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2007 World Series preview

Mere hours before the first pitch of the 2007 World Series, every baseball fan cannot help but feel giddy with excitement. Memories of previous contests come flooding back, not just of in-game incidents, but the obligatory pre-game rituals. The ceremonial first pitch. The starting players jogging onto the field one-by-one, with cheers ringing out for […]

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Indians in despair

Red Sox fans didn’t get the opportunity to give Paul Byrd the bird (whether he would have deserved it or not is a debate for another time), but otherwise they enjoyed a perfect night. Boston completed their comeback against the Indians, taking the series decider 11-2 and booking their place in the World Series. I’ll […]

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ALCS sudden death

After their 12-2 victory last night, the Red Sox have to be considered favourites heading into game seven of the ALCS tonight. The Indians have seen their 3-1 series lead vanish and while their equation stays the same (win one game and they’re through), the mindset is very different. Two chances to seal their berth […]

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Dusty and the Reds

Oh Cincinnati, what have you done? I don’t think that’s a song lyric, but if it was then it would probably be set to a slow, mournful 12 bar blues, with percussion being provided by several thousand Reds fans banging their heads against brick walls. Cincinnati have officially announced Dusty Baker as their new manager […]

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Indians fight back

Fairly or not, the divisional series section of this year’s post-season met with a lukewarm response. The potential group of twenty games was reduced to just thirteen thanks to three sweeps and a 3-1 defeat of the Yankees, with the latter of which robbing the TV execs of their perennial dream Boston-New York ALCS. Game […]

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Senior circuit takes centre stage

It was all so different in 2005. The NL West division was a figure of fun, except for supporters of the teams involved. The Padres “won” the pennant with an 82-80 record before being swept by the Cardinals in the division series. It was difficult to know who should feel the most ashamed: the Padres […]

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NLCS teams are set

Strictly speaking, my prediction from yesterday isn’t wrong just yet! While I may have written that the Cubs were the most-likely team to come back from their 0-2 deficit, I did put a disclaimer on the statement by saying that I didn’t think any of the 0-2 crowd actually would recover. So if the Angels […]

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Any hope for the 0-2′s?

Eight games in and all four division series are sitting at 2-0. MLB.com notes that this happened back in 1995 and only one of the four teams was able to recover: the Mariners over the Yankees. If those are the odds, which team is best placed to emulate the M’s? It’s difficult to overstate just […]

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Post-season Division Series games

The post-season is here and while the majority of the games will obviously take place during the evening in the U.S. (therefore in the early hours for us), there are a few day games in the division series stage that we can enjoy during the British evening. (P.S. The start times listed on MLB.com and […]

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2007 – Week 26

The final week of the regular season brings the final edition of “’Weekly’ hit ground ball” for 2007. The story of the week has been the daily shifting fortunes of teams embroiled in the hunt for October, so it seems fitting to chart “the week that was” in chronological fashion.

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