- The Philadelphia Phillies, already somewhat improbable in the World Series in the first place, pulled off an improbable win last night against the Houston Astros, in Houston, after trailing by five innings. The Astros’ win prediction peaked at 94.2% in those early innings. Not the craziest comeback we’ve ever seen or anything, but we certainly didn’t expect it, especially with the Astros in 2022:
- Really respect Justin Verlander, like Jacob DeGrom before him, which has brought his price down a bit.
- The Phillies, through their postseason wins, are kind of using the Chicago Cubs as something of a lesson learned:
This week they are back at the venue where they first celebrated after clinching a post-season spot. A franchise-defining road trip that began with an embarrassing sweep at Wrigley Field ended in a 1-1 Phillies tie in the National League Series against the Braves.
“We lost that second game in Atlanta and Alec Baum was the best quote of the day,” said Nick Castellanos. He said, “Hey, just remember guys, we got swept away by the cubs on this wild ride.” “It’s baseball, man.”
There will be more time to think when it’s over. But there’s just something about appreciating all that in the moment. The Philly family’s shift from life in Chicago to watching author Bryce Harper is one of the greatest moments in franchise history.
- The Cubs swept us. Anything can happen. It’s basically the NICER version of the Mets talking about the Cubs being swept late in the year meaning they deserved to fall off the top of the division. Or maybe I like these Phillies more than the Mets.
- In any case, if the Phillies end up winning that bit, some of them will take credit for that sweep into the Cubs’ hands as part of their running back drive. And for us Cubs fans, we’ll say the 2022 Cubs went 6-0 against the World Champions, so they really are the champions themselves.
- JT Realmuto’s game-winning homer in the 10th brings a fun bit of history:
- A bad note about this year’s World Series: For the first time since 1950, there isn’t a single black player on either list. From USA Today, quotes from MLBPA President Tony Clark: “I can say I’m disappointed. I can say it’s unfortunate. And I can say I’m amazed. This is an issue that’s been front and center for a long time. It’s not a new problem. I’m going to continue to be a man.” The glass is half full to suggest we can make improvements in the future.But it is really unfortunate that any black gamer who might be watching these games will not see someone who looks like them.As a result, they may make the decision not to continue playing our great game and move on to something else.This is frustrating and frustrating… There is a lot of work to be done, and I’ll leave it at that…. We’ve had our challenges recently and they showed themselves for the first time since 1950 that we won’t see a black player in a World Series. That’s not a good thing. Our game is better the more diverse it is.” … The challenges we see on the field, and manifest themselves as they are, are not in the interest of the game.”
- Speaking of trying to be all-encompassing and making sure you have as much interest in the game as possible—and just wanting to get more baseball in the off-season—that’s bad news, too:
- The tour of South Korea was MLB’s first tour of the country in 100 (!) years. The statement provided to the AP regarding the cancellation is vague in all kinds, but it makes you think there were financial problems on one side or the other: “MLB has had ongoing contractual issues with the event promoter that we are trying to resolve in order to resolve the issue,” Jim Small, MLB’s vice president of international affairs, said in a statement on Monday. Fri. “Unfortunately we are at a point where we have to cancel the next tour because the event is unable to meet the high quality that our Korean fans deserve.”
- Daniel Kim, who covers baseball in Korea, points out that it was indeed a financial problem:
- Pretty embarrassing, and maybe there are some really frustrated people out there. If I remember correctly, Patrick Wisdom was going to take part in the event, which was to take place in a fortnight.