Sure, we’ll pretend he’s “playing” Thor.
Today is 2016 World Series Media Day, and the Indians and Cubs will step in front of the cameras and lay out their plans for the best-of-seven duel to become baseball lords of the rings.
One of the oldest living Cubs fans goes to sleep around 9 o’clock each night, but Saturday was different. Raymond Styrlund, born in 1911 and now 105 and as sharp as a Javier Baez liner, listened to all of the radio broadcast of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.
One way or the other, a long wait will end at the conclusion of the World Series, as the Indians, 68 years after their last Series title, face the Cubs, who haven’t been on top of the baseball world in 108 years.
Welcome back, Jobu, Wild Thing, Roger Dorn and Lou Brown.
The party extended all the way to Arizona.
Hey, Chicago, what do you say? The Cubs won today.
Kyle Schwarber has been added to the roster of the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, and there is a possibility the young slugger could be on the Cubs’ World Series roster if the team advances to the Fall Classic, according to The Athletic.
It once flapped in the breeze above old Municipal Stadium, a physical representation of a triumphant World Series title that, for the last 68 years, the Indians have fought futilely to reclaim. Our best guess is that it was upwards of 15 feet wide, a broad banner broadcasting Cleveland’s clout to any and all. And because the importance of that 1948 outcome has only grown in measure with each successive season that has led to this 2016 return to the Fall Classic stage, you could say the importance of this pennant has only grown in importance, too. Now, if only we knew where the heck it is.
Padres GM A.J. Preller is back on the job now that his 30-day suspension has ended, though both Preller and the organization may need more time to repair their reputations around baseball. ESPN’s Buster Olney (subscription required) reports that several teams will adjust how they negotiate with San Diego from now on, while one team has simply refused to consider any trades with Preller and the Padres. There is also still “a river of industry speculation” that the Padres could face lawsuits about their handling of player medical information. Here’s some more from around the NL West… In a reader mailbag piece about several Giants-related topics, MLB.com’s Chris Haft doesn’t see San Francisco re-signing free agents Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez, Angel Pagan or Jake Peavy, though there’s a chance Gregor Blanco could return. The probable departures of Romo and Lopez could be part of a wider bullpen shakeup for the Giants, as GM Bobby Evans has said that finding a closer is a top offseason priority.