Tom Verducci is Sports Illustrated’s senior baseball writer and a three-time National Sportswriter of the Year (2014, 2015 and 2016). He is also a game and studio analyst for FOX Sports and MLB Network.
The story you know: 40 years ago, the Yankees rallied from 14 games back to overtake the Red Sox. The one you don't: key to their revival was a New York newspaper strike that calmed the Bronx Zoo, brought the team's focus back to baseball—and heralded a change in American life.
Dismal in D.C., the Nationals abruptly put the brakes on Bryce Harper trade inquiries on the last day of the deadline. But the issues in Washington, when added up, run deeper than its decision to stand down.
How did Matt Harvey go from being viewed as the Mets' savior to being designated for assignment less than six years after his rapid ascent? More than anything that happened off the field, his arm failed him.