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Incredible last two nights of Astros baseball! Sporting an eight-game lead over second-place Oakland, the Astros will clinch a third consecutive AL West divisional crown this weekend. The club has powered their drive back to the postseason with consistent play. However, locking up the top seed in the American League may prove to be a far from ideal scenario. Heading into final 9 games of season, AL wild card standings look like this, with Rays and Indians tied. A Game playoff vs.
CLE would be at the Trop. While the Astros have outclassed each of their prospective opponents on paper, they have struggled on the diamond. The Astros have dropped seven of their past 10 meetings with Oakland, own an equally dismal record in 17 dates with the Rays, and are a middling in nine contests against Cleveland. The Cincinnati Reds swept the Series in four games, using the same nine-man lineup in each contest. Finally, in , baseball adopted the current rule in which the DH is used for World Series games played in the AL champion's park but not the NL champion's.
Thus, the DH rule's use or non-use can not affect the performance of the home team. The Detroit Tigers gained distinction as just the third team in major league history after the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers to lead a season wire-to-wire, from opening day through their World Series victory. The Minnesota Twins became the 1st team in the history of the World Series to win the championship by winning all 4 games they hosted when they defeated the St.
Louis Cardinals. They repeated this 4 years later in when they defeated the Atlanta Braves. The World Series is remembered for the iconic home run by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Kirk Gibson with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1. Baseball's top relief pitcher, Dennis Eckersley , closed out all four games in the ALCS, and he appeared ready to do the same in Game 1 against a Dodgers team trailing 4—3 in the ninth. Yet, despite not being able to walk without a noticeable limp, Gibson surprised all in attendance at Dodger Stadium and all watching on TV by pinch-hitting.
After two quick strikes and then working the count full, Gibson hit a home run to right, inspiring iconic pronouncements by two legendary broadcasters calling the game, Vin Scully on TV and Jack Buck on radio.
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The severity of Gibson's injury prevented him from playing in any of the remaining games. Oakland won the first two games at home, and the two teams crossed the bridge to San Francisco to play Game 3 on Tuesday, October At , while broadcasters Al Michaels and Tim McCarver were narrating highlights and the teams were warming up, the Loma Prieta earthquake occurred having a surface-wave magnitude of 7. The earthquake caused substantial property and economic damage in the Bay Area and killed 63 people. Television viewers saw the video signal deteriorate and heard Michaels say "I'll tell you what, we're having an earth--" before the feed from Candlestick Park was lost.
Fans filing into the stadium saw Candlestick sway visibly during the quake. Television coverage later resumed, using backup generators, with Michaels becoming a news reporter on the unfolding disaster. Approximately 30 minutes after the earthquake, Commissioner Fay Vincent ordered the game to be postponed. In the beginning, men in derbies sat in the outfield and marveled at Mathewson and McGraw.
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Today, fans congregate in sports bars, staring at screens big enough to see which players have shaved that day. But the plot lines have also featured the audacious fixing of the Series and the unlikely heroics of various journeymen never much heard of before the span of a few brilliant autumn days, and never much heard of since. There has been one perfect game. There have been any number of perfectly inexplicable managerial decisions, not all of them made by managers of the Red Sox. There has been drama, comedy, and pathos. Fall Classics is a collection of the best writing about the World Series in its first hundred years.
Certainly it is a kind of history of the event. Satchel Paige recalls his experience of finally getting to pitch in the Series in And Peter Gammons and Roger Angell give their takes on the two most famous game sixes of all, Gammons on and Angell on The games and the memories go on.
For every fan whose heart yearns for a bleacher seat, a ballpark frank, and a slice of October Americana, Fall Classics is a treasure.
From the Hardcover edition. He has written articles, reviews, and essays for a number of publications, most recently the Boston Globe. He is the author of several books, including the baseball novel Prospect. The crowd, which encircled the field, was held well back by ropes and a small army of policemen, and the best of order prevailed. Both teams received liberal applause for good work. The Boston players evidently were a little nervous, as is usually the case with teams on the home grounds in an important series.
As the game progressed, however, Collins' boys got into their stride, and played grand ball when it was too late to overtake the Pirates.
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