Mitch's Sports Report

Weekdays at approximately 6:45 a.m.

Sports can be fun, thrilling, and heartbreaking... local, national or global. I love talking sports, and I've been known to express an almost imperceptible preference for certain teams.

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In a World Series chock full of momentum swings, reversals of fortunes, and late game heroics, the most surprising thing about last night's deciding game seven was perhaps the fact that it was the most pedestrian game of the series.

Fans of the Houston Astros may disagree, but a World Series that's already had two of the arguably best Fall Classic games ever played deserves to end with a deciding game seven.

Game six, 1975, Red Sox and Reds. Game seven, 2001, Yankees and Diamondbacks. Game six, 2011, Rangers and Cardinals. I offer up those three World Series contests as belonging in the pantheon of greatest Fall Classic games ever played. You can make a very good argument for two more games being added to that short list, both from the same World Series being played right now in 2017, and a series that's not even over yet.

In the NHL, every team goes gets bitten by the injury bug, and in recent years those bugs have really seemed to enjoy sinking their teeth into Boston Bruins center David Krejci.

Even though numbers alone cannot begin to illustrate what happened in game two of the World Series, here are some that hint at the intensity of the drama that played out in Los Angeles last night.

It's hard to believe there's ever been a knock against a three-time Cy Young award winner, but as good as L.A. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been in his career, naysayers have always pointed to his playoff record.

The Chicago Cubs will not have a chance to defend their first World Series championship in more than a hundred years. The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the Fall Classic for the first time in almost thirty.

The NY Yankees scored just two runs in consecutive losses to open the American League championship series, but back in the Bronx for game three, their bats could not be contained.

The NY Jets always seem to give the New England Patriots all they can handle, and such was the case yesterday as the Pats hung on for a 24-17 win in East Rutherford.

The Cleveland Indians set a major league baseball record this season by winning 22 games in a row. But they'd give every one of those wins back if it meant they'd still be playing playoff baseball in October.

One day after Iceland made history as the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup of soccer, one of the biggest failed to make the cut.

Trailing in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox season hanging in the balance, 3rd baseman Rafael Devers sent a ball deep towards the Green Monster that just got over the glove of the center fielder and struck the wall, caroming off at an angle that sent it past the the right fielder as he ran in to back up the play.

For anyone hoping for another ALCS showdown between the Boston Red Sox and NY Yankees, there's still a chance it could happen. Both the Red Sox and Yankees staved of elimination from the American League Division series with dramatic wins at their respective home venues.

When your baseball team isn't built to hit for power, you better have excellent pitching instead. Enter Chris Sale, who's been mostly excellent this year for the Boston Red Sox, save for his first  ever playoff game, in which he was not.

The National League wild card game was wild indeed, with the Arizona Diamondbacks jumping out to a 6-0 lead over the Colorado Rockies in a game that looked like it would be over early, but was filled with offense on both sides before the D-Backs hung on for an 11-8 victory.

NY Yankees ace Luis Severino was pulled in the first inning of the A.L. wild card game last night after giving up three runs to the Minnesota Twins, but the Yankee offense had a pretty quick answer for that and by the end of the night, any home crowd Bronx anxiety was replaced by jubilation with an 8-4 Yankees win.

All is not well in Foxboro, where the defending Superbowl champion New England Patriots are now 2-2 on the season, with two home losses in that mix after a 33-30 defeat against the Carolina Panthers yesterday.

Maybe the Boston Red Sox should lobby to play the last five games of the season on the road.

It will go down as one of those days when the world of sports intersected with the world of politics, culture, and race.

You have to back to 1996 to find the last time the Vermont Lake Monsters played for the NY Penn League Championship, and they weren't even called the Lake Monsters then.