World Series studs you should watch — even if you don’t care about the game

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are meeting in the World Series — a first for the Dodgers since 1988, and a major win for the city of Houston, which is recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

If there isn’t a team your rooting for this Fall Classic, think again. There’s about to be a lot of athletic eye candy on your TV screen and social media timelines.

Whether you’re bitter about your team missing their chance or couldn’t tell an infielder from an outfielder, there’s one thing we can all appreciate: the players. They’ve worked hard to get to where they are, both physically and mentally, and deserve some love.

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Texas Rangers face backlash as series with Houston moved to Florida

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Astros have moved their upcoming home games across the Gulf to Florida.

The Astros will play two “home” series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, which is the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays will be on the road in Kansas City and Chicago while the Texas team takes up residence in their stadium.

The decision hasn’t come without backlash, however — though none is directed at the Astros.

The first of the Astros’ two series in St. Petersburg will be against the Texas Rangers, a team based out of Arlington, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Rangers’ home field is a good 250 miles northwest of the Astros’ Minute Maid Park.

Initially, the Astros had asked the Rangers to swap these home games with a scheduled series in Arlington in September. The Rangers host the Astros from September 25-27, but the team declined to play those games in Houston as a switch for playing this week’s series up North.

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Red Sox employee’s windshield smashed by Salvador Perez home run

Salvador Perez has 21 home runs so far this season — and the most recent one did damage to more than just his opponents.

On Friday, the Kansas City Royals catcher homered off of Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello in the second inning of their game at Fenway Park. The 417-foot moonshot put the Royals on top 1-0 in a game they ended up winning 4-2.

That hit wasn’t just a blow to the Red Sox, but also a team employee whose car was directly in the baseball’s path.

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Chicago Cubs gift 2016 World Series ring to Steve Bartman

Fourteen years after the infamous catch that changed his life, disgraced Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman has returned to Wrigley Field.

On Monday, Bartman met with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and received the gift of a lifetime — a World Series ring.

“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the Cubs said in a statement to local news station WGN.

Bartman became a household name in 2003 when he reached for a foul ball that left fielder Moises Alou was attempting to catch during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The Cubs were winning that game, but would go on to lose it and the series, lengthening their championship drought another year.

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The Houston Astros held a touching pre-game funeral in the outfield — for a glove

Carlos Beltran’s Baseball Reference page still lists him as a center fielder, but he hasn’t actually played an inning in the outfield in two months.

The Houston Astros have been using the 20-year veteran as their designated hitter since May (something they may want to reconsider given his .235 batting average), leaving his glove to collect dust on the shelf.

Beltran’s transition from center to DH has been difficult for many, and on Monday, his teammates came together to support each other and mourn the loss of a friend: Beltran’s outfield glove.

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MLB umpire in town for a game saves woman’s life in Pittsburgh

An MLB umpire who was simply in town to work a baseball game this week ended up saving a life.

John Tumpane, an official for the current Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Tampa Bay Rays series, was crossing Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on Wednesday when he saw a woman climb over the bridge’s railing.

“Obviously, that grabbed my attention,” the 34-year-old explained in an interview prior to Wednesday night’s game.

The woman reportedly told Tumpane she wanted to get a better view of the city from that side of the bridge, but he could tell something else was going through her mind.

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Washington Nationals fan uses obituary to rip team’s bullpen

For dedicated sports fans, your team of choice is your team for life. You support them through the ups and the downs, the championships and the last-place finishes, for as long as you live.

This was especially true for Patrick “Pat” Killebrew, who passed away last week from watching his beloved Washington Nationals blow a game.

Wait, what?

That’s right — according to Killebrew’s obituary via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the 68-year-old passed away peacefully “after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.”

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Red Sox announcer apologizes for comment about translators during games after facing backlash

New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took to the mound at home on Tuesday night to face the team’s historic division rival, the Boston Red Sox.

Tanaka pitched only five innings and gave up five runs on on five hits, including three home runs in a 5-4 loss to Boston — but his performance wasn’t what garnered the most attention during the game.

Tanaka, who was born in Japan, utilizes a translator whenever he needs to speak with his teammates or coaches, including in conversations on the mound while the game is going on.

During the game’s broadcast, Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy said he didn’t believe translators should be permitted.

“I don’t think that should be legal,” he said after Tanaka’s translator paid the pitcher a visit alongside the team’s pitching coach, Larry Rothchild.

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St. Louis Cardinals delete sexist tweet after backlash from fans

The St. Louis Cardinals deleted a tweet on Tuesday that was sent from the team account earlier in the day that many viewed as sexist.

The message in question was promoting a May 17 giveaway of replica World Series rings — but it implied that men who “love baseball” should obtain the gift for the women in their lives who “[love] jewelry.”

According to outraged fans, the tweet connoted that baseball and jewelry are mutually exclusive interests — and women are bigger fans of accessories then they are of sports.

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A look back at the best photos from the year in sports

2016 was a beast of a year.

With all that went on in news and politics around the world, it was nice to be able to sit back, relax and watch some sports every once in a while.

… Sorry, did we say ‘relax’? We meant scream and jump and cry and pull your hair out and not relax even a little bit at all.

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(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)