Watching the events in Israel and Gaza unfold really makes writing about baseball seem trivial. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. Hopefully this is the darkness before the dawn and millions of families can live in peace soon.
I do believe in the blessings of distraction and baseball is a great one; particularly in October.
The Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Blue Crew out of the playoffs. It was glorious and highlighted by four, yes four, home runs in one inning.
And the moment we pretty much all rejoiced. The end.
And I like a well managed Twitter account. A little shade but nothing overboard. AZ’s crew nailed it.
Which NL East foe the Snakes will face in the NLCS is still up in the air at noon on this fine Thursday afternoon.
In the meantime Clayton Kershaw is unsure about his future. When he begins his 5 year clock for the Hall of Fame is up to him.
Bryce Harper is powering Philly through the playoffs and had a little stare down with Orlando Arcia during the other night. Arcia was overheard saying “atta boy” after Harper was doubled up to end game two. This was a really good play and I don’t blame Harper for trying to tie up the game one bit. He gambled, he lost. If he waits before second there’s no way he scores if the ball is a hit.
The ALCS match up is set as the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will play the first all Texas postseason series in history.
The other day I posted this Rangers team is missing the douche factor Hamilton, Cruz, Odor, and others brought to the old guard. But this new batch listens to Creed in the clubhouse before games, which is pretty bad.
Still, they are led by Bruce Bochy who is a sure fire HOF manager in my eyes. Although he did get caught asking about numbers on his catchers backside.
Meanwhile the Houston Asterisks are in the ALCS for the 7th consecutive year. Good players, cheating with video tape, tainted legacies…they really are the Patriots of baseball.
There’s really not much news out of Angels land. MLB prefers to keep major announcements out of October so fans can concentrate strictly on the games.
Chris Okey and Cesar Valdez elected free agency. We’re down 2 more of the 66 players we used this year.
The managerial search is preparing to start getting ready to prepare or something like that. Benji Gil managed Team Mexico in this year’s World Baseball Classic and is expected to get an interview. Gil believes he has earned a shot at managing, and I do think his resume is solid.
Enjoy your weekend and please link what I missed. The head coach for my boy’s team is out this weekend so guess who is stepping up? 10 boys between the ages of 4 and 6. It is like herding cats. And the best thing ever.