Sorry Harold…but really?
So, the New York Mets MLB baseball team introduced their new general manager today, Brodie Van Wagenen. The interesting thing about the hire is that Van Wagenen has never been a baseball executive in his life, but a player agent who negotiated contracts on behalf of superstar clients; some of whom are on the New York Mets roster. The Wilpon family ownership of the Mets seemed pleased with the pick and are hoping their “out of the box” hire will bear fruit. By entrusting a 44 year old with considerable player knowledge and no clubhouse experience to run a franchise which has struggled in recent years since its surprise run to the 2015 World Series, the organization is stepping into uncharted territory.
Honestly, when we first heard the name Van Wagenen, we thought it was one of those rich twins from The Social Network movie.
Let’s hope Van Wagenen is more
Last night’s MLB World Series Game 3 was the longest ever played in baseball history, clocking in at 7 hours and 20 minutes and spanning 18 innings. The Los Angeles Dodgers would eventually prevail 3-2 with a walk off home run by Max Muncy. The victory brought the Dodgers to within 2-1 in the best of 7 Series after Boston won the first two games at home. The Dodgers will hope to hold form and win again in Los Angeles in Game 4 tonight.
Let’s pray they only play 9 tonight…
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers who won their Game 7 match-up against the Milwaukee Brewers last night in Milwaukee by the score of 5-1. It was a close 2-1 game until the 6th inning when Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig hit a 3 run home-run which put the game away and made Los Angeles the National League Champion. They will face the Boston Red Sox in the World Series starting Tuesday night.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros last night 4-1 to clinch their best of 7 American League Championship series 4 games to 1. They have punched their ticket to the World Series and await the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers – Milwaukee Brewers National League Championship series which continues tonight in Game 6 at 830p EST.
Last night, the Boston Red Sox squeaked out another win against the Houston Astros, putting them up 3 games to 1 in a best of 7 series. The defending World Series champion Astros now have their backs to the wall with last night’s 8-6 defeat in Houston.
The game got off to a controversial start when the Astros, already down 2-0 in the first inning, had their All-star Jose Altuve launch what appeared to be a home run to right field in the bottom of the first. However, Boston right-fielder Mookie Betts had a play on the ball and was about to make the catch over the right field wall when a fan interfered and caught the ball above Betts glove. Upon review, the game tying home run was nullified on fan interference by umpire Joe West.
That wasn’t the last night the Astros had a chance to comeback. In the bottom of the ninth inning, they had the bases loaded against Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel when Houston slugger Alex Bregman lined a screeching hit towards left field which was caught on a dazzling diving catch by left fielder Andrew Benintendi. If that ball is not caught, the Astros likely go on to win the game.
Game 5 of the series will be played tonight in Houston with the Red Sox having a chance to clinch their place in the World Series. David Price takes the mound for Boston on short rest while the Astros send their ace Justin Verlander to the hill. If Houston wins, the series will return to Boston’s Fenway Park for Game 6 on Saturday.
With the Los Angeles Dodgers currently playing the Milwaukee Brewers in game 3 of the National League Championship, we should bring up that 30 years ago today, on October 15th, 1988, Kirk Gibson hit this legendary home run in the World Series against the Oakland Athletics.
The New York Yankees tried to make a late 9th inning rally but it wasn’t enough as they fell to their arch-rivals, the Boston Red Sox 4-3 at Yankee Stadium. With the loss, the Yankees were eliminated from the postseason and the Red Sox move on to play the defending World Series champion Houston Astros in the American League Championship. Even worse, the Yankees had to watch the Red Sox celebrate on their home turf.
Yanks may want to invest in some starting pitching and guys that can hit for average, instead of feast or famine home run hitters.