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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 mins ago
The Texas Rangers won a stressful one Friday, beating the Toronto Blue Jays in 14 innings to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the ALDS.
Considering everything that was on the line, you couldn't blame the Rangers dugout for celebrating the victory once the game finally ended.
One of the players who really wanted to join the celebration on the field was Prince Fielder. In order to get out there quickly, Fielder attempted to hop over the dugout fence. It didn't go well.
Fielder tumbled onto the dirt in front of the dugout. He was quickly picked up by a couple teammates, and proceeded to run out onto the field. It's tough to tell from the above video, but we think there's a smile on Fielder's face as he gets up and begins running again.
Despite the embarrassing moment, we're glad Fielder never abandoned the celebration. His pride may have been hurt, but he persevered.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew44 mins ago
The New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the best matchups in baseball's divisional playoffs, and we've got none other than New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson on the podcast this week to talk about it.
Granderson talks about preparing to face Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, how he stays loose during the postseason and how the Mets' July changes and young talent allowed them to streak into the postseason.
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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
The Chicago Cubs have decades worth of material that can be used against them for taunting purposes. It's the unfortunate reality for a franchise that hasn't won a World Series championship since 1908, and it's a reality that's never lost on fans of their biggest rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.
With those two historic franchises now set to meet for the first time ever in the postseason, we expected the taunting to be elevated to entirely new levels. Ahead of Friday's Game 1, Cardinals fans didn't disappoint, unveiling this painting that gives a virtual tour through Cubs fans' Hell.
What we have there is a representation of every miserable occurrence that has haunted Cubs fans since their last World Series victory.
From left to right on "Mount Chokemore":
• The Curse of the Billy Goat, which was supposedly placed on the Cubs in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game at Wrigley Field because his pet goat wasn't pleasant to be around. According to reports, the goat stunk, so it had to go.LiveChi Cubs0 - 1St. LouisFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
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Things looked rough for the Kansas City Royals early, but they battled their way back against the Houston Astros winning 5-4 and evening the series.
Johnny Cueto's struggles continued, as the right-hander allowed four runs in the first three innings. He would eventually settle down, tossing six innings during the contest.
The Astros were in good shape until the sixth inning. Scott Kazmir left the game after giving up a double with one out. Oliver Perez was sent in, and gave up a bloop single to Eric Hosmer to cut the lead. Sal Perez would eventually walk with the bases loaded to tie things up.
In the following inning, the Royals completed the comeback. Alcides Escobar led things off with a triple and was driven in on a Ben Zobrist single.
With a 5-4 lead, the Royals bullpen went into shutdown mode. Ryan Madson struck out two during a perfect eighth while Wade Davis was able to close things out in the ninth.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
It's October and the Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs. It was only a matter of time before someone decided to have a little fun with the franchise's century without a World Series title.
"Late Night" host Stephen Colbert did a masterful job of mocking the 107 years of futility on the north side while simultaneously appearing to be pulling for the Cubs. He predicted an end to the streak Thursday and found an unwelcome guest in the audience whom he unceremoniously kicked to the curb. Spoiler alert: It's a goat. You know, like the curse.
The upcoming series with the Cardinals is bound to be intense Cubs fans. So have a laugh on us (well, Colbert) before you slide to the edge of the couch and start gritting your teeth.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The Texas Rangers have the World Series favorites up against the wall. The Rangers pulled off a 6-4 victory in 14 innings to take a 2-0 lead in their series with the Toronto Blue Jays. But it didn't come without controversy.
In the top of the 14th, the Blue Jays thought they had tagged Texas' Rougned Odor out as he rounded second base and hurried back to the bag. Jose Bautista made a laser throw from right field, Troy Tulowitzki swept the tag, Odor's foot came off the bag momentarily. But was he out? The crowd inside the Rogers Centre sure thought so and people watching at home did too.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Derek Holland watched Game 2 of the ALDS against Toronto on Friday in the Texas bullpen and at one point decided to have a little fun with fans of the home team.
One Blue Jays fan dropped a rally towel into the Rangers' bullpen and when Holland retrieved it, he gave those paying attention a clear indication of how he feels about Toronto with a crude but comical gesture that was caught on video by a fan and posted on Twitter.
Hey, it's the playoffs. He's not concerned about goodwill. He wants to beat the Blue Jays and he's not shy about showing it with a little off-putting humor.
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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Hate the Chicago Cubs but love free beer? A bar on the South Side of Chicago has you covered. McNally's, a bar notorious for taunting the Cubs, is giving out free beer any time the St. Louis Cardinals hit a home run against the club during the upcoming NLDS.
This is far from the first time McNally's has taken a shot at the team from the North Side, according to DNAInfo.com. Shortly after Jake Arrieta shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game, the bar featured a sign reading, "Cub Fans, Who's Gonna Pitch Now?" Inside the bar, a picture of the Wrigley Field marquee displaying "Congratulations to the 2005 Chicago White Sox" is prominently displayed.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Fans are inspired to do some crazy and amazing things when you're having the kind of season Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs are producing.
One of the best this fall comes from a talented barber in Moline, Ill., and his client, who both happen to be Cubs fans. Miguel Rosas shaved a remarkable likeness of Arrieta into the back of his customer's head on Wednesday, hours before Chicago beat Pittsburgh in a wild-card game that Arrieta dominated.
Even Arrieta was impressed and commented about Rosas' work on Twitter.
Wow, that is pretty awesome. https://t.co/YJukNKYj8n
This is not the sort of thing everyone is willing to do, but it's a good bet Rosas could see a significant upswing in business if the Cubs are able to make a run to the World Series. They play St. Louis in Game 1 of a National League Division Series on Friday (6:45 p.m. ET).
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The NLDS matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets will not be lacking for storylines.
The series will feature two teams from the biggest media markets in the country, ensuring there will be hot takes following every single game. Despite winning 278 games over the past three seasons, the Dodgers have been called "disappointing" after failing to reach the World Series despite a massive payroll.
The Mets, on the other hand, are a franchise synonymous with failure. People actually use the phrase "Mets it up" when talking about whether the club will crumble under the pressure. For example, "I'm glad the Mets are going to the playoffs, but let's hope they don't Mets the whole thing up."
On top of that, the series features two pitchers who are sure to garner plenty of attention when they are on the mound. Clayton Kershaw has been the best pitcher on the planet over his five seasons, but after posting a 5.12 ERA over 11 playoff appearances, he already has a bit of a reputation as a choker in the playoffs.