Anyone else see the play-by-play of Halladay’s perfect game and think that the home plate umpire ought to have co-listing in the history book?
Sunday, May 30th, 2010
Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Friday, May 28th, 2010
It could be the durian that's making me drunk. That and the bintang, but it just dawned on me this hot tropical night: There's a pattern in the chaos.
Brian Cashman is tired of being the Yankees general manager. He realizes this is a thankless job. He constructs a likeable world series winner in 2009 and people say, "Well, that's what you get when you spend $200 billion. Duh." So, Cashman decides that he's had enough. He's going to leave the franchise in disarray. It's time to sabotage the team.
He brings in:
The statheads think it's a clever move. But Cashman knows better. Vazquez will wilt in the New York City spotlight.
He brings in Curtis Granderson.
Again, the Fangraphians love it. But Cashman knows about declines and he knows the first thing to go is the groin.
Cashman brings in Nick Johnson.
For some reason people like this as well. Cashman is like, "really? ok…" Nick Johnson is Nick Johnson. He hurts himself swinging a bat.
Clearly Cashman wants a new challenge. But what if the Yanks overcome the obstacles he's placed before them? Can they possibly? His Brewster Millions plan could all go to junk, and then he'll be stuck. Will he stay or will he go?
Thursday, May 27th, 2010
SSS disclaimer, but Adrian Beltre doesn't seem to mind playing in parks besides Fenway. Perhaps Safeco was the killer some thought? There is a seriously long way to go, but even before last night's outburst he was having a nice season at the dish. And the glove has flashed brilliance lately, too.
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Perhaps one of our favorite works of contemporary art of the past year is this greeting card shown at LAND, the creative outpost of the League Treatment Center in our home neighborhood of DUMBO. This simple piece brought a huge smile to our face on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The caption, if you can't discern, reads "Marilyn Manson, Hillary Duff, Mariah Carey, and Derek Jeter in Goth would like to wish you a Happy Birthday". That is quite an infield. As well as a work of artistic genius and immense humor.
Someone get Hallmark on the line.
Friday, May 21st, 2010
Has Victor Martinez been unlucky, bad, or some combination of both?* Martinez' BABIP is .227, well below his career average of .300, which leads us to believe that there is inevitable, and potentially impactful, upside at the dish. Behind it? Not so much.
You get your motivation any way you can, we guess. Some guys put their head down and barrel forward, others turn themselves into self-pitying victims of world persecution. Like David Ortiz. We find it tiresome and utterly, if not falsely, naive – this is an experienced professional athlete with years of dealing with fans and the press for heck’s sake. But if the results are Ortiz’ May, keep feeling like that, Papi.
Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Despite what can only be considered a disappointing first quarter of a season, the underachieving Red Sox are, following tonight’s dominating performance of Jon Lester, a mere 3.5 games out of the Wild Card lead (with only 120 to play!).
As the Yankees begin to (perhaps) show some effects of age and injury, we should remember that baseball seasons are long, in contrast to our in-season memories. Which are usually quite the opposite.
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
In the unlikely event there is a game tonight, comment here on your Josh Beckett/CC Sabathia Beantown/Bombers action. Otherwise, have at it on whatever topic of the evening you wish.
Celtics v. Magic Game II
NBA draft (Waiting for my Blazers to pick a guy who actually bursts in
to flames moments after hugging Stern)
Habs (YAY!!!) v. Flyers (BOO!!!)
Hawks (BOO!!!) v. Sharks (why do they have hockey?!!)
Monday, May 17th, 2010
Sunday, May 16th, 2010
Saturday, May 15th, 2010
Read this stat on Yahoo Sports: “Rodriguez is 4 for 4 with two homers and 14 RBIs following international (sic)
walks to Teixeira, according to STATS LLC.” I hope that opposing managers continue to avoid Tex to get to the “unclutch” guy.
Francisco Liriano and Andy Pettitte both have sparkling numbers for the season so far, but Liriano last start was a stinker against Baltimore and Pettitte is coming off the DL. Lineups to follow, comment away.
Friday, May 14th, 2010