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Fish Tales: the Florida Marlins and the 1997 World Series

April 4, 2020No Comments

We take a look at the 1997 World Series, and the emergence of the Florida Marlins as they came out of nowhere for their first World Series title.

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The World Series WAR Machine

January 28, 2020No Comments

Using Team WAR, we look at some interesting potential World Series matchups over the past three decades.

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A Life Without Loss: The Yankees Of the Late 90’s

January 11, 2020No Comments

A look back at the magical run of 14 straight World Series game wins for the Yankees of the late 1990’s.

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The Fall Classic in Review: The World Series of the 2010’s

October 31, 2019No Comments

As we wind down another World Series and begin our journey to the next decade of baseball, it feels appropriate to look back on the past decade of the greatest spectacle in sports, the World Series.  Sure, the Super Bowl objectively draws more fans and has more of an overall cultural impact, but that just […]

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Even Year Magic: The Three-Peat Giants of the 2010s

September 1, 20192 Comments

It’s not often that you can trace a dynasty back to its starting point, especially in baseball. It’s usually some sort of roster move: a group of young players getting called up, a big free agent acquisition, something in that vein. A moment that slides by the casual fan and can be traced back to […]

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A Ballad to the ’14 – ’15 Royals, Part II: “Always” (2015)

January 26, 2019No Comments

The last play of the 2014 MLB season was a pop out to foul ground, not far from the visitors dugout.  Seems mundane, except it was game 7 of a closely contested World Series, and the tying run, the run that could produce the first ever extra-innings game 7 EVER, was 90 feet away.  When […]

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A Ballad to the ’14 – ’15 Royals: Part I, “Almost” (2014)

January 23, 2019No Comments

If you’ve ever been in a baseball dugout at virtually any level, from little league to the majors, you’ve probably been in a game where your team is down by an insurmountable amount of runs.  You’ve also probably had one of those teammates who remind everyone “still got three outs!”, “let’s get them back, one […]

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The Final Out: A brief History on “Game 7”

November 1, 2017No Comments

Ah yes, the penultimate event in sports.  The one day of the year when the terms “Clayton Kershaw” and “bullpen” are suddenly not just a possibility, but might even be an inevitability.  It’s nine innings of “anything can happen”, when the intellectual fans imagination runs wild, and even the casual fans can’t overlook the intense drama that […]

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Quick Pitches: 2017 World Series Plot Lines

October 24, 2017No Comments

Here we are, the Fall Classic.  Probably the only time of the year that i’m grateful for having basic cable, and the only time i’ve ever said “ya know, Joe Buck did a pretty good job” (2015 World Series, i’ve gotta admit, he called a pretty good series).  It is the immediate immortalization of a […]

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Quarter Life Classic: **UPDATED** Last 27 World Series, Ranked.

July 4, 20161 Comment

***UPDATED TO INCLUDE 2016 AND 2017***   On Tuesday, October 19, 1903, the great Honus Wagner lumbered to the plate.  The game, and the season for the Pittsburg Pirates was riding on those tree-trunk like shoulders, as he stared down Bill Dinneen, the pitcher for the Boston Americans.  Mr. Wagner was one of the greatest players […]

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