Congratulations to the Red Sox on their eighth World Series title. Seventy-four years after the Yankees got theirs.
Keith Olbermann opened last night’s show with an essay on the Red Sox’s self-centered “roast” of Mariano Rivera.
The 1916 Red Sox finished the season with an American League-best 91-63 record and defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in five games to win the World Series. As a unit, the Red Sox hit only 14 home runs, and Gainer was one of a trio of players to lead the team in home runs with three. Joining him was a 21-year-old pitcher named Babe Ruth, who also led the team with 23 wins and a 1.75 ERA.
He was always so nice to me throughout the years. Every time I’d see him, he would come over and say, ‘I hope you get four hits today – and the guy behind you hits into four double plays.’
This is apparently a real story: Costume for Red Sox Mascot Wally the Green Monster Stolen From Fenway
"Police said they believe the thief was wearing the costume. At about 2:22 p.m., a security officer at Fenway reported the theft. The thief was last seen at Boylston and Dartmouth streets.
Wally was seen around 1:30 p.m. walking in Copley Square during the summer arts festival. It’s unclear how many Wally costumes there are.”
As shared by @RiverAveBlues, this interactive image of the Boston Red Sox’s chances of making the playoffs in 2011, as the season rolled along.
Of course there are a couple flaws:
1) Boston was not your typical 2-10 team. It was obvious they were much stronger, and they proved it by reaching a mark of 82-51 in late August.
2) It’s missing an icon of Jonathan Papelbon sliding down the drop at the end, which I would like very much to see.
The following is not mathematically rigorous, since the events of yesterday evening were contingent upon one another in various ways. But just for fun, let’s put all of them together in sequence:
— The Red Sox had just a 0.3 percent chance of failing to make the playoffs on Sept. 3.
— The Rays had just a 0.3 percent chance of coming back after trailing 7-0 with two innings to play.
— The Red Sox had only about a 2 percent chance of losing their game against Baltimore, when the Orioles were down to their last strike.
— The Rays had about a 2 percent chance of winning in the bottom of the 9th, with Johnson also down to his last strike.
Multiply those four probabilities together, and you get a combined probability of about one chance in 278 million of all these events coming together in quite this way.
When confronted with numbers like these, you have to start to ask a few questions, statistical and existential.
At two different points Wednesday night, FanGraphs had the Red Sox with 92.5% probability to win (up 3-2, top ninth, 0 out, 1B and 3B) and the Rays with 99.7% probability to lose (down 7-0, top eighth, 2 out, none on).
Is it too late to get the Red Sox-Orioles score in that ESPN the Magazine that’s dedicated to Boston sports dominance?
At the start of the season, 34 of 34 ESPN MLB “Experts” picked the Red Sox to win the AL East in 2011. Last night, the Yankees clinched the division and will cruise toward home-field advantage in the AL playoffs.
The over/under in Las Vegas at the start of the season was 91.5 wins for the Yankees and 94.5 for Boston. The Yankees already have 95, and the Red Sox won’t hit their mark even if they win their last six games.