Who will be the big winner in the pivotal game 7 between the Cubs and the Indians?

“The only sad thing about [this World Series] is there’s not a game 8, 9, 10 and 11 to take us through the weekend,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle at the top of the show, recapping the game. “But we are going to game seven! [The Chicago Cubs’] bats came alive. The kids on the Cubs clearly played a lot looser in Cleveland than they did at home in Chicago.” Listen here to find out who the panel declares will be the big winner in the pivotal game 7 between the Cubs and the Indians.

“You can just lose yourself in baseball.”

“It’s such a relief from the campaign news and political news. You can just lose yourself in baseball,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about Game One of the World Series played last night. Hear the conversation between Barnicle and host Joe Scarborough about baseball – instead of politics – for all of 55 seconds on Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle’s prediction on who will win the World Series

“The [Cleveland] Cavaliers get their rings….The Cleveland Indians begin game one of the World Series. It’s great for Cleveland. It’s great to see these two mid-Western teams in it,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle in conversation with the show’s host Joe Scarborough about the Cavs celebrating their first-ever NBA championship and the Indians in their first World Series since 1948. Tune in to hear Barnicle’s prediction on which team will win the World Series – the Indians or the Chicago Cubs.

Mike Barnicle on the controversial Major League Baseball player Pete Rose

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, contributor Mike Barnicle shares his thoughts on the controversial Major League Baseball player Pete Rose, who was just inducted into the Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame. “Pete Rose belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame,” states Mike. “Put on his plaque what happened and what he did to himself.” The all-time Major League leader in hits, Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing and managing the Cincinnati Reds. Watch the conversation on Rose here and catch Mike’s comments on the Boston Red Sox’s Ted Williams.

Bobby Valentine Talks Red Sox

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“He is semi-fluent in Japanese. He is a gourmet cook, a ballroom dancer, inventor of the wrap sandwich, a consumer of Malcolm Gladwell’s books as well as sheet after sheet of sabermetrics; he has been fired by George W. Bush, worn a disguise in a dugout, colored his hair for TV, and never, not once, missed an opportunity to grab life with both hands each and every day.”

Extract taken from Mike Barnicle’s “Is Bobby Valentine really the guy to turn the Red Sox around?”

Mike Barnicle On One Of The Most Successful Collaborations In Baseball

“…characters out of a kind of baseball version of Upstairs-Downstairs the old PBS series about class and expectation. One is Ivy League. The other is Summer League. One grew up dreaming of baseball. The other played it, raised in a house with a father who made a living at it in the major leagues…”

Excerpt taken from Mike Barnicle’s “Tito and Theo”