Welcome to the 28th Purple Row edition (and 133rd overall) of Tuesdays With Mitch, where we're gearing up for the series that represents the pinnacle of baseball. Let's get into it...
The MLB postseason just might be the best sports tournament in the world. I love it. Night after night throughout October, baseball fans are treated to intense, must-watch showdowns among the game's best teams. This year's postseason has been, for the most part, pretty great. There have been some clunkers, but we had three Game Fives in the Divisional Round and an epic Game Six in the ALCS.
And we're not done yet! One last series separates us from the cold, dark winter that's lurking in the shadows. So, before the World Series begins tonight, I have a handful of not-so-serious questions about what we should be expecting during the handful of games that will end the 2015 MLB season..
- Will Daniel Murphy homer in every inning or just most of them?
- Will Wade Davis strikeout every batter he faces or just most of them?
- Will Lorenzo Cain score from first on a sacrifice fly?
- How many times will the announcers talk about Matt Harvey's pitch count tonight?
- Which of the Mets' "Big Three" of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard is the most fun to watch?
- Will any of the Royals' starters be able to go toe-to-toe with those guys?
- How many brawls will Yordano Ventura start?
- Will any pitcher or position player have a performance that cements himself in my memory the way Madison Bumgarner did with his historic performance last year?
- Will Franklin Morales pitch in the World Series?
- Will Michael Cuddyer hit in the World Series?
- Will Franklin Morales and Michael Cuddyer face each other in the World Series?
- Will Franklin Morales and Michael Cuddyer face each other in extra innings of Game Seven of the World Series?!?
- How is a New York team coming off so likable and hard to hate?
- Am I the only person who thinks Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer looks a lot like musician Shakey Graves?
- Will Twitter ever stop bitching about the great Joe Buck?
- How long will it take for Harold Reynolds to embarrass himself?
- What will the TV ratings for this series look like?
- Is it okay that I don't really care about TV ratings and just want good baseball?
- Remember when the NFL didn't play on Sunday night when the World Series was taking place?
- How am I going to handle the conflict of Broncos vs. Packers and World Series Game Five at the same time on Sunday night?
- Will any of those focus group dorks in the Chevy commercial finally catch one of the eggs that Chevy Focus Group Guy throws at them?
- Will this person stand up and throw the egg back in Chevy Focus Group Guy's stupid bearded face like we all want them to?
- How many more Fan Duel commercials will it take before I throw my coffee table through my TV and head for the hills with a supply of canned goods and bottled water?
- Can the powers that be please make this series go seven games?
- Can we PLEASE bring back this guy for the MVP presentation?
Now we proceed to the weekly departments:
Stud of the week:
Mike Moustakas gets the nod this week, not because of his postseason performance, but because of this subtle, innocent little point. It was probably the best moment from Game Six, which was one of the best sporting events of the year.
Ass of the week:
First, I saw this awesome and fun celebration...
Amazing video of Terry Collins spraying the Mets fans at Wrigley with champagne! @SNYtvpic.twitter.com/W9FYWGbPjR— Matt Dunn (@MattDunnSNY) October 22, 2015
...Then I saw that MLB wants to ban such celebrations, because this 2015 and fun is not allowed.
Vine(s) of the week:
It's all about the reaction of this man when he realizes what he has just said.
Tweet of the week:
My browser translated this tweet to English like this: "Wakayama tour today! Before there was a battle on and off the playing field tempu Seki, sakigake Peng, heaven, "
I dunno, just watch the large sumo wrestlers race each other barefoot. It's wonderful.
今日は和歌山巡業！土俵の外でも熱い戦いがありました 手前から天風関、魁鵬、貴天秀さん pic.twitter.com/2rBKPbD4Kl— 石浦将勝 (@ghetto_stone) October 19, 2015
A whole bunch of other stuff from around the internet:
Having Pete Rose in the both for the ALCS was in interesting experience. First came this beatuiful moment.
slide in yo dms like cc: @billbarnwell pic.twitter.com/OOQ683UCGW— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) October 24, 2015
Then, I enjoyed the confusion on his face when the FS1 crew revealed to him that he was a meme.
We have some fun with the epic @PeteRose_14 photobomb of @CJNitkowski, including some new creations! #ALCSonFS1 https://t.co/9sck9QOfQ2— FS1 (@FS1) October 24, 2015
Also from FS1 on Friday night... The broadcast incorrectly ran a graphic advertising the Royals in the World Series long before Game Six was finished. Jay and Dan had some fun with that later in the evening. Love these guys.
Sorry guys, @JayOnrait and @fs1otoole blew it. https://t.co/PmSpj3HKd9— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive) October 24, 2015
How many times has this cat seen "The Shining"?
Thank you for asking Kirk, but no, I'm actually pretty indifferent to the outcome of the Redskins game.
Air Force ran a pretty sleek trick play that you might have missed.
Robinette's spin move for the WR to QB touchdown pass is easily a #SCTop10 play this week! https://t.co/uvPdTPYd5I https://t.co/EBZcls13RR— Air Force Football (@AFFootball) October 24, 2015
Stanford linemen like to do this kind of thing. (Keep an eye on #51.)
Some links worth sharing (lots this week!):
- From the Rockies department, interesting quotes from Tulo on still feeling betrayed and bitter after being traded.
- Zach Lowe, from Grantland, on being a diehard Mets fan, growing up, and the pain of watching a team succeed after you've moved on. I loved this piece.
- Former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist with a very in-depth piece on what went into drafting Jay Cutler and the seasons that followed. A must-read for Broncos fans.
- Two Tom Verducci pieces: First, on the impact of Carlton Fisk's Game Six home run (40 years ago) on the sports television industry. Highly recommended.
- Second, a fascinating piece on the Royals' advanced scouts possibly noticing David Price tipping his pitches and tipping his (rare) throws to first. Some next-level baseball writing here.
- And did you hear about the giant, puppy-sized spider they found? It has fangs that can pierce through skulls and stuff. That's fun.
And finally, I call this "reluctant acceptance of wrongdoing":
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