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If the World Series is on national television, but “no one” watches, does Tim McCarver make a sound? In a very well presented video essay, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann became the latest to lament the gradual decline in World Series ratings that has occurred over the last four decades. In particular, Olbermann points to the nearly […]

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Note: If you would like to read more articles like this one, check out my earlier analysis of the baseball scenes in “Speedy”, as well as Larry Granillo’s excellent forensic investigation into Ferris Buehler’s whereabouts on his day off. Cheers is widely regarded as one of the best sitcoms of all time, but for a baseball […]

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During the early part of the 20th century, professional boxing was the most popular sport in American and the heavyweight champion was the king of the sports world. Even the great Babe Ruth took a backseat when Jack Dempsey was in the room. Nowadays, however, most sports fans probably can’t even name the titleholder. There […]

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A couple of weeks ago, Hiroki Kuroda and Yu Darvish staged a rare duel between Japanese-born converts from the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league. Tonight, Kuroda will take part in another reunion, when Ichiro Suzuki’s Seattle Mariners come to town. Although matchups between Japanese pitchers and hitters are much more common these days, the sample […]

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There always seemed to be something just a little bit off center with Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 1982 to 1989 (before ending his career with the Expos and Rangers). As a fan growing up in the 1980s, the right hander’s nickname was especially appealing, particularly when the […]

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As a pitcher, no one was more intimidating than Roger Clemens. The Rocket’s red glare and intense demeanor on the mound made him one of the most feared and hated opponents in all of baseball. At some points during his career, the hard throwing right hander had such a commanding presence that the at bats […]

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(In addition to appearing at The Captain’s Blog, this post is also being syndicated at TheYankeeAnalysts.) The death of Osama Bin Laden sparked a wave of patriotic fervor that swept across the United States. One of the most vivid images of this spontaneous reaction took place at Citizens Bank Ballpark, where fans started to chant “U-S-A” […]

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