugger J.D. Martinez until late in spring training. There were questions about David Price, the bullpen looked shaky, superstar Dustin Pedroia was unable to come back from knee surgery, Jackie Bradley couldn’t hit, Rafael Devers couldn’t field. They lost their first game to the Tampa Bay Rays, and I had low expectations about them.

Then something magical happened. The team won nine in a row, then another eight-game streak, and they never…

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I Watched Eight Men Out


This year, watching the World Series has felt strange to me.

I love baseball so, of course, I’m going to watch.  But with neither the Rangers nor the Astros playing this year, I don’t really have anything invested in who wins.  The last time the Red Sox were in the series, I wanted them to win because the city was still recovering from the Boston Marathon bombing but this year, the Red Sox are the team that defeated Houston for the American League Championship.  I guess I want the Dodgers to win but it feels weird to cheer for a National League team.  The Red Sox are currently up 2 to 0.  That doesn’t mean that the Dodgers are out of it but they’ve got some ground to make up.  Luckily, they’ll be playing at home tonight.

Since there wasn’t a game last night, I watched Eight Men Out, a 1988 movie about the 1919 World Series.  I love this movie.

In the 1919 World Series, the Cincinnati Reds faced off against the Chicago White Sox.  The 1919 White Sox team was considered to be one of the best in the history of baseball and they entered the series of heavy favorites.  When they lost 5 games to 3 (the 1919 World Series was a best of nine series), a lot of gamblers lost a ton of money but there were a few that made a fortune.  Even before the series was over, there were rumors that several members of the White Sox were paid off to intentionally lose the game.  The scandal grew so large that the franchise owners agreed to appoint a judge named Kennesaw Mountain Landis as the first commissioner of baseball.  Eight White Sox players were accused of taking money to throw the game.  Even though they were acquitted of all the criminal charges, Landis still banned all eight of them from ever again playing major league baseball.  Among the players who were banned, 6 were definitely in on the fix.  However, both Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe Jackson would go to their graves insisting that they hadn’t thrown a single game.

Eight Men Out tells the story of that World Series and how the White Sox came to be known as the Black Sox.  The film begins with various gamblers all approaching different players and offering them money to throw the World Series.  Fed up with being taken for granted and mistreated by management, some of the players agree immediately while others, like pitcher Eddie Cicotte, are more reluctant.  When the owners of the White Sox cheats Cicotte out of a bonus, Cicotte finally decides to accept the gamblers’s offer.

The best part of Eight Men Out are the scenes that contrast how the White Sox play when they’re throwing a game to how they play when they’re trying to win.  Even though they’re getting paid to lose, the players are depressed and angry after a loss.  When they play to win, they’re happy because they’re doing what they’re good at and they’re amazing to watch.  Those scenes are what baseball are all about.

Eight Men Out is a movie that loves baseball almost as much as I do and I recommend it to anyone else who loves the game.  It’s got a big cast and they’re all very good, even Charlie Sheen who plays one of the players.  My favorite performances were John Mahoney’s as the disappointed White Sox manager and John Cusack’s as Buck Weaver, who does nothing wrong but suffers the worst of any of the accused players.

If you’re just not feeling the World Series this year, check out Eight Men Out.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HOUSTON ASTROS: 2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HOUSTON ASTROS, THE 2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!

It wasn’t always an easy journey.  When the Astros made the switch from the National League to the American League, it was not always a smooth transition.  But this season, the Astros have again and again proved themselves to be the best team in the American League.

And tonight, they are the best team in major league baseball.

It took them seven games to win.  The Los Angeles Dodgers proved to be a tough and worthy opponent.  Of all the World Series that I have watched, this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable  When the Astros lost Game 6 on Halloween, no one gave them much of chance to win Game 7.  They were playing in Los Angeles and everyone said that the Dodgers couldn’t be beaten at home.

Tonight, the Astros did the same thing that they did during the regular season.  They played good baseball and the proved the doubters wrong.  Tonight, the Astros won their first World Series.  For the first time, the World Series has been won by a team from Texas.

Just as people underestimated the Astros this year, people have also underestimated Houston.  When Hurricane Harvey flooded the city, it was said that Houston and the people who lived there would never recover.  Just like the Astros, both Houston and Texas are proving the doubters wrong.

Congratulations to the Houston Astros!  Tonight, the Astros showed the world what it means to be Houston Strong!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHICAGO CUBS, WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!


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Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs, who just won their first World Series since 1908!

I started this season believing that this would be the season that my Texas Rangers would finally win their first World Series title but it was not to be.  After a great regular season, they lost the division series to the Blue Jays.  As much as I wish my Rangers had gone further in the postseason, I’ll always cherish the memories.
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But if my Rangers couldn’t win the World Series, I’m glad that the Cubs did.  Going into the series as an underdog to the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs came back from behind and won Game 7, in extra innings with 10 runs to Cleveland’s 8.  Both Chicago and Cleveland should be proud of their teams tonight!

Way to go, Cubs!

And here’s hoping my Rangers make it next season!

Congratulations on the victory, Chicago!  You earned it!

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Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals: 2015 World Series Champions!


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Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals!

Tonight, after 12 innings and scoring 7 runs, the Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series!  It took them 5 games to defeat the New York Mets but their victory was never in doubt.  From the moment they defeated the Blue Jays for the AL Championship, the Royals had the momentum.  The Mets are a good team and put up a good effort but, from game one, it felt as if the Royals were unbeatable.  After spending 8 innings of Game 5 trailing 0-2, the Royals tied the game in the 9th inning and then scored 5 runs in the 12th.

I didn’t start as a Royals fan.  I love my Texas Rangers and I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t a part of me that wishes they could have been the ones winning tonight.  And my Rangers had a good season.  After being dismissed by everyone, they came on strong during the second half of the regular season and they won the AL West.  I’m proud of what they accomplished this season and I can’t wait to see what they do next season.

But tonight belongs to the Royals!  Congratulations, Kansas City, on a great team, a great series, and a great victory!  This is the 2nd World Series victory for the Royals and their first since 1985.  They earned it.

See you in April!

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox: 2013 World Series Champions!


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I never thought I’d be rooting for the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series. I love my Texas Rangers, even though they’ve broken my heart twice now by falling apart in September.  When the Rangers lost the wild card spot to the Rays, I thought I might be done with baseball for the year.

However, as I watched the World Series, the Red Sox won me over.  It helped that former Ranger Mike Napoli is on the team.  It also helped that they were playing the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that showed themselves to have absolutely no class when they beat the Rangers in the 2011 World Series.

The Cardinals managed to win two games but the outcome of the World Series was never in doubt.  Everyone watching knew that this was Boston’s year and the Red Sox easily dominated the Cardinals.  The team earned this victory by playing outstanding baseball.  Even more importantly, the city of Boston earned this victory by showing everyone in America what being strong truly means.

Tonight, when Koji Uehara got that final out, we were all Boston Strong.