What Happens to The Astrodome Plan Now?

November 7, 2018

Harris County Judge Elect
Lina Hidalgo
November 6, 2018

Like many of you, I just woke up to the surprising news that incumbent Republican candidate for Harris County Judge, Ed Emmett, had lost his race for a continuation of his 11 years service  to 27 year old newcomer to any political office, Democratic challenger, Lina Hidalgo.

Congratulations to Ms. Hidalgo, whose life storyline itself speaks eloquently for everything that is wonderful about these United States of America.

As the Channel 13 Internet site reports, “Hidalgo was born in Colombia but was raised in Peru and Mexico before emigrating to the U.S. with her family in 2005.

“Hidalgo holds a degree in political science from Stanford University. The same year she graduated from Stanford she also became a citizen.

“While living in Texas, Hidalgo has served as a Spanish-English medical interpreter at the Texas Medical Center.”

She also speaks with the clear voice of one who wants to lead the county to better long term planning for hurricanes and floods, and with an eye toward service to ~ and recognition of the needs of ~ all the people.

As one who supports the Astrodome plan that Judge Emmett and local preservationists put into place, we now have to wonder: Will the new Judge Hidalgo, who came to Houston in 2005 ~ when she was only 14 years old, but as the Astros were reaching the World Series for the first time ever ~ and as the historic Astrodome already lay wasting to the south of downtown in those early years of its neglect ~ will she ~ with no roots of her own in the long struggle for its appropriate recognition ~ give a hoot or a rat’s ankle for what happens to the current plan ~ or any other plan ~ carefully designed to preserve the cultural significance of this mighty local entity in Greater Houston life ~ in light of the many other more imminent human service needs that are with us ~ and shall always be with us ~ down here on the low flood plains of the most successful international community in America?

Let’s hope that her intelligence, her Stanford education, and her particular experience in life, already have brought her into direct contact with the wisdom that some matters of importance to others, but not so much to you personally, are still deserving of the genuine attention and support of the power she soon shall hold.

Congratulations, County Judge-Elect Lina Hidalgo!

Now please, Ms. Hidalgo, help our preservationist leadership group bring the currently approved county plan for safeguarding the Astrodome forward to completion as the Greater Houston area’s historically significant architectural contribution to world history ~ and to the fulfillment-level life it both deserves and demands.

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

 

Ruth’s Last Time At Bat

November 7, 2018

Babe Ruth, 1935
Boston Braves

A couple of days ago, we received a link to a wonderful brief article from friend and baseball colleague, Mark Wernick, on Babe Ruth’s last official time at bat in baseball. It happened on May 30, 1935. Ruth was set to play left field for the visiting Boston Braves in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader against the home team Philadelphia Phillies at the Baker Bowl that afternoon. He came up third in the top of the first inning and rolled out on an easy play at first base.

On a personal note, Mark Wernick’s father, one of that era’s young Philadelphians, was there to see it happen. On a historical note, righty Jim Bivin of the Phillies became the last pitcher to retire Babe Ruth in big league play, and Phils 1st sacker Dolph Camilli claimed credit as the last opponent to make a put out in the field at the expense of the once great Bambino.

Playably not-so-great on this late date, an aging Babe Ruth fully knew it, and where he stood. His contact-with-the-past three homer game in Pittsburgh ~ only five days earlier ~ was just that ~ a will-of-the-wisp all heart reminder of all he used to be ~ and no harbinger of promise for a rare human conquest of the battle with physical mortality. ~ It was time for Babe Ruth to walk away from the game as a player.

After the Phillies crunched Braves starter Fred Frankhouse for the first of 3 runs in 11 that he would give up in an 11-6 Phils win, Ruth didn’t even return to the Braves dugout at the end of the first inning. He already had made up his mind to pack it in ~ for good. He simply jogged on out to the door in the outfield wall that would allow him to go straight to the visiting Braves’ clubhouse.

May 30, 1935: No Ruth Soaring Today. The greatest slugger and biggest mythological hero in baseball history had just gone from the scene in a Model T Ford with four flat tires. Unlike a game played only five days earlier in which he could have played his last game as the most fabled final day by any slugger to that point in time or since.

May 25, 1935: Ruth’s Final 3 HR at Pittsburgh. Entering the game hitting .153 with only 6 homers on the season, the Babe reached down deep and clouted three monumental homers ~ the ones that got him to 714 ~ and there would be no more. ~ No more home runs ~ and no more hits. Ruth would play 5 more games beyond that big day ~ going 0 for 9 in his final all road ~ all losing appearances as a Brave.

Fiction Topples Reality in the Telling of This Tale.  as it most often does, fiction made the Pittsburgh 3-HR day the last game in Babe Ruth’s career. That’s how the 1948 movie, “The Babe Ruth Story,” played it ~ as they pretty much did with everything else they portrayed on the big screen about Ruth. The last 3 games in Cincinnati and the 2 Ruth games in Philadelphia that followed simply disappeared as though they never happened as part of the story. In the movie, the writers turn his real 4th hit that day ~ a single ~ into the time that Ruth would leave the game and turn over his job in the outfield to a rookie who will take his place as a runner ~ but not in the hearts of fans.

Here’s a Quick Study Table on the reality of what happened with Ruth at the plate from the day prior to his big game in Pittsburgh to the day that the Babe actually walked away from the game as a player ~ and with no fanfare.

DATE   FOE   RUTH-IN-GAME   AB   H   HR   BA
5/24/35 @PGH 1/4 ~ 0 HR 59 9 3 .153
5/25/35 @PGH 4/4 ~ 3 HR 63 13 6 .206
5/26/35 @CIN 0/4 ~ 0 HR 67 13 6 .194
5/27/35 @CIN 0/0 ~ 0 HR * 67 13 6 .194
5/28/35 @CIN 0/2 ~ 0 HR 69 13 6 .188
5/29/35 @PHI 0/2 ~ 0 HR 71 13 6 .183
5/30/35 @PHI 0/1 ~ 0 HR ** 72 13 6 .181

* Ruth walked as a pinch hitter in his only game plate appearance.

** Grounded out to 1st base in his only time up in the top of the 1st in Game 1 of a DH and then took himself out of the game for the last time as a big league player after playing left field in the bottom of the 1st.

Here’s a link to the article that Chris Landers of MLB.com wrote on May 30, 2018 about the Babe’s last game. Thank you too, Mark Wernick, for having a father whose 12-year-old presence in attendance at this big game in the history of baseball’s biggest hero also moved the needle in favor of us writing our own impressions here of this major moment.

https://www.mlb.com/cut4/this-day-in-baseball-history-babe-ruth-plays-his-final-game-of-his-mlb-career/c-278801168

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Carroll Hardy’s Life: Like a Box of Chocolates

November 4, 2018

Ted Williams and Carroll Hardy ~ in a mid-1980s memoir moment.

Carroll Hardy’s ability to be in the right place at the right time married well to his dynamic talent for using his skills, talent, intelligence and luck to the best advantage of his on-the-plate opportunities.

  1. He lettered in track, football, and baseball at the University of Colorado.
  2. He set university records in each sport that survive to this day.
  3. He was the most valuable player in the 1954 Hula Bowl
  4. He was the 34th pick in the 1955 NFL draft as a running back for the SF 49ers.
  5. He was a TD pass favorite receiver of 49ers QB Y.A. Tittle in 1955.
  6. In 1958, he hit his first MLB home run as a pinch hitter for Roger Maris.
  7. He was the only player in baseball history to pinch hit for Ted Williams.
  8. In 1960, he was booed at Fenway for replacing Williams in left in his last game.
  9. He was the only player to pinch hit for both Ted Williams.and Carl Yastrzemski.
  10. In December 1962 he was traded to the Houston Colt .45s by the Boston Red Sox.
  11. After 1963-64 in Houston, he played at Minnesota in 1967 and was done – with baseball.
  12. In 1968, he began a two decade run as an executive with the Denver Broncos of the NFL.

Carroll Hardy has sometimes been referenced as “The Forest Gump of Real Life.” Here’s one link to some of the big moments we listed here and, with a little googling of your own, you will find much more on one of the most colorful “name” players to pass through Houston in our city’s early big league days.

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/31/sports/sp-crowe-nest31

Well, Carroll Hardy was no Forest Gump ~ and neither was he the twin brother of “Joe Hardy” of “Damn Yankees”, soul-selling notoriety, but he was a bright, multi-talented human being whose dimmest star quality, unfortunately, just turned out to be his measurable performance for the stat-brokers of baseball.

 

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Let’s Hope He’s Wrong on Marwin to Angels

November 3, 2018

It’s that time of the year! MLB clubs are selling opportunity. MLB players are selling talent. And neither side wants to end up with something that feels like a box of used baseballs.

 

In these crisp early moments of the fall free agency signing speculation period, B.J. Anderson of MLB.com has filled his blank white electronic space at CBS.com with black type on where he thinks some prominent MLB talent is going to land in 2019.

Here’s what he had to say about the projected near futures of Dallas Keuchel, Marwin Gonzalez, Charlie Morton and Evan Gattis:

Cincinnati Reds: LHP Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel

“The Reds are halfway to being a competitive team — they just need to improve their pitching. Let’s swing for the fences with Keuchel, who could slip through the cracks due to his low-heat, low-spin approach. Keuchel would bring some legitimacy to the front of Cincinnati’s rotation and could prove to be a relative bargain, depending on how other teams view him. The Reds, for their part, have hinted that they’re going to be aggressive in their pursuit of pitching this winter. Here you go.”

~ B.J. Anderson

Our TPPE Take: Not sure where Dallas is going, but think as many others do that he will have suitors that are more in need of his talents than the Astros will ever think to offer him for 2019 and beyond at his age and growing history of inconsistency. ~ Goodbye, Dallas.

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Los Angeles Angels: UTL Marwin Gonzalez

Marwin Gonzalez

“Gonzalez would makes sense for a lot of teams in a versatile role. With the Angels, his protean nature means he could take on a more steady role as the most-days second or third baseman, depending on where Brad Ausmus wants Zack Cozart stationed.”

~ B.J. Anderson

Our TPPE Take: Do whatever you need to do to keep him, Astros. Even with down numbers in 2018, he’s still the club’s best version of “Ghostbusters” in scary times when it come to filling an unexpected position need in any game situation that arises and, next to a normally healthy Jose Altuve, he’s the other guy you want to see at the plate in any critical game time at bat. ~ Marry him into the family, Jeff Luhnow, and simply never let him go until its back-up-the-truck time. If we do lose him, we sure don’t need to see him going to another member of our AL West division, teaming with Angels manager Brad Ausmus as a new recurring nightmare.

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Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Charlie Morton

Charlie Morton

“Morton is a thoughtful, well-traveled righty who would give the Brewers rotation a boost. Maybe they continue to shy away from using resources on starters, but his age will likely drive down his cost.”

~ B.J. Anderson

Our TPPE Take: Loving old dead pan Charlie’s poker face demeanor and normal control of variable speed stuff would help any club’s rotation. Unless he’s damaged goods or off the cliff on his control and inner fire, let’s do what we can to keep him as a pillar in the 2019 Astros rotation.

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Seattle Mariners: DH/C Evan Gattis

 

Evan Gattis

“The Mariners will be in the market for a new DH if Nelson Cruz signs with a different team. Gattis would make sense as a league-average batter who can, in theory, see some action behind the dish. No one is going to fully replace Cruz, but Gattis figures to come cheaper.”

~ B.J. Anderson

Our TPPE Take: We’re good with this one, We need a DH with a better skill set as a batter ~ one who can work the pitch count, run better, hit for a better average, and do more things in the field, if needed. How often did we see Gattis come into a game late with critical runners in scoring position and then pop out on a hasty first pitch to kill the last hope. Seattle is in our division, however, and it would be preferable to see Gattis also sign with a club outside our division. We don’t need to face “The Incredible Hulk” any more often than possible.

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Writer Anderson also ventured a guess that catcher Wilson Ramos might be joining the Astros as their 2019 replacement for the untendered offer to Brian McCann and the now presumably lost Martin Maldonado. TPPE has no strong opinion on this possibility, other than to regret the fact that McCann finally got too old to do what he once did so well for so long. Maldonado also showed signs of improvement too. WHere’s he going, for Chris-sake?

At any rate, here’s the link to the entire article by B.J. Anderson:

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-hot-stove-each-teams-ideal-free-agent-signing-other-than-bryce-harper-and-manny-machado/?ftag=SPM-16-10abi8e

Have a nice weekend, everybody!

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Rest in Peace, Willie McCovey

November 1, 2018

Willie McCovey
Born: Jan. 10, 1938
Died: Oct. 31, 2018
We Love You, Willie!

We often talk and write of baseball as a game of seconds and inches. Those factors were never more critical than they were in Game Seven of the 1962 World Series. The date was October 16th. The site was Candlestick Park. The setting was the bottom of the 9th Terry kept the Giants at bay through eight innings, but he allowed a bunt single to Matty Alou to lead of the bottom of the ninth, with the New York Yankees leading the San Francisco Giants, 1-0, with Ralph Terry on the mound, needing only three more outs to settle one of the closest played World Series on record ~ and only two years after the 9th inning homer he gave up to Bill Mazeroski in Pittsburgh that cost the Yankees an earlier Game Seven and probably sealed the deed on transforming the scrappy Pirate second baseman into a future Hall of Famer.

Sometimes the lock on short memory is harder to find than at others. Terry had held off the Giants for eight innings in Game Seven back in 1962, but would he be able to hold off the memory of Mazeroski in the 9th for every critical pitch he needed to make this time? The use of pitchers was different back then. If there was any talk of someone else coming in to “close” the 9th for Terry and the Yanks, I don’t recall who or what that alternative might have been.

Bottom of the 9th

Matty Alou led off the bottom of the 9th for the Giants by reaching first base on a bunt single. His success seemed to steel the will of Terry ~ and he responded strongly by striking out Felipe Alou and Chuck Hiller to bring things down to a last-out-needed Yankee proposition. ~ One more out and the Yankees again were World Series Champions. ~ Two more runs and the Giants would harvest their first World Series win since the club’s 1958 move to the West Coast.

Then Willie Mays cranked up the heat for the Giants. His double to right sent Alou to third base. ~ Only a great throw from Roger Maris in right kept Matty from scoring. ~ But the stage temp had been elevated to white heat. ~ With two outs, the Giants had the tying run at third and the winning run at second ~ in the presence of two speedy runners ~ and the powerful Willie McCovey coming to bat with a shot of his own at a possible “Mazeroski Moment.”

McCovey had tripled and died at third during his previous 7th inning time at bat. Why Yankees manager Ralph Houk didn’t either walk McCovey in the 9th ~ or relieve Terry on the mound ~ are beyond my memory of considered alternatives this morning, except to again stress that these were different times. ~ Terry would pitch to McCovey ~ with everything on the line for all involved.

I remember watching this climax play out on a grainy black and white television screen at Otto’s Hamburger Joint in the Memorial near Shepherd Drives area. It was late afternoon when the climax moment arrived. They were still playing the World Series in the daytime back then ~ and quite a few of us were huddled near that maybe 14 inch screen TV set that was carrying the game that sunshiny-in-Houston day.

McCovey at the plate. We are watching him bat left-handed from a camera perched somewhere on the first base line side of things. The picture vista is broad enough to cover McCovey and any infielder who may have a play on a batted ball.

“There’s a line drive to right….”

Not quite. The rocket-speed shot off the bat of McCovey goes screaming toward right, but it never gets there. Little Bobby Richardson, the New York 2nd baseman has snared the liner in his glove. It’s not coming out. It’s out three. The game is over. The New York Yankees are the World Series Champions of the World. Again. And the Giants have lost.

Before all that good stuff could sink in. We united strangers at the hamburger joint in Houston are still trying to digest that little eye-flicker streak that so abruptly ended in Mr. Richardson’s glove. Once we begin to digest its full meaning, a collective sigh of “AHHHHHhhhhh” exhales from our lungs over what we’ve just been robbed of seeing. …. Alou easily scores the tying run …. now here comes Mays, sliding around a laser throw from Maris in right …. he’s safe …. the Giants win the Series ….  and here come the Giants, pouring onto the field, …. chasing after McCovey near first base …. and here comes Alou and Mays to pile on too! ….. (only it didn’t happen. Hence, the “AHHHHHhhhhh” exhalations.)

This is the moment I think of most when I think of Willie McCovey. A couple of inches higher or wider on that Game Seven ball’s final out flight pattern, and we would be celebrating 1962 to this day as one of the greatest comebacks in World Series history.

Ralph Terry was the 1962 Series MVP. And Willie McCovey later went into the Hall of Fame without “the big hit” in that game. He was too great to have his HOF worthiness riding on one big World Series moment. “I had a chance to be a big hero if I had gotten a hit and drove in those two runs,” McCovey said. “But it just didn’t happen.”

You were a big hero, anyway, big man ~ and you will never be forgotten. I will also be grateful for the time in Houston I got to meet you during an autograph show. You were one of the guys that made us fans feel welcome, and not like an easy buck signing dollar. I will never forget your kindness to us fans in Houston that day. I also got a kick out of learning that our birthdates were only ten days apart. I was your elder by ten days.

Rest in Peace, Willie McCovey. ~ You are still very loved by the world of baseball.

The Obituary Article

Thank you, Paul Rogers, for this reference to the wonderful obituary article on Willie McCovey in today’s San Francisco Chronicle. It’s such a must-read for McCovey fans that we also want to do all we are able to make sure you’ve seen it too. Here’s the link:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Willie-McCovey-Giants-legend-dead-at-80-13352886.php

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Pick Your Astro-Champ Rebuilding Model

October 31, 2018

And…. pumpkin—-T00!!!

As we head into Week II of the Astros Baseball Off-Season, which of the physically comparable figures in this brief YouTube clip best serves as your model for what you hope to see from GM Jeff Luhnow in service to the goal of finding our (one-year-off) team only moving into Week I of the 2019 Off-Season at this time next year ~ as the returning Champions of Baseball.

If you’ve got a YouTube clip that better depicts how you would like to see the “championship recapture” efforts of Mr. Luhnow & Company go during this off-season, just send us an e-mail with a link and we will try to add it here as an addenda to this column with credit to you, or your user-name, if preferred, on how fired up we still are ~ in spite of our loss this time.

E-Mail Address for The Pecan Park Eagle: houston.buff37@gmail.com

If you’ve nothing new to add, at least, leave us a comment in the section below. We think the two little dogs, and what they relatively do, are worth it for a trait seen in many people and public entities. For example, if one of the two dogs shown here was a lone wolf entrepreneur ~ and the other worked for the post office ~ which dog held which job?

Thanks for the cute doggie clip, Tom Hunter. ~ Hope you like this storyline use we found for it.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Mind-Blowing Facts from WS18 Game 3

October 30, 2018

“Who says we’ll never see an extra inning game in which the tie is never broken, no matter how long they play? ! ~ This is baseball, isn’t it?”

A Few Prominent WS Game 3 Facts

Pitches – 561 Players Used – 46
At Bats – 118 Innings – 18
Pitchers Used – 18 K’s – 34
Time of Game – 7 hrs   20 min

18 amazing facts from marathon Game 3 of WS

 MLB.com
Oct. 27th, 2018:
  1. Muncy’s walk-off homer was the first in the World Series since his current teammate, David Freese, delivered one for the Cardinals in Game 6 in 2011.
  2. Previously, the Dodgers’ latest postseason homer was Kirk Gibson’s 12th-inning shot against the Mets at Shea Stadium in Game 4 of the 1988 NL Championship Series.
  3. Game 3 was the longest postseason game in MLB history at seven hours, 20 minutes.
  4. Game 3 was only the eighth game of any kind (regular season or postseason) since at least 1908 to exceed seven hours in length.
  5.  In terms of longest World Series games, Game 3 eclipsed Game 3 of the 2005 World Series in total length — that game between the White Sox and Astros was five hours, 41 minutes, ending in a 7-5 Chicago victory in 14 innings at Minute Maid Park.
  6. Friday’s Game 3 between the Red Sox and Dodgers also set a new record for longest World Series game in terms of innings, at 18.
  7. To put the time it took to play Game 3 in perspective, consider this note from STATS: The entire 1939 World Series finished in less time, wrapping up in a tidy seven hours, five minutes.
  8. (Game 3) represented the first instance of a go-ahead run scoring on an error in extra innings of a World Series game since the Mets’ Mookie Wilson’s ground ball went between Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 in 1986, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run.
  9.  When Dodgers reliever Alex Wood took the mound to pitch the top of the 18th, he became the 44th player to participate in the contest, setting a new World Series record.
  10. The Red Sox and Dodgers each used nine pitchers in the game, tying a postseason record.
  11. The teams combined to use 46 players, including Clayton Kershaw, who served as a pinch-hitter.
  12. When Christian Vazquez moved from catcher to first base in the 11th inning, he became only the second player to play those two positions in a World Series game, joining Oakland’s Gene Tenace in Games 3, 6 and 7 of the 1973 World Series.
  13. When Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up a game-tying homer to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the eighth inning, it was the second time a L.A. pitcher had given up a game-tying home run in the eighth inning or later of a World Series game.
  14. Eovaldi’s 97 pitches were the most in a relief appearance in the World Series, and he was the first reliever to complete six innings in a Fall Classic game since the Dodgers’ Rick Rhoden went seven in Game 4 in 1977 against the Yankees.
  15. Eovaldi had two at-bats, becoming the first relief pitcher to have two plate appearances in a World Series game since the Cardinals’ Bob Forsch, who went 0-for-2 in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series against the Twins.
  16. The top four spots in Boston’s lineup went a combined 0-for-28, with leadoff man Mookie Betts contributing an 0-for-7 line and No. 2 hitter Xander Bogaerts going 0-for-8.
  17. The Dodgers have never lost a Game 3 of the World Series at home when trailing, 2-0, improving to 7-0 in such games.
  18. The Dodgers became the first team to win a World Series game after trailing in the 11th inning or later.

For more detail, here’s the link to the full article by Simon and Randhawa:

https://www.mlb.com/news/2018-world-series-game-3-amazing-facts/c-299795560

Thank you, Simon and Randhawa, for this fine work at MLB.Com. The Pecan Park Eagle is delighted to pass it on to others with full credit to your serious efforts.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Congratulations, Red Sox

October 29, 2018

Red Sox Ownership May Be Interested in Revival of Ancient Broadway Show. ~ Stay tuned in this article for the latest hot rumors.

 

Congratulations, Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox! You got what you deserved. You are the World Series Champions of 2018 and the winner of 119 games over the course of both the regular season and the 11 more you added through your three rounds of playoff victory over the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

You did it with the relentless fiery heart of destiny pulling you all the way into your final result. There was no stop in your go. You overcame an invitation to frustration and exhaustion by the loss in that 18-inning game at LA in Game 4, but you got back up and punched your way back to the top. Not even that late inning knockdown punch from the 3-homer time at bat by Yasiel Puig in Game 4 could leave you stone cold. You got off the canvas and followed a 3-homer spot punch by MVP David Pearce and other Boston bats that followed to render the Dodgers unconscious and just about marinate them enough for the final cooking that LA took last night to finish their hopes in the Game 5 finale.

Rookie Red Sox Manager Alex Cora was cool, calm, and gutsy.

There were some tough moments for the Red Sox in the 6th inning of Game 4, but the relentless rally play of the Bostons would soon enough save Alex Cora from any actual nail-biting.

He went after the Dodgers with all he had from pitchers and position players in Game 3, and, as he gazed so intently at the scoreboard throughout the marathon game, he appeared like Captain Ahab of literature fame ~ in focused search of a Moby Dick victory outcome at the risk of leaving his own club doubly vulnerable in Game 4, should they lose this one.

Risk Strategy Management. ~ It is the order of life for those field leaders who decide that the outcomes at stake are worth the gambles involved with a semi-“kitchen sink” approach to the use of personnel prior to a Game 7 moment. Cora ran this table very well in Game 3. As a result of last night’s Series win in five games, he has avoided what writers may have written had Boston lost both Games 4 and 5 and now may have found themselves flying back to Fenway for Game 6 trailing the Dodgers 3 games to 2.

Unfair as it often is, a manager’s intelligence level has no gradient scale. As a manager, you are either a “genius” or an “idiot” ~ depending upon whether your club wins or loses. Alex Cora may now rest on the genius shelf~ until something goes wrong enough to fire somebody because losing affects the gate ~ but a club has to be careful who they fire. You can’t afford to fire the whole team.

But that’s not a “can of worms” worry for Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox on the morning of October 29, 2018, They are now the new Champions of Major League Baseball. It’s their time to “gather their rosebuds while they may.”

The rest of us will be waiting for them in 2019, especially us Astros fans!

Note on The Championship Date Ending in “–18”

The last time the Red Sox won a World Series in a year ending in “–18” was 1918. After selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees prior to 1920, the Red Sox didn’t win another World Series in the 20th Century. In fact, they would not win another World Series until 2004 ~ 86 years later ~ when they won their next World Series and broke the so-called “Curse of the Bambino.”

Hey, Red Sox, here’s a deal for you! ~ We understand that the current Red Sox owners want to bring back the musical “No No, Nanette” as a revival show on Broadway, but they need a modest $10,000,000 to finance the venture, plus 2019 salary increases for several of their current baseball stars. ~ Hey, new Champs, if, indeed, you are smart enough to be seriously interested, please have GM Dave Dombroski get in touch with Astros GM Jeff Luhnow at your earliest convenience. He can have the show biz/salary-raise money you’re going to need in your account before nightfall ~ and ~ to make that happen ~ all you have to do is sign over the player contracts of Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and David Price to the Houston Astros in a fair and equitable exchange of money for valued baseball services. ~ That should solve both your Broadway show financing and bulging salary problems in one fell swoop.

What a deal, right?

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

A “Flare” for the Dramatic at Dodger Stadium

October 28, 2018

A “Natural” depiction of how Yasiel Puig felt when he hit the 3-run homer in the bottom of the 6th that gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead over the Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 World Series. The problem is ~ it was not the bottom of the 9th and ~ as everybody knows ~ the game ‘ain’t over til it’s over,’ right? Not to be outdone by Puig’s muscle-flashing prance around the bases, Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez pantomimes a two-year old kid’s protest tantrum on the mound as his portrayal of the Boston yang side of Puig’s LA yin deed.

 

Mitch Moreland also gets to see, hear and smell the lights out magic when he tags Ryan Madson of the Dodgers for a 3-run dinger in the top of the 7th to bring his Red Sox back to a mere 4-3 deficit in Game 4, but this HR only breeds the inverse division of team Boston hope and LA frustration. The game still “ain’t” over ~ and, as such, this homer also fails as a walk-off event that deserves the flaring arc-exploding salute!

 

In the top of the 8th, Boston’s Steve Pearce bangs a solo homer to left off LA ace reliever Kenley Jansen to tie the game at 4-4. While it seriously arouses the Red Sox Nation’s mystical belief in their team’s special powers ~ and as it seriously steamrolls LA’s natural Dodger-Dopamine supply, it also happens at a time that falls short of that special walk-off-under-the-exploding-lights time in Game 4.

 

Finally, it was the bottom of the 9th. A 2-run homer by Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers off Boston closer Craig Kimbrel could’ve been the perfect time for that runaway light bill explosion and a 6-4 walk-off win for LA over Boston, just as Hollywood movie script requires, except for one obstacle. ~ The Truth. ~ The Sox had scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th. All this homer could do was bring the final losing score for LA up to the 9-6 deficit it actually became. ~ The Dodger Stadium maintenance team will not need to replace any broken arc lights prior to tonight’s Game 5. ~ Nothing that dramatic actually happened in reality. ~ It does appear, however, that the Red Sox are building a master-powers-belief booster shot for themselves that should be good for another 100 years ~ or until their next World Series appearance ~ whichever comes first.

 

Red Sox Myth or Reality? (True or False?)

  1. Terry Francona eventually was fired as Manager of the Boston Red Sox because of all the sunflower seeds he spat upon former General Manger Theo Epstein’s office carpet during their administrative meetings at Fenway Park.
  2. Ted Williams and the late actor Robert Ryan were actually twin brothers, separated at birth by error.
  3. The Yankees and Red Sox once came close to a straight up trade ~ RHB Joe DiMaggio for LHB Ted Williams ~ just so each player could take greater advantage of the foul line distances that favored each man with a switch ~ over what they each presently faced at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park.
  4. On off days, Ted Williams sometimes enjoyed sitting in the stands at Fenway Park and shooting down pigeons from their homes under the stadium roof as they flew in and out of the property.
  5. They might have been known as the “Boston Green Sox”, but the club’s order for that popular Irish color in hosiery arrived at the ballpark mistakenly in the color red. Rather than correcting the order, the club simply decided to change their new nickname to “Red Sox.”

 

Actor Robert Ryan

 

Red Sox World Series Frivolity/Opponent Desperation Addendum Fact:

6. Trailing the Red Sox, 3 games to 1 in the 2018 World Series, LA will dress out for Game 5 wearing the uniforms of the 7th US Calvary, adjusted to Dodger Blue color from the much darker shade you see in the featured picture below. Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will be decked out as General George Armstrong Custer, fitted complete with long blonde hair and moustache-masking wig hair material as shown in this featured work of art that served as their millinery model.

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Dodger Starter Clayton Kershaw, Decked Out As General George Armstrong Custer for World Series Game 5, Oct. 28, 2018.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Best Wishes to LA and Sam Quintero

October 26, 2018

 

Happy Home Games, LA!

(To the tune of “Happy Birthday To You”)

 

Happy Home Games, LA!

Happy Home Games, LA!

Happy Home Games, Dear Los Angeles!

Please say something ~ to untangle us!

 

Confusion reigns ~ o’er belief!

As your fans near ~ great grief!

Three at home now ~ and you must win two!

Or it’s all o’er ~ for you!

 

Can you do it ~ LA friends?

Or are those smiles ~ merely spins?

On a deadly-damned situation,

From which there is ~ no extrication! *

 

* It’s about 12 hours shy of 10:00 PM CDT Friday as we pen these words of LA cheer. We should have something of a fast referendum on their accuracy by this time tonight.

Let’s just have some good baseball drama as we prepare to shut the door on serious field business again until 2019.

 

Happy Birthday, Sam Quintero!

Also, on a really important natal note ….

“Dear Daddy Sam, I couldn’t mail your card because the way I lick stamps doesn’t work. So, I asked Bill and he said it would be OK for me to send my wishes electronically here at TPPE. ~ Happy Birthday Dad! ~ You’ve sure made all the difference in my world by taking me home when I was younger and setting up the situation which has allowed us to take care of each other forever as family. We do the work, but our love for each other always supplies the energy. For all you do, I am ‘bow-wow” grateful!”
~ All My Puppy Love!
~ Perry Mason, the Shih Tzu Wonder Dog.

 

Happy Birthday to Our Good Friend and SABR Colleague, Sammy Quintero ~ today, October 26, 2018!

Sam turned ageless at the stroke of midnight earlier this morning! ~ Stay happy forever, our very good friend!

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle