Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

Author Archives: Stacey Gotsulias

Random baseball thoughts on a Friday

It has been a while since I’ve written one of these posts but if you’re a longtime reader, you know the drill and if you’re new to the blog, welcome and enjoy the journey into my brain: the thoughts are random and can be silly.

And away we go:

  • I missed Travis Ishikawa‘s walk off last night because I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face before bed, though I did say to my brother that the Giants would walk off in that ninth inning.
  • And how about that walk off? Remember Ishikawa’s time with the Yankees? Probably not because it only lasted two at bats in a game against the Royals in 2013.
  • Mike Matheny really screwed up a lot during this NLCS: he made very questionable decisions and poor Michael Wacha didn’t deserve to be in the position he was in last night.
  • The Giants are unbelievable.
  • I’m also getting sick of seeing them in the World Series every other year.
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Open Thread: Royals vs. O’s Game 4

Greetings, everyone!

I thought that if you were watching Game 4 of the 2014 ALCS, you’d want a place to discuss the events and well, here we are. It’s your open/game thread for the day.

This has been some series for the Royals. They have that 2007 Rockies thing happening which could be a good thing with regards to LCS but a bad thing if there’s a long layoff between the LCS and WS. They have a chance of sweeping the O’s out of town with a win this afternoon/evening and after 29 years, the fans in KC are pumped up.

I’ll admit I’ve been watching the games with an eye on the TV and my better eye on my computer so I am only paying half attention BUT I will watch today’s game intently because it could be a clincher.

And if you’ve been away from your computers, well, you’ve missed the whole hullabaloo surrounding Jeremy Guthrie’s t-shirt last night.…

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10/15/01: A playoff game with dad

[A note: Tonight marks the 13th anniversary of what turned out to be a fun night for me and since I'm in the mood to reminisce and write about the happy memories of my father, I thought I'd share this story with all of you.

It was originally published on my Aerys Sports Yankees' blog back in 2011 for Father's Day and I've gone in and edited it a tad. Hope you enjoy it. ~Stacey]

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My dad, Gus Gotsulias, is the reason I like sports so much and why I root for the New York Yankees, Knicks, Rangers and Giants.

He took me to my first Yankees and Rangers games. He bought me my first pair of Knicks tickets but, at the time, I was 19 and wanted to go with my best friend. She ended up watching Madonna the entire time – she was sitting courtside right below us – and the Knicks beat the Heat by 35 points (Yes, it was a very long time ago.) And it always seemed that whenever my dad could get us Giants tickets, they were for November or December and he didn’t want me to freeze which, while considerate of him, still annoyed me as a kid, so I didn’t get to attend my first Giants game until 2009 when I was well into my 30’s.…

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Thanks, Derek

Here’s Derek Jeter final at bat and of course, he got an RBI single.

Final career numbers:

Slashline – 310/.377/.440/.817
Hits – 3,465
RBI – 1,311
Home Runs – 260
Doubles – 544
Triples – 66
Stolen Bases – 358
Walks – 1,082 walks
Games – 2,747 games
World Series Rings – 5
Wonderful Memories for Yankees’ fans – Countless

Thanks, Derek.

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Quick hit: Thanks a lot, Yanks!

I was in my dad’s hospital room watching the Yankees/Rays game last night.

My poor dad, who had been asleep for most of my visit, actually had his eyes open so he was also watching the Yankees’ feeble attempts to get runners on base and score. At one point, he rolled his eyes and I’m pretty sure that if his arms weren’t strapped down – to prevent him from pulling out his lines – he would have waved his hands in disgust like he does when he’s healthy and at home.

Anyway, my dad watched the Yankees’ eighth and ninth innings and he just looked completely irritated and frustrated. So thanks a lot, Yankees, I actually saw a glimpse of my real dad for the first time in a while and it seems like your awful play brought it out.

Some of my thoughts from last night’s debacle:

  • The team is just boring to watch.
  • Even if it it’s not hit in a traditional 6-4-3 or 4-6-3 fashion, Derek Jeter will always seem to hit into a double play at the absolute worst time.
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Game 140: McCarthy vs Duffy

Here’s your game thread:

ROYALS
Lorenzo Cain CF
Omar Infante 2B
Alex Gordon LF
Salvador Perez C
Eric Hosmer 1B
Josh Willingham DH
Carlos Peguero RF
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS

YANKEES
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter DH
Martin Prado 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Zelous Wheeler LF
Brendan Ryan SS
John Ryan Murphy C

Enjoy!

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Keep On Fighting

Hi guys, it’s Stacey. Long time, no see.

In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, don’t listen to the podcast and didn’t hear the news, my dad is fighting to survive in a New York City hospital and because of what’s been happening with him, watching baseball and more specifically, writing about it, has taken a bit of a backseat in my life.

Until this morning.

My dad is the one who introduced me to baseball. He took me to my first games, he taught me how to score and if it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be writing about baseball so it has been hard for me to sit and watch games knowing he’s in a hospital bed with lines stuck into his body and tubes shoved down his throat. The thing that upsets me the most is that this is a man who has never been seriously ill. He worked for 42 years, never took a day off and the most he ever had wrong with him was a bad cold.…

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Oh Captain, My Captain: Yankees 3, Rays 2

This game looked like it was going to be one of those heartbreaking, walk-off contests that end up making Yankee fans wish they hadn’t tuned in at all but it actually turned out to be a much needed win for the boys from the Bronx.

Sure, poor Shane Greene‘s really strong start was wasted when Shawn Kelley gave up the tying run in the seventh but Dellin Betances came in to pitch the eighth and did Dellin Betances stuff, the Yankees scored their third run in the top of the ninth and David Robertson closed out a game for the first time since Jesus was a boy. Yankees win, the Yankees win!

It was a typical 2014 Yankees game in the sense that they scored two runs early, couldn’t do more than that and then allowed the opposing team to tie the game in annoying fashion late in the game but it was an atypical result because old man Derek Jeter stepped up and knocked in what ended up being the winning run.…

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Game 121: How about some runs today boys!

Hey guys, it’s going to drizzle during this afternoon’s game so… oh wait, they’re playing in a dome. Don’t mind me, I just get a kick out of seeing a weather report for a game that’s being played indoors.

So we maybe Shane Greene can keep the Rays from scoring more than zero runs and maybe the Yankees can score one or two against Drew Smyly? And maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow morning 20 years younger and 30 lb. lighter…

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter DH
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Martin Prado 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brendan Ryan SS

RAYS
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Vince Belnome DH
Curt Casali C
Kevin Kiermaier RF

You’ll notice that there isn’t a DH next to Beltran’s name today which means he’ll be playing right field in Tropicana Field and if you recall he had a bit of an incident the last time he played there.…

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