Here are several links from the past week that will make your postseason Monday a bit more bearable:
For anyone who likes baseball, the Rays are one of the teams for whom one always roots, because they win unconventionally, because they have players like Evan Longoria and Price and Alex Cobb that are special. But this week tacked on to a 162 game grind that came down to having to win and win and win just to get to Arlington, Tex. and Cleveland just to get back to Fenway and the ALDS may be more than virtually any team could overcome, especially against the team that earned the right to be respected as the best team in the American League.
This is the way it should be. This is why the regular season counts, and why the new playoff system works.
For years, many of us have complained that there was little disincentive to play out the final weeks of September preparing for the post-season, because there was little difference between finishing first or being the wild card, as those 2004 banners flying above Fenway proved. Now, it means something to win out.
- The San Francisco Giants ended the 2013 season with 246 consecutive sell-outs, dating back to October 1, 2010, for the longest active streak in the Majors. . . .
- While the Mariners continue their losing ways, and fired manager Eric Wedge, they actually saw attendance go up in 2013 (39,626 more total fans than in 2012).
- The Miami Marlins failed to sellout even one game this season.
- The Phillies mired in rebuilding saw a 16 percent drop (6,831 less per game) in attendance from 2012 to 2013. Only the Marlins saw a larger attendance drop.
The man responsible for blowing the whistle on Rodriguez and other players also claims he was badgered and shadowed by MLB’s investigative team.
MLB investigators showed up at Porter Fischer’s doorstep, beginning in February. Fischer, a Biogenesis investor who had taken the clinic records and leaked them to New Times amid a financial dispute with Bosch, told the Herald: “I didn’t want to discuss anything with them, but they kept hounding me almost every day, telling me I was in danger and offering me money,”
His sister, Suzanne, concurred, telling ESPN that several “goons” with “big muscles” pounded on the door to the home they shared with their mother, shouting “We’ll give you money!”
Then things turned darker. On Feb 19, Fischer noticed he was being tailed as he was driving in Pinecrest. He sped off, with a car close behind. Police were called, and by the time they caught up with the tail, Fischer had switched cars with a friend, Pete Carbone. The men in the tail car were private investigators, a police report said. They would not say who they worked for and claimed they were after Carbone, not Fischer, because Carbone had instigated a fight with them.
In a brief subsequent interview with the Herald, one of the investigators would only say about his clients: “Be very careful. These are very, very bad people.”
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!