The following was posted on my personal blog, The Land of Whatever, earlier today:
And, so, it's over. The Kansas City Royals marked the 30th anniversary of their first World Series championship by winning this year's edition in 5 games over the Mets. The two teams won't have to wait long to meet again, however, as they'll open the 2016 season at Kaufmann Stadium next April.
To give credit where it's due, the Royals played like the hungrier team,
The Mets have lost not just a game, which got away from them amidst the controversy in the 7th inning of game 2 of the NLDS vs. the Dodgers, but they lost a key player who had sparked up on offense in the stretch run.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada broke his leg on a takeout slide by old Met nemesis Chase Utley, now a high priced pinch hitter for the Dodgers. Utley was originally called out, but a replay challenge by Dodger manager Don Mattingly demonstrated what had been speculated ever
Just when you think you've heard/seen it all, TNA Wrestling sinks even further into the quicksand.
At Bound For Glory on Sunday, Matt Hardy pinned fellow WWE alumnus Drew Galloway (formerly Drew McIntyre) to win the TNA title, after former champ Ethan Carter III (still another WWE alum, Derrick Bateman) was removed from the picture.
It's gone downhill from there.
Knowing that their contract with Destination America is on the verge of going belly up prematurely,
The regular season in baseball is over. Playoffs begin Tuesday. Also-rans are already cutting dead weight.
In Washington, that means the Nationals weren't wasting any time bidding farewell to Matt Williams, one year removed from Manager of the Year. Unfortunately, the brain-dead decision making that cost him the NLDS vs. San Francisco last year ultimately did him in this year. A blind man could see this coming as soon as the Nationals were overtaken by the Mets.
I never saw Yogi Berra play. I was but a toddler when he retired after the 1964 season. The first memories I have of him, then, were when he was managing the Mets to the 1973 World Series, a 7 game thriller that they lost to Oakland, during the Athletics' run of 3 straight titles. I remember the commercials he made for Yoo Hoo, Miller Lite, and Aflac, the latter two playing off his reputed penchant for roundabout statements.
When the late George Steinbrenner fired Yogi 16 games into