Who’s the big nerd who got up early this morning to put on creepy jack-o-lantern makeup to wear to the gym to win a costume contest while exercising? THIS NERD. That ice cream gift card is mine, baby.
- The Philadelphia Phillies, already somewhat improbably in the World Series in the first place, pulled off an improbable comeback win last night against the Houston Astros, in Houston, after trailing by five runs. The Astros’ win expectancy had peaked at 94.2% in those early innings. Not the craziest comeback we’ve ever seen or anything, but definitely not expected, especially with these Astros in 2022:
- Really respect Justin Verlander for, like Jacob deGrom before him, driving his price tag down slightly.
- The Phillies, through their postseason of winning, are kinda using the Chicago Cubs as something of a lesson-learned:
- From the piece:
They returned this week to the place where they celebrated first upon clinching a postseason spot. A franchise-defining road trip that began with an embarrassing sweep at Wrigley Field ended with the Phillies tied 1-1 in the National League Division Series against the Braves.
“We lost that second game in Atlanta and Alec Bohm had the best quote of the day,” Nick Castellanos said. “He said, ‘Hey, just remember guys, we got swept by the Cubs on this road trip.’ It’s baseball, man.”
There will be more time to reflect when it’s all over. But there is something about appreciating it all in the moment. The Phillies went from lifeless in Chicago to witnessing Bryce Harper author one of the greatest moments in franchise history.
- We got swept by the Cubs. Anything can happen. It’s basically the NICER version of the Mets talking about being swept by the Cubs late in the year meaning that they deserved to fall out of the division lead. Or maybe I just like these Phillies more than the Mets.
- Anyway, if the Phillies do wind up winning this thing, some of them will credit that sweep at the hands of the Cubs as part of their push to turn back around. And for we Cubs fans, we’ll get to say that the 2022 Cubs went 6-0 against the World Champions, and are therefore ACTUALLY THE CHAMPIONS THEMSELVES.
- J.T. Realmuto’s game-winning homer in the 10th brings up a fun and memorable bit of history:
- A sour note on this year’s World Series: for the first time since 1950, there is not a single Black player on either roster. From USA Today, quotes from MLBPA chief Tony Clark: “I can say I’m disappointed. I can say it’s unfortunate. And I can say I’m surprised. This is an issue that has been front and center for a long time. It’s not a new issue. I will continue to remain a glass half-full guy to suggest we can make improvements going forward. But it is truly unfortunate that any Black player may be watching these games is not going to see someone that looks like them. As a result, they may make a decision against continuing to keep playing our great game and move to something else. That is disappointing, and disheartening …. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, and I’ll leave it at that. …We’ve had our challenges of late and its manifesting itself for the first time since since 1950 that we’re not going to see a Black player in the World Series. That’s not a good thing. Our game is better the more diverse it is. …The challenges that we’re seeing on the field, manifesting themselves the way they are, isn’t in the best interest of the game.”
- Speaking of trying to be inclusive and ensure you have as much diversity of interest in the game as possible – and just wanting to have more baseball happening in the offseason – this news also sucks:
- The South Korea tour was to be MLB’s first tour in the country in 100(!) years. The statement offered to the AP on the cancellation is all kinds of vague, but it makes you think there were money problems on one side or the other: “MLB has had ongoing contractual issues with the event promoter that we have been trying to resolve for some time,” Jim Small, MLB’s senior vice president for international, said in a statement Friday. “Regrettably we are at a point where we have to cancel the upcoming tour because the event is unable to meet the high quality our Korean fans deserve.”
- Daniel Kim, who covers baseball in Korea, suggests that indeed it was a money problem:
- Pretty embarrassing, and there are probably some really disappointed folks. If I remember correctly, Patrick Wisdom was going to participate in the event, which would’ve taken place in a couple weeks.