Baseball > Debates3:05 PM, Oct 26, 2015 • By JIM SWIFT
In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear (sign up here!) -- he writes about the conundrum of being a Mets fan conflicting with the next GOP debate.
What to do?
Here's his advice.
Well, here's a pretty pickle. The next Republican presidential debate is this Wednesday, at 8:00 p.m. ET. And the second game of the World Series, which features the New York Mets playing some team from some place with amber waves of grain, is also at 8:00 p.m. ET. What to do?
It was an easy choice a couple of weeks ago to watch the Mets-Dodgers rather than the Democratic debate. Indeed, the game provided a good excuse to skip two hours of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But I do have an interest in the Republican candidates; after all, I'm likely to vote for one of them a year from now, and it would be nice to be able to figure out which one could be a GOP nominee both capable of winning and of governing. And each of the candidates has something to prove at this stage. The debate will be worth watching.
And so I look forward to watching it. Thanks to the miracle of DVR technology, at 11:00 p.m. or so, after the baseball game. If I were instead to watch the debate live and DVR the baseball game, there'd be some risk I'd inadvertently hear the result of the game, which would (to some degree) spoil the pleasure of watching it. Whereas if I watch the game and DVR the debate, and then happen to hear ahead of time about certain debate moments or exchanges, it's much less likely to dampen my enjoyment of the debate, such as it will be, or corrupt my judgment. The only downside is I won't be able to post anything on our website until very late that night or early the next morning--but I'm sure my less Mets-interested and more conscientious colleagues will rise to the occasion.
And then, on Friday night, another hard choice! The third game of the Series coincides with an epic match-up of undefeated college football powerhouses-- Dartmouth at Harvard. Of course this one may be solved by the television gods, who may (inexplicably!) choose not to show the Harvard-Dartmouth game nationally. But if they do, the DVR will get called on again. Not that I know how to work it, really--I'll have to have younger friends over to watch the games Wednesday and Friday evenings....
October baseball notebook.7:38 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Gregg Ritchie, head coach at George Washington University, says that the Royals have more of their game-changers going into tonight’s game than the Giants do. With pitching, as my former GW teammate explains, the two clubs are basically even. Royals’ starter Jeremy Guthrie and his Giants counterpart Tim Hudson are pretty similar—right-handers whose top velocity is 90-92 mph, and who, as Ritchie says, change speeds up and down, making them plus-and-minus pitchers, rather than power pitchers.
October baseball notebook.5:34 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
The fact that the Royals and the Giants have pushed the World Series to a game seven is evidence the two clubs are very evenly matched. Even tonight’s probable starters, Tim Hudson for the Giants and Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals, are similar style pitchers. Top velocity for both is around 90-92 miles per hour. They’re not power pitchers, but plus-and-minus pitchers, meaning they change speeds, up and down, to keep hitters off balance.
October baseball notebook.7:23 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Last week Gregg Ritchie, head baseball coach at George Washington University, was talking about what happens when a baseball team strikes out more than seven times in a game. The more you whiff the less chance you have of winning, explained Ritchie. Sunday night’s game showed just how accurate that theory is: The Royals struck out eight times against Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner, meaning that for nearly three full innings the Royals failed to put the ball in play and force the Giants to make plays. “You have to make your own chances against a front-line pitcher like Bumgarner,” says Ritchie. And when you don’t, chances are that you’ll lose.
October baseball notebook.4:15 PM, Oct 24, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Now with the Royals tying the World Series Wednesday night 1-1, things are really getting hot: Two San Francisco radio stations have removed the song “Royals” from their play lists.
October baseball notebook.12:10 PM, Oct 21, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
With the World Series opening tonight in Kansas City, the Giants are no doubt feeling their oats. They’re coming off of a three-homerun performance in their game five win over the St. Louis Cardinals, which landed them their third World Series appearance in five years. However, the Giants should be wary, for power is a fickle friend.
The Kansas City Royals are not a team of destiny—they just execute team fundamentals.
4:14 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
The Kansas City Royals are hot. With eight straight wins in the postseason, the Royals have the air of a team of destiny. The reality of course is much less magical. The Kansas City club moved on to the World Series for the first time in 29 years not because of divine intervention but because they’re executing team fundamentals. They’re playing superior baseball. The Royals’ 2-1 victory Tuesday night was made possible by twice scoring runners from third with less than two outs. Last night’s 2-1 clincher was won in the first inning with a sacrifice bunt and a grounder to the right side of the infield.
Fred Barnes, March mad.Apr 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30 • By FRED BARNES
The Super Bowl is boring. I checked out at halftime when Seattle crushed Denver. When the competition among TV ads is more gripping than the game, there’s something wrong. The college football championship? It beats the Super Bowl. And maybe it will generate more excitement with four teams playing for the crown. The World Series has tradition and lots of tension, but major league baseball meanders through the season before playing for keeps—a month too late in the year.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:30 PM, Nov 1, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on his view from the bleachers at game six of the world series and the failure of the President's promise on keeping your health insurance policy if you like it, and whether the president will sacrifice part of Obamacare to help the Democrats in 2014.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:45 PM, Oct 31, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the world series and the political environment in the wake of many Americans having their health insurance policy cancelled.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:30 PM, Oct 28, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the rollout of Obamacare and the World Series.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:35 PM, Oct 23, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the Boston Red Sox and what Republicans should do in response to the recent Obamacare woes.
8:01 AM, Jun 9, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In trying to make the case that the Spanish national soccer team (“La Roja”) is having the greatest 5-year run of any team — in any sport — in history, the Wall Street Journal dismisses Casey Stengel’s 1949-53 Yankees because those squads, which won five straight World Series, “won only 71% of their World Series games.” Put otherwise, of course, the National League champions of 1949-53 combined to win just 29 percent of their World Series games.
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