Tags: Baseball

An Astros Ace Imposes His Will on a Potent Yankees Offense

Let me confess bias. I adore watching a dominant ace, one of those pitchers who in the flower of his power and guile imposes his will on a powerful adversary. So I sat to watch the Astros’ ace of aces, Gerrit Cole, take on the Yankees, and their fearsome, stuffed to the gills power lineup.…

Finally, the Nationals Are in the World Series

WASHINGTON — Baseball has had a long, agonizing history in the nation’s capital, where decades of abject failure led teams to abandon the city and seek success elsewhere. But now, after 86 years and the departure of two franchises, Washington will finally host a World Series again. The Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals,…

An Academic Take on Sports Rivalries

When the Eagles face the Cowboys on Sunday and the Patriots face the Jets on Monday night, two fierce N.F.L. rivalries will be renewed. But where do they rank among all the bitter rivalries in North American sports? Any list of “greatest sports rivalries” is bound to be disputed. Make such a list, and be…