Wayne Housie and Dwayne Hosey were different people

You DID know that, right?
The Red Sox had an switch hitting African American outfielder who came up in September 1991 named Wayne Housie. He had good speed, stealing a base in his major league debut on September 17, 1991. He didn’t make the team in 1992 and played briefly for the Mets in 1993.

Then in 1995, the Red Sox called up another switch hitting African American outfielder in time for the post season push. This player batted .338 in September with an OPS of 1.026. He became the Red Sox lead off hitter. On September 13, 1995, had 4 hits including a homer and scored both runs in Boston’s 2-0 win over the Orioles. He batted lead off in the Division Series against the Indians. He played part of the next season for the Red Sox as well before going to Japan.

His name was Dwayne Hosey.
NOT Wayne Housie.

They aren’t the same person.

I hope this cleared up any confusion.

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Rest in Peace Dave Niehaus

One of the great things about having the XM Radio and the MLB package on the computer is I can listen to broadcasters that normally I would NEVER hear.

And when I had the chance to hear the Mariners broadcast, I loved Dave Niehaus… his great pipes, his humor, his “My oh My” calls and of course his grand slam descriptions. “Get out the rye bread and mustard it is GRAND SALAMI TIME!”

So it is sad to know that he will never call a Mariners World Series.
Someday the Mariners will win it all… and it will be sweet for Seattle fans. But there will be something missing and it will be Niehaus’ narration.

Let’s listen to his wonderful call of the end of Game 5 of the 1995 Division Series… one of the greatest games I have ever seen… and you can hear why in his voice.

Rest in Peace Dave.
My oh My.

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Chances are there will be an upset in the Division Series

As we get ready to start the second to last day of the season, not one single Division Series match up is official yet… and that’s pretty cool.

All four AL participants are in, but will it be Rays/Rangers?
Yankees/Twins? Rays/Twins? Yankees/Rangers?
It can’t be Yankees/Rays… the logic of which will be questioned in another post.
And we know the Phillies and Reds are in… but the game of musical chairs between the Giants, Padres and Braves has at least another day.
Once the match ups are set, everyone and their moose (including yours truly) will be making their picks.
I can’t tell you who is going to win what… but I WILL say that you shouldn’t put too much weight on which team has Home Field Advantage. Historically at least you can bet a team or two starting the series on the road will advance to the League Championship Series.
Since the creation of the Division Series, only twice has the World Series been played between the National League team with the best record and the American League team with the best record. (1995 when the Braves beat the Cleveland Indians and 1999 when the Yankees swept the Braves.)
But the League Championship Series also rarely has the 1 and 2 seeds. Since the first annual Division Series in 1995, only once did both the NLCS and ALCS been played by the four teams who had home field advantage in the first round:
Last year… when the Phillies and Dodgers played in the NLCS and the Yankees and Angels played in the ALCS.
Now you could argue I should include 1995 when the Reds, Braves, Mariners and Indians all advanced. But remember because of the mind bogglingly stupid home field rules used in the first 3 years of Division Series play, the Indians didn’t have home field advantage in the Division Series, even though they won more games than anyone in baseball that year!

Each year after that, there was an upset or two… or three… or in 2002 there were four.
Wild Card teams advanced to the ALCS in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Wild Card teams advanced to the NLCS in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Underdog Division winners advanced to the ALCS in 2002 and 2006.

And underdog Division winners moved on to the NLCS in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008.

So make your picks and use whatever methods you want.

Look at stats. Look at history. Flip a coin. Stare into at your parrot until you see the winner’s logo appear in their eyes.

But if you just pick all the teams with home field, chances are you’ll get burnt.

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