A few weeks ago I did something all Mets fans do nowadays: I sat down to watch other teams play in the post-season. I had my Mets cap on, a can of Coke, some pretzels. And within 5 minutes I heard news that surprised me. The Indians were returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 (as if that was a long time). The Indians? Really??? Cleveland, ‘The Mistake by the Lake,’ was […]
The St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series after a 9-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers to take the best of seven series, four games to two. It will be the Cardinals’ fourth trip to the Fall Classic in the last ten years. Overall, this is the 19th National League Championship for the Cardinals, the most by any franchise in the National League. Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals stunned Clayton Kershaw with a four-run third inning, and […]
Baseball has always been pioneered by forward-thinkers. These visionary minds have paired their knowledge of the game with foresight to developed ways of staying one step ahead of their competition. However, now with every aspect of the game dissected by experts, media and fans it has become harder to be original. In 1919 Branch Rickey took the reins in St. Louis and began transforming the struggling, financially-plagued Cardinals. He established the first farm system as […]
John Harper pens a piece in Saturday’s New York Daily News urging the Mets to stay with the concept of rebuilding around their young pitching corps. It’s Harper’s contention that the stunning performance of so many young pitching gun’s in this fall’s post season has fortified the Met front office belief that they need to be extraordinarily careful in considering trading any of their young pitchers. I certainly hope Harper’s assertion is right. Harper quoted an unnamed Met source as […]
Before the post season started, a few people asked me which two teams I predicted would meet in the World Series. I calmly responded that I hoped it would come down to the Pirates and the Athletics. Well as we know predictions are like opinions – everybody has one, and of course mine were wrong. So now that we are down to the final four teams, I will have to hold my nose and root for the […]
Some people live for the big game. Joe Montana saved his best efforts for the many NFC Championship Games and Super Bowls he won. Michael Jordan was excellent at sinking clutch shots and the spirits of opposing teams in his six NBA Finals victories. (I’m a Utah Jazz fan. I should know.) And then there’s one Carlos Ivan Beltran. Carlos Beltran has never been a player who has sought the spotlight. But come October, the […]
Last night, Carlos Beltran continued to cement his status as one of the greatest post season players of all time with yet another incredible performance. Having already delivered a two-run double to tie Game 1 of the NLCS at 2-2, the former Met would hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win over the Dodgers for the Cardinals. Beltran also kept the game alive for the Cards […]
I read some scuttlebutt last night about the Philadelphia Phillies possibly honing in on free agent to be Carlos Beltran this winter. If every free-agent signee were able to guarantee a replication of the previous year’s performance, Beltran would be No. 1 on the Phillies’ list. In 600 plate appearances for the Cardinals in 2013, he hit .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs. More important than Beltran’s overall numbers is the fact that he is a […]
I find it impossible to read an article or a forum about Carlos Beltran without there being some mention of “the curveball” or Adam Wainwright. That of course refers to Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS where, with the bases loaded and the winning run on first base with two outs in the ninth, Beltran stared a curveball from Adam Wainwright all the way into the glove of Yadier Molina, thus ending the series. I […]
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