Archive: October, 2021
2021 World Series: Cheaters vs. Chops
A few quick thoughts before Game 1 of the 2021 World Series.
The 2021 World Series begins in a few hours, and for the first time in a long time, the rooting interest is vague at best.
So, that happened
Both the American League and National League Championship Series ended in six games, with the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves emerging victorious. Houston’s win, achieving their third pennant since coming to the American League in 2013 and fourth overall, was less surprising that Atlanta’s.
And then there were four
I'm a little late on this. As I type, the Red Sox are leading the Astros 8-0 in the early innings of ALCS Game 2, seemingly on their way to tying that series at a game apiece; ideally, this would have been posted on Thursday when there were no games going. Well, as we say on Earth, c'est la vie.
The Marinerless postseason is here (again)
They came closer than they have in a long time. 90 wins for the first time since 2003. Fewer games behind the division winner than any year since, again, ’03. Contending through the very last hour of the season. But not quite enough to play on.
Season ends for M's at 162
Well, that was anti-climactic.
After Friday night's painful loss to the LA Angels, it wasn't looking too good for Your Seattle Mariners. Setting aside for the moment how remarkable and amazing it was that the M's were still alive in the playoff chase after 159 games, the mood after Jarred Kelenic flied out to end Friday's 2-1 loss was, if not defeatist, sort of resigned. This is, after all, the Mariners we're talking about. History has taught us all hard lessons about managing expectations as fans of this historically-mismanaged franchise.
Well, that was brutal.
Failures send first big TMP crowd in ages home frustrated
I got a note early Friday afternoon from an employee at TMP telling me that the Mariners were expecting an attendance of over 40,000 at that night's game between the M's and Los Angeles Angels. Seattle's position in the Wild Card standings was generating a lot of enthusiasm, people were paying a premium for tickets. Only scattered singles were still available to buy, at least from official channels.