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New for the 2018 Season:
The 2017 season isn’t over yet, at least for about 10-12 teams, yet there’s news about the 2018 season. It will start earlier, all teams will open their season on March 29, a Thursday, and the season will end Sept. 30 (for all but 10 playoff teams). There will be more off days scheduled, as a result of a collective bargaining agreement between league and the player’s union. More 2018 details.
And, of particular importance to this fan, the Boston Red Sox will come to Washington for a three game series, July 2-4. (For those of you who care about such things, the Yunkees come to DC for two games, May 15th & 16th). Also, as previously announced, the 2018 All Star game is in DC next year!
Cheating Red Sox:
Speaking of my heroes, the Sox have been caught red handed (wristed) using an Apple iWatch to steal and relay catchers’ signals about what pitch is coming, probably using TV to send this illegally gained info from the clubhouse to the dugout to the runner on second and then to the batter. Dustin Pedroia, one of my long time favorite Sox players, was instrumental in this violation of MLB rules (it’s OK to steal signals, say for a runner on second to relay what pitch is coming to a batter, but it’s not OK to use binoculars or electronics to do so).
Pedroia says stealing signals has always been part of the game and is no big deal.
The Sox admitted it when MLB confronted them, following evidence of the Sox perfidy being transmitted from the Yankees to MLB. (The Sox also said the Yankees are doing it, using their YES TV network in the process).
MLB is “reviewing all the evidence” and will announce any action in the near future.
So what do I say to my grandchildren about this when they learn of it and asks me?
Winning and Losing Streaks:
The Cleveland Indians, those bad guys who knocked the Sox out of the playoffs in the ALDS last year, have of this writing won 20 straight games with their complete game win last night by Corey Kluber. Twenty straight is quite a feat. It ties Cleveland for the American League record with the 2002 A’s. Now, if they win tonight, they will tie the 1935 Cubs for the MLB record at 21. (The 1916 New York Giants had a 26 game winning streak, but that was ‘marred by a tie game in a 27 game stretch.)
The Los Angeles Dodgers just barely held on over the Giants last night by striking out the final two batters in the bottom of the 9th with bases loaded. For those of you who don’t follow the West Coast Bums, the Dodgers seemed headed for 115+ wins until the ‘regression to the mean’ struck. They were 91-36 (.716) and had gone 25-5 without losing consecutive games. Then they lost the next 16 out of 17 games. With last night’s ‘win,’ they are currently 93-52 (.642).
And for the really important update, the Sox won last night, the Yankees lost, giving my cheating boys a four game lead over the Bronx cheaters going into the final 18 games.
Isn’t baseball wonderful?
Final Free Nats’ Tickets for the Asking:
Since I will be in Seattle for a wedding of a good friend of more than 50 years, you can benefit from my absence from DC. Let me know if you’re interested in two good seats (free if you take a kid, broadly defined) to the Nationals Sept. 29th game against the Pirates (7:05).
Email me at Samesty84@gmail.com if you’re interested. First shot to anyone who hasn’t used my tickets this year, then to anyone who will take a kid to the game.
Brian Steinbach said:
My feeling about stealing signs is that in baseball (unlike football, apparently) it has always been part of the game, which is why everyone goes to such lengths to try to hide them and change them. Modern technology increases the ability to do so. Unless the methodology was clearly barred, then it is no big deal and MLB has merely to bar such forms in the future.
Not always sure that stealing the sign helps that much anyway – unlike, say, in football knowing what the play will be (and even then…..).
So tell the grandkids that you heroes used a method that turned out not to be acceptable/permitted and showed some class in accepting that they made a mistake.
Joe Higdon said:
Tell your grand kids that cheaters always get caught.
David Stephenson said:
Waiting for the Pedey autograph version of the new Apple Watch Series 3. It will actually use AI to detect what pitch the pitcher is thinking of tossing.
The Masked Lady said:
What you tell the grandchildren is the definition of the words “good sportsmanship.” These 2 words have all but disappeared from the national dialogue, not just from the world of sports. Don’t get me started on why, but hear in your mind’s ear right now the words of Vince Lombardi.
Include in the discussions the word “cheating.” Fan out from the Only Important Sport (baseball) to include the doping of that bicycle racer and the Russians who’ve had their medals revoked. Mention Tonya Harding. Point out that the names “Bonds” and “McGuire” and “Sosa” are in the Hall that will live in Infamy. And include the fact that good sportsmanship can be practiced in all walks of life, not just athletics. It can be practiced while driving a car, standing in a long line, watching a movie in a public place, sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher.
Winning isn’t anything; it’s how you play the game.
Chris Boutourline said:
I don’t feel nearly as bad anymore about Cleveland’s playoff sweep of the BoSox last year. Will Cleveland experience something like the Patriot’s Superbowl loss at the end of their almost ‘perfect’ season?