What’s the Big Deal?

Alan Schwartz has a very good article in today’s New York Times in which he writes about past World Series’ that have been rained out and delayed. Not to mention a big game in the 1975 Series:

The Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds arrived in Boston to a nor’easter and waited as Friday’s scheduled Game 6 was postponed two days in a row. On Sunday, when clearing seemed imminent but Fenway Park remained drenched, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn had to decide whether to try playing the next night — squarely against “All in the Family” on CBS and a new sensation called “Monday Night Football” on ABC — or postpone Game 6 all the way to Tuesday.

So what we are experiencing isn’t new.

I would also submit the 1989 World Series in the Bay area between the Giants and A’s.  At the beginning of Game Three that was to be played at Candlestick Park, the Loma Prieta earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.9, shook the stadium and surrounding area.  The Series was delayed for 10 days.  Obviously the “Earthquake Series” delay was a little more serious because it dealt with a natural disaster and people’s lives were at risk (not to mention the infrastructure integrity of a packed stadium).

The media today needs something to talk about and with 24-hours to fill on the news and countless hours on talk radio, I believe that this minor delay is getting a little too much attention.  Perhaps Bud Selig did make a bad decision in starting Game 5 in Philly, but looking at the grand scheme of things, it really isn’t that huge of a deal.

What happens when the Minnesota Twins move to their new open-air stadium and make it to the World Series?  Are we going to wait for three feet of snow to melt before they can play?  Move the Series to Milwaukee?

I am very much looking foward to tonight’s game (and the rest of the Series if it continues).  Rain, earthquakes, and other unique happenings are what makes these events memorable and, in this year’s case, historic.  Baseball will go on rain or shine.

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Frank Robinson in Louisville

The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory will be holding a reception and silent auction on November 14th for newly anointed “Living Legend” and former Red and Oriole, Frank Robinson.  The auction will be conducted by Hunt Auctions and has some pretty cool items such as an Edinson Volquez signed All-Star Game Workout/Home Run Derby jersey.

The auction and reception will cost you $125 to get in.  I love Frank Robinson (he is my favorite “Historical Red That I Never Saw Play”) but I think I will be sitting this one out.

Cursed?

Since when are the Phillies cursed?  Don’t confuse “sucking for 28 years” with “being cursed”.

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Game 6 Live Blog

8:05-We are finally getting started after a three night rain delay.  Fox would have hated this. Here we go. A view of Luis Tiant’s father who pitched against Hubble down in Cuba. Cool.

8:08-Dick Stockton was messing up counts, outs, batters’ names, days of the week, and everything else even back then. Can’t someone see that this guy is going to be trouble down the road?  Rose flies to left field and Yaz has a nice sliding catch only possible by playing shallow in front of the Green Monster.

8:11-Ken Griffey Sr. walks.  “A speed merchant” described by Stockton, must be watched closely by Tiant. Chicken wing Morgan pops out to Fisk. Two outs.

8:15-Bench 5-19 in the Series so far but only one hit versus Tiant.

It is amazing how different Fenway Park looks without all of the advertisements, especially behind home plate.

Bench stirkes out. Inning over.

8:16-We learn from Tony Kubeck that the third base umpire has been threatened by wire and is being given FBI protection. Wow.

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Jocketty: Reds pursuing Weathers, Hairston

From John Fay:

Walt Jocketty is reluctant to name the names of all of free agents on the current roster the Reds are talking to, but he confirmed that the club has made proposals to David Weathers and Jerry Hairston Jr.

“We’re waiting to hear back from their agents,” he said.

Weathers, 38, was a key part of the bullpen last year. He went 4-6 with 3.25 ERA in 72 games. Hairston, 32, hit .326 with a .384 on-base percentage. He stole 15 bases in 18 tries. The team played exceeding well with him in the leadoff spot. But he struggled with injuries throughout the second half.

Fay also feels that Jeremy Affeldt and Mike Lincoln could also be asked to return to the team next year.  But that is John Fay talking.

While Hairston was a pleasant surprise last year, he couldn’t stay healthy and I don’t think Ryan Freel can either.  Center field is going to be a huge hole going into the offseason (I guess we are already there as of Septemeber).

David Weathers gives me a heart attack every time he comes into the game. While he pitched well on the road, Weathers will continue to fail as long as Dusty insists on putting him in three games in a row.  Remember that Milwaukee game where the Reds had a chance to beat C.C. Sabathia?  If he does come back, it would have to be for such a low salary that it would be okay if the time came and Weathers needed to be cut or DFA’d.

Fisk’d

October 21, 1975

Since there is no baseball on tonight, I will have to bust out the Game 6 DVD and watch it.  I’m sad that it doesn’t have any of the old commercials.

Bats Game Used Jerseys for Sale

The Louisville Bats are offering up game used jerseys for sale at varying prices and colors (home, away, atlernate) depending on the player.

You could own a Corey Patterson batting practice jersey for the low, low price of $75.  Price does not include a date with Dusty’s daughter.