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WeekEnd HaloLinks: World Series Weekender

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The Dodger Dogs vs. Boston Beans WS hits it’s middle act.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Well, here we are. The FINAL Weekend HaloLinks of the 2018 season. Hell, by the time we convene again come Monday this might be the final Whatever-The-Hell-Day-It-Is-Links of the 2018 season. Only the Tiki Ti’s can control that.

Maybe that’s the what this has to go down, with things closing out quickly and quietly up in LA so that we can all move forward with our baseball lives. If Tiki Ti isn’t going to show up and make a series out of it, just hand it to Kowloon while the rest of Southern California is doing any 3 of a thousand other things to do and let it all go unnoticed. At least we will have knowledge of which loser we can start mocking.

I hope not, though. As a baseball fan, this is supposed to be the ultimate opportunity for drama and history. And it should mean something that it comes against the two best teams of the year. History itself erases the memories of all the times that the Padres took on the Rangers, just so that we don’t have to. But this is the other end of the spectrum of opportunity. With really no compelling reason to favor one team to lose over the other, getting the chance to line Tiki Ti up against Kowloon just to watch for the potential of baseball in all its glory is a chance not to be wasted. Unless Tiki Ti wastes it for us.

If it gets that far, Sunday’s game is the huge one.

We will go forward today with No-More-Than-5-Games-Left-This-Year-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

Golden Glove Finalists were announced. The Angels nabbed 5 of them: Martin Maldonado at catcher, Ian Kinsler at 2B, Andrelton Simmons at SS, Mike Trout at CF. Of course, since Maldo played 34% of his games for Houston, and Kinsler played 29% of his games for Boston, those teams would claim ownership of the recognition............

Taylor Ward won the Fan’s Choice Award for his offense in the 2018 edition of the MiLBY’s...........

So what’s it gonna be for the outcome of Arte and Anaheim? A new short-term lease to let people figure out what they have failed to figure out over the past decade already? Or just move the whole thing to Portland and let Oregon pay for it?..........

I am not sure that Ian Kinsler, who struck out only 40 times in his 91 games as a Halo, was all too happy watching Justin Upton, Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani strike out a combined 535 times in 2018..........


Everywhere In Baseball

This WS thing is going to end meekly if the LADs don’t wake the hell up. And what a few of you bothered to witness Wednesday night was an historic metric for just how bad LA is at the plate right now..........It doesn’t help that their bullpen is face-planting at the same time..........

They will get some help if BoSux’ JD Martinez is held out with his ankle injury...........

More example of why we don’t really need new rules to speed up the game, just more umpires with the balls to enforce the current rules that were already in the books, having been written years ago............Jeff Sullivan needs to make a mockery of this. He is outstanding at doing that........

What if the League, and the broadcasters, and Madison Avenue all got the WS matchup they dreamed of, but it turned out that nobody really wanted to watch that matchup after all?............

Yep, it’s a bitch to suffer through a playoff broadcast when the other team is the one doing well. Because that is what the broadcast team will slobber over. Every play from teh winning side will be dissected as though it ranks as one of the greatest moments of all time. Every player will be introduced as the very best in all of baseball. Gag. It’s what happens every year. But you what’s also a bitch? Broadcast experiences which miss out on the broader experience of the event itself that people who actually attend get to enjoy without distraction..........

Huh, Joe Buck, maybe you aren’t such an impartial observer after all?............

Hey, World Series winner! Your ass is going to the White House so don’t even think about it! Thus sayeth Commissioner Manfred...........

The Red Sox actually spent time in Spring Training dedicated to working on situational hitting. What you and I knew as a kid as “choke up on you bat with 2 strikes”. Not that MLB’ers are choking up on their bats, but that coda of OBP represents an outlier for the Swing & K approach against improving pitchers. And it’s paying off in spades in this WS, 7 months later. I wonder how many other teams put in this work?..........

The MLB Managerial Merry-Go-Round hit a few more stops. The Twins took on Rocco Baldelli as their new skipper.....The Blue Jays hired Charlie Montoyo..........

The Wall Street Journal has been overrun by idiots. Maybe the have all fallen off their polo ponies and banged their heads one too many times. How else to defend their ongoing shtick about needing to re-write the rules of baseball to suit their ad revenue needs?..........

Super Two dates are a thing. They drive who qualifies for Super Two status, meaning that they are ‘tweeners’ between 2 years and 3 years of service, who get to jump directly into arbitration. It’s a status that drives teams to monkey around with service time, as it can cost them a couple extra million on a top-quality youngster by the time their arb years are over. We will get to the Super Two guys after the season, but for now know that the cut off date this year has been set at 2 years, 134 days of Major League service..........

Now I, for one, would absolutely go out of my way to purchase bags of chopsticks manufactured from game-used LAA broken bats. And I am sure that Ohtani and Trout chopsticks would sell for a premium..........


The Duffle Bag

Boston doing Boston. Of course the Red Sox need some stupid battle cry. Of course they pick something in the common vernacular. Of course the franchise registers for a trademark on the phrase in the common vernacular. And of course we get some corporate marketing department to glom on anyway...........Out here on the left coast, we do things smarter. Case in point: our fast food creativity..........Curt Schilling is butt hurt that a business enterprise that thrives on public goodwill failed to include him as a representative of their brand..........Out of the mouths of babes..........reddit user, who just check his great-grandfather’s diary entry from 1916..........Mookie Betts is a good guy, too. I wonder how many other pro players do same without a press envoy, and only social media to expose their humanity?...........Matt Kemp must be too young...to know of David Wells...........