The year was 1941. Americans were preoccupied with World War Two going on in Europe. Nerves were on edge and Americans needed something or someone to do something positive. That someone turned out to be Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees. Baseball was an escape from the pressures of war and people were following both the war and the game that summer especially because of DiMaggio.
The Major League Baseball season has reached the midway point of its season with the 2016 All Star Game on tap tonight at Petco Park in San Diego, California, the home of the San Diego Padres. A few years ago it was determined that the winner of this game between the American League All-Stars and the National League All-Stars would gain the home field advantage in October's World Series. When that decision was made, I was against the idea and I still am today.
There is no secret that I am a New York Yankee fan, but what is somewhat of a secret is, what team do I like after that? That secret is now out. It's the Kansas City Royals, the World Series Champions! I am no bandwagon fan, either.
Kansas City will host the New York Mets at Kaufman Stadium and it's a tale of two franchises breaking away from the shadow of their more successful "brothers." In the case of the Royals, they get a chance to outshine the St. Louis Cardinals, who have been a consistent staple of postseason baseball. While the Mets want to give New York a reason to celebrate other than the Yankees.
The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals for the first time in thirty years have won their divisions in the same year. Both teams will also have home field advantage in the American League and National League.
For 29 years fans of the Kansas City Royals have waited for a post season game and now the Royals have made their way to game one of the World Series tonight in Kansas City. So now the dilemma begins for the Royal fans. Do I mortgage the house to buy a World Series ticket of should I stay home and watch it on TV.
With the start of the World Series comes some interesting moves in the radio business. A few months ago, Lorde came out with a song called 'Royals,' and it was written about former Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett. It has sparked a fued between the two cities.
Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a huge baseball fanatic. I will literally watch baseball all day long if I get a chance. I've watched 4 games in a day before. I watch the Little League World Series, the College World Series and any Major League Baseball game I can find the time for. I probably need an intervention.
If the St. Louis Cardinals are fortunate enough to make it to the World Series, don’t expect to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney do the play-by-play on radio. With the exception of the Cardinals flagship station, KMOX, stations on the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Network will be forced to carry the ESPN Radio broadcast of the World Series games with Dan Shulman and John Kruk.
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