New York Yankees

Michael Pineda’s Foul Ball
Why was the Yankees pitcher suspended for breaking a rule that everyone breaks?
April 24, 2014

A pine tar controversy provides a peek into the intricate world of baseball's unwritten rules.

Mariano Rivera's Legacy Isn't as Great as You Think
September 19, 2013

Mariano Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, announced during spring training that this season is his last.

Why Is the NFL’s Trade Deadline So Boring?
November 13, 2012

The game of football and the NFL conspire to limit midseason trades, denying fans excitement and players autonomy.

The Giants Win! How Team Chemistry Trumped Statistics
October 29, 2012

Three reasons San Francisco prevailed over the Detroit Tigers

Why the Nationals’ Playoff Loss Was the Best Thing That Could Have Happened to Washington Sports
October 15, 2012

The Washington Nationals' heartbreaking loss Friday night could end up solidifying its fanbase.

Why There’s Still Space—and Time—For Another GOP Contender
September 30, 2011

This weekend in Little Rock, Bill Clinton and an all-star cast of political alumni will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of his formal entry into the 1992 presidential race. But the candidate decision that did the most to bequeath Clinton the Democratic nomination did not occur until December 20, 1991.

A Meditation on Loyalty
June 09, 2010

Zachary Roth and Luke Dempsey's eloquent and honest posts about the USA-England match raise interesting questions about the roles of identity, citizenship, and fandom. Loyalties are strange things. Driving to play in a charity “World Cup” event over the weekend with a friend from Liverpool, he casually mentioned he was having trouble fully giving himself over to Wazza & Co. Why? There are no Evertonians in the squad.

Is Education on the Wrong Track?
March 16, 2010

From: Kevin Carey To: Diane Ravitch, Richard Rothstein, and Ben Wildavsky Subject: Looking for answers to the problems plaguing education? Diane Ravitch doesn't offer them.  Apostates always make a good story. So it's been no surprise to see Diane's high-profile repudiation of her ideological fellow travelers, chronicled in The Death and Life of a Great American School System, featured prominently in The New York Times and The Washington Post. The book is selling briskly.

Yes We Can, Pinstripes Edition
November 05, 2009

Long-lost reader EC writes: In the past 40 years, the Yankees are undefeated in the World Series under Democratic presidents (1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009). But they've lost every World Series with a Republican in the White House (1976, 1981, 2001, 2003). More broadly, in their 40 World Series appearances, the Yankees are 20-3 during Democratic administrations, but only 7-10 with Republicans in charge, and haven't won the World Series under GOP rule in over half a century.

O Brother
October 30, 2009

Something wonderful, or terrible, is taking place in Philadelphia. The city's sports fans, whose only consistent love has been for an inanimate object--the statue of Rocky--are becoming warm and fuzzy. Sort of. Kind of. Well, about as nice as they are ever going to get in Philly, where fans have made their national mark with nastiness, boos, and a perverse fondness for losing. But now the city is confronted with a success story greater than any since the signing of the Constitution (which wasn't so pretty, either). It's the Philadelphia Phillies, of course.