FROM John Thorn
Curses, Miracles and the World Series The Colorado Rockies won 21 of their last 22 games this year, one of the hottest season-ending streaks in the history of baseball. They've had to wait eight days for tonight's World Series opener against the Boston Red Sox , who were behind Cleveland three games to one before winning the American League championship. The Red Sox were loveable losers for decades before they won the 2004 World Series . The Rockies had never won anything until they became this year's "miracle team." John Thorn is editor of Total Baseball : The Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball.
Baseball's All Star Game and the So-What Factor Major League Baseball's All-Star game will held tonight in San Francisco, and Barry Bonds of the Giants will be on the field, just four home runs away from Hank Aaron 's record. But what about the rivalry that once existed between the National and American Leagues? The All-Star game pits the best from the two leagues against one another in what used to be a heated rivalry. But John Thorn, a leading baseball historian and editor of Total Baseball , says those days are over.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.