The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team.
The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.
Since 2017, home-field advantage in the World Series has been determined by regular-season records of the two league champions, replacing a system used for the prior 14 seasons where the champion of the league that won that year’s All-Star Game would hold home-field advantage in the World Series.
Forget the hot dogs, beer and peanuts—there is nothing more American than the World Series. This year, as the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in a rematch of their 2004 battle for baseball supremacy, we take you to the best places to eat, drink and celebrate our national pastime.
The World Series is not just about baseball—it’s also about food. And this year’s culinary lineup looks like a home run: from sausages and hot dogs to fried chicken and pork chops, these spots will have you rooting for the seventh-inning stretch.
At our favorite spots to eat near Fenway Park in Boston, the Red Sox’s home stadium, you can find everything from classic New England seafood to burgers and sushi just steps away from your seat. The best place to start? The legendary Union Oyster House, where John F. Kennedy often held court at table 40 in the front corner of the dining room. If raw bar isn’t your style, we recommend grabbing a burger or some sushi at Island Creek Oyster Bar next door, or heading to Jacob Wirth’s Restaurant & Pub for hearty German fare such as kielbasa or knockwurst sausage platters with sauerkraut and Bavarian-style
In 1903, the upstart American League challenged the established National League to a postseason championship series. The NL declined, its president declaring that “there is no world series as far as we are concerned.”
The following year, however, top teams from the two leagues did meet for a “world’s championship series.” The Boston Pilgrims (now the Red Sox) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in eight games, launching what has become an annual tradition in professional baseball.
Nowadays, more than 100 years later, the World Series remains a national institution. In 2010 and 2011, it even inspired a popular song by Fall Out Boy!
Baseball is America’s pastime. It has been played for well over a century, and during that time it has given us many great moments. Some of the best players in the history of the game have played in this great sport. But, as a result of certain problems, such as steroids, it is no longer our national pastime.
When baseball was first invented it was not a very popular sport or even a popular pastime. It was just another sport to play after work or on weekends. However, over the next 100 years it became America’s favorite sport because it was simple and easy to understand. Most importantly, it was fun to watch and participate in.
As more people began to watch baseball games on television, sponsors began advertising their products during these games. This increased the popularity of baseball because people were able to be entertained while watching their favorite team play against another team.
Over time more money was being spent on baseball than ever before and teams began spending more money signing players to contracts. This led to an increase in player salaries and they were no longer considered “blue collar” workers but rather “white collar” employees with high paying jobs who received health insurance benefits from their employers (the teams).
This is what baseball is all about. Wednesday night at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees — America’s two most famous teams — playing in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, with a trip to the ALCS on the line.
The Sox have a 3-0 lead in the game, but the game has been messy. The Yankees scored first in the top of the first inning on a Didi Gregorius home run. The Red Sox answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning off starter Luis Severino. Then, after neither team scored for three innings, Boston broke through for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to blow it open.
After that, it was up to Nathan Eovaldi to put it away. And he did — mostly. Eovaldi worked around a few baserunners — one of which came via an error by Brock Holt — over his seven innings of work, but never really got into trouble against a Yankees lineup that looked lost for most of Wednesday’s game. He walked off to a big ovation from Fenway Park after throwing 97 pitches.
The Red Sox now lead this ALDS three games to one with an opportunity to close out the series back in
When I was in school, it seemed as if work and fun were opposites by definition. Life had two states: some of the time adults forced you to do things, and that was called work; the rest of the time you could do what you wanted, and that was called playing.
And it did not seem a coincidence that adults, who for some reason had to work, did not like to play, while kids didn’t like to work and loved to play. Thus the clearest message we got about what we did later in life was: grown-ups work, kids play. And when they get together they do neither. It’s pretty much how it works at parties today.
But when I got out of school I was confused because this system did not describe the way my friends and I spent our time. It wasn’t just that we didn’t do what our parents did: we weren’t even doing what our friends’ parents did, which was basically sit around at work all day getting paid to be bored and then come home at night and watch TV. Instead we were spending all our time doing “stuff.”
The stuff we made couldn’t be bought in stores; you couldn’t buy an afternoon’s entertainment for a dollar or two the way you
Like most Americans, I spent the 60s, 70s, and part of the 80s in awe of Bill Cosby and his total domination of popular culture. He was the first African American to star in a dramatic television series, I Spy (1965-1968), breaking color barriers as Jackie Robinson had done in baseball. His performances were natural and totally unselfconscious, and he always seemed so comfortable in his own skin. Perhaps it was because he grew up poor in Philadelphia and had to fight hard for everything he achieved. Unlike many other stars who had once been poor, however, Cosby never seemed bitter or angry.