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TuesdoLinks: 2016 World Series is all Cee's Candy

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It's the last week of real baseball for the 2016 season, and in no more than 8 days we will have one less community of long-suffering fans, and one more community of insufferable ones.

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Here we go, kids. More pomp and circumstance, and more memes and themes, and more drama and backstory than we can collectively handle. And all that before the first pitch of this final series of 2016, something to knock the title of Lovable Loser off the crown of one long-suffering franchise. I hope this series lives up to those that have led to this. Because it's all I have between now and 5 months of a newly-minted insufferable fan base.

On the other hand, it really doesn't matter which fan base comes out of this with new in-your-face caps. They still don't have Mike Trout. And we do.

(P.S. - Nobody got my E=MC2 headline yesterday, so I ain't gonna grant y'all any more of 'em.)

For the record, I think Indians. Napoli over Lackey. Let's get with more World Series Links:

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2016 PLAYOFFS ON DECK

Today's game: 2016 MLB World Series Game 1, series tied 0-0.

Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians - Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH.
Date Time Probable Pitchers TV

Tuesday, 10/24/2016

8:00PM PDT Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA) vs. Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14 ERA) FOX
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World Series Orgy Time

Of all the entanglements between the Cubs and Indians, I think my favorite is the one that spills over onto the Angels. Current Cubs GM Theo Epstein was once Red Sox GM, and when he was Red Sox GM he almost hired Joe Maddon away from Arte Moreno to run the BoSox. Maddon was runner-up, as Epstein took Terry Francona instead. Epstein would leave Boston for Chicago, Francona would get booted and land in Cleveland, and Maddon would leave Arte for Tampa Bay, only later to have Epstein steal him away. All four say hello tonight. Well, no, not all four. Just Theo, Tito and Joe...........

Chicago gets decked out.........

Because, after all, it's been so long since they have been in a World Series. Oops, no it hasn't. (Some great replies to that CBS tweet, so read through them.)...........

The last time that Cleveland was in the World Series, these guys...looked like this..........

Cubs fans have actually been fairly obno all along, albeit in a rather unique way. "A passionate 39-year-old Mariners fan’s pain is equal to the pain of a 39-year-old Cubs fan. A passionate 61-year-old Indians fan’s pain is equal to the pain of a 61-year-old Cubs fan’s pain......The difference is that other fanbases’ disappointment is not fetishized......A cynic would say Cubs fans have embraced, perhaps even demanded the attention. Failure and heartbreak became the franchise’s identity and it would be inaccurate to suggest they’ve done much to run from that existence before Theo Epstein arrived. A cynic would say they courted sympathy......But if you think there’s a single Cubs fan out there shedding tears for other teams on a dry spell, think again. If they wouldn’t do it for you, why should you be guilted into doing it for them?"

Theo Epstein getting the hagiography treatment............

Should Maddon put Schwarber into the playoff meat grinder? Because it worked so well for Hambone? "The Hamilton experiment — Manager Mike Scioscia’s hope that he would quickly regain form after injury — did not work. He was hitless in 13 at bats.".........

In the other dugout, we have Danny Salazar a possible returnee...out of the bullpen, maybe?..........

The pitching staffs of this WS have some pretty nasty pitches. Here are the nastiest, ranked..........

I suspect that better than 95% of everyone reading this would recognize this image within 3 seconds. And I would bet that fewer than 5% of you would have been able to name this player within 3 hours of trying, as recently as last week. Probably 50% of you would have figured out this player, though. So, MLB being who they are, we won't get to see this. Instead, we will get to see this. Because MLB is a bunch of old, crotchety, unimaginative, jerks..........Speaking of Major League, how about Harry Doyle instead of Joe Buck? Wishful thinking, but fun...............

You know, I get it. Having home field advantage determined by a money-grabbing practice game is less than ideal. The money-grabbing practice game is going to happen regardless, so we should not hate on it. But determination of HFA is always going to be rather arbitrary no matter what rule anybody tries to invoke. Best record? Hah! Completely different schedules and opponents (recall all those years the Yankees got 15 free wins because Tampa Bay sucked so hard). Alternate? Hah! Why is it more fair for the Indians to have HFA just because it's an even year? Coin flip? Pistols at 20 paces? 7th game at neutral site?..........

World Series Uniform recap..........

John Hirschbeck AND Joe West. In the same World Series. Because tenure..........

Old guys. Too cute to be allowed to rule anymore..........

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Everywhere (else) In Baseball

Taylor Ward getting some props for his results in the AFL I'll put a fiver down against your 50 that Ward gets moved in a trade to Seattle sometime before April 1st of 2018..........

Hey Arte, how is that Vernon Wells-Josh Hamilton-Albert Pujols-C.J. Wilson master plan working out for you? What? Not so good? I guess it's a good thing that the rising tide of TV mega contracts is floating all boats..............

Yankee Stadium, opened way back in 2009, is already getting a reconfiguration. They are taking out seats and adding a kids play area, and several beer bars when people can go stand where they cannot see the game, but watch what they cannot see on huge television screens, but still feel superior to all those watching at home because all those, are home, and not watching inside the stadium. 25% of those watching the televisions in these new areas will be busy on their phones with Instagram or SnapChat or Tinder anyway..........Imagine, if the MFY ever get back to the WS, they can charge $1500 a piece to stand there and not see the game on those giant screens because those dudes are busy swiping right. In their faux throwback, faux worn and faded ballcaps. Turned backwards. And Jeter jerseys.........

WSJ tears into the ATT Time Warner deal, and sees it as mainly defense. Which would be a net negative to we who yearn for unfettered sports content..........

Los Angeles is the 2nd ranked television market in America. The Dodgers are one of MLB's cornerstone franchises. The ABC station in Los Angeles is owned, ultimately, by Disney. All that import, and after the Dodgers were eliminated we southlanders get this level of professionalism............

We chatted yesterday about Alex Rodriguez as a broadcaster. Good first impressions all around. Well, it turns out that he is making excellent impressions with the broadcasting establishment, as well. I. for one, am unprepared for learning that ARod is not really a total douche.........

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