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Messagepar sakura698 » 15 Février 2020, 06:58

Wherever he goes these days, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier runs into friends, neighbors and total strangers who want to talk.Mostly, they want to ask questions. Very similar questions.I cant tell you how many people from the regular haunts I go through LA now -- my restaurants, my places I get coffee that know me that for the last five, six years in the neighborhood I live in -- are always, `Hey, when are we going to win the World Series? How is Vin doing?`Its been a while since Kirk Gibson helped launch Los Angeles to the 1988 crown, the last one the Dodgers won.Of course, thats nothing compared to fans of the Indians and CubsCleveland hasnt won it all since 1948 -- thats two years before Vin Scully began calling Dodgers games. And the Cubs have been waiting since 1908 -- thats before there even was a commercial radio station.Among the four teams still in the playoffs, Toronto most recently won the World Series. The Blue Jays took two in row, capped by Joe Carters game-ending homer in 1993 against Phillies reliever Mitch Williams.That makes it 23 years since any of the final four clubs won the title. Since baseball went to a League Championship Series format, never before have all four remaining teams waited so long.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is eager to bring this years trophy to Toronto.Id always heard the stories of back in the heyday when they won the back-to-back World Series and when the new stadium opened up, there wasnt a better baseball town out there, he said Friday before Game 1 of the AL Championship Series at Cleveland.Cubs shortstop Addison Russell preferred to focus on the present, rather than the Billy Goat Curse and things in the past.We dont care about the goat. We dont care about the last time that the Cubs won, he said at Wrigley Field, a day Chicago hosted the Dodgers in the NLCS opener.Nah. Thats like the least thing on our mind. Coming and being a part of this team right now, you obviously have to know the history, he said. But I feel we embrace the history a little bit and we try to make new history.Also worth watching this week:NEW WAVEGame 5 of the Dodgers-Nationals matchup might someday be known as the day a new bullpen strategy was born. Manager Dave Roberts daring, unconventional and ultimately very successful gamble of summoning closer Kenley Jansen in the seventh inning helped push LA into the NLCS. Its long been a tenet of sabermetricians -- use the closer for the most important situations, not just the ninth inning. Lets see how this plays out.OLD SCHOOLSacrifice bunts and stolen bases have gotten devalued in recent years across the majors. Teams dont want to give away outs, or even risk losing one. Then comes the postseason, and moving up 90 feet becomes a premium, and the third base coach gives the signal. But what if someone cant bunt? Watching the Dodgers Charlie Culberson try was painful. And hes not the only one. A tip on stealing: Run on the closer. Hes usually not great at holding runners.HALL CALL?Theo Epstein built the 2004 Red Sox team that broke Bostons long championship drought. Hes also the architect of these Cubs -- if they win the World Series, good chance Epstein would someday wind up in Cooperstown in the executive division. Cleveland manager Terry Francona could be on deck for the Hall of Fame, too, if he guides the Indians to the crown. Francona won twice with Boston, including that 2004 title.ONE BEEP FOR BALL, TWO FOR STRIKEPlate umpires are certain to be criticized over the next couple weeks for their strike zones. All it takes is one fastball a shade outside the simulated box on the TV screen for fans to light up Twitter. Cubs pitchers John Lackey and Jon Lester could express their displeasure even sooner. Added up, theres sure to be more chatter about the possibility that robots will call balls and strikes in the future. 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Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. John Taylor Jersey . "Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. Welcome back to the friendly, air-conditioned confines boys. It was hot work out there, hey? Hot enough for extra drinks breaks anyway. The breeze came in to the WACA Ground in the evening session, which offered some kind of respite from the heat and the sun. That should have helped you cool down enough to process a few things.But before you do, I want you to remember how you feel right now. The heavy legs, the dry mouths and the dull headaches from your sweaty baggy green hat-bands. Remember too the sinking feeling you got when you took a final glance at the WACAs old scoreboard before reaching shade, showing South Africas vast lead. A word of warning: it will be a fair bit bigger by the time you get another bat.Inconvenient memories like this can help you in future, when you have the opportunity to make a Test match your own. They can help you to keep your focus clear and your ruthlessness intact as they should have been yesterday, in the hour or so after Dale Steyn dropped out of the match, the tour and possibly even his whole career with a serious shoulder injury. That moment should have been one to steel yourselves, and think coldly about the physical imperative of Test cricket.South Africa had lost a bowler, and a great one at that. Chat to your teams long-time physio Alex Kountouris, now Cricket Australias head of sports science. He will be able to tell you of the pitifully small percentage of Test matches won by teams that lose a frontline bowler so early on. Another medico, doctor John Orchard, is perhaps the worlds biggest advocate for injury substitutes in Tests. His forward thinking cant help this week though.One of Orchards prime case studies comes from the last time South Africa toured Australia, in 2012. He has outlined how a side injury to James Pattinson - remember him? - in Adelaide led to an excessive workload for Peter Siddle in a match South Africa fought back to draw. In Siddles absence the visitors won in Perth, and the extra overs duly bowled by Mitchell Starc flowed into the need to rest him from the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka. It all adds up, you see.I dont need to tell you much about the physical drain, because your legs are still heavy even as you cradle some ice water, Gatorade or perhaps a consolation beer. Adam Voges has a tender hamstring. The sight of the fast bowlers icing feet, legs and shoulders - Starc is re-dressing the open wound in his left leg as we speak - should also remind you of the fact that you didnt give them much rest at all after their exertions on day one. Less than 24 hours in fact.Thats a betrayal (a strong word, but aa true one) of the unwritten compact between batsmen and bowlers.dddddddddddd They work so hard in the field on days like these, and should have the right to expect a decent total to defend after a reasonable amount of time at rest in the teams viewing area. Pattinson (hes not had much luck, Jimmy) once suffered serious injury in a Lords Test match after being asked to bowl again too soon after the first innings, due to a batting collapse. Slim first innings exacerbate the risk of injury to the very men who can win you the Test match. A confronting thought.Equally, the first Test of a series can influence how the rest play out, particularly back-to-back matches. Starc and Siddle in particular are coming off limited preparation for this series. They are playing in Perth not because they are fully fit, but because they are the best available for a vital contest. Selectors, coaches and medical staff took a calculated gamble that they would not be placed in the position they are now in, with the second Test in Hobart starting as soon as Saturday. South Africa are exacting a physical toll that will help them later.This brings us to the main thing I want you to take out of today. Once your thoughts of frustration subside, you really need to take in the lessons offered up by JP Duminy and Dean Elgar. Much like you on day two, they had a massive opportunity to take control of the Test. Unlike you on day two, they took it.Not through anything flashy or overly ambitious, but simply through relentless and disciplined Test-match batting - the batting you needed to provide on day two of this game. The bowlers bowled well, there were a few plays and misses, but they forged on regardless, frustrating and tiring the fielding side. Thats the way its done. As the day went on, South Africas drinks waiters brought on chairs for them to sit in. Youd have to agree they earned that.Now there may still be hope of escaping Perth without defeat. The pitch is still good, the cracks are far from the most dangerous ones seen in these parts - just ask your fielding coach Greg Blewett - and, as weve said, South Africa are a bowler down. But even if there isnt, you should be using days like these as motivation to bat like Elgar and Duminy in the future. The rewards will be Test match victories, happier bowlers, and fewer days of exhaustion.Anyway, Ive said enough. Go cool off, binge on a season of Sons of Anarchy, and well catch-up tomorrow. Look forward to seeing some resilience. ' ' '
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