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Spurs Stampede Through Playoffs, Earn 3rd World Series Ring!


Before the 1983 NBA Playoffs, Philadelphia 76'ers big man Moses Malone made his famous "Fo, fo, fo" prediction:  3 consecutive 4-game sweeps on the way to a championship.

While legendary Texan Red Robbins was making no such predictions entering the 2015 NASBL post season, his Dallas Fort Worth Spurs did the closest possible thing:  A 1-0 tie-breaker vs the Seattle Pilots gave the Spurs a first round bye.  Then a 4-0 sweep in a Pilot-Spur rematch vaulted DFW to the World Series against the hottest team in regular-season baseball, Ed Killmer's New Potatoes.  And after a shocking 4-0 sweep, the Spurs had parted the post-season waters just like Moses Malone:  3 series, 3 sweeps, and a 3rd NASBL World Series ring for the winningest post-season manager in NASBL history, Red Robbins.

A recap of the action:

Game 1:  DFW's Jordan Zimmerman (17-9, 4.12) vs ECN's Cy Young award winning Corey Kluber (28-3, 2.56).  Kluber was as good as advertised, going 8 strong innings (something he had done only 1 time in 37 regular-season starts.)  However, while Kluber was long on talent and results all year, his one vulnerability was that he was perhaps short on stamina:  Corey averaged just a little over 6-1/3 IP per start during the regular season.  It wasn't until Kluber gave way to rookie sensation Ken Giles (1-1, 2.25) that the Spurs were able to break through.  In the top of the 10th the Spurs hitters, who had worked up an active disdain for Giles when Coach Robbins told them Ken Giles was the same "Kenny G" that plays the horn on that album their moms still embarrassingly play on Valentines Day, broke through with a walk and two doubles, netting 2 runs, a 5-3 victory, and a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2:  The Spurs started off the top of the 1st the same way they had ended the top of the 9th last night:  with 2 runs.  This time it was a walk by leadoff man Jayson Werth, followed by an Andrew McCutchen homerun.  While the New Potatoes were able to partially answer in the bottom of the frame with a solo homer by MVP Mike Trout (.317/36/109), DFW never really looked back for the rest of the game.  Spur  sidearmer and TG Fireman of the Year Joe Smith (9-2, 1.84, 43 saves) pitched the 9th for his 2nd save of the series.  DFW 3 - ECN 1, Spurs led the series 2-0.

Game 3:  It was the 7th inning, and DFW starter Garrett Richards 96 mph 2-seamer was moving like Beyonce's glutes in a half-time dance-off.  Nobody would sit next to Richards on the bench, and the New Potatoes had only been able to advance a runner to 2nd one time, on a first-inning Mike Trout walk-and-balk.  Dallas Fort Worth had tallied 5 in the 5th on a 2-run triple by Andrew McCutchen, a run-scoring double by fellow son-of-a-running-back Jason Heyward, and a 2-run bomb by Todd "Down Town Goes" Frazier.  The only remaining mystery was whether Garrett Richards would fire a no-hitter in an NASBL World Series game.  But while a clean 1-out single by ECN's Matt Carpenter ruined one dream of NASBL immortality, Richards' shutout and a 5-0 Game 3 victory by DFW brought another dream one step closer.  DFW 5 - ECN 0, Spurs led the series 3-0.

Game 4:  ECN looked to stem the tide by sending the winningest single-season pitcher in NASBL history to the mound.  A 2-run rally in the top of the 2nd gave 28-game winner Corey Kluber a 1-run lead to work with, and as he had done all year, the Cy Young winner held the lead through the top of the 6th.  Whether his stuff faded in the bottom of the 6th, or whether the aggressive Spurs hitters were simply able to straighten out a few of Kluber's consistent offerings of zone-pounding 2-seamers, a 3-hit rally culminating in a 2-run Devin Mesoraco double put the Spurs on top for good.  DFW added 2 insurance runs in the 8th, and lockdown closer Joe Smith was on hand to be tackled off the mound by Mesoraco and 23 other stampeding Spurs after striking out MVP with a wicked 2-2 frisbee.  DFW 5 - ECN 2, Spurs sweep the World Series 4-0!


Please join me in congratulating all the post-season contestants on their fantastic years, and especially in congratulating Red Robbins and his Dallas Fort Worth Spurs on a historic 3rd NASBL World Series Championship!







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