Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Baseball
It is difficult to think of any sport that could provide more than baseball has delivered over the past six months. Sure fire winners have tanked. Big payroll teams have missed the playoffs. Small payroll teams have gone to the wire and beyond. Improbable scenarios driven by individual stars have developed over the last six weeks in Milwaukee and Los Angeles. A dismal team playing in a dismal ballpark has gone from last to first passing the two most powerful teams in the American League. Two ballparks with substantial histories in New York have closed as both of their occupants missed the playoffs. A team that hasn’t won a World Series in exactly one hundred years seems to have a very good shot at one this year. In the final four days of the extended regular season pitching performances of excellence were produced by stars and virtual unknowns. Teams that were out of the pennant races tortured those seeking to clinch a divisional title. This has been a remarkable year, and now the playoffs begin.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "Baseball's September and postseason" (2008). On Sport and Society. 772.