Playoff Controversies: 2018 MLB Postseason Edition…

Two weeks ago on TSN1040, I mentioned that it’s possible – perhaps not likely – but certainly possible that a manager on a playoff team could get fired if his team performs poorly in the postseason.

We’ve seen it before with Grady Little, most notably, being let go after his 2003 Red Sox blew a Game Seven lead at Yankee Stadium in the ALCS. In 2017, it was Joe Girardi who was heavily criticized in Game Two of the ALDS after he failed to challenge a hit-by-pitch call that changed the momentum of the game against Cleveland. (The Yankees fell 2-0 but stormed back to win the next three and moved into the ALCS, where they lost to Houston in seven.)

Let’s look at this year. Again, I’m not saying anyone deserves to be fired or should be fired. I’m not predicting that they will. But look at how the Indians again went out in the first round. And the way they did it this time around – getting swept 3-0 by Houston and getting blown out in the finale – does at least deserve the question to be asked.

Tonight is the fourth game of the Yankees-Red Sox ALDS. And what happened on Monday night at Yankee Stadium? New York lost 16-1 and there was controversy about Luis Severino’s warmups. Two former players (now broadcasters) raised questions about Severino not having enough time to warm up prior to the game. Now, this is New York, where fans expect the Yankees to win the World Series every year. To lose a big game like that – the worst loss in Yankees postseason history – and to have such a controversy… don’t you at least raise the question about who might lose his or their jobs?

So, going to the playoffs doesn’t mean people’s jobs are safe. You have to go out and be ready, be competitive, and basically win.

Just my two cents.


Ahhh… playoff baseball. Boston, as of now, is ahead 2-1 in the Division Series and now people are saying the Yankees are done.

Interestingly, when David Price struggled for the Red Sox in Game Two, people were saying the Red Sox were dead.

It just goes to show how momentum changes in a short series like that, often from game to game. …


And, speaking of managers losing their jobs… Jason Garrett has been heavily criticized for the decision to punt on 4th-and-1 in overtime on the Houston 42-yard line. I mean, this is what I’ve been talking about… People could lose jobs over decisions that are regarded as the “wrong” ones in big games.

Speaking of big games, what a big night for Drew Brees. He has been such a class act. Breaking the all-time passing yards record on Monday Night Football… Unfortunately, there are analysts who refuse to put Brees on their list of Top 5 QBs of all-time, citing the fact that he has never been regarded as the top signal caller of his era the way other top guys have been or were.

But Brees has definitely been one of the best and what a great NFL moment on Monday night…

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Last week’s classes…

IMG_8375Here are a few highlights from last week’s classes.

It was pretty cool as I was trying to explain the “historic present” in class. Instead of giving other examples, I simply pulled out my book “The 1988 Dodgers” and gave an example from page 199…

Or, I suppose I should say:

It’s pretty cool as I’m trying to explain the “historic present” in class. Instead of giving other examples, I simply pull out…

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And here’s me in another class going over paraphrasing. As long as students follow the plan, the step-by-step process, they will be fine.

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NFL: The 4th-and-1 controversy…

Regarding the Dallas Cowboys’ decision to punt on 4th-and-1 in overtime against the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football… a decision that Cowboys owner has questioned publicly…..

…you gotta love the passion shown during the ESPN panel discussion, but I personally thought the use of the words “cowards” and “gutless” was a bit over the top.

Lots of drama in the NFL in recent days, whether it’s the New York Giants (Odell Beckham Jr.’s candid ESPN interview about his team and QB Eli Manning) or the Green Bay Packers (with QB Aaron Rodgers seemingly questioning his coaching staff’s conservative play calls)…

10/5/2018: Chatting 1988 Dodgers on the radio…

In between writing, teaching, and interviewing people, I also found the time to be interviewed about the 1988 Dodgers book (The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season)…

Writing & interviewing former athletes between classes…

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This was where I interviewed former Flames captain Jim Peplinski about an upcoming book I’m writing. It was a Friday morning, with light rain, and it was at BCIT’s Burnaby campus.

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I was not able to book my usual (free) meeting room in time on this particular Friday morning, so I used the time between classes (ie. classes that I’m teaching) to have this interview outdoors – it was good enough for the purposes of the interview.

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Then, after that, I went to teach my next class…

This next one here is me getting organized (again, in between classes) as I was about to speak with former major-league pitcher Tim Leary about another upcoming project. This was a Thursday, and I was able to secure a (free) meeting room for the discussion. Right after the call, it was off to my usual class. So, busy times!

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This brings back memories of last year, when for months I worked on the 1988 Dodgers book… it was always doing interviews before classes, in between classes, and then writing up notes, editing the manuscript, etc… I enjoyed it all. It was fun.