Viscarra’s Vice: Fall Classic already an undisputed treasure

first_imgAngel Viscarra | Daily TrojanAward-winning sports columnist Rick Reilly often reflects and speaks on an experience of his in which the stage was just “too big.” Whenever Reilly reminisces about the 1986 Masters, when Jack Nicklaus won his sixth green jacket, he mentions a media member who held his head and uttered, “It’s too big. I can’t write it,” as Nicklaus won his 18th and final major championship. Media members that day in Augusta, Ga., including Reilly himself, admit they had no clue how they were going to encapsulate the historical significance of what had just occurred in front of them — while hitting deadline for their stories. I have a similar feeling I type out this column. To write a column on the brilliance of this year’s World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers is intimidating. Through the first five episodes of the 2017 Fall Classic, millions of spectators worldwide have been captivated and honed in on every pitch thrown, ball hit and ball fielded. Entering this series, we all knew these two teams each had the makeup and track record to make this an iconic Fall Classic. Rarely in sports does a great series on paper translate to a great series on the field of play. All the elements have been there. This series includes Cy Young winners, league MVPs, batting title champions, All-Stars and more on both sides. For the first time since 1970, this series includes two teams that boasted 100-plus wins in the regular season.This World Series has been the epitome of a heavyweight title bout between the two undisputedly best teams in baseball. This is Ali-Frazier. Through five games, both sides have thrown — and connected on — several devastating haymakers. The most recent installment of this series, Sunday night’s Game 5, was a contest that will be immortalized in baseball lore. Alex Bregman dumped a 10th-inning walk-off single over the head of Corey Seager into short left field that was the finishing blow for the Dodgers in a 13-12 loss in extra innings. Bregman, who homered off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen the night before in Game 4, once again torching the all-world reliever to give Houston a 3-2 series lead.A five-hour, 17-minute slugfest, Game 5 gave baseball and non-baseball enthusiasts everything they could hope for in a postseason contest. It was the Cy-Young pitching matchup that saw neither pitcher survive through five innings. It was a game with huge leads, blown leads, regained leads and, in the end for the Dodgers, leads again painfully lost.Per ESPN, Houston became just the fifth team in World Series history to rally from three deficits in a game (two of which were three-run deficits) to win it in the end. But Los Angeles also displayed resilience and a flair for the dramatic, rallying for three runs in the ninth to force extra innings. It must be said, Games 1 through 5 of this Fall Classic have all been incredible to take in. This brings me back to my Reilly reference. In many ways, this series has been just “too big” to handle as both a media member and a Dodgers supporter. While it is not over yet, it wouldn’t be fool’s gold to say that this year’s Fall Classic will go down as one of the finest ever played. Houston, coming together as a community after facing natural tragedy, is hungry for its first title in franchise history. Meanwhile, the Dodgers appear to finally have the right puzzle pieces to end their nearly three-decades-long World Series drought since the start of the season. The Astros will enter the confines of Dodger Stadium Tuesday night with a 3-2 series lead — nine innings away from hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy. Game 6 will be just the fifth World Series game ever played on Halloween night. No team has ever clinched a World Series title on Halloween, and the Dodgers are certainly hoping this will still ring true when they wake up on Wednesday morning. Los Angeles will needback-to-back victories to secure its first World Series trophy since 1988. A day marked by ghosts, ghouls and goblins, Halloween is the annual holiday centered around fear. The Dodgers themselves encounter a scary reality Tuesday night: going up against Astros pitcher Justin Verlander in an elimination game and facing a Houston lineup loaded with ERA-killers like Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa.Tuesday night’s contest will end one of two ways: The Dodgers will either be the character in the horror flick who is brutally slain in the dark forest, or they will emerge as the resilient survivor who withstood the violent onslaught, which in this case would be surviving to see a Game 7. Halloween baseball at its finest. Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, Viscarra’s Vice, runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Angel Hernandez makes more objectively bad calls in Yankees-Jays game

first_imgUmpires don’t get every call right, and it’s wrong to expect perfection from them. It’s not wrong, however, to expect Angel Hernandez to be better than he was in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s Yankees-Blue Jays game.Hernandez’s judgment was beyond poor as he tried to call balls and strikes with New York’s Masahiro Tanaka on the mound. At least two of the pitches in the clip below were borderline, and two of them were just plain missed. RT to spread the word! This HAS to be the final time we see Angel Hernandez. There is something clearly wrong here, @MLB.Four missed strike calls in ONE INNING! Two of them were right down the middle!— Kyle ⚾️ (@KyleNYY) June 5, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNTo make things worse, Toronto scored all four of its runs in that frame. It held on to win 4-3. MORE: Cubs manager Joe Maddon fumes over Laz Diaz’s call of key pitchUniformed personnel have long considered Hernandez a poor umpire. He reinforced that belief with his work in Toronto.last_img read more

Craig Ehlo ‘shocked’ by Ron Harper’s ‘Last Dance’ comments on guarding Michael Jordan

first_imgCould history have been rewritten? “The Shot” never having existed?Maybe. Ron Harper was savage for this 😂— Jonathan Peterlin (@JPeterlin) April 27, 2020On Wednesday, Ehlo offered some insight to Harper’s comments, per never said I was a Jordan stopper like Gerald Wilkins or anything. But back then Harp and me were on the court at the same time and he was our big offensive threat. So, when I came in it was a no-brainer that I would guard Jordan so Harp could rest on defense and play on offense.Harp had never really talked about defense or guarding people. He wasn’t a bad defender, I will give him that much, but I think those years with the Bulls where he got those championships, he was definitely third or fourth fiddle, so all of a sudden he becomes this lockdown defender, apparently. I don’t really remember him during our time wanting to play defense that much. He kind of shocked me with those comments, saying he wanted to guard Michael.So, in summation: Ehlo was perfectly fine guarding Jordan, while calling into doubt Harper’s real desire to want to defend him. Seems like something that’s festered to this day.Whatever the case may be, “The Shot” lives in fame as one of the first true iconic Jordan moments, and whether it was Ehlo or Harper, destiny likely wouldn’t have been rewritten. On Sunday’s Episode 3 of the “The Last Dance,” Michael Jordan’s iconic shot over Craig Ehlo in the 1989 NBA Playoffs was put under the microscope. Jordan famously sunk a series-clinching shot over Ehlo, securing the second playoff series win of his career. Ron Harper, also a member of those Cavaliers teams, voiced his displeasure during the episode for Cavs coach Lenny Wilkins putting Ehlo on Jordan for that shot instead of him.MORE: Ken Burns says “The Last Dance” can’t tell full storylast_img read more

Former Mason City firefighter sentenced to ten years in prison on sexual abuse charge

first_imgMASON CITY —- It’s 10 years in prison for a former Mason City firefighter who pleaded guilty to a sexual abuse charge.30-year-old Gendel Bimbo was accused of taking two people to the Hampton Inn and Suites in Mason City sometime between January 23rd and January 25th of last year and having sex with one of them, who was age 15 at the time. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the incident since Bimbo was a city employee at the time of the alleged crime, with Bimbo resigning and being arrested on May 2nd on a charge of third-degree sexual abuse.Bimbo pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony. He was sentenced on Tuesday by District Judge Rustin Davenport to ten years in prison, was assessed a $250 civil penalty and must register on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.last_img read more