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No World Series Prediction And Some Notes/Comments

October 25, 2016

Despite the fact that the Cleveland Indians have the home advantage, the Chicago Cubs have been installed as nearly two to one favorites, to win the upcoming World Series.

Tonight’s game, matching each team’s ace pitcher, Jon Lester of the Cubs and Corey Kluber of the Indians, is considered a virtual even game, but again, the Cubs are slight favorites.

The team with the home advantage has been victorious in 25 of the 31 World Series played from (1985-2015) with no World Series having been played in 1994 due to a labor dispute.

Of course, neither management nor the players cared about the “suckers,” I mean fans, and canceled the exciting 1994 baseball season.

Even with all of baseball’s negatives, including the one cited above, the World Series is still a special event.

It is easier to cite the six instances when a team sans home advantage won the World Series starting with the 1985 season, which also brought the first best of seven LCS.

They were best of five entities in their first 16 seasons from (1969-1984).

The six teams to win a W.S. in that time, sans home advantage, are the ’92 Blue Jays, ’99 Yankees, ’03 Marlins, ’06 Cardinals, ’08 Phillies (vs current Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays), and 2014 Giants.

Beano Cook always took the home advantage, underdog team and normally so would I.

However, though in my opinion, as far as not winning the World Series, (getting there WAS a different story) it is the Indians’ franchise that has suffered greater, despite the “suffering” being 40 years less (alas with all this hype, one would think the Cubs and their fans, to a lesser degree, the Indians and same, have been wandering in the desert), intangibles and I guess the better team edge, goes to the Cubs.

Since the Cubs are favorites, I offer no prediction. Also usually I would invoke Beano Cook and root for the team that wins game 1 to win in 4 straight. In this case, I will try to enjoy the games.

 

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Beano Cook, pictured above once loved baseball and attended the glorious 7th game of the 1960 World Series when Hal Smith and Bill Mazeroski, among many other heroes led a Pirates/Beano team victory.

Once he told me “having attended that great game why go to another?” He grew to dislike baseball and did so before I did.

Famously after the hostages were released (should, but will not go into the fact “Triple Six” Reagan and company orchestrated the time of the release to make it happen after they took office) and baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, the last baseball czar not complicit, in denying Pete Rose his rightful place in the Baseball Hall, granted the released hostages lifetime passes to baseball games, my friend Beano intoned “Haven’t they suffered enough?” Suffering seems to be today’s operative word.

Let’s chase some of the suffering away with Carly Simon’s “I Haven’t Got Time For The Pain” with “suffering” cited in the third stanza. Stanzas, innings, music, baseball, not suffering!

Click below to hear Carly Simon sing

Carly Simon Haven’t Got Time For The Pain 1974

 

 

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