One year ago on this day Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers shutout the Chicago Cubs, 6-0, to take a 2-1 lead in the National league Championship series. Five days later the Cubs snapped their historic 71-year drought, beating the Dodgers in Game 7 to return to the World Series for the first time. But, what a difference a year makes. As you wake up to the news that — once again —...
Pressure reveals the true character of an athlete.
When the game is on the line, no one could hit like Reggie Jackson, David Ortiz or Derek Jeter. When you needed an out, leave it to Mariano Rivera, John Smoltz or Madison Bumgarner. Whether it was shear will, a laser focus or the ability to “clear the mechanism,” each of them rose to the occasion time after time after time.
Theo Epstein has one goal: Bring a World Series title to Chicago. Any manager, player or coach who can advance the mission is in; everyone else, sorry. Good faith does not exist in competitive sports. Contracts and agreements can be void. Ugly. Down right cold, isn’t it?
Yes. But like it or not, baseball is a business.