RIP our furnace. Better now than the deepest part of winter, but it’s making for some cold nights until we get that baby fixed.
- For the third year in a row, the most juggernaut-y team in MLB actually wound up winning the World Series. That most certainly does not always happen, which means people will be pondering whether there was something special about the Cubs, Astros, and Red Sox in 2016-18 that made them particularly inclined to dominate in both the regular season and postseason. And my answer will be … nah. You can get an edge in the postseason by having the best roster, by having hitters that hit dingers with some consistency, and by having a dominant bullpen, but for the most part, luck will still be a hugely determining factor in the ultimate outcome. The Astros and Cubs needed Game Sevens to win their series. Only the Red Sox really steamrolled their way through the playoffs.
- As for the Dodgers … oof. That’s two straight World Series losses, and that cannot feel good. I remain deeply grateful that Kris Bryant’s throw did not sail into the stands in Game Seven. Imagine coming so close and not winning the championship. Now imagine getting to the World Series in back-to-back years and not winning it. Obviously it’s not the same as 108 years, but the Dodgers have now had lots and lots of great teams in the last three decades, have gotten close so many times, and still haven’t won one.
- Cold, cold:
Congrats to the Dodgers on another World Series appearance! pic.twitter.com/JHaxRPxOjt
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) October 29, 2018
- Again, that would sting:
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) October 29, 2018
- MLB has announced its roster for the Nov. 8-15 Japan Series, but there are no Cubs participating. Obviously it would be fun if some did, but the added rest is just fine, too. Some of the big names playing: Juan Soto, Ronald Acuña Jr., Rhys Hoskins, JT Realmuto, Yadi Molina, and Kenta Maeda.
- Man that’s freaking awesome:
- A note on options decisions this week, as it looks like the timeline has been moved up this year:
Options decisions were traditionally due 5 days after World Series. Now moved up to 3 days? All righty. All the more time crunch on an option decision for the Cubs and Cole Hamels: https://t.co/i8YbSUifeq
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) October 29, 2018
- UPDATE: No they haven’t:
Clarifying: *All* option/opt-out decisions are due by 5 pm ET Friday, but many (including Clayton Kershaw’s) must be made by midnight ET Thursday morning, per individual contract language. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 29, 2018
- The Cubs officially have six free agents as of this morning.
- From the wake for the Wrigleyville Taco Bell:
There are few places on the planet where you could stumble into a bar and find someone eulogizing a cheesy gordita crunch at a lectern made of Red Dog beer cases with a Malört candle on top, but @NiseiLounge is one of them, and I was there: https://t.co/OZPltlIr0N
— Lauren Comitor (@laurencomitor) October 29, 2018
- Fancy blenders, monitors, bikes, TV shows, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon today.
- First place Bears:
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) October 29, 2018