Friday, September 12, 2014

Sport for Thought: What the Yankees meant to America following 9/11

Every year on September 11, their is a somber feeling in the air and when you turn on the television, we cannot escape the day that lives on in infamy. The attacks on the World Trade Center were absolutely horrific and changed the lives of Americans forever. After watching 9/11 television specials for a majority of the day yesterday, I immediately realized what I should write about for my post this week. Following the events of 9/11, it took quite some time for people to come to terms of what had happened and they did not know what to do next. For millions of people, they turned to baseball. It was something that could take the terrible events out of the minds of millions of people and bring their lives to be as normal as possible for just a few hours each day.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MLB Needs to Own Holidays

It's a popular narrative: Baseball is dying! What will we ever do without America's pastime! Never mind that Major League Baseball is pulling in record revenues, pushing a Goodellian $9 billion. Sometimes the facts are inconvenient.

But national television ratings are down relative to years past. That's not really up for debate. While the league continues to reel in billions with a "B" from television contracts, I suppose you could debate whether or not the current ratings matter or not. (Local ratings are going strong, though.)

However, there's one spot that for two days a year, the MLB could win the day. In fact, I think they should be winning these days. They need events that are ripe for appointment viewing. They need to own Independence Day and Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MLB Postseason: Two Surprises?

The MLB postseason is right around and the corner and who would have thought with the moves the Detroit Tigers made at the deadline that the Kansas City Royals would be leading the American League Central with three weeks left in the season. Also before the season began, did anyone give the Seattle Mariners a chance to making the postseason? I sure didn’t. I laughed at Robinson Cano when he left the Yankees for the Mariners but I guess he knew what he was doing. The Mariners are in the second Wild Card spot as of today with the Tigers right behind them. I can guarantee you the first Wild Card team is scared to death if they have to face the Mariners in the lose and go home game. Felix Hernandez is the reason for that. Let’s take a look at the Royals and Mariners and their chances of making a run in the postseason.

Aside from Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez is probably the best pitcher in baseball. He doesn’t get the recognition he deserves because he plays in Seattle. When were the Mariners last relevant? When Ichiro was around so it’s been a while. Pitching in the postseason is what wins. As you probably hear a lot good pitching beats good hitting. In the postseason, you won’t see a lot of scoring because teams are throwing the best three pitchers and their ace on three days’ rest. The Mariners can be a very dangerous team if they make the postseason. They have a good one, two punch at their top of the rotation with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. The offense is led by Robinson Cano and he actually has a decent supporting cast around him with the likes of Austin Jackson, Kyle Seager, and Kendrys Morales. If the Mariners, in fact do make the postseason, don’t be surprised if they make a little run. Seattle has a team that is flying under the radar and they have the pieces to make a good run.

The Kansas City Royals seem to always have the talent to be successful but is this the year they finally make the postseason? The pitching staff has potential in James Shields, Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura. What makes the postseason fun is seeing the young guns break out? Look what happened last year with Sonny Gray and Michael Wacha. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same breakout happens with Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy this season if they do in fact make the postseason. The Royal’s offense is a bit of a question mark. The only real threat in the lineup right now is Alex Gordon. They have some good young players but they still haven’t been able to put it all together. The strongest part of the team is the bullpen. If you’re down after six innings there’s a very good chance it’s game over. The Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland combo means you’re probably not scoring another run. These three have been lights out all season and in the playoffs if the starters can get through six innings with a lead, they will have a good chance to win.

The MLB season is coming down to the wire and it’s an exciting time for baseball fans. I always love a good underdog story so I’m hoping the Royals can hold off the Tigers in the division and the Mariners can stay in the Wild Card spot. Once the postseason is here, it’s a brand new season and everything is up for grabs. The Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals are two teams who are not getting much recognition but come October, they will be very dangerous teams to play. We’re in for an exciting postseason so buckle up.


Alan Liang is a senior Drexel Sport Management major with minors in Marketing and Business Administration from West Windsor, NJ. Alan scores baseball games for Baseball Info Solutions and is currently on co-op with the Philadelphia 76ers in the camps department. Follow Alan on Twitter @AlanLiang29. 

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

What Happened to the Red Sox?

From first to worst; a transition that no team wants to make. But with their loss today, the Red Sox were officially eliminated from any chance of winning the American League East, and currently sit in the basement of the division. A team fueled by the spirit of "Boston Strong" in 2013, had all the charisma and talent needed to inspire the city and bring a championship to Beantown. But the 2014 team is nothing like the team of yesteryear, and has made a lot of Red Sox fans call into question if last year was a fluke.

Friday, August 29, 2014

For Club or Country?

Every four years, basketball fans from all over turn their televisions on to watch some of the best players in the world compete in the Olympics and the FIBA World Cup.  These players are all seen playing in the NBA and leagues in their own nations across the world, but are now taking off their club uniform and replacing it with their country.  While fans do see some of the world's best athletes, they do not always see the most prominent players.  LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are both not participating in the FIBA World Cup, but will likely compete in Rio in 2016.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

College athletics are perfect for breaking into sports

Well, it's that time of the year again. The time when students make their way to college campuses across the nation and begin their studies. However, it's also time for fall sports seasons to begin. For students looking to break into the sports industry, they needn't look further than their school's own athletic department to find the foot-in-the-door opportunity they're seeking.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More Inspiring: Mo'ne Davis or Jackie Robinson West Little League?

This year’s Little League World Series is probably going to be the more memorable ones. There were so many great stories throughout the tournament. From two teams from inner cities Chicago and our very own Philadelphia who both made good runs. Then there’s the cover girl of the entire tournament Mo’ne Davis. It is incredible to see a girl who can throw 70 miles an hour. Mo’ne Davis’s life has just changed a whole lot with all the publicity she received. Had it not for her success, by tossing a complete game shutout in the first round, would we even be talking about her? Probably not. Now everyone in the world knows she wants to play basketball at UConn from her interviews and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her there in about five years. She just seems like a person with a good head on her shoulders and not to mention she is athletic. It looks like she has a bright future ahead so hopefully all this fame doesn’t get her off her track. You see in her interviews that she’s a team player and mentioned how her teammates get overlooked because of her. She answers all the questions the right way and it was great to see her success during this Little League World Series.