"Only" is 41% of all NFL teams - 13/32.
Since the Super Bowl started 20 MLB teams have won the World Series, leaving only 10 who haven’t - 33%.
The NFL “parity” illusion continues.

"Only" is 41% of all NFL teams - 13/32.

Since the Super Bowl started 20 MLB teams have won the World Series, leaving only 10 who haven’t - 33%.

The NFL “parity” illusion continues.

Jake Peavy bought the duck boat he rode in during today’s Red Sox parade.
Dang.
Tom Glavine, unabashed Red Sox fan

Retired player returns to his childhood fandom. I don’t know if I’ve heard of this before.

Tom Glavine, unabashed Red Sox fan

Retired player returns to his childhood fandom. I don’t know if I’ve heard of this before.

2 HRs, 6 RBi, .688 BA, 1.948 OPS
Now has the highest World Series batting average for any player with at least 50 plate appearances - .454

2 HRs, 6 RBi, .688 BA, 1.948 OPS

Now has the highest World Series batting average for any player with at least 50 plate appearances - .454

The three men who have won clinching World Series games for 2 different teams in MLB history:

John Lackey - 2002, Angels; 2013, Red Sox

Jimmy Key - 1992, Blue Jays; 1996, Yankees

Jim “Catfish” Hunter - 1972, A’s; 1978, Yankees

Thanks to @sabr and retrosheet.org

Last Time the Red Sox Won a World Series at Home

Only 15,348 attended, 10,000 less than capacity - and the game took 1:46.

sbnation:

Last night, for the first time ever, a World Series game ended on a pick-off.Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

And the night before that was the first one to end on an obstruction call. So other than the Game 1 blowout, this has been rather interesting.

sbnation:

Last night, for the first time ever, a World Series game ended on a pick-off.

Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

And the night before that was the first one to end on an obstruction call. So other than the Game 1 blowout, this has been rather interesting.

The inter-office saga continues.

The inter-office saga continues.

My wife (Red Sox fan) and her co-worker (Cards fan) are doing a nice job of taunting each other.

sbnation:

World Series, Game 1. 

phillies:

Brad Lidge ceremoniously retires, but this moment lives on in Phillies lore. 

Nicely edited Phillies.

phillies:

Brad Lidge ceremoniously retires, but this moment lives on in Phillies lore. 

Nicely edited Phillies.

presspasses:

All my life, I waited for the Cleveland Indians to reach the World Series. I remember it was astonishingly cold for Game 3, especially in Section 316 Row F. It probably dropped into the low 30s before the long game ended, and the wind was absolutely howling; wind-chill had to be in the teens. The delightful Pat Forde — then working for the Louisville Courier-Journal and shivering uncontrollably in the wind — came up to me at some point during the game and said, rather decisively, “I just want you to know that you and your town suck.” So, yes, it was cold.
Then, who knew heaven was cold? The game took 11 innings, and the Indians won it when Eddie Murray singled in the game-winner. There is no cheering in the press box, and I did not cheer. I wrote my story. But I didn’t feel cold anymore. 

Although Mr. Posnanski won’t need reminding, the Series would not go to the Indians, who have not won since 1948. It was the Atlanta Braves only championship in their 14 playoff appearances in 15 seasons (1991-2005).

presspasses:

All my life, I waited for the Cleveland Indians to reach the World Series. I remember it was astonishingly cold for Game 3, especially in Section 316 Row F. It probably dropped into the low 30s before the long game ended, and the wind was absolutely howling; wind-chill had to be in the teens. The delightful Pat Forde — then working for the Louisville Courier-Journal and shivering uncontrollably in the wind — came up to me at some point during the game and said, rather decisively, “I just want you to know that you and your town suck.” So, yes, it was cold.

Then, who knew heaven was cold? The game took 11 innings, and the Indians won it when Eddie Murray singled in the game-winner. There is no cheering in the press box, and I did not cheer. I wrote my story. But I didn’t feel cold anymore. 

Although Mr. Posnanski won’t need reminding, the Series would not go to the Indians, who have not won since 1948. It was the Atlanta Braves only championship in their 14 playoff appearances in 15 seasons (1991-2005).

Do you like the fact that the MLB All-Star game determines World Series home-field advantage?

57% Yes

43% No

Sports Illustrated for Kids, June 2013

designstroy:

(via Facing West)

The Space Race was so endearing.

designstroy:

(via Facing West)

The Space Race was so endearing.

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: A Rat, A Cameraman, and The Red Sox

Some fans consider it the greatest game in World Series history. A twelve-inning nail biter that featured the Cincinnati Reds against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. The Reds were leading the series three games to two, winning game six would earn them the title.

At 12:34 a.m. EST, four hours after the game began, Carlton Fisk stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the twelfth. Pat Darcy was on the mound for the Reds. On the second pitch, Fisk pulled the ball down the left field line towards the famous Green Monster. The moment the ball glanced off the foul pole the Red Sox won, 7-6.

The dramatic home run would have earned a place in history based on circumstance. But Lou Gerard, a cameraman who was behind the Fenway Park scoreboard, gave the moment additional drama when he focused on Fisk hopping down the first base line waving the ball fair.

It was not because Mr. Gerard was looking for that special shot. It was because he was looking at a rat. A rat “that’s as big as a cat” was on Mr. Gerard’s leg and so he and his producer decided to stay on Fisk rather than follow the ball. The forced choice was the best one and the images captured by Mr. Gerard are as famous as the home run itself.

Lou Gerard died on February 8, 2013 at the age of 86.

Sources: NY Post, Sporting News, Retrosheet.org, Wikipedia

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