The 109th World Serious starts this evening... and yes, it irks me no end that my Dodgers won't be representing the National League when the first pitch is thrown.
That, however, is a matter of partisan pique... what I consider shameful was exemplified by a USA Today headline during the NL Division Series earlier this month:
Yeah? Not by my metrics, he didn't!
The article makes an effort to equalize the "post season" careers of Ruth and Beltrán but... this is not to denigrate the considerable accomplishments of the latter during his 16 year career... prior to 1969, the only post season was the best of seven Fall Classic.
Withstanding the ça m'est égal apples-oranges approach taken by USA Today, my point becomes clearer on the Wiki.Answers page responding to the inquiry:
"Who has the most postseason home runs?"
In the remaining eight of the top ten slots, two or more are occupied by drug (PED) cheats!
The "all-time leader" with 29 homers, Manny Ramirez, only hit four of them in the World Series!
And the only one with more than Bernie Williams' five, is that consumate hot dog Reggie Jackson with 10... which puts him behind Duke Snider who had 11, but who isn't on the list because he only played in the pre-'69 era.
So as we head into this evening's (Dodgers-less) Fall Classic, let's see who actually performs on the greatest stage in the history of America's passtime!
I agree that the playoffs have water down all those records. Comparing the entire playoff to the World Series is very misleading. No one is even close to Ruth.
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