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Back in September 2004, Batter's Box ran its first unofficial Write Your Own Headlines contest; later re-christened the "Splashy Headlines Contest," we ran versions again in May and again in July of this past season; see those for inspiration.

This Special World Series Edition has a few simple rules: write a New York Post or New York Daily News-style banner headline about something that might occur in this World Series; a second "subhead" is permissible, but feel free to offer an explanation for the headline to clarify if necessary. No "Rocket" puns will be eligible for prizes. Did we say prizes? Oh yes ... the winner of the "Best Headline" offered before the end of the series earns fifty billion Batter's Box points, good wherever Batter's Box points are accepted. And Mike Moffatt will prepare your family of six (or you and five guests) a special fried cuttlefish sandwich barbecue next summer!

The obvious ones -- "Andy's Dandy, Pettitte Hurls Shutout," and "Great Scott! Podsednik Leads Sox to Win" -- are too easy and should be avoided. A few examples to get you started, then ...

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According to our latest poll, Bauxites-- by a margin of about 3-1 -- are rooting for a mimosa (champagne and Minute Maid) World Series celebration. But just for a minute, forget about the winners and losers -- what would you most like to see happen in this World Series?

For example ...

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Disclaimer/Confession: I finished writing this about 45 seconds before Pujols hit the homer Sunday. I'm glad I can post it, unedited, now, and with no sense of irony or further fear of jinxing involved.

The Houston Astros, in their 44th season of existence, are headed to the franchise's first World Series. The best man of the World Series dropped to one knee tonight and offered up a promise ring -- one with a (baseball) diamond attached, of course.

Now maybe Toronto fans, spoiled by multiple World Series within their team's first two decades of existence, can't appreciate the magnitude of that statement ...

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Before last night, the most memorable homers of this post-season had been hit by Brad Ausmus and Chris Burke. Not your most likely suspects.

Albert Pujols. That's a little more like it.

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For just the second time since the Black Sox scandal, the Chicago White Sox are going to the World Series.
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Almost two weeks of sitting around and waiting his turn didn't bother Jon Garland very much.
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Houston got the win in St. Louis that they needed, and the White Sox are going to need to win a game in Anaheim.
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Hey, all you Bauxites who are sure you could do it better than JP, are smarter than that Harvard guy Keith Law, pine for the days of Stand Pat Gillick ...

Look what's posted over at
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OK, OK, I'll drag myself away from the Data Table I'm working on...
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The Angels win the first one, behind Paul Byrd.

No truth to the rumours that Chuck Finley is starting the second game.

And then there were four...
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So does anyone still want to replace Miguel Batista with Kyle Farnsworth?
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This is the first of three articles that attempts to discuss -- and rank -- the greatest hits in post-season history. Not the greatest games, per se, but the most important individual hits that were the most pivotal in baseball playoff history.

This installment covers the Division Series, which occurred on a one-time basis in 1981 and has been a permanent part of the baseball landscape from 1995 through the present.

Comments -- and debate -- are most welcome!
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There are places I'll remember
All my life
Though some have changed
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Well, that was lively.
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