In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant examines how the Oakland Athletics have found a way to win, despite being in an outdated ballpark and poor market for baseball. But the real question is: Why should they have to?
The World Series champion Cardinals discovered an unexpected foundation of talent and toughness that should serve them well in the coming years. The Rangers, meanwhile, must resist the temptation to let this crushing loss ruin them.
Although there are more high-profile spots on the calendar, the next six weeks of the baseball season is by far the most intriguing. This period of discovery foreshadows the pennant finale and October glory.