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Candidates for "The Most Colorful MLB Team Ever"

Posted on: March 22, 2008 9:14 am
Edited on: April 25, 2008 6:19 pm
 
I realize that we are in the midst of March Madness, but these are some of the teams that I think should be candidates for this moniker: the Boston Red Sox (Fenway, long drought without a World Series triumph, Ted Williams, etc.), the New York Yankees (most World Series championships, NY media, etc.), St. Louis Cardinals (most NL championships), San Francisco Giants (Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, John McGraw, etc.) and, above all, the Chicago Cubs (lovable, never win, Wrigley, day games for many years, "the curse," etc.). And, by the way, sorry about the extra symbols that get added by the software at the end of my posts.<style id="jajah" type="text/css"> span.jajahWrapper { font-size:1em; color:#B11196; text-decoration:underline; } a.jajahLink { color:#000000; text-decoration:none; } span.jajahInLink:hover { background-color:#B11196; }</style>
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Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2010 10:03 pm
 

Candidates for "The Most Colorful MLB Team Ever"

How far do I want to go back? Well, the answer is in the title of the post--"ever." I don't see the Dodgers as the most colorful team since 2000, and you may be right about the Red Sox. I am talking about the past hundred years and then some, since the origins of baseball are in the second half of the nineteenth century. So when I say "ever," that includes the 1920 World Series, one of many lost by the Dodgers, but the series in which one of the Dodgers hit into the only unassisted triple play in World Series history. While that's no great accomplishment, it's colorful. I don't think anyone can argue with that. And which is the only team to have a perfect game thrown against it in World Series history? You guessed it. The Dodgers. 1956 against Don Larsen and the Yankees.

The missed third strike by Mickey Owens in the 1941 World Series that cost the Dodgers a game and perhaps the entire World Series is another example. The Bobby Thompson home run in 1951 that sent the Giants to the World Series instead of the Dodgers is another. But you have to be competitive to be able to be in such positions. So this is not a measure of futility. In fact, since 1955, the Dodgers are one of the most successful National League teams. Admittedly, every team has its moments, so that's why I'm looking for some input from a wide variety of people.



Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2008 3:10 pm
 

Candidates for "The Most Colorful MLB Team Ever"

Surely there is someone out there with a vote for the Boston Red Sox. Besides the Cubs, they have the only ballpark that hasn't given in to the modern desire for cookie-cutter ballparks with redesign to the perfect outfield dimensions. They have the "Green Monster" in left field, which I got to see in person at a game at Fenway a couple of weeks ago. Then there is the 86 year drought before they finally won the World Series in 2004, then won again in 2007, and, in my opinion, are the odds on favorite to repeat this year. And why not trot out Babe Ruth, a pitcher for them (why did they ever sell him to the Yankees?), Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Doerr, Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, and so many other colorful and talented players? There is a lot more that a true Red Sox fan could add to this. I'm just posting this to create some interest. Anyone out there, now that the NBA season is over? It's baseball season, people! Let's talk baseball.<style id="jajah" type="text/css">span.jajahWrapper { font-size:1em; color:#B11196; text-decoration:underline; } a.jajahLink { color:#000000; text-decoration:none; } span.jajahInLink:hover { background-color:#B11196; }</style>



Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2008 12:27 am
 

Candidates for "The Most Colorful MLB Team Ever"

Isn't there someone who will argue on behalf of the Chicago Cubs? The lovable Cubs? The long-suffering fans? The curse? The classic ballpark, which has changed little since the early twentieth century? The ivy on the outfield walls? The fans who throw back the home run balls from the other team? Ernie Banks and Ron Santo? Glenn Beckert and Don Kessinger? Ferguson Jenkins and Ken Holtzmann? Ryne Sandberg? And a whole lot more.<style id="jajah" type="text/css">span.jajahWrapper { font-size:1em; color:#B11196; text-decoration:underline; } a.jajahLink { color:#000000; text-decoration:none; } span.jajahInLink:hover { background-color:#B11196; }</style>



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2008 4:43 pm
 

Candidates for "Most Colorful MLB Team Ever"

To me, it depends what exactly it means to be the most colorful team, how far back you want to go and what era you give the most weight to. I don't know enough baseball history to dispute or agree with your characterization of the Dodgers based on events in their earlier past. But as for teams since 2000, I would have to say the Boston Red Sox based on 2 championships including 2008, the lifting of their curse in 2004, and the fact that they broke through against their #1 rival, the Yankees in dramatic fashion, first team ever to win a series after being down 3-0.



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