October 2013

Boston Strong

Last night was quite an experience.

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, baseball Champions of the World.

In the 7th and 8th innings I started to walk around the stadium to get a feel for the frenzy of the fans. It was remarkable how excited everyone was.

Smiles everywhere. Laughter. Joy. There really didn’t seem to be any Cardinals fans in the areas I walked. If they were present, they were good sports.

People were greeting each other with high fives, knuckles up and kind words. There were hugs and handshakes. Peace prevailed.

I stood in the aisle while “Sweet Caroline” shook the stadium. If the tradition of singing that together in the 8th inning is in jeopardy, it certainly wasn’t evident. Apparently it was the loudest rendition ever heard at Fenway.

When the game was over and the Red Sox had won, the media was invited on to the field. The problem? The only entry was at the extreme corner of right field. So all the hundreds of media members rushed out for the few elevators to take them downstairs. I went along, but decided not to go to the mound. It was a madhouse.

I decided to try and get a cab back to the hotel and finish my work in peace.

All of the immediate exterior of Fenway was blocked off so the thousands (and I do mean thousands) of excited well wishers would be kept on the perimeter.

Cab? None to be found.

Like a salmon swimming upstream I walked in the opposite direction of the oncoming crowd to get to a main street. Ever try that? It was scary, but I made it. And I ultimately found a taxi. I’ve never experienced that type of celebration. It was the place to be seen. And heard. That’s for sure.

The game itself was interesting, to say the least.

What happened to Michael Wacha’s changeup? I didn’t see it. Where did two miles an hour go on his average fastball? I honestly feel he was spent. Lots of innings for him in a very dramatic setting.

John Lackey was in total control. A bulldog. He deserved to prevail.

The Red Sox found their timely hitting shoes. The Cardinals did not.

The Cards had their opportunities, but couldn’t cash in.

Big Papi was the MVP. He deserved the honor. But Jon Lester and Koji Uehara also came up big in my opinion. The Red Sox won in a team effort. The Cardinals just didn’t hit. They pitched alright for the most part, but their bats were asleep.

The Red Sox staff did a fantastic job as hosts. Another lobster/chowder dinner for the media last night was greatly appreciated.

Even though they didn’t win the World Series, the Cardinals introduced some amazing young arms to returning and new viewers in Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal and Joe Martinez. Blazing fastballs and command can be a lethal combination.

I think David Ross did a great job handling the Red Sox pitchers.

The World Series is over. It was a week to remember, to say the least. Strange plays, unusual situations, historical moments, great drama–it had it all. It wasn’t the best played. But it will be memorable, that’s for sure.

I return to Phoenix today perhaps in time to greet Trick or Treaters ringing the bell in their Halloween costumes, laughing and having a good time.

Underneath one of those costumes might be the next Michael Wacha or a scientist that finds a cure for cancer. Under that costume might be the next great author of a best selling children’s book. Who knows? But I’ll be happy to greet them. It’s amazing the talents inherent in each of us. We just have to let it out.

I encourage you to do that. Let us see your best. Our world needs that.

I’ve enjoyed bringing you my experiences at the 2013 World Series. I hope you will continue reading this space for a glimpse into BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD.

I invite you to read my work at MLB.com and MLBPipeline.com. Bring your friends to talk baseball with me on Twitter @BerniePleskoff. And remember, everyone’s invited.

That’s it, I’m done.

RED SOX LOOK FOR KNOCKOUT PUNCH

It was pouring as we left St. Louis yesterday evening. It’s a good thing the rain didn’t come the night before. All I could think of was how tough it would be to delay the World Series.

Some might say it was “raining cats and dogs.” Have you ever seen it rain cats and dogs? Where do we get this stuff?

So here we are back in Boston. So far I’ve gotten to fly into Detroit, Atlanta, and Cleveland on my way to Boston and St. Louis. Is flying fabulous, or what?

Poor baby finally had a meal last night. At 9:30 right here in the hotel. Exactly three minutes after I arrived. And then I couldn’t sleep. I was up half the night looking at the clock waiting for my wakeup call. Don’t tell me you haven’t done it.

Michael Wacha and Jon Lackey tonight. Great matchup. This is the type of game that can turn on one little mistake. Or, one big mistake.

This Series really hasn’t been played well. We’ve seen how errors have turned games around. The two teams are so evenly matched, every mistake is magnified.

I still think Shelby Miller will make a difference in this Series. He hasn’t pitched yet. He joins teammate Edward Mujica and Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales as the only pitchers that have not seen action to date.

If Wacha is in trouble, I think Miller will come on. Then, if there’s a Game 7, Jake Peavy will get the ball for the Red Sox and Lance Lynn for the Cardinals. I think.

Quentin Berry has a very focused role. He’s the Red Sox designated runner. Remember Dave Roberts?

Michael Wacha will be in the same historical context now with Bob Gibson. Wacha will have pitched World Series games for the Cardinals. just like Gibson. Only Wacha is 21 years old. That’s really hard to believe, isn’t it? Michael Wacha could be wearing a World Series ring at age 21.

At that age I was still in college and working in a record store in Cleveland during the summer. But that’s all I remember. And at the same age, Michael Wacha is pitching in a World Series.

Of course the Red Sox want to close the door on the Cardinals tonight. It would be a sweet victory if they could win the Series at home. Maybe the sweetest sports victory in the history of the city.

Did I mention that the playing and singing of “Sweet Caroline” at Red Sox home games is in jeopardy? There’s a group who want the tradition squashed. I don’t know why, but they do. It seems rather harmless to me. Why change something people seem to enjoy?

Fenway may be old, but it sure looks clean and nice inside.

Last week Logan Airport was jam packed with people wearing Red Sox garb. There were fans everywhere. Last night, the airport was nearly empty. It was only about an hour later than I arrived last week. Maybe Game 6 and 7 are tougher tickets and fewer out of town folks will be here.

Shane Victorino should play tonight.

I still think this Series is going to Game 7. I don’t know why. I just think something weird will occur and the Series will go the distance.

I also have a hunch we’ll see more balls bang off the Green Monstah. Or maybe I’m just hoping that happens. There isn’t anything like that thud. That clank. That sound.
And then—the ball goes who knows where, the runner circles the bases and we have an inside the park home run to end the game. Bernie, wake up. You’re dreaming.

I’ll be back in this space tomorrow. And I’ll have a profile of Wacha vs. Lackey on MLB.com later today for your reading pleasure.

Have fun watching Game 6. May your team win. Or not lose.

That’s it. I’m done.

A Swingin’ Time At The World Series

I think I’ve counted 87 strikeouts so far at the World Series. I know that the pitching’s been good, but not that good.

The Tigers had the Red Sox swinging and missing in their American League Championship Series. But the Red Sox won. The Cardinals have the Red Sox swinging away in the World Series. And the Red Sox are up a game. Go figure.
The Red Sox have 50 strikeouts in the Series so far.

Tough night for St. Louis. The Cardinals lost and less than an hour later, so did the football Rams. Fireworks were planned downtown above the Arch. I didn’t hear or see anything. And the streets were really, really quiet. I get it. I’ve been there.

Cardinals players rallied around Kolten Wong who got picked off first in Game 4. They were supportive and helpful to their teammate.

Jon Lester still doesn’t have a hit this season.

They have “Weather Stations” in a couple places at Busch Stadium. I was reminded by them that I’m in the midwest. We don’t have weather stations in Phoenix. We don’t have weather. Well maybe in the summer.

Matt Holiday is responsible for four of the team’s nine extra base hits and five of the 11 runs.

Stephen Drew made an outstanding catch of a high line drive, but he doesn’t get much credit as a very good defensive shortstop.

I didn’t spot any unusual substance on Jon Lester. By the way, he was in the windup most of the night. He can be a bit more vulnerable from the stretch.

Shane Robinson is a pesky guy. Small in stature, but big in heart.

I never thought I’d see Adam Wainwright on the losing end of two games in any seven game series.

They had Jordan Almonds in the press box during this series. I love Jordan Almonds.
I resisted the temptation to fill my pockets.

Game 4 drew 14 million viewers.

It might just be me, but it just seems these two clubs have fewer offensive threats in the World Series than I can remember. And really-no “mega star” aces on the mound. They just know how to win. Proving that baseball is indeed, a team game.

This has been a very emotional World Series. In both cities the fans have been roaring and then like a flick of a switch, the park gets very, very quiet. There’s a flow to this Series that seems unique and almost eerie. Anything can happen. And has.

The Cardinals continue to pitch to David Ortiz. And he continues to hit.

Shelby Miller and Edward Mujica have not pitched for St. Louis. Strange.

It isn’t the Cardinals offense alone that is missing in action. The Red Sox certainly aren’t tearing the cover off the ball. Wonder if either team will deploy a GPS to find their bats?

I saw a guy at the concession stand dressed like a Cardinal from head to toe. Beak, feathers, the whole thing. His wife was just laughing the whole time. Now that’s a fan.

They had a counterfeit ticket problem in St. Louis for the first game of the Series. Something like 80 fake tickets were sold.

Michael Wacha will try to save the Cardinals season when he takes on John Lackey in Game 6 Wednesday. I think Lackey may struggle. His relief appearance was not just another off day bullpen session. He worked hard.

I leave for Boston later today. Hope I can get some sleep on the plane. But of course, there’s a connection involved in Chicago so it’ll be an all day venture.

I’ll be back tomorrow.

Remember to read my World Series profiles on MLB.com and follow me on Twitter @BerniePleskoff. I tweet the whole game, every game.

That’s it. I’m done.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Ok-say this is you. The entire World is watching Game 4 of the World Series. Just your luck, television ratings are soaring. It’s the 9th inning and your team is trailing.
You’re a pinch runner. And you get picked off first base and make the last out.

The culprit, Cardinals rookie Kolten Wong greeted reporters with tears in his eyes.
He did’t hide out. He didn’t leave early. He faced the reporters. I give him tons of credit for that. We all make mistakes in our jobs and in our lives. That’s how we learn.

So let me get this right. We’ve had a reversed call, an obstruction play and a game ending pickoff. You can’t make this stuff up.

There’s a Monday Night Football game here in town tonight. At the coffee shop this morning a local guy was telling his out of town guest that tickets are going for $7 to that game. This is still a baseball town. Especially during the World Series.

It reminds me of the old joke. Guy leaves two tickets to the football game on his windshield trying to give them away. He comes back and there are four.

Forgive me for that, will you?

Every single eye in the stadium will be focused on Jon Lester’s glove. Especially the television cameras. He should fool everyone and put that green substance on his ear lobe. Nobody will look there.

How about Clay Buchholz’ hair. He soaks it with water before he takes the mound. He actually does that voluntarily.

The umps have gotten the tough calls correct. They usually do.

A new complex is being built right behind the left field wall at Busch Stadium. It’s a multiple use facility. The neat part-there are seats that can view the game at the top of the structure. Closer than the Wrigley Field’s originals. Way cool.

My colleague had a turduckanburger when we were in Boston. Turkey-duck and beef. A huge patty on a bun. I still get heartburn thinking about it.

I have not been to one restaurant here in St. Louis. Our hotel isn’t near any. I’ve relied on the coffee shop. Haven’t really eaten a meal since the lobster in Boston. My girlish type figure is feeling the weight of the sandwiches.

I know what you’re thinking. “Poor baby- has to eat sandwiches at the World Series. What a tough life and a horrible situation.”

I think managers tend to “over” manage in the World Series. I’m just sayin. Lance Lynn was rolling along well, don’t you think? I’m just asking.

Allen Craig had XRays of his foot and no additional damage was discovered. Can that man hit in the postseason, or what?

My World Series scouting profile today will feature David Ortiz. Hope you’ll give it a read on MLB.com.

Flying to Boston tomorrow. But I’ll be here with my World Series edition of BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD.


Follow me on Twitter @BerniePleskoff during every WS game. Thank you.

That’s it. I’m done.

Cardinals Have A Leg Up

Well, after an amazing play in Game 3, I guess it’s safe to say the Cardinals have a leg up in the World Series. That’s because Boston’s Wlil Middlebrooks had two legs up.

We won’t go over the play in this space. But just let me say this. Once you’ve seen it all, you realize there’s a whole lot more to see.

C’mon now, a play overturned in a World Series? Obstruction to end a game that went back and forth as often as I do during the middle of the night? Please. Those two plays won’t happen again in the World Series, will they?

I took our shuttle service to the game yesterday. On the way we passed a park where the fountain waters were flowing red. Pretty cool. And then the sea of red began.
Red shirts, red hats, red sweaters, red jackets. I was seeing so much red I thought I’d turn blue. But it was nice to see.

And oh, by the way-the seats at Busch Stadium are painted—red.

I like the stadium. There are replica old baseball cards painted on the walls. The players were all…Cardinals. Well, I didn’t expect there would be any Cubs baseball card mugs.

We were seated in suites named after iconic, All Star and Hall of Fame players. I was fortunate to be in the Stan Musial Suite. I would say he is the most beloved Cardinal. His presence surrounds the room in the form of wonderful pictures that tell the story of his greatness.

The crowd went nuts when Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson and Red Schoendienst were introduced.

Funny, I didn’t see any signs flashing “Get Loud Now” on the scoreboard during the game. Maybe the fans figured it out all by themselves.

Outside of the game itself, the part I like the best was seeing the team of eight Clydesdales circle the stadium. They are really beautiful animals. The King of Beers knew something when he made them the company symbol and tradition.

About that obstruction play. For what it’s worth, I think the umpiring crew got it correct. It isn’t and wasn’t pretty, but that’s the rule. I won’t mention it again.

No-I do not think Will Middlebrooks fell that way with his legs up on purpose. I think the flow of the play took him where he ended up. Oops, sorry. I just mentioned it again. Let me get it out of my system. It hasn’t even been 24 hours yet.

Something has to be done to make the game equal in both leagues. Either add the designated hitter to the National League or eliminate it altogether. Right now the game is played with two sets of rules and two sets of strategies. Not good.

I didn’t go, but a journalist friend of mine told me the pre-game party here in St. Louis on Friday night was the most lavish with the best food he has ever had at a World Series. And he’s been to plenty. They did it right.

The Escape By Jake in the first inning by Jake Peavy was memorable. He could have been lit up for many more runs. But he was gritty.

Cardinals starter Joe Kelly was throwing 98. Where do they get these guys? One pitcher after another throws high octane heaters.

Cold? You bet. It was so cold I had to buy a ski cap. But that’s fine because it’s a World Series ski cap. Barely fits on my huge noggin.

I invite you to read my World Series profiles on MLB.com in the Voices section. Just click on my lovely picture and you’ll be directed to my stores.

And I invite you to follow me on Twitter @BerniePleskoff all game long, every game during the World Series. (Provided the wireless holds up and twitter doesn’t get over loaded.)

That’s it, I’m done.

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

After a full day of travel, I arrived in St. Louis last night, eagerly awaiting Games 3-4-and 5 of the World Series.

The terminal at the airport had a huge balloon arch of red and white balloons with silver Cardinal balloons at the top. it was pretty cool. Fans wearing Cards garb walked under the arch for good luck.

To me, this is the point of the Series when everything gets really interesting.
We’ll be seeing Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn pitching games 3 and 4 for the Cardinals and Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz going for the Red Sox.

In those matches, the Cardinals are hoping to get to Peavy early because he hasn’t had success recently in bigger games.

The bullpens will be crucial, of course. Consider that the Cards can throw Carlos Martinez (age 22) with his 98 mph fastball and 82 mph slider and then Trevor Rosenthal (age 23) back-to-back in the 8th and 9th innings. Yikes!

Not to be outdone, the Red Sox can bring in the amazing Koji Uehara (age 38) for the 8th and 9th inning if they wish. He throws a darting fastball at 89 and a jaw dropping spit finger that has guys swinging at air.

The Red Sox will try to put pitches on the arms of the starters. They may swing and miss, but they’ll try to increase pitch counts.

Cards Allen Craig may be taking infield practice, but there is little chance he’ll be playing in the field. The team does not want to risk further injury to his foot. But he’ll be able to pinch hit or be the designated hitter if the Series returns to Boston.

Every city should have a landmark, iconic symbol. I can see the arch from my hotel. It’s really cool. When I think of St. Louis, I think of the Cardinals and the arch. When I think of New York I think of the Statue of Liberty. When I think of my home town Phoenix, I think of my swimming pool in the hot weather. Not to knock Phoenix, it’s a great place to live. But-that’s my landmark. My pool-my iconic symbol.

For tonight’s game, the Cardinals will wear their alternate home jersey. Look for it to say “St. Louis” on the front and not “Cardinals.”

Also look for Daniel Nava to play left field instead of Johnny Gomes tonight for the Red Sox. Why? Left field at Busch Stadium. Much more ground to cover.

Red Sox 3B Xander Boegarts has amazing patience at the plate. He doesn’t get himself out swinging at pitches he can’t hit. He looks like a five year veteran.

There were 900 members of the media in Boston.

The Red Sox will be playing each of the next three games without one of their hottest hitters. Either David Ortiz or Mike Napoli will be on the bench due to not having the designated hitter in the National League. I think I’d have Ortiz at 1B every game. That’s how hot he is.

The Red Sox flew to St. Louis Friday instead of Thursday night. Got that extra night of rest at home.

Historically, the team that has won Game 3 has gone on to win the World Series 55 of 80 times. So, I guess tonight’s important.

Hope you’ll read my player profile every day of the Series at MLB.com. Just look for my mug under Voices and click.

I’ll be writing a daily blog during the Series. I will also tweet all game long provided the wireless doesn’t go down. You can find me @BerniePleskoff. And bring your friends.

That’s it, I’m done.

My Lost Hour-Or Maybe Longer

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I am constantly offering up scouting and game related tweets whenever I’m live at a park. Last night in Game 2 was no exception.

I was rolling along until suddenly my world changed. The wireless connection at Fenway Park suddenly stopped. For me it was like spending an hour or more in space without oxygen. I found it hard to breathe. Hard to think. Hard to function. I was lost. So I gobbled down a Fenway Frank.

It had to be a shock to my followers. An hour or more without Bernie tweeting about this, that and some more of this? Some probably thought I had passed away.
Not so-here I am. I hope you missed me for that brief time. I certainly missed you.

We leave today for St. Louis. I’m looking forward to seeing how their fans greet their beloved Cardinals. The fans at the Fens were great. Dressed in their Red Sawx best.

Two of the most fundamental and most disciplined teams in baseball have each thrown away a crucial World Series game with defensive blunders. It shows we are watching a game played by human beings-not robots or machines.

I was surprised Mike Matheny sat Pete Kozma for Game 2. He said it was not due to his errors in Game 1. But Kozma returned to his defensive prowess late in the game last night. He’s a fine shortstop.

The unsung heroes of the World Series? All the wonderful people who work in the background–names unknown–who do all the real work. The ladies who labor in the kitchen or the press room keeping hundreds and hundreds of people (mostly men) happy. And the guys that wheel heavy carts of products through the nooks and bowels of the stadium without fanfare. I offer you my sincere thanks and appreciation.

James Taylor was awesome. I got to the park at 11AM and heard him rehearsing. Of course I stood and watched, and listened.

The Pesky Pole in right field is loaded with fans signatures. It may sound sweet and nice. But I think it degrades the look of an iconic piece of the Fenway lore.

I stood out in left field yesterday and gazed in awe at the Green Monstah. I was immediately reminded of Ted Williams and Yaz. Of balls bouncing off the wall with the clank of metal. If that wall could talk…

Imagine the future pitching of the Cardinals with Wacha, Rosenthal, Martinez and Shelby Miller-just to name a foursome. It’s almost scary how good the organization scouts and signs talent.

If needed, Koji Uehara could probably pitch every day of his life. What an elastic arm. He’s a gifted pitcher. And he was in Japan as well. This success isn’t new.

There’s a concession stand every five feet at Fenway. But the prices are fair and a fan can buy anything to eat that comes to the imagination. What a place!

While there have been improvements to the seating and seat configuration of Fenway, walking the concourse is like going back in time. It reminds me of my first baseball game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Everything is smaller and not shiny and new. Even the signage is old, but nostalgic. That’s why it’s still there. And special.

A series of Red Sox logos lines one of the walls of the concourse. Outstanding. They had some great logos over the years.

The ushers, the vendors and most everyone I encountered at Fenway speaks a special language of their own. It’s Baaahston, but it’s Fenway Baaahston. I loved it.

Five minutes after I arrived on Yawkey Way I had a Baaahston accent.

I hate to say this-but they served lobstah and chowdah again for dinnah. They also had turkey with stuffing and gravy. The Red Sox organization did a fantastic job.

Thank you again Red Sox Nation. You were great hosts. I have a hunch we’ll be back here next week to finish out a fantastic series.

That’s it, I’m done.

Follow me on Twitter @BerniePleskoff. I’ll be looking for you.

They Got It Right

Game 1 of the 2013 World Series is in the books.

The game here in Boston will be remembered for two distinct moments. First, when Pete Kozma never had control of a difficult flip from second baseman Matt Carpenter on an apparent double play. The call was ultimately reversed after a meeting of the umpires. Second, when Carlos Beltran injured his ribs robbing David Ortiz of a home run.

After meeting together, five of the umpires indicated they saw the play. The decision was reversed. I applaud them. That took courage.

In his press conference after the game, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was really upset. More about his team’s play than “the call.” I can’t blame him. It was an uncharacteristic Cardinals performance.

A pop up between the mound and home plate went untouched for a hit. A play like that begs for a “team error.” Not able to place blame on the play, the Official Scorer ruled it a hit. The error should go to the “team.”

Fenway Park is really the House of David. Man can Papi hit. In batting practice I saw him tattoo the ball to the same place his home run landed. He would have had two big bombs if not for Beltran’s catch.

Warming up in the bullpen prior to the game, Adam Wainwright’s bullpen catcher flipped balls to the fans behind him. Very cool.

Don’t ever give a team like Boston or St. Louis extra outs. Three an inning is enough.

The Red Sox have won 9 World Series games in a row.

You’re Mike Matheny: Do you want your team to get the call at second base (not have it reversed) or do you want the umpires to get it right?

Look for David Ross to continue catching Jon Lester. They click.

John Farrell said David Ortiz “links the guys together.” It’s obvious how much he is loved by his teammates and the fans.

Lester had his back door cutter working yesterday.

Fenway’s a great place. But getting from Point A to point B is hard work.

Clay Buchholz is being given an extra day before he pitches. I’m sure he’s not 100%. For that matter, neither am I.

They served lobstah in the dining room for the media. Lobstah. Can you believe it? And they had chowdah, too. I don’t eat chowdah.

I hate fish, but I like shell fish. Who cares, right?

The outside of Fenway smelled like peanuts. I love peanuts. Who cares, right?

The Cardinals list only 4 outfielders on their roster. The Red Sox 6. The Cardinals have 12 pitchers. The Red Sox 11.

Give Joe Torre credit. He went on the television broadcast and explained the reversal of the play at second base. Good job. Get it right!

Pudge Rodriguez and Ozzie Guillen were upstairs in the press box. Both look really good. And they both look fit enough to play today.

Follow me on twitter during the games @BerniePleskoff. I’ll be here every day with a blog as well.

That’s it. I’m done.

The End Of The Marathon

Greetings from beautiful Boston on the eve of the World Series, a Jewel event that celebrates the best of baseball.

Beginning with the opening of spring training camps in February, every Major League club has played for the moments the Red Sox and Cardinals await. A place in the World Series is cherished. It is savored. A World Series ring means more to many players than anything else in baseball. It’s all about the ring.

The beauty of the End Of The Marathon is that our champion won’t be decided in one game. It will take four wins to become the best the sport has to offer.

All the bumps and bruises, the days on the road away from family and friends and the countless hours in the batting cage or throwing pitch after pitch will be forgotten for the next several days.

There’s a Championship to be won. One team-and only one team can boast of being the best the sport has to offer.

I don’t have a favorite in this series. I think both teams are outstanding. They have strengths and weaknesses. They both have what it takes to be call Champions.

If the Red Sox win, will people say they won by a “whisker”? If the Cardinals win, will the pundits claim they were just “wingin’ it?” I ask your forgiveness for those. I don’t know what came over me.

Anyway, Big Papi will play defense when the games move to St. Louis. That means Mike Napoli will be on the bench. Papi has played first base this season, so it won’t be totally foreign to him.

Michael Wacha is the type of pitcher that can stop any losing streak. That’s important in a short series.

The Cardinals will have to learn to play the Green Monstah with a quick course in “off the wall.” We’ve seen what a bad bounce can do.

Both clubs will have Home Field Advantage when their home because the crowds love their respective teams. And I’m a big, big believer in Home Field Advantage, as we saw in Boston during the ALCS.

I’ll be tweeting every game from the World Series. You can find me @BerniePleskoff.

Like I’ve always said in my tweets-two factors are crucial in “must win” games-Momentum and Mistakes. Once a team scores-the other team has to shut down the opposition to maintain momentum.

If the game is close up to the 5th inning, look for a mistake to open the door for the opposition. When the mistake occurs, the other team must slam down the door and rush in. Ring the cash register with a run or runs. Opportunities don’t come often.

Something I’ve Never Seen: To this day, I’m waiting to see a major sports team play their game with their “backs against the wall.” Who makes up those phrases?
Forgive me for that, will you?

The weather might be a factor. It’s cloudy outside tonight-just 24 hours before game time.

But there will be baseball. And it will be outstanding baseball. It’s the World Series.
And I’ll keep you posted every game on twitter.

I’m done for now.

My New Idea

So here’s my idea.

We have a system that registers social security numbers, right? Why can’t we register 1 universal password for each person? Every time I sign up for something, I need a different password. One capital letter and 5 numbers, or six letters and a number, or two capital letters, four lower case numbers, a number and eight capital letters. You get my point, right? It’s frustrating. I can barely remember what my phone number let alone the countless password configurations. The solution? We appoint a Registrar of Passwords. And no, I don’t want the job.

I have no data to confirm this, but it seems to me the attendance at Arizona Fall League games is really improved over the past. There are more and more fans coming to watch their favorite prospects. It’s a great experience. Every team is on display.

The White Sox were able to pay what they did for Jose Abreu because in the new international signing rules. There is no limit on the financial contract of a Cuban player with three years of experience.

I listed several of my manager suggestions last blog, but I forgot one. What about former Cubs manager Mike Quade? He really deserves another chance. He’s a good baseball man with a good baseball mind. I’ll add him to my list.

The future Cubs I’ve been watching really do deserve all the hype. Once they arrive, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, and Javier Baez will provide a very formidable nucleus for years to come.

It was sad to see Nolan Ryan retire from the Texas Rangers. I hope he returns to baseball in some capacity. He’s still Nolan Ryan.

Angels 1B prospect C J Cron has hit the scoreboard at Ho Ho Kam in Mesa twice in the Arizona Fall League. He has some awesome power. Especially hitting fastballs.

Credit Jim Leyland for an outstanding rebound when he switched his lineup and got some immediate results. Just a hunch-but I think we’re going to see more and more of a team’s best hitter moving up in the lineup. Even one more at-bat per game can make a difference.

Indians prospect Tony Wolters has been converted to catcher. He’s played very well defensively in Arizona. His bat’s still a bit behind, but he’s shown a good arm and good mechanics behind the plate. He’s splitting his time in Arizona between catching and playing shortstop.

Phillies reliever Kenny Giles is a name to remember. He can close out games. He has good control and command and a solid mind demeanor. He threw his fastball at 100 mph the other day in the AFL. I was impressed.

And now I have to log in to an important site I follow daily. But I can’t remember my password.

I’m done for now.