There may be those who are less than inspired by this year’s World Series match up, but I, for one, am looking forward to it. You have the (ahem) “Cinderella” American League Champion Kansas City Royals taking on the battle tested National League Champs, the San Francisco Giants. The “Cinderella” moniker for the Royals rubs me the wrong way. The Royals have been building the infrastructure for a solid team for awhile now. Hell, they even finished 86-76 in 2013. But fine, you wan’t to call them “Cinderella” for marketing purposes, go for it.
The Royals trailed the A’s in the AL Wild Card Game 7-3 after seven innings but rallied to tie the game at 7 in the ninth and won it in 12 innings, 9-8. That rallied the Royals as they steamrolled in the playoffs, sweeping both the Angels and Orioles. 1B Eric Hosmer, DH Billy “Country Breakfast” Butler, 3B Mike Moustakas have led a gritty bunch to the 2014 Fall Classic. Moustakas showed his grit with this diving catch in the stands during ALCS Game 3.
But grit alone doesn’t put you in the World Series. Outfielders Jarrod Dyson & Lorenzo Cain are lightning quick and also swing solid sticks. The starting staff of James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie, Yordano Ventura and Jason Vargas while not flashy get the job done. While closer Greg Holland is a true ‘stopper’, the real star of the pitching staff is Wade Davis who earns his cash in his middle relief role. Davis had 33 “holds” while compiling a 13.63 Ks to 9 innings ratio and a 1.00 ERA during the regular season. Davis’ stellar relief has continued in the post season. One question, can LF Alex Gordon ‘break out’ during the World Series?
The Giants are a team you are probably more familiar with. The have been the NL Champions 3 of the last 5 years and many of you reading this remember them taking out the Reds after being down 2 games to 0 in the 2012 NL Division Series. The thing that has stood out to me most for San Francisco in their NLCS win over the Cardinals was the plate discipline slugging 3B Pablo Sandoval has shown. C Buster Posey is a bonafide superstar and RF Hunter Pence, while looking awkward as all hell had another good regular season hitting .277 with 20 HRs and 77 RBIs. 2B Joe Panik & SS Brandon Crawford may not have eye popping stats, but they are solid up the middle defensively and deliver in the clutch. Starting Pitchers Madison Bumgarner (Your 2014 NLCS MVP if you need him) & Tim Hudson have led the pitching staff while reliever Sergio Romo has shown his former closer form again. Santiago Casilla though is the official closer again with 4 saves in the postseason. They though have had more of a battle during this 2014 Postseason, will that catch up with them in the World Series?
But it is journeyman Travis Ishikawa, now playing left field in the playoffs for the Giants who became the real star in Game 5 of the NLCS.
As much as I would like to jump on the “feel good train” of the Kansas City Royals, I am going to go with the experience and playoff tested Giants. Give me San Francisco in a 2014 Fall Classic going 7 games.
Remember, 95.5 The Game will keep you “on top of the action” with scores and updates through out the 2014 World Series!
With the exception of their inaugural season, the 2014-15 NHL Season for the Columbus Blue Jackets is the most anticipated. Coming off of a great 2013-14 Season and playoff series vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins, fans are expecting a lot from Sergei Bobrovsky, Ryan Johansen, Cam Atkinson and the rest of the CBJ. To celebrate the excitement, our friends Torg & Elliott from our ‘sister station’ QFM96 hosted “Breakfast With The Blue Jackets” at the R Bar in the Arena District.
“LEO!” Blue Jackets National Anthem singer Leo Welsh started things off and talked to the guys about what it is like to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of 18,000+ fans.
Original Blue Jacket Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre stopped by and shared stories about the first season of the Jackets and also shared what he is doing now. He is a Real Estate Agent for The Raines Group! Who wouldn’t want to buy a house off a Blue Jacket?
We are so grateful that Blue Jackets Head Coach Todd Richards was able to join us after a game the night before in Buffalo. You could tell Torg was excited to talk to “Coach”…something was even said about Torg owning a Todd Richards “blow up doll” he interviews at home…but we digress.
Fox Sports Ohio’s CBJ Play-By-Play man extraordinaire Jeff Rimer swung by after his morning cup of coffee to talk the NHL He also shared stories of encounters with Muhammad Ali and Pete Rose. We could listen to ‘Rims’ talk sports all day long.
GM Jarmo Kekäläinen joined the show and even though Torg referred to him as a “Bond Villain”, he did a great job of letting everyone attending know what he and the organization expects from the squad.
Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson wrapped the show up and shared his vision of what he expects from the Blue Jackets this season and beyond. He even laughed at Jarmo being referred to as a “Bond Villain”.
But talking Blue Jackets Hockey wasn’t the only thing going on. We thank the Blue Jackets for giving away tickets and prizes to those who attended! Anne Marie Dennison won this team autographed stick!
A fun time was had by all and we thank everyone who attended! We also would like to thank Karen Davis, Blue Jackets Director of Communications and the R Bar for all of their help putting this together and their help with pictures!
Landon Donovan will take the pitch one last time for US Soccer on October 10th vs. Ecuador.
In tribute to Landon and his legendary career, US Soccer put together this video.
The 2014-15 NBA Season should be an exciting one for Cavs fans as LeBron returns ‘home’. Get pumped up for the season with this ‘Hype Video’ as LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love & the Cleveland Cavaliers battle for a NBA Championship!
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This may be the best fight you see in 2014. Two kangaroos slugging it out on a suburban Australian street. We don’t know why it is set to classical music, but it is still pretty badass.
The College Football Season is in full swing and to celebrate we bring you the “Hottest Tailgate Honeys”!
Now let’s head south for some Florida State “Hotties”!
Now let’s give equal time to their rivals, The University of Florida!
We’re keeping it in the SEC with this “Georgia Peach”…
Let’s bring in some celebrity ‘hotness’ with Texas fan Elisha Cuthbert!
We Love L.A.! U C L A that is…
Oh Man, we would LOVE for this USC ‘Honey’ to be ‘under center’ for us!
We started with the best and end with the best…another Ohio State ‘Honey’ to get us ready for some Saturday “Action”!
By now, we are sure you have seen the video-
And this couldn’t pass without the “Jim Ross Treatment”….
We would guess it will be a long time coming before another Buckeye fan decides to ‘take the field’.
America’s love affair with Derek Jeter continues as he winds down his Yankees and Major League Baseball career.
Gatorade has created a commercial that continues the tributes to “The Captain”.
How does it measure up to Nike’s “Re2pect” Tribute?
The bad news just kept coming for Robert Griffin III (RGIII), not only did he suffer another in a line of injuries during the Redskins game on September 14th vs. the Jaguars, he also was involved in a ‘wardrobe malfunction’.
RGIII entered the interview room after the game wearing a t-shirt that read “Know Jesus; Know Peace” with the K & W blacked out on the shirt. Before he stepped to the podium for interviews, he was told by NFL Uniform Inspector Tony McGee to turn his t-shirt inside out because it wasn’t a Nike product, which RGIII complied with. However, other players including LB Ryan Kerrigan stood at the podium in non-Nike gear.
It should be noted RGIII did willingly comply with the request to turn his t-shirt out. But what’s the deal here? Is the NFL practicing some sort of religious censorship?