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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 19:34

Roger Dodger – ‘They Bled Blue’

Perhaps more than any other sport, baseball is entangled with its history. Even as we witness magnificent feats in the present, our eyes turn ever toward the past. Whether it is through statistics or stories, baseball fans love to look back.

Author Jason Turbow has a knack for transporting us to times gone by and thoroughly revisiting players and teams from the game’s history. We’re not talking about grainy black-and-white history, however – these are teams whose memories are still vivid in the minds of fans of a certain age.

His latest is “They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen: The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). That mouthful of a title looks back nearly 40 years, digging into the particulars of an iconic franchise during one of the strangest seasons baseball had ever seen.

Seriously – the sport had never seen anything quite like the 1981 Dodgers. From the full-on phenomenon that was Fernando Valenzuela to the era-ending turn from one of the game’s longest-serving infields, from a season split in two by labor strife to the strangest postseason set-up ever, it was a time of turmoil and triumph.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 17:45

Red Sox – Dodgers: A World Series preview

After six months and 162 games – plus a couple of hard-fought playoff series – MLB’s remaining contenders have been whittled down to just two. The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be facing off in the 2018 World Series. This will mark the 114th edition of the Fall Classic.

The Dodgers are back for the second consecutive year after outlasting the Milwaukee Brewers in a nail-biter of an NLCS that went the full seven games. The Red Sox are here thanks to a surprisingly brisk five-game dispatching of the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

Despite the fact that these are two of the oldest franchises in MLB history – and two of the most successful – this marks the first time in over a century that these squads have faced off in October. The last time was all the way back in 1916 – so long ago that the Dodgers not only hadn’t moved out of Brooklyn, they weren’t even called the Dodgers – they went by the sobriquet “Robins” at that time.

So let’s have a look, shall we?

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:25

A clash of titans – World Series 2017

After 162 games in the regular season – and over 100 wins each – and some hard-fought playoff series, we have our National League and American League pennant winners. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros are poised to face off in the 2017 World Series.

Shall we talk about it?

(Please note: By the time you read this, at least one game of the World Series will have already been played.)

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:34

Road to the World Series 2017

Another long MLB season has come to an end. All 162 regular season games have been played. And a of this writing, just 10 remain with a chance to take home a World Series championship. Two-thirds of the league’s teams have packed it in and headed home for a long winter of wondering what might have been and awaiting the arrival of next spring and the ever-present hope that that season brings.

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Once again, spring has sprung. Regardless of what the weather outside brings, there's no escaping the fact that we're just days away from the beginnings of another baseball season. Spring training is almost at an end. The crack of the bat and the smack of the mitt will soon surround us.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 11:34

Road to the World Series 2016

Thoughts on this year's MLB playoff teams

The long slog of baseball's regular season has come to an end. As of this writing, just 10 teams remain in the hunt for a World Series championship. Two-thirds of the league has returned home to await next spring when, as is often said, hope springs eternal.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 11:16

Vin Scully reflects on 67 seasons

LOS ANGELES The three-ring binder chock full of tidbits Vin Scully wants to talk about on the air will soon be flipped shut for the last time.

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