Best Cleats of the MLB Postseason: Nelson Cruz New Balance 1103

As a San Francisco Giants fan I became familiar with Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers last postseason during the World Series. This season he seems to be a home run machine carrying the Rangers through the postseason and now just one win away from the team’s second consecutive World Series appearance. Not bad for a team that fell into bankruptcy a couple years ago and never made it to the World Series in the first nearly 50 years of the franchise. I’m cheering for them this year since the Giants are out of it, and because Nelson Cruz has some of the best player exclusive cleats in the game.

If New Balance created the 1103 as a turf shoe, the way a lot of the trainers from the late 90’s and early 200o’s were released, better believe I’d be grabbing a pair of each colorway. The details are awesome, especially the design of the heel ares. The colorways are both solid as well. The grey based version is especially nice. I really like the secondary overlays and how the colors accent each other. Normally I’m not much on New Balance outside of their running silhouettes and heritage but I think this is an arena they could actually jump into and find success.

Nelson Cruz blasts one of his 2011 postseason home runs wearing the New Balance 1103 PE cleats.

How To Blow Over $200 Million Dollars Playing Baseball

The only thing that’s certain in life is death and taxes…and the Yankees being in the mix when it comes to late season baseball. Last night the Bronx Bombers got clawed out of the postseason by a bunch of  eager and hungry Tigers from Detroit. Though I’d like to say that lack of enthusiasm from the fare-weather fans in New York were the reason for the loss, it’s more than likely that the fans in Detroit are probably hungrier for a winning sports franchise than most cities in the United States (reminds me of someone I know from last season). They’ve gone through hard times both economically, and as far as sports goes, for quite a while now.

The Lions haven’t had a winning season since we were all celebrating survival of Y2K catastrophe in 2000. The Pistons might not even get a chance to play this year thanks to the NBA Lockout but even if they do, it doesn’t look bright. And as for the Tigers, they haven’t won a World Series since 1984.

With last night’s win over the Yankees, according to FUNGraphs, the Tigers can celebrate both economic growth (well, sort of, actually they just cut spending) and their first postseason series win since 2006. The Yankees on the other hand, should just be considered the Paris Hilton’s of Major League Baseball, they’re all clean cut, clean shaven and may look good in pictures, but when it comes down to it, as my friend Chedda said, A-Rod spelled backwards is Dora and they probably would have done just as well with her at the plate with the game on the line.

As for Minnesota and Houston, apparently you’ve done something to upset the Baseball Gods because this season, your teams qualify as the other Hilton paying that much to lose.

Major League Baseball Cost Per Win Statistics 2011Major League Baseball Cost Per Win Statistics 2011 (Click for Full Size Image)

The Best View of the Braves Collapse

If you’re a sports fanatic like myself, you probably have found yourself digging through random websites researching stats from the past for a story, or just because, well, it sounded like an enjoyable Friday evening. This year the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox both fell victim to their own demise, and as a matter of fact, they were some of the worst collapses in baseball history. Both teams had nearly a 99 percent chance of making the post-season with just a month remaining in the regular season.

The Braves sat 8.5 games above the rest of the National League Wildcard contenders, but somehow managed to chop themselves right out of the post season in 28 days. FUNGraphs presented a cool way to look at the demise, so long as you’re not a Braves fan, scroll down to take a look and be sure to check out them out at FUNGraphs.tumblr.com.

 

The Atlanta Braves Collapse by FUNGraphs