Why do we cry when people we barely know, die?
I met Jose Fernandez only twice during his incredible, but all too brief major league career. Only interviewed him at any length once. It was spring training 2014, right after he had plowed through the league to win NL Rookie of the Year honors.
This is it. After nearly six months of battling for MLB’s 30 teams, we’re now down to the final week of the season. It’s time to make plans.
This week’s four featured teams are preparing for all kinds of different outcomes. The Brewers are focused squarely on 2017 and beyond.
One of the great things about baseball is the sense of meritocracy it delivers. Make the playoffs after the grind of a 162-game season, and you’ve proven your mettle.
In a way, the flip side of that idea also applies. While you might not get a true sense of a team’s skill level over the span of five or 10 games, the randomness that comes with such a small sample size can also deliver also kinds of wild and unpredictable results.
Jonah Keri rises and fires with JJ Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers about their favorite baseball stadiums; playing baseball and basketball as a kid; being recruited by Duke; Coach K; transitioning to the NBA; playing the villain; being in t…
They’ve lost the first two games of their biggest series of the year — one of their biggest series in the past fifteen years. Now, in a game they can’t afford to lose if they hope to keep their slim playoff hopes alive (2.9 percent chance, according to SportsLine odds), they’re sending their ace to the mound … and everyone’s secretly terrified about it.
The longshots have faded, and the early-season flukes have fizzled out. The six-month dogfight is nearly done, and only the strongest teams have survived.
This week’s four featured teams are all either contenders to watch or potentially dangerous spoilers. The Athletics end the season with a four-game series that could decide one American League West contender’s fate.
Live from the High Plains Comedy Festival! The first ever Jonah Keri Podcast Game Show (play along at home, and tweet your score #jonahkeripodcastgame). Then, Jonah yuks it up with comedians Ian Karmel and Andrew Santino about legal marijuana;…
The Giants started their biggest series of the season Thursday night at AT&T Park. The four-game set pits two of the top three contenders for the National League wild-card spot against each other, and could play a huge role in deciding who plays on and who goes home at the end of the season.
Jonah Keri stands on the shoulders of giants with San Francisco Giants play-by-play announcer Jon Miller and Giants GM Bobby Evans about Willie McCovey and Willie Mays; playing to your ballpark; Hunter Pence and team chemistry; matching player…
Last Thursday night’s Brewers-Cardinals game was both a typical and atypical one for Milwaukee. For one thing, they won, smoking St. Louis 12-5. Nearing the end of their third losing season in the past four years, that kind of one-sided win is rare.
On the other hand, the way they won has been quite common this season.