Author: Alex Poletti

After World Series Victory, Dodgers Name Kevin Cash Best Manager in LA History

by Alex Poletti
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As Julio Urias got the called third strike on the inside half of the plate, the young lefty ended a 32-year drought for the Los Angeles Dodgers. While the likes of Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw were celebrating, they all had to acknowledge the impact of the manager who made their victory possible: Kevin Cash of the Rays.

“He really turned the game around for us,” Betts says of the Rays manager. “Without his presence, we wouldn’t have won tonight. It’s as simple as that.”

In an era of micro-managing, Cash took the cake on Tuesday, pulling Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell after he gave up just his second hit of the game with one out in the sixth inning. Immediately after he was pulled, the top of the Dodgers lineup scored two runs, enough to put the game away for good.

“It was a brilliant managerial move,” Dave Roberts, the manager for the 2020 champs, says. “I wish I had thought of it. I’d like to think I know what I’m doing, but I could never do as good of a job making the Dodgers win as Kevin did today.”

The Dodgers have been the best team in baseball on paper for the better half of the last decade, but they have pulled up just short of immortality a couple of times. While some of this can be attributed to the cheating of the Astros and Red Sox, Dave Roberts’ postseason ineffectiveness cannot be denied.

“We’ve always had the talent, but getting the managerial side of things down has always been the hard part,” President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman says. “Once we realized that the best manager for us could be on the other side of the diamond, it opened up a whole bunch of new opportunities for us.”

After pulling Snell and letting Nick Anderson, who despite having a stellar regular season could not pitch a scoreless inning to save his life in October, pitch to the most potent lineup in baseball, Cash cemented his place among the likes of Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston as the most impactful skippers in Dodgers history.

“It’s crazy that one decision put me in such great company,” Cash, who has already re-downloaded Linkedin on his phone to look for new job opportunities, says. “I always knew I’d win a World Series. I just never realized it wouldn’t be for my own team.”


NFL Week 4: Top Fantasy Football Tips from The Second String

by Alex Poletti
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As we near the quartermark of the NFL season, the frontrunners start to cement their playoff berths while everyone else just tries to stay afloat. The last week until week 12 without byes, now is the last time you’ll be able to play with your full team for a while, so you better take advantage. With that in mind, here are the top fantasy football tips of the week, brought to you by The Second String. Continue reading “NFL Week 4: Top Fantasy Football Tips from The Second String”

Twins Fans Switch TVs to Presidential Debate to Watch Something Less Infuriating

by Alex Poletti
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As day one of the Major League Baseball postseason winds down, it’s clear that one narrative in particular is going to be hard to shake: the Minnesota Twins still can’t win a postseason baseball game. The Minnesota faithful, frustrated by the state of their team, collectively decided to watch the first Presidential Debate instead so they could relax with some less infuriating content. Continue reading “Twins Fans Switch TVs to Presidential Debate to Watch Something Less Infuriating”

Nuggets Excited to Be Down 3-1 Again So They Can Finally Start Playing Their Best Basketball

by Alex Poletti
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Despite facing elimination after a massacre at the hands of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the mood in the Denver Nuggets clubhouse is hardly somber. Instead, the scrappy team is teeming with excitement, as they are now able to play good basketball trailing three games to one. Continue reading “Nuggets Excited to Be Down 3-1 Again So They Can Finally Start Playing Their Best Basketball”

NFL Week 3: Top Fantasy Football Tips from The Second String

by Alex Poletti
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Though it’s still early in the season, week 3 is pivotal in any fantasy football team; whether you’re trying to extend that undefeated start or coming back from a heartbreaking loss, there’s no better time than the present to set the tone. With that in mind, here are the top fantasy football tips of the week, brought to you by The Second String. Continue reading “NFL Week 3: Top Fantasy Football Tips from The Second String”

Clippers Regret Decision to Give Kawhi Leonard Rest Day for Game Seven Against Nuggets

by Alex Poletti
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Following a game seven loss to the Denver Nuggets, kicking the Clippers out of playoff contention, Los Angeles head coach Doc Rivers spoke to the media expressing some regret for resting star player Kawhi Leonard during the crucial game for load management reasons. Continue reading “Clippers Regret Decision to Give Kawhi Leonard Rest Day for Game Seven Against Nuggets”

Kansas City Chiefs Stand During National Anthem to Show Solidarity for People Doing Nothing About Systemic Racism

by Alex Poletti
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To start the 2020-2021 NFL season, the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs took the field at home against the Houston Texans. While the Texans opted to stay in the locker room during the national anthem and Alicia Keys’ rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Chiefs decided to make a political statement of their own, standing during the anthem to show their support for people doing nothing about systemic racism in America. Continue reading “Kansas City Chiefs Stand During National Anthem to Show Solidarity for People Doing Nothing About Systemic Racism”

Marlins Suddenly Remember They’re the Marlins, Give Up 29 Runs Against Atlanta

by Alex Poletti
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In a season that has seen the Marlins come dangerously close to postseason contention, Miami finally came to their senses on Wednesday and remembered they’re one of the most pathetic sports franchises in North America, giving up a National League-record 29 runs against the Atlanta Braves. Continue reading “Marlins Suddenly Remember They’re the Marlins, Give Up 29 Runs Against Atlanta”

Mitch Trubisky Gets Emotional Discussing Deshaun Watson’s New Contract

by Alex Poletti
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Following Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson’s four-year extension worth north of $160 million, a tearful Mitch Trubisky, who was drafted before both Watson and reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, told reporters how he felt about the good news. Continue reading “Mitch Trubisky Gets Emotional Discussing Deshaun Watson’s New Contract”

‘I Could Play More’ Says Giannis with Amputated Foot

by Alex Poletti
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Shaking off any doubt during a post-game interview, soon-to-be MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo told reports that he “feels good,” and “could play more,” during a critical game four against the Miami Heat, despite the complete absence of his right foot following a mid-game amputation. Continue reading “‘I Could Play More’ Says Giannis with Amputated Foot”