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Time for all the expert predictions to get tossed down the garbage disposal, and just let ‘em play it out.

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We are down to two. And it’s Kowloon versus Tiki-Ti. Kowloon is historic, large, extravagant and adventurous. And the heavy favorite. But I gotta go with Tiki-Ti. Tiki-Ti is one of the handful of joints in America with legit roots running deep into Tiki bar history. It’s small, direct, and to the point. And the point is its own lineage.

This is as great of a Tiki matchup as we could have hoped for. We got it. And I am having to choose between two legends. And Tiki-Ti gets my vote.

The world of baseball is loaded with “why this team will win” versus “why that team will win”, and “the top [x number of] keys to the series”, and “things to look for”, etc. Let’s just park all that stuff in trash can and enjoy the games. They are the last one we get for a long, long time.

We have for you the Launch-The-Final-Series-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

We officially met Brad Ausmus, Version 2.0, yesterday......Lots of excited important people wearing lots of gray wool. The usual and expected thing, except that part where he seems to admit that modern baseball information systems were brand new things to him. Nothing really for us to do with any of this until we get to the regular season next year (too much other stuff happens in Spring Training to understand how a manager will run the lineups and manage games on a daily basis). On the coaching front, we can only pay attention to staff changes, and what happens to those candidates that did not get selected to run the Halos..........

Keynan Middleton’s TJ recovery has progressed far enough for him to hold up signs, that whippersnapper kiss ass...........

Ian Kinsler does not have a vote in the AL MVP Award. But if he did, he was less impressed with Mike Trout than he is impressed with Mookie Betts...........

Any notion of contract talks to extend Mike Trout are still just that: notions. Nothing official has started. Not that this information should be any surprise. A Mike Trout contract extension would be the biggest MLB player deal in at least a 15-year window of history. These things are not done lightly, or quickly. Nor do we need to know the ongoing details..........


Everywhere In Baseball

Your full World Series schedule is here...........Your broadcast crew lineups are here..........Your umpiring crew - one that does NOT include Angel Hernandez, Joe West, Jim Joyce - is here...........Your pitch tipping guidelines are here..........Your bi-coastal jet-setter WS box living guidelines for dining and entertainment are here, although Keith Law might want to look me up for better dining options the next time he is in town.........

In case you did not know this already, BoSux manager Alex Cora used to play for the Dodgers. And Dodger manager Dave Roberts used to play for the Red Sox. In fact, Roberts may have one of the pivotal moments in Red Sox history...........And Cora/Roberts makes for the first time that the two managers have both been of minority descent..........But, in fact, there are quite a few ties that bind the histories of these two teams together..........

The Dodgers finally realized that they are better than everyone else.....But the Red Sox might be the best Red Sox team in World Series history...........

Can you imagine being such a villain that even the Boston Red Sox paint crucifixes over their dugout?..........

Have some history young Padawans. You are about to watch the Red Sox in the World Series. Yeah, I know. It happens. But you will hear more than a couple of mentions of “Pesky’s Pole”. What the hell? Indeed...........

You know, I can certainly feel for struggling labor, especially in these times of historic wealth concentration and wage gaps. But if Boston unions want to impose their will via the MLB playoffs, if push came to shove the MLB decision-makers over in New York could always threaten to move the AL home games to Yankee Stadium. Meanwhile, it seems silly to me for hotel maids and janitorial workers to presume that guys who live like this are their working class brethren.........

Daniel Epstein up at the stathead mothership must read my shit. I was saying this same thing. Why was Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP when Chris Taylor was clearly a superior option? And don’t any of you try to tell me that the voters even know how to spell WPA..........

Alex Bregman is licking his wounds, which does not bode well for the Halos, by the way. But I like his attitude. Sure, he failed in the ALCS and it cost the Astros dearly. But he is not defeated about it. He understands how baseball is “...a game of inches. Last year we won...on games of inches...this year I hit a ball to left field (in Game 4) and six inches another way it goes under his glove, we win the game and it’s a completely different scenario.” And, just as healthy, “This game is all about failure. You’ve got to look in the mirror, get back up and get better.”..........And this is the part where you should shiver. Because it is quite possible that the Astros will do what they should do while their window is so open. Double down and grow their uber team into a super team...........

This forecast is far more optimistic than what I would have projected. I would have parked the chances of the Angels picking up Paul Goldschmidt way down around 28. Certainly not as high as 12...........

Yep, it was true. The Marlins signed all the Victors. This is important because these guys hold the promise to be really really good and fun to follow. It’s also important because who knows how the cheapskate Marlins intend to hold on to them for any length of time?.............

How’s this for an obscure twist? Had they wished, the Indians and Red Sox had legal standing to press charges against the Astros for trespassing. Because the license issued to access property to experience a baseball game does not reasonably include acts of espionage...........

Well this is different. The Mets have found more than 2 candidates who wish to play GM under the Wilpons. But the 3rd guy? Jacob deGrom’s agent. No. Seriously. deGrom’s agent at CAA wants to be working on the other side of the negotiating table. If I were deGrom, that guy would be fired so fast we would hear sonic booms at his exit..........Say what you will, but Scott Boras recognizes this for what it is: a major conflict of interest..........


The Duffle Bag

Nice reddit catch: baseball meets science, way back in 1911...........The 15 worst sports stadiums ever built. Number 13 will shock you!..........Lenny Dykstra, “man of the people”, pleads not guilty to being a total douche..........Hey now. some far more interesting job options than most that I have posted before. How about working with Jerry Dipoto in Seattle? Or, much closer to home, how about working for Magic Johnson?...........