Heartbreak. It's defined as crushing grief, anguish or distress. Fans of Washington’s four major sports teams know it better than anyone. Consider: The knee of the Washington Redskins' prized rookie quarterback is shredded in a playoff game; he’s never the same.
USA TODAY Sports' Adam Woodard and Steve Gardner break down the latest baseball brawls and what they're doing to the game. USA TODAY Sports Less is more. Or it would be where Major League Baseball is concerned.
The 2018 baseball season is not even two weeks old, but it appears Chicago White Sox fans are already disinterested. Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays had an official attendance of 10,377, but the number of spectators actually at the stadium was much lower.
The drought, as all eventually do, ended with help from above.
CLEVELAND — It was 71 degrees at game time — which was 7:10 p.m. back in Chicago — when Josh Tomlin threw a baseball with 108 stitches to Dexter Fowler. This was the start of Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday, when the Chicago Cubs faced elimination against the Cleveland Indians.
CLEVELAND -- At least it didn't take anything special to wipe out the longest title drought in the history of professional sports. Only the greatest World Series Game 7 ever played. That's all. Move over, Jack Morris and Luis Gonzalez. Tell Ralph Terry and Madison Bumgarner they had a great run.
On Wednesday, giddy at the prospect of the Dodgers’ bringing Los Angeles its first World Series championship since 1988, I was thinking about how Los Angeles sports teams are having a moment right now. But then the Dodgers went and lost.
HUDSON, N.C. — Just before midnight Wednesday, I walked up a darkened driveway to a brick home along a rural lane. A linebacker-size man with a shaved pate swung open the door, peered at me and loosed a soft, celebratory howl.
CLEVELAND—What would you have done to see this happen? Chicago Cubs, World Series champions.
CLEVELAND -- All right. Take a deep breath now. Try to take this all in. There is actually going to be a World Series between (caution: the surgeon general advises you to inhale here) the Chicago Cubs and (please exhale slowly here) the Cleveland Indians. And no, not on your PlayStation.
THE HEAVENS—Following a 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians that clinched the team’s first World Series title since 1908, sources confirmed Wednesday that millions of intoxicated Chicago Cubs fans are currently rioting across Heaven.
CHICAGO — All day long on the North Side of this baseball-obsessed city, fans in blue Cubs sweatshirts and caps moved nervously about town. There was still a festive buzz and a sense of excitement, but it was cut with a palpable edginess.
CLEVELAND — The Chicago Cubs won the World Series here Wednesday night for the young, the old and the long dead, too. Of course these Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-7, in 10 thrilling, brain-warping innings in Game 7 for themselves, for their own joy and glory.
CLEVELAND — As the clubhouse cleared out early Wednesday morning, after the Chicago Cubs had forced Game 7 of this rollicking World Series with the Cleveland Indians, Ben Zobrist was asked if he had dreamed of a chance like this. Zobrist is 35 and has played 11 seasons in the major leagues.
When a team goes 108 years without winning a World Series, it ends up with a fanbase full of old people who have literally waited their whole lives to see the team win it all.
Not a drop of Champagne dotted the salt-and-pepper hair or clean-shaven face of Dayton Moore as he sat along the bench inside the visitors’ dugout at Citi Field, the home these last three nights for the greatest Royals team in a generation.
With so many different powerful personas in baseball, here are some of the ones who have the most influence on the future of the game. USA TODAY Sports ST.
After all that teeth-gnashing over the Chicago Cubs’ 2-1 NLCS deficit against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the city of Chicago slept easier Wednesday night, thanks to the the Cubs series-tying 10-2 victory in Game 4.
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CLEVELAND -- Every year along Lake Michigan, they shut down the famous Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.
CLEVELAND -- Try as they might, baseball executives can rarely predict the moves that will transform a franchise. For the Cleveland Indians, that move happened on July 31, 2010. Leading up to the trade deadline that year, the contending San Diego Padres and St.
A 25-year-old from New Jersey has won $8.1m (£6.2m) and become the world poker champion at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.Scott Blumstein told reporters afterwards that it was "just the best feeling", but he was not motivated by the money.
The Kansas City Royals seemed an unlikely champion in the preseason. One projection machine (PECOTA) forecast a paltry 72-win season for the team. FanGraphs predicted 79 wins and a 0.8 percent chance of winning the World Series.
The 2016 Red Sox failed to win the pennant, but with former Sox dotting the Chicago and Cleveland rosters, the Indians dugout and the Cubs front office, the glory days of Boston baseball are having an outsize influence on this postseasonThe Red Sox didn’t win the pennant this year, but there’s s
This weekend, a 25-year-old Jewish accountant from New Jersey named Scott Blumstein won the World Series of Poker, the sport’s main event, taking in $8.1 million in winnings.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. Ventura, 25, helped the Royals win the World Series in 2015 and was renowned for his fastball, which he regularly threw at speeds in excess of 100mph.
Down 2-0 in the World Series to the Royals’ contact-hitting, run-suppressing juggernaut, the Mets head home for Games 3, 4, and 5 this weekend, trying to become the 14th team to come back out of 79 that have lost the first two games of a postseason best-of-seven.
In order to strengthen your mind and build mental toughness, you need to work it the same way you would work your muscles in the gym. This mental workout helps you refocus and visualize success in tough times, and only takes 100 seconds of your day to complete.
Major League Baseball has placed more hurdles in front of cord cutters than any of the four professional sports leagues. It has made baseball broadcasts the exclusive province of cable and satellite networks, even for your local teams.
CLEVELAND — For more than eight months, from the start of spring training to the start of Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, David Ross felt as if his baseball life had become the stuff of big-screen fiction, if not straight-up fantasy.
Let’s Go Mets! Let’s Go Mets! Okay, now that I got that out of the way, the real stuff: With the World Series approaching (Let’s Go Mets! …huh, maybe it wasn’t all out of the way) it means it’s also the time of year for media pundits to be talking about exactly how many people are watch
I remember the exact moment my Mets fandom crested: , when Todd Hundley cranked a pinch-hit solo homer to put the Mets up 4-3 in the 11th inning in Houston. Turk Wendell, that rosin-tossing freak show with the lethal slider, blanked the Astros in the bottom half to clinch the win.
Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, gave this speech Saturday on the occasion of Yale’s Class Day. A transcript of his speech ran on the Yale News website. Thank you… thank you. It appears we have some Cub fans here today.
When Theo Epstein left the Boston Red Sox to become president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs in the fall of 2011, he told reporters he was “ready for the next big challenge.” And what a challenge it was: The Cubs were coming off of a 71-win season, without much help on the way.
LOS ANGELES – When the management of the Astros needed someone to stand near home plate and speak to the crowd at Houston’s Minute Maid Stadium on the afternoon of Sept. 2, before the team’s first home game since Hurricane Harvey made landfall and ravaged the region, the choice was obvious.
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Before stepping into Dodger Stadium this week, Norman Lloyd had attended one World Series. In 1926.
Baseball tells two big stories about itself. The first is a story about utter unpredictability. It's the part about Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel and Brad Peacock, and about Jon Singleton and J.D. Martinez and Mark Appel.
When your team hasn't won a World Series in 68, or 108, years, you look for any kind of help, even divine intervention. And just in case you missed it...
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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and Houston Astros are playing in the World Series this week. But this is also the Proprietary Information Super Bowl. Fifteen years into the post-Moneyball era, an analytics department is as essential to a major-league team as fungo bats and sunflower seeds.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Imagine a star-spangled outfield of Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Bryce Harper. Imagine a red-white-and-blue pitching staff of Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner and Corey Kluber at the start and Zach Britton at the end. Keep imagining.
149 diggs Sports Video After his Rhode Island team was eliminated from the Little League World Series, this coach delivered a welcome dose of perspective and encouragement to his teary-eyed troops.
People say a lot of things about the postseason. Here's one thing that I completely agree with: Anything can happen. Everyone has tried to find a Holy Grail for predicting the playoffs. In recent years, popular explanations have focused on contact rate for offense and bullpen dominance on defense.
CLEVELAND -- The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a mind-blowing, nerve-jangling, heart-stopping mess of a game, a 10-inning acid trip that tested the limits of your sanity, made baseball history and ended 108 years of anxiety.
CLEVELAND -- Indians center fielder Rajai Davis cranked a ball Wednesday night that briefly made Cleveland sports history, unleashing a feeling of pure joy unlike anything he had ever felt.
This story appears in the Oct. 26, 2015, issue of Sports Illustrated. To subscribe, click here. A waning gibbous moon hung like a medallion over Charlestown, N.H., on the first clear night after a three-day nor’easter. A light wind rustled the lindens and oaks along Main Street. The bells of St.
The number of decisions we make and the complexity of the problems we solve sometimes exceeds the brain’s capacity. To respond faster and more efficiently to the multiple demands of daily life without having to reinvent the wheel, our brains streamline the decision-making process.
Bill Belichick is obviously a football coach of many talents. He has a unique ability to identify players who can help his team win. Belichick motivates his players in various ways that are not always apparent but are usually successful. He prepares his team like no other coach in football.
Just hours after Donald Trump’s victory, people on cable news were telling me how to explain it to my child. These were the same people who, as alarming results poured in from Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, had been totally inept at explaining the unfolding nightmare to me.
On Wednesday, the Astros won the World Series, outlasting the Dodgers in a Doomsday vs. Superman series that cracked the top 10 of all time in excitement and trailed the leaders only because Houston’s hold was too tight in Game 7.
On Saturday, Oct. 2, 1926, Babe Ruth slid into second base in the third inning of the first game of the World Series -- and ripped the seat of his pants. In the Yankee Stadium bleachers, an 11-year-old boy attending his first major league game, burst into laughter.
With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment. Compared to some of their more crass kids’ movie counterparts, the Air Bud movies are relatively digestible.
In a spectacle as unpredictable and inexplicable as the World Series, the easiest person to watch, analyze, and blame is the team manager. One of the core joys of the World Series is that it’s everywhere.
HOUSTON — He was watching from his couch in November, just three miles from Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, when his friends and former team clinched the World Series. Mark Appel couldn't help but feel slightly bittersweet about it all.
Keith Olbermann tells stories about the real man behind the voice of the Dodgers. On Friday, April 9th, 2004, Royce Clayton of the Colorado Rockies—his new dreadlocks cascading out from under his helmet—strode to the plate at Dodger Stadium to lead off the top of the 8th.
WASHINGTON — Front-office personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, are under investigation by the F.B.I.
HOUSTON – Pitchers and coaches from both the Dodgers and Astros complained Saturday night about the World Series baseballs—and this time the controversy is not just about liveliness.
Of course a World Series this thrilling, this fun, this emotionally captivating from first pitch on, would go seven games. The sport of baseball is rife with injustice, but not enough to prevent one of its best title bouts ever from reaching maximum drama.
Joe Morgan sent a letter to Hall of Fame voters this week urging them not to elect steroid users to Cooperstown. By doing so, Morgan, a Hall of Fame second baseman, thrust the issue of performance-enhancing drugs back to the forefront of the Cooperstown conversation.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An unmistakable electricity ran through Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Friday as a team from Pennsylvania faced a team from Tennessee on the second day of the Little League World Series. Outside the stadium, fans and family members were enjoying a pleasant afternoon.
After waiting 108 years, the Chicago Cubs finally reclaimed a World Series title on Wednesday night. Fans can now say the curse they once blamed for their championship drought is finally gone, and they must now adjust to post-curse living. For fans of the Chicago Cubs, next year is finally here.
Card Player’s 2017 WSOP coverage is sponsored by BetOnline Poker. Few know how to truly compare and contrast the games of chess and poker like Ivo Donev, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and International Master in chess.
Pat Hughes has thought about it. Hell, how could he not? Hughes has been the radio voice of the Chicago Cubs for the past 21 years and his beloved team is just two wins away from its first World Series title since 1908.
How do you spot a liar? Watch their eyes, says champion poker player Phil Hellmuth.
I played the World Series of Poker for the first time in 2011. Having been consistently winning at the biggest stakes available in San Francisco (which are a lot lower than the biggest stakes in Vegas), I wondered if I might have a shot at showing well in the tournament.
In this post, I’ll show you how Phil Gordon trained me in 5 days to have a fighting chance against pro poker players. Here’s the video teaser. Before we filmed the experience for The Tim Ferriss Experiment (currently the #1 TV Season on iTunes), I had never played a hand of poker.
The Chicago Cubs were in the process of doing something very Cubs-ian Tuesday night. They went down 5-2 in the fifth inning of Game 4 of their National League Division Series matchup against the San Francisco Giants, a day after losing Game 3 in 13 gut-wrenching innings.