It’s one of the most monumental meltdowns in baseball history. The Boston Red Sox finished their September collapse, falling out of the playoffs by letting the Baltimore Orioles get two ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss, and the Braves fell to Philadelphia 4-3 in 13 innings.
The Red Sox collapse might be the worst fall of the two. Even the fans are severely upset, tweeting and calling into local radio stations expressing their frustrations at managers and players, even at the baseball gods themselves for failing to reach the Ameriam League Playoffs. It could be said that the Red Sox six-month season was wasted in a single night.
“Truly unbelievable. This feels like revenge for 2004 and 2007,” wrote Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. “It is as if the baseball gods are punishing Red Sox Nation for hubris and arrogance and good times that seemed so good, so good, so good.”
Both the Red Sox and the Braves are positioned to do very well next year but you can expect big changes for the Red Sox. After Wednesday’s season-ending shock in Baltimore, general manager Theo Epstein said, “We can’t deny this month happened. just because it was preceded by four months of being the best team in baseball. We have to take a very close look at everything that’s not right. We have to fix things and that includes the whole organization.”
As reported in ThePostGame by Yahoo Sports, Nike has released every college under contract from using their bats next season. None of the top 20 teams in college baseball used Nike bats this season. For those who did, power and offensive numbers were reportedly down significantly. Alabama’s baseball team has seen a decrease in offense by 86.6% over the previous 3 years.
Nike has pulled all college approved bats from their online store. The report doesn’t include any data on high school approved Nike bats. Visit ThePostGame to read more about the issue.
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The Little League World Series is a 16-team pool play baseball tournament held each August in South Williamsport, Pa. The teams consist of players who are between the ages of 11 and 12. It is one of eight championship tournaments put on by Little League International. The others are Junior League (13-14), Senior League (14-16), Big League (16-18), Little League Softball (11-12), Junior League Softball (13-14), Senior League Softball (14-16) and Big League Softball (16-18).
The first Little League Baseball World Series was played in Williamsport in 1947. Today marks the 65th Little League Baseball World Series and will be broadcasted live on ESPN.
After getting ejected for throwing at Chipper Jones on Friday, Carloas Zambrano cleaned out his locker and told trainers and clubhouse people during the game that he was “retiring.” Barry Praver, Zambrano’s agent, told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney that the Cubs were told that Zambrano “definitely” wasn’t retiring. Praver said Zambrano made private emotional remarks to club staff and returned his things to his locker late Friday night.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, apologized to Braves general manager Frank Wren for the actions by Zambrano, which tarnished former manager Bobby Cox’s night. The Braves retired Cox’s No. 6 before the game.
“I feel that anything at all to detract from Bobby Cox’s night other than usual competition is totally intolerable, ” said Hendry.
Zambrano’s teammates have mixed feelings on the situation, but Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster wasn’t so understanding.
“He’s made his bed. Let him sleep in it,” Dempster said. “It’s not like it’s something new.”
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said Zambrano would be welcomed back by his teammates, but only if he made changes.
“If he changes his attitude, he’s more than welcome,” Ramirez said.
As riots spread across Britain for the third day, Amazon..co.uk aluminum baseball bat sales soared by 6,000%. Everything from baseball bats, police nightsticks, and other weapons are on the list of hot-selling items in Amazon.co.uk’s sports shop on Tuesday.
The top item, an aluminum baseball bat, gained a whopping 6,541% on its “sales rank” over the past 24 hours. Amazon’s “movers and shakers” list tracks items that are showing the biggest spike in sales that day.
Amazon.uk users posted reviews of the aluminum bat on Tuesday, referencing the riots with humor and caution.
“This bat is perfectly weighted and will suit any UK shop-owner looking to protect their property,” reviewer Harry Fish wrote about the suddenly popular Rucanor bat. “Thanks to the ergonomic handle, one easy swing should be enough to shatter patellas, skulls or any other bone on your targeted looter.”
“Ordered 2, one for home & one for the shop,” another shopper wrote in reply to Fish’s review. “Now lets see the idiots try & loot our shop.”
Easton Power Brigade Speed Series is now available for pre-order at Baseball Rampage.com and ready to ship the 1st week in September. Available in Adult -3 Speed BBCOR and XL BBCOR, and Youth Full Composite Speed and XL.
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Hideki Irabu a former Yankees starter, has been found dead in his California home, according to USA Today. Unfortunately, it is suspected the cause of his death is suicide but it is not confirmed. Hideki Irabu was 42.
Hideki Irabu spent six seasons in major league baseball from 1997 to 2002 with a career record of 34-35 record and 5.15 ERA in 126 games (80 starts).
Irabu has had a troubled post-baseball career. Even though Irabu earned World Series rings in both 1998 and 1999 while with the Yankees, he fell far short of expectations of George Steinbrenner and was famously dubbed as the “fat toad.” He was arrested in Gardena, California last year for drunk driving. Back in 2008 he was arrested for assaulting a bar manager in Japan after allegedly consuming 20 glasses of beer.
He retired after the 2002 season. This a sad end to a seemingly troubled man. Our condolences go out to the Irabu family.
Milwaukee Brewer’s first baseman Prince Fielder’s 3-run blast off C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers in the 4th inning proved the difference in the National League’s 5-1 victory over the American League Tuesday night. The win gives the National League its first back-to-back All-Star game victories since the 1995-1996 seasons. Prior to last year’s NL victory, the AL had won 13 consecutive All-Star Games.
Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox delivered the first blow of the game with a solo home run in the 4th inning off Cliff Lee to give the AL a 1-0 advantage. However in the bottom half of the same inning, Fielder’s home run gave his team the lead for good giving way to a dominant display of pitching from the National League bullpen. The American League failed to score the remainder of the game managing only 2 hits in the final 5 innings of 7 different NL relievers. Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals recorded the Win for the NL while C.J. Wilson took the Loss. Giants and National League manager Bruce Bouchy turned to one of his own, the bearded hero of last season’s World Series, Brian Wilson, to record the Save. Prince Fielder received MVP honors for his game deciding 3-run home run.
The victory for the National League grants its World Series representative home field advantage for the 7-game series against its American League counterpart in October.