October 23, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - This is a one-man World Series. The most valuable players in waiting, Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey, are here. So is Prince Fielder, the only one of baseball's $200-million men still in uniform this season. So is Matt Cain, who pitched a perfect game this season, and Tim Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young winner trying to reclaim his fastball in middle relief. Yet this World Series belongs to Justin Verlander. The series opens Wednesday, with the most dominant pitcher in baseball starting for the Detroit Tigers.
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November 1, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Hundreds of thousands of happy baseball fans jammed downtown San Francisco on Wednesday to celebrate the Giants' second World Series championship in the last three years - a vibrant street party sprinkled with Halloween-garbed revelers. Die-hards showed up before the sun, cadging spots along Market Street not long after work crews had finished festooning the parade route with black, orange and white balloons. A grim reaper with a pumpkin head, sporting the team's trademark colors, got in line for an early morning hot dog. Legions of fans looked more or less like pandas, a homage to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who hit three home runs in Game One against the dazed Detroit Tigers.
February 2, 2013 |
PROSPER, Texas - Torii Hunter plops down in a leather chair in a room of his 19,900-square-foot, Mediterranean-style estate that is part sports bar, part shrine. Three flat-screen TVs are tuned in to ESPN and MLB Network. A trophy case is filled with Gold Glove awards and an array of memorabilia. There's a pool table, bar and a life-sized cardboard cutout of the former Angels outfielder in action. It's a dream room for any serious sports fan, but it's missing the one thing Hunter covets most, something the $135 million he's made in 14 big league seasons can't buy: A World Series ring.
October 26, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - Miguel Cabrera shuffled slowly back to the visiting dugout, holding his bat in one hand and his helmet in the other. He might be the best hitter in the major leagues, and he could have tied the game with one mighty swing. If, that is, someone had gotten on base in the ninth inning. No one did, and the team with thunder in its lineup is halfway to defeat in this World Series. The Detroit Tigers were expected to pummel the San Francisco Giants, not only because of the big bats of Cabrera and Prince Fielder but because the Giants could not use their best starting pitchers until Game 3. Well, look who is giant now. The Giants swiped the first two games of the series, with Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain set for the next two games.
October 22, 2013 |
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and .316 in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis is familiar with the Boston Red Sox, a team the Dodgers faced during the regular season. For most competitive people, the best part of winning is not losing.
August 25, 1989
Hsu Ming-Lan pitched a three-hitter and a Taiwanese team made the World Series championship game for the fourth consecutive year when Kaohsiung trounced Maracaibo. Hsu struck out eight without a walk and held the Latin American champion hitless until Johnny Gonzalez lined a single to right-center with one out in the fifth inning. Taiwainese teams have won the last three World Series, and Far Eastern teams have won 18 of the last 22.
August 17, 1996
It took three victories in one day but Moorpark's Little League team is headed for the Little League World Series. Moorpark beat Pearl City, Hawaii, 2-1, Friday night to win the Little League Western Regional baseball championship at San Bernardino. On Thursday, Moorpark's semifinal game against Issaquah, Wash., was suspended after 13 innings because of a curfew.
October 19, 2013 |
BOSTON - A celebration of beer and fried chicken was in order Saturday night at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox pulled off another late-inning comeback in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam against Jose Veras erased a one-run deficit and led the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over Detroit, launching Boston into its third World Series since 2004. Boston Strong? Absolutely. "When you get attacked on your home turf like that, it's a feeling of pride here," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said, referring to the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon.
November 10, 2001
Combine the best 20 Super Bowls and you still wouldn't come close to the great moments in Games 4, 5 and 7 of this World Series! Steve Bentley Tustin Congratulations to Jerry Colangelo on his purchase of the World Series. This jerk has made a mockery of baseball for real fans. Will he further degrade baseball by pulling a fire sale, now that he has the toy he wanted? Skip Houston Laguna Beach Every little boy dreams of coming to bat in the ninth inning with the bases loaded in the seventh game of the World Series.
August 18, 2013 |
A quarter of a century later, the grown batboy holds up his arm as evidence. "Just talking about it still gives me goose bumps," Mitch Poole says. The lost slugger runs his hands through his graying hair. "Even now, it's hard to believe I was really part of that," Mike Davis says. The old scout wraps a wrinkled finger around a World Series ring. "Pardner, this is staying on me till the day I die," Mel Didier says. On Oct. 15, 1988, the Dodgers' sore-legged Kirk Gibson limped to home plate in the ninth inning and hit a two-run, game-winning home run against a seemingly unhittable Dennis Eckersley of the Oakland Athletics in the first game of the World Series.