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.
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.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."