The Red Sox Have Eliminated The Yankees And All Is Right In The World

The Red Sox Have Eliminated The Yankees And All Is Right In The World

The Red Sox continue their undefeated streak vs the Yankees in playoff series this century.


It looks like those chants of "We want Boston!" didn't serve the New York Yankees to well. The Red Sox put the Yankees world series dreams to bed Tuesday night advancing to the ALCS. In a matchup with so much hype and build up, ended with only an inning of self-inflicted drama. In other words, it really wasn't too compelling.

For the better part of four games, the Red Sox dominated the Yankees in nearly all facets of the game. They hit better, made better adjustments and maybe most importantly got the most out of their starting pitchers. Boston starters combined to throw a total of 19 innings, while New York's only threw 13. In today's game, teams want deep bullpens and don't rely on their starters to go seven innings.

But when your starters can't even get a quality start (five innings) then you will probably have some problems. The Yankee bullpen did do well, considering they had to enter games in the fourth and fifth innings but that isn't a winning formula. I understand that playoff baseball is now a contest to see how many pitchers you can use in a single game, but your starter sets the tone for the whole game.

Starting pitching is one of the most important aspects of the game. If a guy is on, then he can pitch the entire game then you don't even need to tap into the bullpen. In this case, the pitching was so bad that when the Yankee relievers entered the game they had to make sure leads didn't balloon to four or five runs.

It nearly worked in the game on Tuesday where the Yankee bullpen held the Red Sox lead to three runs for four innings which nearly resulted in the worst choke job I've ever seen. On that note, let's talk about that ninth inning. My goodness, that gave me flashbacks to 2011 when the Red Sox had their epic collapse from the playoffs.

The Sox put in Craig Kimbrel, arguably the best closer in baseball and the only reliable pitcher out of the bullpen and he immediately loads the bases for Giancarlo Stanton. At this moment I'm thinking to myself "Self, this is it. This is where Giancarlo Stanton solidifies himself as new public enemy number one." Thankfully Stanton wasn't made for the moment. He struck out on some of the worst pitches I've seen from Kimbrel. A lot of Yankees fans must be upset for trading all of those nice players, and taking on such a massive contract for a guy who goes 6-20 in the playoffs.

To put it nicely, I really wasn't concerned about the Yankees at all. On paper they should have destroyed the Red Sox this season, still finished second in the division. Stanton was supposed to be the best power bat in the American League, instead, it was Boston's, J.D. Martinez. Luis Severino was supposed to emerge as a big-time pitcher, instead, he turned in the worst postseason start in Yankees history. But with all that being said all I can do is congratulate the Yankees and their lovely fans on what might be the best second place season ever.

Hopefully, we can do this again sometime!

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Professional Athletes Are Paid Too Much

Are pro-athletes really deserving of the monetary commission they receive?

For generations, children have aspired to become professional athletes. In the 1920's children wanted to be Babe Ruth; in 2012 children wanted to be Derek Jeter. The list of pro-athletes that influence the younger generation can go on and on. Looking back on elementary school yearbooks, the most common profession for youths has (and will continue to be) a professional athlete. Whether it involves the MLB, the NFL, the NHL, or any other professional league, children tend to pick this profession out of love for the specific sport. Yet, these innocent and uninformed children seem to strike gold by choosing one of the most economically successful jobs in the world.

While professional athletes dedicate most of their life to their respected sport, the amount they are paid to simply play games is absurd. For example, the average salary for a professional football player in the NFL is $1.9 million per year. Keep in mind that that is average, without external endorsements. Therefore, some athletes make much more than that. The crowd favorite Peyton Manning averages $19 million a year. Sports other than football also have averages that are incredibly generous. In the world of golf, the popular Tiger Woods makes more than $45 million a year. These pro-athletes make millions of dollars, most of whom have not received an outstanding education. In fact, some have not even received a college diploma.

Zooming out from the glamorous and indulgent world of professional athletics, taking a look at other professions seems to be much less appealing. How is it that jobs that are vital to the success of the public receive much less commission than jobs that revolve around running to catch a ball? The average pediatrician makes $173,000 a year. The average teacher salary is $50,000 a year. This does not mean that a professional athlete is any less of a hard-working, devoted, deserving professional. This also does not mean that the athletes have not pushed themselves and worked incredibly hard throughout the years to get where they are, but it does mean that there is a line where inequity takes over. Fame and fortune are showered upon athletes. Is it truly necessary to average out millions of dollars per year when people spend massive amounts of time researching and developing new policies, cures, or other ways to improve the condition of the world? The salary and status of professional athletes seems to be a major power imbalance in the world of careers.

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From The Girl Who Kept Getting Denied Internships, Keep On Trying

"Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." - Richard Branson


The idea of applying to graduate school or applying to a job in your intended field after college is a daunting experience. In an applicant pool of thousands of other students who majored in the same exact thing as you, how do you set yourself apart from everyone else?

The skills and knowledge you learn in a classroom setting can only help you so much unless you actually apply everything you have learned outside of the classroom. Clubs and organizations are a great way to find groups of individuals who are seeking the same experiences you are, but the most supplemental way to make the best out of everything you have learned and stand out as an applicant is to get an internship.

Internships are honestly a part of the college experience, and having an amazing internship can change your life for the better in ways you never would have imagined possible. An internship can open more doors for opportunities related in your desired field, you can network among individuals who can mentor and guide you, and sometimes, you meet people who will be a part of your life for a really long time.

I am going to be blunt here, the process of securing a great internship can be difficult at times; it can especially be more difficult if you have zero experience correlating in that field. Take it from someone who changed their major from the different side of the spectrum—biology to English—and the only professional experience I had was being a co-manager at a retail store.

I cannot begin to tell you how many internships I applied to in content creating, editing, or research opportunities, only to be flat our rejected or never even hear back from. My favorite rejection e-mail was from a publishing agency questioning why I even bothered to apply with the little experience I had and commented plentiful on the science courses I had taken, practically mocking me. I am not being dramatic when I say for an entire two semesters—summer and fall—that I applied over and over again only to be continuously rejected as my peers were securing some of the coolest internships locally and out-of-state.

It is exhausting to constantly feel defeated every time you receive an e-mail along the lines of "Thank you for applying to our company for this desired internship position. Unfortunately, …" You put out the best version of yourself and it's hard not taking it personally. Despite all the rejection emails you might receive, no matter how defeated you may feel, I can promise you that eventually, someone is going to look at your application and really see the potential you possess and take that opportunity to hire you onto their team.

For every rejection e-mail I received, I kept telling myself "this is a blessing in disguise." I will admit, there were periods of time that got the best of me and I stopped applying as frequently as I usually did, but I never genuinely stopped applying. After two semesters of continuously applying, I finally received a paid internship that was willing to work alongside my school schedule, and this opportunity was better than any other internship I applied for in the past combined. Someone finally took a chance with me and all the months of rejections leading up to this point were worth it.

My advice?

1. Apply as early as internships allow you.

The earlier you apply, the faster you will hear a response.

2. Apply to positions even if you're under-qualified.

Take a chance and never settle. Sometimes, companies are willing to train you even if you don't meet all the credentials they're looking for!

3. Connect unrelated experiences.

If you're like me and you have absolutely zero experience in a field you're applying to, try making connections with things you have experience with. For example, for my biology courses, I would say in interviews for internships in content creating that I have the ability to create different content on various topics and that I was very detail-oriented.

4. Apply to many internships.

Don't just apply to one and hope for the best. Apply to as many opportunities you come across because someone is bound to call you back eventually.

5. Sell yourself in your interview.

Show them the best version of yourself and what you can bring to the company. Not every company is going to be the best fit for you, but this is your time humbly brag about all the hard work you have done so own it.

The process for applying to internships can be bittersweet, but I never gave up and you shouldn't either.

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