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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

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This Year's Fall Classic Promises Something Special

Posted 10-23-2021 at 11:23 PM by case44

The 2021 World Series is now officially set.

Houston Astros = American League Pennant

Atlanta Braves = National League Pennant

The two teams are basking in the glow of capturing pennant fever, and now, they get to face each other beginning Tuesday night in Houston at Minute Maid Park. It was time to see Atlanta's young talent finally get into the national spotlight to make memories, win or lose. And my Astros get back in this year for another round of World Series play. This was what the Houston brass had in mind when they had to tear the team down and rebuild with multiple drafts, forcing Houston to endure three 100-loss seasons and get the worst record in baseball for that time. The end result was to eventually have a sustainable winner, a perennial playoff contender, and the opportunity to win multiple championships. Where the Astros are concerned, this year marks their fourth World Series appearance in franchise history. Yes, they should have had more while in the National League, but there's nothing anyone can do about it now. They're in the American League and are enjoying the most success ever as a franchise.

And the Braves have a long history, having played in three cities with multiple mascot names dating back to the 1800s. They have amassed three World Series championships, one each in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. Great history and lots of legend. This year marks Atlanta's sixth Fall Classic appearance since 1991. And let's not forget the great playoff games the Astros had back in their NL days when they faced off against the Braves in the divisional series.

Finally, it's also good to have Truist Park back in the spotlight, as well. Major League Baseball did a horrendous injustice earlier this season when this year's All-Star Game was moved from Atlanta to Denver because MLB didn't give a damn about election integrity laws and those trying to keep elections fair and honest. Instead, the league fell for a media lie, thinking that the proposed laws would be about keeping certain races from voting in elections, which, of course, is certainly not true. Nevertheless, Atlanta gets a second wind and sort of a redemption by participating in this year's World Series.

I look forward to this Fall Classic as do many baseball fans, and Astros/Braves will promise to be something special. You have the Braves' players, young, full of energy, and talented. You have the Astros' veterans who have been there before, plus some newcomers who are getting their first taste. And, on top of all that, you have Dusty Baker, one of the all-time great players and great managers of the game. This guy deserves a World Series ring as a manager, and it appears the stars are aligning just right for him and for the Astros. Baker was also an outfielder on that Los Angeles Dodger 1981 team that won the Big One. Incidentally, Baker's playing career began...............with the Atlanta Braves! How cool is that for this year's context? If Baker gets his ring as a manager (and that's a plentifully-accomplished pedigree), then he's a shoo-in for Cooperstown.

Here's my prediction: Astros in 6. I expect this to be competitive, but in the end, Houston's offense will win out.

Fun times lie ahead.
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    While the Astros won't be able to have Jake Meyers (outfielder) or Lance McCullers, Jr (starting pitcher) back for the World Serious because of sustained injuries, it's going to fall on Framber Valdez and Luis Garcia to carry the starting load. Yes, there will be Jose Urquidy and Zack Greinke (who hasn't been his old self), but it's now a question of which Valdez and which Garcia will show up? Neither can afford to be complacent.

    As for the offense, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve will need to produce more than they did in the ALCS. Yordan Alvarez will DH at home, but it will be interesting to see how he'll handle the outfield once the games hit Atlanta.
    Posted 10-25-2021 at 10:49 AM by case44 case44 is offline

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