Articles By: Matt Whitener

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Fear Factor: The San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals And The NLCS Mirror Match

Over the past four years, the destinies of the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals have often run parallel. When one team was not winning the National League crown, it was the other doing it instead. Yet for the first time since the Giants’ classic comeback in the 2012 NLCS — and the...
October 10th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

Shock The World Chronicles: The St. Louis Cardinals, The Playoffs & The Best Day In Baseball

There are few places in the world like St. Louis, Missouri, when there is postseason day baseball to be played. Actually, allow me to retort, there is NOWHERE like St. Louis when there is playoff baseball that awaits. Now, I am completely aware that I could, and shall, be called a “homer” and a...
October 9th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Wild Impact Of The MLB Wild Card Game: A Working History

By force of habit or by resilience to preserve tradition, which is all-important in tying together the ends of the game, Major League Baseball is slow to embrace change. When the decision was made three years ago to expand the postseason even further and create a second Wild Card spot in each league,...
October 1st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Clarifying The Confusion: 4 Reasons Why The Derek Jeter Farewell Tour Matters

There has been an odd habit that has become popular as the baseball summer draws to a close and subsequently is taking the career of Derek Jeter along with it. In the winter of his days as a New York Yankee, there has been a tug of war between the push to show appreciation to his career and to also...
September 26th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Here Are 5 Potential World Series Matchups That Are Intriguing As Hell

If Robin Williams’ character in Good Will Hunting taught us anything, it is that once upon a time, the World Series was second only to true love. Every once in a while, there is the prospect of a World Series that is so epic that it creates that undeniable chemistry with the fall that only its...
September 24th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Meet The Fan: Kansas City Chiefs And Arrowhead Drown Out Any Other Noise For Matthew Oates

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone...
September 4th, 2014 | Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

MVPitcher? How Clayton Kershaw’s Worth Is Underrated

Clayton Kershaw is really, really good. So there, the understatement of the year is out of the way early. On Wednesday, he pushed his record for the summer to 16-3, becoming the first pitcher to reach the 16-win mark on the year. In the process, he lowered his MLB-best earned run average to 1.73 (which...
August 29th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

10 Of The Greatest Moments Lost In The 1994 Baseball Strike, 20 Years Later

Some years just have a different vibe to them. Teams are clicking, the games are exciting, the performances are just a bit more spectacular more often. For Major League Baseball, the summer of 1994 was one of those years. There was a great franchise at the peak of its power in Atlanta that faced an...
August 18th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Meet The Fan: Jack Walker’s Light At The End Of The Tunnel With The St. Louis Rams

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone...
August 6th, 2014 | Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

On Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen And Respecting Baseball’s Rules Of Engagement

There are two rulebooks in baseball: the one that moves games along and the one that holds the game itself together. While the balls and strikes are important, perhaps the rules of engagement that bind “the boys” together are more important than any other rules. Things like not stepping on the mound...
August 5th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones

It has been clear for months that Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is playing for keeps. From the onset of the December free-agent spree and well into the summer, he has changed the usual status quo that his measured, “Moneyball” famous approach has traditionally gone. Instead,...
August 1st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

5 Factors To Winning The 2014 MLB All-Star Game For Each League

Tonight is Major League Baseball’s annual entry in its traditional summer showcase — the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event toes the line between exhibition and impact game, due to nothing less than World Series league advantage on...
July 15th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Cheap Seat Fan’s ‘Real’ 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters

First of all, I would like to say that I am stunned by the accuracy of which the All-Star vote relayed a very good representation of putting close to the best possible lineup for each team at the head of next week’s 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. As The Rev said yesterday in his surveying...
July 9th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The ‘Just A Bit Early’ 2014 MLB All-Stars – Volume 2

The 81st game and technical halfway point of the Major League Baseball season has been met for each of its clubs, while the ceremonial midway mark is two weeks from today as the All-Star Game looms in Minneapolis. And with that, it is time to take the top-of-the-month look at what the 2014 MLB All-Stars...
July 1st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Did Clayton Kershaw Pitch The Greatest Game Ever?

Early on in the year, it’s seemed like something has been missing in Major League Baseball for some reason. That’s because there was: the ever-present specter of Clayton Kershaw, looming every fifth day to more likely than not showcase pitching brilliance of the most florescent manner. Kershaw...
June 20th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The True Legacy Of Tony Gwynn

Coming up in the early to mid-1990s, there was a simple answer as to who was the best hitter in baseball: Tony Gwynn. Maybe there were better players in Seattle and Pittsburgh, and perhaps there were folks who won more in Atlanta and New York, but when it came to the pure, sophisticated science of wielding...
June 17th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The ‘Just A Bit Early’ 2014 MLB All-Stars — Volume 1

The marathon of the Major League Baseball season lends itself to both patience and context in some very constant fashions. For example, here in June it is too early to declare anybody having established himself as a “frontrunner” for anything, but it is not too early to declare a few teams...
June 4th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

50 Cent ‘Dies Tryin’ With First-Pitch Attempt

Pitching is a particular form of artistry. At its best, it is a choir-like blend of coordination, thought, strategy, power and head-to-head battle. A perfectly set up pitch that bites a corner is just as impressive a sight as throwing one hard enough that the batter never seems to have known it was...
May 28th, 2014 | Baseball, Et cetera, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Terms Of Endearment With Troy Tulowitzki

As long as there are seasons for sports to exist, there will always be a healthy side of “what ifs” to go with the main course of the games. One of the most consistently served items on the Major League Baseball menu is “What if Troy Tulowitzki was healthy?” and it has been a question that has...
May 22nd, 2014 | Baseball, Sports, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Rest Of The Road For Albert Pujols And St. Louis

Last Tuesday, Albert Pujols hit his 499th and 500th career home runs, which put him in elite company all time in baseball’s timeline. While he had long established his standing as a future Hall of Famer, it is moments like this that affirm that early acclamation was bestowed accurately. However, along...
April 28th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More