Let’s take a trip around the blogosphere:
Baseball Prospectus: “Maybe Joe Girardi does overmanage. Maybe Alex Rodriguez really is a
choker Centaur. Maybe the new Stadium doesn’t have ghosts. What they all have now is a new championship banner and a set of rings on the way. Whether this was for George (as Selig said) or for their fans, #27 was memorable.”
IIATMS: “My oldest son was born Opening Day of 2000 and my little one was born in the Spring of 2003. They’re at the prime age to remember this title and this team. Guys like Jeter and Mo and Teix and CC will be like my Reggie and Gator and Goose and Thurman and like my Dad’s Mickey and Whitey and Hank and Billy. It’s a generational thing.”
Fack Youk: “I’m not a superstitious man, but I do believe that sometimes life taps you on the shoulder as it tries to get your attention . . . the same optimism I’ve felt the past two days knowing my favorite and most-trusted starting pitcher from my years as a fan was taking the mound tonight, turned to a cool confidence. Stupid, I know. The very idea of which is something I’ll surely scoff at in the years to come. But at that moment, short of the Almighty Himself offering me a glimpse to the future, I don’t think there’s anything that could have assured me of the future more than that.”
River Avenue Blues: “My father said many times that A-Rod would never win a title with the Yankees. At 4:11 EST on the morning of the Yankees’ 27th championship, I’d like to rub it in.”
The 700 Level: “The Phillies lost the World Series and it completely and totally sucks. Perhaps the only thing you can really hold against this team — a team that has taken us on such a magical run over the past two years — is the way they went out tonight.”
Crashburn Alley: “The Phillies have no reason to hang their heads, as they put together the most impressive two-year run in the franchise’s long history, and they are still primed for another run next year.”
Sliding Into Home: “First off, to all you Yankee haters out there, if the title of this post [“Back Where We Belong”] bothers you, check out this quote from The Captain: ‘It’s good to be back, this is right where it belongs.'”
Lost in the nifty base running by Dustin Pedroia that won Sunday’s game against the Rays, the Red Sox set a new major league record by striking out 11 batters in a row, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out the final six Rays he faced and reliever Heath Hembree struck out five Rays in a row after that. Tom Seaver had the previous consecutive strikeout streak of 10, set on April 22, 1970 against the Padres.
The Red Sox also set a team record with 23 strikeouts in total: 13 by Rodriguez, five by Hembree, one by Matt Barnes, and four by Joe Kelly. Per Abraham, that’s the most strikeouts in a 10-inning game since at least 1913 and the most in a game of any length since 2004.
For Rodriguez, Sunday marked the first double-digit strikeout game of his career. He has pitched quite well since returning to the rotation at the start of the second half. Over 13 starts, the lefty has a 3.10 ERA with a 70/23 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Dodgers second baseman Charlie Culberson delivered a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, clinching the NL West for the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. What a way to celebrate Vin Scully’s final home game behind the microphone.
The Dodgers were trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, but shortstop Corey Seager tripled in a run to tie the game. Rockies outfielder David Dahl untied the game in the top of the ninth with a two-out solo home run off of Kenley Jansen. But Seager once again rose to the occasion, blasting a game-tying solo shot in the bottom half of the ninth against Adam Ottavino. That would set the stage for Culberson in the next frame.
Culberson, a former Rockie, came into the afternoon with a .591 OPS and zero home runs in 53 plate appearances. He finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with the homer.
It’s the fourth consecutive season in which the Dodgers have won the NL West. The Cubs have clinched the best record, which means they’ll play the winner of the Wild Card game. The Dodgers will play the Nationals in the NLDS. The Nationals have a 1.5-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage, so both teams are still playing for something of importance in the regular season’s final week.