Category Archives: Baseball

Deeply Compelling?

The New York Daily News‘ Andy Martino searches desperately for a reason to feel good about the Mets starting Dillon Gee against the Nationals’ Stephen Strassburg: Phenom stories are tiresome: Guy is born awesome, guy stays awesome, fans get all … Continue reading

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Proposed Baseball Rule Changes

Joe Posnanski writes about what might happen if baseball season were 16 games, played once a week:

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Mariano Rivera Is The Pope Francis Of Sports

I’ve been saying for awhile that as a Sox fan, I hate the Yankees, but there’s a bunch of guys on the Yankees that I think are the best– Jeter, Rivera, formerly Torre. But I didn’t know the half of … Continue reading

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Special Treatment

I’m not really the world’s biggest Alex Rodriguez fan, but this sounds pretty disproportionate if true: The evidence against the 14-time All-Star is ”far beyond” what the league had against Braun, according to ESPN.com.

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Consistent with my recollection

I probably went to about 20 Mets games at Shea before they knocked it down. I’ve only been to one game at Citi Field so far. This video clip is pretty consistent with my recollection of our wonderful fan base. Here’s a … Continue reading

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The D.H.

The New York Times’ baseball blog has an interview with Ron Blomberg, Major League Baseball’s first designated hitter.  I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to read that he still favors retaining the D.H. spot but I was disappointed: Q. Do … Continue reading

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Lies from the New York Times

Ok, ok, it may not rise to the level/consequence of Judith Miller’s pre-Iraq War reporting, but this headline from the New York Times is patently false: New York baseball fans cannot possibly be optimistic about the Mets or the Yankees this season.

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Things Can ALWAYS Get Worse

For Mets fans, anyway.  I didn’t exactly have high hopes for this season to begin with.  Now this: Johan Santana’s left shoulder has failed him again. Now he must decide if he  has the stomach for another grueling comeback. After … Continue reading

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Second Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Given that there’s unlikely to be an NHL playoffs this year, I got to thinking about other good times in the sports year.  We’re clearly in the midst of one of them — the NL and AL championship series are … Continue reading

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Beginnings XI

Don Delillo’s Underworld entertains the proposition that Bobby Thompson’s game winning home run off of Ralph Branca to win the 1951 pennant really was a “shot heard round the world.”   The sixty page opening takes the reader through the day … Continue reading

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I Add Up To A Republican Senate And Republican House. I’m Entitled To THE Math.

Nate Silver, via Andrew Sullivan, thinks things are going well for Obama: Some think, against expectations until very recently, that the Dems could retain the Senate  and take the House. I guess I’m just a fatalist, but I see those … Continue reading

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Mistaken Mistakes

Nobody seems to know how to make a proper public apology. Here’s journalist Fareed Zakaria’s apology, in which he acknowledges that he took material from a New Yorker article without attribution to write one of his own columns: Media reporters … Continue reading

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Year of the Pitcher

The 2012 baseball season isn’t even half over and it’s already had five no hitters and a two perfect games.  Not just any perfect game either, a fourteen strike out perfect game.   Meanwhile, the Mets’ 37 year old knuckleball pitcher, R.A. … Continue reading

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With Governments Printing Money Like Crazy, Only Gold Coins Can Secure Your Future

I’ve been avoiding saying much lately about the failure of right-wing antigovernment former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling’s toy company despite tens of millions of government dollars. It was one thing to laugh about his hypocrisy, but since then, 400 employees … Continue reading

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Diamond Welfare Queens

Legendary MLB pitcher and noted Republican commentator Curt Schilling, like a strapping young buck buying T-bone steaks with his food stamps, is turning to the government to save himself: Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling asked Rhode Island officials for … Continue reading

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In Which My Estimation Of Davey Johnson’s Managerial Skill Declines A Notch

The guy’s been successful in Baltimore, with the Mets, and in Cincinnati. This year the Nationals are surprising the league. Johnson’s obviously very good at what he does. But you’d think he could say, “he was dealing with some stuff” or … Continue reading

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SNAFU

Judge Walton caught a bit of a break after a monumental screw-up in the Clemens trial:  Before the prosecution’s star witness in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, Brian McNamee, took the stand Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton sidestepped … Continue reading

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Nationals Stupidity

Washington, DC is a city full of people from other cities.  The city is in constant flux as administrations come and go and people move in and out of the public/private sector.  The fluidity of DC’s population is especially noticeable … Continue reading

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