Playoff baseball began last night and in case you missed it, it was a wild (card) baseball game. One for the ages! Kansas City, who had not been to the playoffs in 29 years, beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings. In case you missed it, you should definitely check out the game highlights!
The Royals now advance to play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It is a best of 5 series and it begin Thursday night, first pitch set to be thrown at 9:07PM (EST).
It was a wild game to say the least and the Athletics had their chances but could not close it out. The Royals showed a lot of fight, the had a lot of clutch hit and they simply did not quit.
In the top of the 12th, the Athletics scored a run to go ahead but in the bottom of the 12th inning, Salvador Perez, who was 0-5, came up to the plate, singled home the winning run with two outs.That capped two late comebacks and gave Kansas City a thrilling 9-8 victory.
"That's the most incredible game I've ever been a part of," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Our guys never quit. We fell behind there in the fifth inning, sixth inning. They kept battling back. They weren't going to be denied. It was just a great game."
Unfortunately for the A's, it was another postseason loss. They haven't won a playoff series since sweeping Minnesota in the 2006 ALDS.
Are there still rivalries in the NFL?
With so many players bouncing around in the offseason from one team to another, do rivalries still exist? They certainly do! 100%!
Realize this, watching a football game is much more intense when you know that the teams/players dislike each other and every play gets chippy after the whistle. The truth is you never know what's going happen, and it’s exciting!
So, we have taken it upon ourselves to talk about 2 NFL rivalries that are about to be restored. Do you think there are others? Please share your comments!
This one was most exciting NFL rivalries in the 90's, and one of our personal favorites. Remember when Steve Young was hurling to Terrell Owens and Emmmit was in his prime? Well, things have definitely changed over the years, but the intense competition between these 2 proud franchises is still there.
In SF, Kaepernick is at the helm and he has 26 year old, Michael "chip on his shoulder" Crabtree back, with a ton to prove. Frank Gore is getting up there in age (31)...just saying. Some people say that the window on Tony Romo is closing. No more excuses! He and Dez must take a step forward this year!
These two teams with great success and history have met 33 times (including 7 postseason games). Dallas has won 16 games and San Francisco has also won 16 games. They have also tied 1 time.
These two teams have met 43 times (including 4 postseason games). Oakland has prevailed 23 times and New York only 18 games, but they have also tied 2 games. Although, this is not your prototypical NFL rivalry, whenever these two teams meet, it's a hard hitting, defensive style affair. This year both team have a lot to prove. There have been several key changes and both team would like to take a step forward.
OH...One last question, what side are you on?
Are you a Montreal Baseball fan? Or wait, let me rephrase that! Were you a Montreal Baseball fan?
20 years ago, on August 12, 1994, the eighth stoppage in baseball history occurred! Great timing, right? The Montreal Expos, at that point, were cruising to their best season in their existence, but unfortunately, the season was infamously stopped by a strike. After 114 games, the Expos had the best record in baseball! At 74–40, they were six games ahead of their arch rival Atlanta Braves and all of that despite having the second-lowest payroll in MLB. All this, after a slow start to the season (4-9).
When the strike hit Moises Alou lead the team with 22 home runs (in 2014, that would be tied for 3rd in the NL). Larry Walker was the team leader with 86 RBI (that would be 1st in the NL), and the Moises Alou also lead the team with 143 hits (that would be 2nd in the NL)! Ken Hill lead the Expos with 16 wins (16-5, and 16 wins would be 1st in the NL). After 15 starts, Butch Henry had a 2.43 ERA (that would be 4th in the NL).
The Expos were not the only team to be robbed by the 1994 work stoppage, the Yankees, White Sox, Rangers, Reds, and Dodgers were all atop their divisions, and had high hopes for a long playoff run and a World Series championship. It would have been the Expos' second playoff trip, and coincidentally, the only other time that the Expos actually made it to the postseason was in 1981, and that was the last time there a significant players' strike in Major League Baseball.
The Montreal Expos steady decline had begun, Claude Brochu, the President of the Montreal Expos, and Kevin Malone, the General Manager, had no choice but to begin to dismantle the great team of 1994. With the disastrous state of the Canadian dollar, the Expos could not afford to pay its players and started the so called "fire sale". Key players like Larry Walker, John Wetteland, Ken Hill, and Marquis Grissom either left via free agent or were traded.
There was hope, because an American art dealer bought the Montreal Expos and bursted onto the scene in style. He began by signing/trading for 3 high profile players (Graeme Lloyd for $3,000,000, Hideki Irabu's $4,125,000 contract and Lee Stevens's $3,500,000 contract). However, some people from the beginning doubted his intentions. The total sum of these 3 contracts was nearly 50% of the entire 1999 Montreal Expos payroll.
MLB's owners voted to eliminate two teams, according to various sources, the Expos and the Minnesota Twins, both of which reportedly voted against the motion.
Although their attendance increased from a measly 7,935 per game in 2001 to 10,031 in 2002, MLB decided that the Montreal Expos would play 22 of their home games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2003. That was another heart breaker and the downward spiral didn't stop there!
MLB announced that the Montreal Expos franchise would move to Washington, D.C. for 2005 and they did just that.
On Youtube.com, Annakin Slayd released "Remember (A Tribute to the Montreal Expos), a video compilation of the 1994 Montreal Expos.
The best NHL hockey rivalry is and always has been Montreal and Boston. The above video clip shows the history, bone crushing hits, historical goals and much more to prove our theory!
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