Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Costumes

Since today is Halloween, I thought I'd post something in the spirit of the holiday.
I first saw this post on Deadspin, but I've decided to adapt it for this entry. The original post can be viewed here.

Here's some Halloween costumes I'd like to see:

The George Brett:
Costume comes complete with mask, uniform, fresh crab legs and a ton of chocolate pudding for the appropriate effect. Not included: camera to capture the moment of infamy.

"Dead" Williams:
Not included: tuna can, pipe wrench, and clumsy cryo technician.

Erin Andrews:


In a surprising twist, this costume sold well among men.
Mark Mangino:

This tot took the cake for his portayal of the portly Kansas State football coach. Nonetheless, the writers at Deadspin (and I myself) were quite impressed by Baby Mangino.

Other honorable mentions:
  • H1N1s Ward: Costume includes Hines Ward jersey, hospital gown, IV bag, and plenty of tubes.
  • Dick Vermiel: Costume includes mock turtleneck, sweater vest, linen slacks, and lots of water. The preferred wearer is someone who cries alot.
  • Randy Johnson: Mullet, bird-beak nose, and stilts are included in this costume.
  • Carlos Quentin: Costume consists of floppy, moptop black wig, XL bodysuit, slings, crutches, and LOTS of bubble wrap to be applied to the wearer when not walking from door to door.

Other ideas are appreciated.
Happy Halloween!
tamtam

This Week In History: 10/25-10/31

After a long absence, I am back for another addition of This Week In History. Although we are late into October, and the days of regular season baseball are well over, some of baseball's most memorable and monumental events occurred during this week of Halloween. Let's take a look at these events and see if you can remember watching, listening, or reading about some of 'em.

October 25: 1986- With the Boston Red Sox one strike away from ending the "Curse of the Bambino", the New York Mets score the tying run in Game 6 of the World Series on a wild pitch. The Mets would go on to win Game 6 thanks to Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner to tie the series at 3 games apiece. The Mets, of course, would win Game 7, and the Series to keep the "Curse" intact.


October 26: 1997- With two outs in the bottom of the 11 inning, a young Edgar Renteria singles home Craig Counsell to win the World Series for the Florida Marlins. The Marlins become the youngest expansion team in the history of the game to win a World Series. The Marlins were just five years old.


October 27: 1985- The Kansas City Royals...yes the Kansas City Royals become the first team in Major League History to lose the first 2 games of the World Series at home and go on to win. Bret Saberhagen, who was named Series MVP, shuts out the Cardinals 11-0 to clinch the series for the Royals. The Royals who lost games 1 & 2 in KC to go down 2 games to 0, also found themselves down 3 games to 1 in the series.

October 28: 1989- The Oakland A's complete a four game sweep of the San Francisco Giants to win the earthquake delayed World Series. Dave Stewart is named Series MVP and becomes the first pitcher to win 2 games in both the League Championship Series and the World Series in the same season.

October 29: 2001- Matt Williams of the Arizona Diamondbacks becomes the first player in history to hit World Series homers for 3 different teams. Williams also homered for the San Francisco Giants in 1989 and the Cleveland Indians in 1997.


October 30: 1963- Sandy Koufax, who was a unanimous choice for the National League Cy Young Award six days prior, is named National League MVP as well. Koufax beats out Pirates
infielder Dick Groat to capture the Award.



October 31: 1972- Despite receiving only 9 of the 24 first place votes, Gaylord Perry (24-16, 1.92) edges Wilbur Wood (24-17, 2.51) by a vote of 64-58 to win the American League Cy Young Award.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Stupid &$^%@# Umps!

Excerpt from WSBGMs:
Piss poor umpiring has been the story of the 2009 MLB postseason and the another chapter was written last night. 1st base umpire, Brian Gorman, blew 2 calls in back-to-back half innings: 1. the "linedrive" double play and 2. the Utley GIDP. 1. Ryan Howard caught that ball on the short-hop then threw wide to 2nd where Rollins tugged Posada out. It went down as a double play, but in reality Posada should have been safe at 2nd and Damon (the batter) safe at 1st. 2. Gorman must have felt guilty for blowing the previous call because he hosed Utley when he was clearly safe at 1st on went ended up being a rally-killing inning-ending ground into double play.

Home plate umpire, Jeff Nelson, isn't free of criticism either. His strikezone was very liberal at times, especially in the 9th inning with Mariano Rivera on the mound against Howard. Howard was called out on a pitch high and outside. XM's Rob Dibble put it best, "That's a Hall-of-Famer strike. He got that because he's Mo Rivera." Well, then that's just bullshit.

More Hardball's remedy to shitty umpiring: Bag Tag & Helping Hand.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Game 1: Zeros and Heroes

Zeros are not always bad, especially when they are applied to the Yankees. It would have been nice for the Yankees to have been shutout for the first time in 40 World Series openers, but alas, a ninth inning error by Rollins turned a double play into a historically large missed opportunity. Seeing zeros across the board for the Yankees was also a thing of beauty. Some other impressive zeros for Game 1 and its key participants:
Cliff Lee - Zero ERA for the evening, zero errors, and zero walks. For zero prior appearances in the World Series, this bad ass lasted 9 complete innings, and earned 10 strikeouts. Meanwhile, Joe Girardi was channeling Casey Stengel as he worked through five pitchers in the last two innings after Sabathia finished the 7th. Lee also made two of the most impressive catches of the evening, the first against Damon in the 6th inning, and another robbing Cano of a potential base hit in the eighth with a behind-the-back catch off of a grounder. The lefty also has zero losses and three wins for the postseason, and an ERA of 0.54.
Chase Utley - Was 0-7 with 5 strikeouts against Sabathia prior to last night's game. Now he has one walk, which gave him the record for most consecutive times on base in past season play (26), a record held since 1971. Utley has now been on base in each of his post season appearances since 2007 (before that, he was 0-4). If that wasn't enough, Utley also belted two solo home runs against the beastly southpaw in the third and sixth innings respectively.
Alex Rodriguez - Zero hits, zero runs, three strikeouts.
Mark Teixeira - Zero hits, zero runs, two strikeouts.
Umpires - Zero bad calls! They even handled a tricky situation in the fifth inning with Rollins trapping a ball in the webbing of his glove before it hit the dirt. To be safe, Rollins tagged second base before throwing the ball to Howard at first, who tagged Matsui out. The umpires actually ruled it a double play!
One More: In the last six championships, how many Game 1 losing teams went on to take the series? Answer: 0.

Schoolhouse Rock: My Hero, Zero

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

World Series- Who will you root for?


By now readers of this blog know I'm an obsessed Phillies fan (evidence here). So with the Phillies going to their second straight World Series I'm a happy man/fan. The other authors of this blog have seen their favorite teams long since been elimanated (TamTam- ChiSox, Burton- Braves, Scotty- Mets). It's likely your beloved team has fallen by the wayside as well and you're left to choose between two powerhouse East Coast teams in the form of the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. Who will you be rooting for this World Series?
Who will you be rooting in the '09 World Series?
Philadelphia Phillies
New York Yankees
  
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These 2 videos have nothing to do with today's post, just love 'em. First one is dedicated to my wife...Abed is awesome! Second video is dedicated to Burton...you may have tiny hands, but you have a huge heart.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Game 1: Battle of the Southpaws

With rain in the forecast, the thought that Game 1 of the World Series at the New Yankee Stadium could be rained out has entered the minds of baseball fans. The biggest disappointment of a rain out is simply the fact that the world will have to wait another day to see two of the games top left-handed pitchers face each other...the Phillies Cliff Lee vs. the Yankees C.C. Sabathia. Both of these guys were acquired by their respective teams for this reason and this reason alone, to bolster the rotation, and give each a legitamate, Ace of the Staff, Game 1 starter. Both pitchers will also be making their first appearances in a World Series. Lets take a look at the postseason and head to head stats for each of these #1s.

Cliff Lee: The 2009 postseason marked the first playoff experience for Lee, so far the newly acquired "Ace" is 2-0 in 3 starts with wins over the Rockies and the Dodgers. The 30 year old Lee has a minuscule .74 ERA in this postseason to go along with 20 strikeouts vs. 3 walks in 24.1 innings pitched. Lee has also pitched into the 8th inning of every one of his starts this postseason. In 9 career starts against the Yanks, Lee is 4-4 with a 5.02 ERA and has allowed 8 homers in 52 innings.

C.C. Sabathia: In 8 career postseason starts, Carsten Charles Sabathia owns 5-3 record with a 4.72 ERA while making appearances for the Indians, Brewers, and Yankees. In 47.2 IP C.C. has 44 k's and 25 BB's. In 3 career starts vs. the Phillies C.C. is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA. He has given up 22 hits in 20.2 IP, struck out 12 and walked only 4. A season ago while pitching for the Brewers in the National League Division Series against the Phillies, C.C. was tagged for 5 runs on 6 hits in 3.2 innings pitched. He also walked 4 in the game.


Predicition:
The pitching match up for Game 1 is certainly the aspect that every fan is watching, waiting to see which lefty has the most dominant stuff. For Game 1, the New York atmosphere, the playoff pitching experience of C.C., and right-handed power hitters for the Yankees are too much for the Phils and the Bronx Bombers take a 1-0 lead. I think it will be a close game with Mariano Rivera getting another postseason save. My Pick: Yankees 7, Phillies 5.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hardball Heroes: Alan Trammell

Every month, More Hardball salutes a player we feel deserves recognition, as they will likely never receive the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. To qualify, these athletes must have demonstrated exceptional talent and sportsmanship on and off the field. This month, we induct one of baseball's finest shortstops, Alan Trammell.

Alan Trammel was drafted by Detroit in June of 1976, and made his debut with the Tigers in September of 1977, where he remained for the next 20 seasons. In that time, Trammel picked up four Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards, and appeared on 6 All Star teams. In 1984, Trammel earned the World Series MVP after leading the Tigers to the championship. His career stats include a batting average of .285, including 7 seasons where he hit .300 or better. In 1986, Trammell became the second Tiger to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in one season, a feat he repeated in 1987. Appearing in 2293 games, Trammell's career stats include: 1231 r, 2365 h, 185 hr, 1003 rbi, .285/.352/.415.

Trammel was also a key defensive player. Along with teammate Lou Whitaker, the duo turned more double plays than any other shortstop-second baseman pair in the history of baseball. Trammell and Whitaker also set the record for most games as teammates after appearing in their 1915th game together on September 13, 1995 (their record stands at 1918 joint appearances). Cal Ripken Jr. once stated that the two should be inducted in the Hall of Fame as a duo. His lifetime fielding percentage is .977 at shortstop. The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract ranks Trammell as the 9th best shortstop, ahead of 14 Hall of Famers. However, since appearing on Hall of Fame ballots in 2002, he has never received more than 18.2% of the vote.

Additional Facts:
-Trammell became the manager for the Tigers in 2003, but was fired in 2005 by the organization after finishing 5th, 4th, and 4th.
-He is among the Tiger's leaders in runs scored, doubles, and stolen bases.
-In 1983, Trammell was named "Comeback Player of the Year" for the American League.
-Trammell became the first Tiger since Al Kaline to have 200 hits and 100 rbi in the same season (1987).


Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker on Magnum P.I.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yuengling

Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, PA is America's oldest brewery. The Yuengling family began churning out tasty beers back in 1829. They have gone through slight changes over their 180 years of existence ("& Sons" was added to the name at one point, "near beer" was produced during prohibition to keep the plant open, and of course expansion up and down the east coast to keep up with the high demand). I do believe it's past due for this beer's induction into the More Hardball Beer Club.

The Beers:
Lager- their signature brew, that has a subtle sweetness and a beautiful amber color. Go to a bar in Pennsylvania and ask for "Lager" and they know you mean this beer, not any other brand.

Light Lager- low in calories (99), but not in taste. For those conscientious about their figure, but still crave a full-flavored lager, this is for you.

Premium- the beer of choice by my father-in-law that lovingly refers to it as "Vitamin Y" and "Nectar of the Gods". After a hot day in the sun fishing, this is always cold and waiting back at camp. It's a pilsner-style brew that has amazing thirst quenching ability.

Premium Light- like its brother Light Lager, the only thing that's discernibly missing from this are the calories.

Porter- the best Yuengling has to offer in my opinion, but then again I'm a dark brew kinda guy. The caramel and dark roasted hops give Porter its creamy full-bodied flavor and aroma. Give me a 6-pack of this on a cool Autumn night and I'm a happy man.

Black & Tan- this beer is ingenious, perfect for someone who doesn't want too light or too dark. Black & Tan is a combination of Yuengling Premium and Porter, and the result is a flavor explosion in your mouth that will have you coming back for more.

Lord Chesterfield Ale- a European-style bitter beer, but don't let the bitter part scare you away. Some beers are meant to be bitter, and when it's done right the end product is a satisfying dry sharp finish.

Tid-Bits:

A place in Seagrove, NC (pottery capital of the US) makes pottery with Yuengling Lager bottles melted down and mixed into the clay, because of its distinct green color. When prohibition ended in 1933, the brewery celebrated with the production of Winner Beer and shipped a truckload to President Franklin D. Roosevelt...bad ass! Yuengling has a seasonal offering in the form of a bock (released in 2008), that's only in limited release in the spring and sold in 1/2 barrels. Here's to hoping they decide to bottle it this year, because I'd love to get my lips on one of them.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Brien Taylor, Where Art Thou?

Remember Brien Taylor? If not, don't feel bad, he's only one of the biggest busts in the history of baseball. In fact, he was so much of a dud, that he never even reached the majors after being selected by the vaunted New York Yankees with the 1st pick in the 1991 draft.

I only recall this guy because of the retarded unique spelling of his first name and his once valuable rookie card (seen to the right). Other than that, this guy was entirely forgettable. In 7 minor league seasons (with Yankees and Indians) he managed a lackluster 22-30 record with a 5.13 ERA. Most of that success came in the beginning of his professional career, because he ended with these 4 ERA's: 18.73 ('96), 14.33 ('97), 9.59 ('98), and 27.00 ('00).

Snippet from our review of the #1 picks from 1989-1998:
1991- Brien Taylor/P/New York Yankees: No MLB experience. This pick brings back some memories. Memory 1- remember when the Yankees used to suck and actually "earned" the first pick in the draft due to sucking. Memory 2- Taylor is one of only two #1 picks to never make it to the bigs (other being Steve Chilcott). Poor Brien became a headcase in the minors and lost control of his pitches racking up far greater than a walk per inning pitched. Example- in 1996 with the Greensboro Bats he walked 43 batters in just 16 innings. How the hell is that even possible?
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Taking a Good Healthy Link Dump:
*Sharapova's Thing gives you their NLF week 7 fantasy roundup.

*We Should Be GMs breaks down the Phillies 2009 postseason stats.

*Bootlegger Sports has the scoop on ex-Mets GM and current ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips wandering genital region.

*LT Sports says the Angels are living on a prayer...hahaha, get it? Angels, prayer.

*Major League Jerk goes against conventional wisdom and proclaims Angels skipper Mike Scioscia to be of the dumb persuasion.

*No Guts, No Glory wonders if there will be a Joe Gibbs reunion with the Redskins.

*Sportress of Blogitude provides us with this video seen below. They call it the Tera Patrick. Why? "Because you start off with your legs up in the air and before you know it, you’re f#%ked and taking a shot to the face."

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ozzie in Color

For this week's post, I've decided to do a slightly edited reprint of my most recent blog entry on my own site, Cells Bells. See my site for the original.

After coming back to the bunker from a long day in the labs, I turned on the ALCS, sat down in front of my computer with a bag of popcorn to catch up on tonight's headlines, and then I came across this story on "big league stew".

It appears that Fox has hired my crazy manager Ozzie Guillen to do color commentary alongside Ma and Pa themselves, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Though I don't mind Joe Buck, Tim McCarver can be a bit irritating. And now there's my crazy manager to make things interesting and add some actual life into the broadcasting!

This could prove to be an interesting experiment. Most of America has never heard my manager speak. His thick Spanish accent could cause some losses in translation for mainstream ears. Also, most people don't know how foul-mouthed my manager is. Those of us in Chicago, as well as some sports fans know, but not everyone is a sports fan and not everyone cares about my home city, so this could be the equivalent of a rude awakening for some fans. But I think this is a good thing-it would certainly bring the ratings up.

Either 'Duk (the writer of "big league stew") or one of his commenters said that as soon as the Series is underway, Ozzie will be making comments like "I wish I had Ryan Howard playing first base for me" and stuff like that which will translate into slights against the Sox. Well, if that's the case, it's the problem of a zealous sportswriter. Other than that, when the teams mess up on something, Ozzie might unleash one of his notorious tirades and say things that are not suitable for public consumption. Be prepared for alot of "bleeps" and "technical difficulties" that take place during a trademark Guillen tirade.

But I wish my manager the best. Maybe he's found himself a new post-season job that doesn't involve calling out players for their shortfalls.

Just fresh off the TV: Angels win game 5 of the ALCS 7-6 over the Yankees! Brian Fuentes, the Angel's closer bumped off the first 2 he faced in the 9th, but couldn't find the strike zone later on and loaded up the bases. Fortunately, he got the late Nick Swisher (wonder what Ozzie will say about him if the Yankees win on Saturday night and progress to the World Series) to pop up.
I'm rooting for the Angels. I'm sick of seeing the Yankees in the post-season.

Go Angels! 2 more games to go! If the Marlins could do it in 2003, so can you guys!

tamtam

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bag Tag

Major League Baseball's unsung heroes, the umpires, are probably the most unappreciated and abused professionals in all of the sporting world. They have a difficult job after all: stand and watch, or run and watch. This is a tiresome job, and sometimes these epitomes of efficiency make an error. Every time a call is blown the talking heads flap their gums and wax philosophical on the inclusion of full instant replay abilities for the sport. In order to preserve the sanctity of baseball, and keep it replay-free, I am working on a line of products to provide aid to umpires. Last week, I brought to our readers a handy device for helping umpires see the ball. Today, I offer the world of baseball the Bag Tag.

How It Works
The Bag Tag is a simple pressure-sensitive device that is planted under each base and transmits data every time it senses pressure on the bag. To protect the dignity of Major League umpires, the Bag Tag resembles a standard MP3 player. It is portable and fits easily in the pocket of a uniform. This device sends multi-sensory signals to the umpire every time a runner is on base. For example, if a runner is on first base, the Bag Tag will send a signal to the receiver located in the hand-held mechanism, causing the device to vibrate at a continuous pulse until the runner leaves the base. On the hand-held part itself, the first base indicator light will turn red, meaning that the base is occupied. To ensure the umpire is fully attentive, the umpire will also receive an auditory signal as well. Not only will the device be vibrating, and the base indicator tripped, the Bag Tag will also play 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' for as long as the runner's foot is touching the bag. Each base will play a specific song, and the vibrating function will pulse differently for each base a runner is on (one continuous pulse for first, two long pulses for second, three for third). When multiple runners are occupy two or three bases, a specific tone will be played for each combination of occupied bases. If a base has been tagged, the base will turn yellow. A simple peak at the display, and the umpire will never again be unsure as what call he should make!






This doesn't have to happen again!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

10 Reasons Why the MLB Playoffs are the Best in Sports


10 Reasons Why the MLB Playoffs are the Best in Sports:
10. After a walk-off hit, the batter gets pummeled in jubilant celebration by his teammates. Far better than watching some dude get his face jacked up for 10 rounds.

9. The sound of the ball meeting the bat on a majestic October homerun. Better than hearing green ball meeting tennis racket, followed by weird grunting.

8. It gets cold in some cities during the MLB playoffs, but at least they're not skating around a rink saying "Aboot" and missing teeth.

7. In October the ball of choice is still a baseball, not that pumpkin that the NBA pushes around.

6. Real men use wood to knock the crap outta balls. Graphite and titanium against a hard-packed golf ball is just unfair.

5. Watching the manager ride his horse to a complete game shutout. Better than watching a man trying to hold on to a bucking bull for 7 seconds.

4. Left-handed specialists out of the bullpen are still cooler than trick-shot artists in billiards.

3. A-Rod, Ryan Howard, Jeter, Utley, Manny, Pedro, Vlad- that's name recognition. Who the hell does soccer have? David Beckham and...nobody.

2. Watching a runner chug around the bases making left turns is far more enjoyable that sitting through a NASCAR race where wrecks are the most exciting thing.

1. Drama filled 9th innings. Better than seeing a kicker push the football wide right of the uprights.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mr. October?!

Hello fellow Hardballers!

Since Burton is out today, I'll take over for the daily post.

Saturday night, the Yankees played the Angels for game 3 of the ALCS. It was one long game. 14 innings and all.

But the unlikely hero of the night was none other than the scandalous Alex Rodriguez, who hit a solo home run to set the stage for finally bringing the game to an end.

Yes, THAT Alex Rodriguez of career-as-a-national-punchline fame, and the subject of some narcisstic, borderline gay-themed photoshoots as well as the favorite subject of amateur photoshoppers everywhere (particularly those Yankee haters).



Despite my intense dislike of the Evil Empire, there is no denying that Gay-Rod has had a monster postseason. In past years, Alex's post season play has been nonexistant. This year, he might actually make a decent contribution. Likewise, he's earned the royal treatment shown to him by Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano, photo courtesy of "Big League Stew".

Unfortunately for Yankee nation, I'm still rooting for the Angels.

Have a nice day!
tamtam

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This Week In History: 10/11-10/18

It used to be that this was the week the World Series began. Alas, the times they are a changin'. Today we take a look back at significant postseason play this week in baseball's history.

October 11
1899 - Ban Johnson unveils the American League (formerly the Western league) and announces the leagues plans to place clubs in Chicago and Cleveland.

1964 - All Star third baseman Ken Boyer of the St. Louis Cardinals belts a grand slam against the Yankees in the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series. The Cardinals go on to win the game 4-3. The Cardinals will go on to win the Series 4 games to 3.

October 12
1980 - The Philadelphia Phillies break the 7-7 tie against the Astros in the fifth game of the NLCS after Gary Maddox doubles, sending Del Unser home in the top of the 10th. Dick Ruthven then prevents the Astros from scoring, thus clinching the National Leage Champinshop for the first time since 1950. The Phillies go on to clinch the World Series in 6 games against the Kansas City Royals.

October 13
1903 - The Pittsburg Pirates fall to the Boston American's in the first modern World Series.
2002 - The Anaheim Angels win their first American League pennant. They then go on to righteously smite the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

October 14
1965 - Sandy Koufax pitches his second World Series shutout, allowing the Dodgers to defeat the Twins in Game 7.
1992 - For the first time in World Series history, the games are to be held in Cananda after the Blue Jays defeat the A's 9-2. The same evening, Braves pinch hitter Francisco Cabrera hits a game winning single against the Pirates sending the Braves to their second World Series since moving to Atlanta.

October 15
1923 - The Yankees win their first World Series Championship in Game 6 against the New York Giants after Giants batter Jack Bently hits a grounder to second base and thrown out at first.
1986 - The New York Mets miraculously pull a National League championship after being down 3-0 in the 9th inning. The victory would come after the Mets top the Astros in the 16th inning.

October 16
1985 - In Game 7 of the ACLS, the Royals defeat the Blues Jays closing an amazing 3-game comeback. What is significant about this is that 1985 was the first year that the League Championship Series was expanded to seven games.

October 17
1987 - The first World Series game to be held indoors (in Minnesota's Metrodome) ends after the Twins beat the Cardinals 10-1. In the 4th inning of that game, the Twins scored 7 of those 10 points, aided mostly by a grand slam hit by Danny Gladden.
1989 - Game 3 of the 'Bay Bridge' series ends before it begins after the stadium is rocked by the shock waves of the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake. The park suffers minor structural damage and the series is suspended for 10 days. The Athletics go on to sweep the Giants in Game 4. The World Series is credited for keeping the loss of life on the highways to a minimum as many people were at home watching the game.

October 18
1977 - Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees becomes "Mr. October" in Game 6 against the Dodgers, after belting three straight home runs, each on the first pitch. Jackson's astounding contribution not only earn him a nickname, but the Yankees win the game 8-4, and pick up a World Series championship.