Good ole’ Wally Matthews chimes in with his take on the New Yankee Stadium: Whatever it is, the franchise that took ownership of the home run, whose players have hit some of the most famous home runs in baseball history – The Babe’s called shot, Reggie’s three on three consecutive World Series pitches, The Mick’s [...]
One cup quirk isn’t actually a mistake, but a victim of an unfortunate change in popular lexicon. Frank Selke was an assistant manager for the Maple Leafs when they won the cup in 1945. His title is abbreviated as “ass man.” Says Philip Pritchard of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, “We don’t tell a lot of people about the ass man,” he says. “Players love the story, though.“
Who isn’t, Frank Selke? Who isn’t? And what does the title of “ass train” mean, too?
Wait, the coach of the 1945 MapleLeafs was named “Happy Day”?
Dan Turkenkopf posted an article on stealing home at The Hardball Times today, and his findings were too juicy to ignore. He found 25 instances of an attempted straight steal of home since 2000, with 15 successful and 10 failing. There was one particular team that was victimized four times, and one pitcher that was [...]
More fun/shame at the expense of the soldiers minding the moat (emphasis mine):
The combination of food and security collided inside the Stadium Wednesday night. This had nothing to do with high-profile broadcasters or players’ wives. This was a rebellion of the rich. In that expensive area downstairs – the one with the empty seats – there are seemingly more waiters and waitresses, serving free food, than there are patrons.
On Wednesday, it got so crazy that the fan-elite started tossing ice cream sandwiches over the moat to peasants sitting in the $400 “cheap” seats. This did not sit well with Toastie security forces, who began scolding their most prized customers. The lecture from security prompted a guy in the rich seats to say:“I paid for this food, I can do with it what I want!”
Yeah, let them eat ice cream (sandwiches).
Wish I saw this live.
By now, everyone’s aware of Peavy’s decision to stay in the comfy expanses of the wonderful land of San Diego. [I case you are new here, I've spent umpteen hours discussing Peavy and why a trade is not only inevitable, but necessary for the franchise.] There are a few reasonable reasons for this decision that I can consider:
- He loves SD too much to leave / His family does not want to leave
- He really likes to bat 3-6 times a week
- He knows how great a pitcher’s park Petco really is
- He knows how much of a hitter’s park US Cellular Field is, especially for FB pitchers
- He’s flat out scared about pitching in the AL on a full time basis
Let’s scratch the surface on these points, shall we?
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Chien-Ming Wang was expected to start for SWB tonight, as the Yankees were hoping to see his improved sinker manifest itself in a game after he had displayed it in a bullpen session before team officials. However, with Joba Chamberlain bruising his knee and the bullpen going 8.2 innings last night, those plans have changed. [...]
Scranton pounds Pawtucket, 14-1 George Kontos started, giving up just 2 hits and 2 walks in 6 scoreless innings, with 1 strikeout. He lowered his ERA to 2.45 with this outing. Romulo Sanchez, recently acquired, gave up a solo homer in 1 inning of work. Edwar Ramirez, recently demoted, struck out 2 and allowed 2 [...]
After retiring Brian Roberts, Joba was hit in the knee on a liner up the middle by Adam Jones. While Joba was able to record the out, he appeared to be in pain and was limping. After surrendering singles to Nick Markakis and Aubrey Huff, Girardi pulled Joba, replacing him with Alfredo Aceves. I’ll update [...]
Rick Reilly wrote a column this week about what he might do were he commissioner of baseball. Being that this is the worst column ever, I figured we would rip it to shreds, FJM style: I personally find baseball so crushingly boring I would happily plunge knitting needles into my eyes to avoid another snap [...]