“The Collapses” didn’t matter, as Boston went on to win the 2011 series in six games over the Atlanta Braves. That scenario would have been a possibility last season if there had been 10 teams with playoff berths as will be the case in 2012 now that expanded playoffs is a done deal according to Ken Rosenthal.
Hey, more baseball can only mean better baseball, right?
by General Baseball · 8 comments
at 3:16 pm in
Okay, that was mean. But it does mark the passing of an era, what with Tek and Posada — each of whom were powerful presences in their clubhouses — both retiring.
It’s time to move on. It probably was time to move on some time ago. I will miss the intensity and passion both of those players brought to their game.
by General Red Sox · 24 comments
at 12:16 pm in
Here is some information for MLB.tv/premium subscribers. If you have an account with MLB.com like I do (and have had for many years) and had a season pass last year, your plan is likely set up to auto-renew any day now. There are a few catches to this situation to be aware of heading up to that day.
- They don’t tell you the exact date it will happen, but they do give an approximation.
- It will be drawn from whatever card number they have on file for you set as your primary card on your “Payment Profile.”
- If there aren’t sufficient funds available, their page advises you they will try the other cards they have on file, but they don’t tell you in which sequence and give you no control of the sequence.
- You can’t delete any of your cards they have on file, online or over the phone.
- They tell you that if you don’t like this, hard cheese. You shouldn’t have given it to them in the first place:
If you do not wish for us to use this payment information in this manner, please do not save more than a single primary debit or credit card in your Payment Profile.
- If you call them to complain about this, they tell you there isn’t anything that can be done, but someone who presumably also can’t do anything will call you back. And then they don’t, at least not in my case.
There is some good news for this year:
New for 2012: At Bat 12 is now included with purchase of an MLB.TV Premium Subscription – watch LIVE games on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and most Android phones and tablets.
So, if you are like me and set it up last year to come straight out of your checking via debit, be advised that there’s a $120 hit coming RealSoonNow.
by Uncategorized · 6 comments
at 1:10 pm in
In the grand scheme of things Brian Cashman has done a solid job this offseason. He as assembled what should be a very formidable Yankee roster for the 2012 season. There has been some debate over the left handed DH spot or how the Pineda/Montero trade will look a few years down the road, but overall there has not been much for Yankees fans to quibble over. With yesterday's Eric Chavez signing the Yankees have, by all accounts, locked up their opening day roster with the exception of one bullpen spot.
by General Yankees · 2 comments
at 1:47 pm in
Raul Ibanez will wear pinstripes this year. I’m not convinced this is the correct move for the lefty DH slot but it does raise awareness of the genius that was Warren Zevon.
by General Yankees · 11 comments
at 10:02 pm in
Pete Abe at The Globe has the story. In completely unrelated news, look for a viral video of SF performing a celebratory jig.
by General Red Sox · 2 comments
at 2:58 pm in
From the MLB Network, Carter’s Final Hit:
And a tribute:
The New York Times has a slideshow.
by General Baseball · 0 comments
at 6:47 pm in
“If I wasn’t outspoken and a so-called ‘proud black man,’ maybe I would have gotten the empathy and sympathy like other ballplayers got that I didn’t get; like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Steve Howe. I can name 50 people that got third and fourth chances all because they weren’t outspoken black individuals.” — Dennis Boyd, talking with Nick Cafardo in The Globe.
I think it is impossible to know what factor being an “outspoken black man” played, and though I have no doubt racism may have swayed some opinion of and prospects for the man it seems more likely that being an average pitcher in decline with baggage probably held the exit door for Oil Can. That said, I always loved watching him pitch.
by General Red Sox · 0 comments
at 12:36 pm in