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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Instant classic: the Red Sox had “nutritional issues”

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett reacts after striking out Tampa Bay Rays John Jaso to end the top of sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox owner John Henry gave a press conference this morning summing up the team’s problems down the stretch, talking about Terry Francona’s departure and all of that stuff.  We’ll have more on that later this morning, but for now I am preoccupied with one particular thing he said. When asked about the team’s conditioning…

  2. A word about that bandage on Joaquin Benoit’s face

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit pulls a bandage off his face at the request of the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    We had a tense three and a half hour playoff elimination game last night. Some of baseball’s biggest names coming to bat and hurling pitches in clutch situations. Drama. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.  And the subject that took up the most real estate in our live chat last night?  That…

  3. What they’re saying about the Yankees’ first round exit

    Oct 7, 2011, 7:27 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez strikes out with the bases loaded against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    It’s audacious, I realize, to attribute the result in this series to the Tigers winning rather than the Yankees losing. Derek Jeter acknowledged it (see below), but that’s just not how New York rolls. So let us absorb the New York sturm und drang, shall we? Joe Girardi:  “It’s an empty feeling for everyone in that…

  4. ALDS Game 5 Live Chat: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 6, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    Two teams enter, one team leaves. It’s Thunderdome, baby. Baseball-style. Ivan Nova takes on Doug Fister. Which is totally what we expected in Game 5. Actually, I would have sooner expected Andy Hawkins and Dan Petry. Maybe even preferred it.  Oh well, you can’t always get what you want. This will be good enough for…

  5. Lawsuit alleges that Tim Lincecum trashed his San Francisco apartment

    Oct 6, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Lincecum cap

    How very rock and roll: Tim Lincecum is being sued by his San Francisco landlord, who claims that Lincecum “broke, stained, defaced, tore, injured or destroyed” some $200,000 worth of furniture, fixtures and appliances in his Mission District apartment. According to the Mercury News, landlord Mindy Freile’s complains that all manner of items were damaged or stolen,…

  6. They’re holding a press conference about the Busch Stadium squirrel

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    A squirrel runs behind Philadelphia Phillies Polanco to cause a stop in play during Game 3 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the St. Louis Cardinals

    We haven’t been posting as much as usual today. Just not a lot happening as four of the six teams still playing in the division series are travelling and the other two are getting ready to play tonight.  Baseball is gonna happen and happen in a big way the next two nights, but right now…

  7. Braves, Giants brass apologize to fans

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    I'm sorry

    Has this always happened, or is it a new thing? Braves’ President John Schuerholz and Giants managing partner Larry Baer have each written letters to the fans talking about how much of a bummer it was for the teams to miss the playoffs but, dadgummit, we’re gonna double our efforts and happiness is but a season…

  8. Frank McCourt loses again

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Last week the judge told Frank McCourt’s lawyers that they’re not entitled to get into the financial information of the other 29 teams as he tries to make a case that Bud Selig is treating him unfairly. The other day McCourt filed a motion to have the judge reconsider that ruling.  Yesterday the lawyers argued…

  9. The anti-“Moneyball?” Clint Eastwood to star in a movie about a baseball scout

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Clint Eastwood

    “Moneyball” made money and everyone loves Clint Eastwood, so it is not at all shocking that another baseball movie is getting off the ground.  It’s called “Trouble With the Curve,” and here is the description, courtesy of Indiewire: Penned by Randy Brown, the film has a great concept, centering on an aging baseball scout, who is…

  10. That Marlins logo everyone hated: it’s legit

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    From Jane Winston, here’s a pic of the seats being installed in the new Marlins ballpark.  Which confirms that the logo that everyone was tweeting about a couple of weeks ago is the real deal: It looks better in white than in the rainbow colors. Give it some time — and see it featured on…

  11. The Phillies’ bats have gone cold

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Howard reacts to striking out during their MLB Divisional Series playoffs against St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis

    Don’t kill the messenger. I merely pass along the observations of others about how the Phillies’ offense sucks right now, not to make judgments myself.  But of course, reasonable people can only draw so many conclusions from data. ESPN’s stats crew — passed along in Buster Olney’s column today — noted that in yesterday’s Cards-Phillies…

  12. Your animated Gif of the day: Shane Victorino would like this moment back

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    OK, we don’t actually have an Animated Gif of the Day — I don’t think I’ve ever even posted one — but sometimes words don’t do a play justice. I saw this in a Grant Brisbee post over at Baseball Nation. Grant thinks he first saw it from Dan McQuade on Twitter.  Whoever it was that…

  13. Tony La Russa whines about his team being accused of whining

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Tony La Russa and the Cardinals have been vocal about mid-afternoon start times recently.  It started back in the regular season, actually, but this week we’ve once again heard about how the shadows that fall across the field at around 4PM Central time make it difficult for the Cardinals. I suppose it makes it difficult…

  14. We’ll be live-somethinging tonight’s Tigers-Yankees game, and we’re requesting some feedback

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    DT Crymes, Shawn Darwin

    Early round playoff baseball is fun, but I’d be lying if I said I’m not feeling a little bit of overload at the moment. Maybe it’d be different if I was just taking it all in from the couch with a beer in my hand, but since I have to actually think about the games…

  15. Did you know that the NFL is more popular than baseball? It’s true!

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    old TV

    Christine Brennan of USA Today is blowing the lid off of this baby.  And it’s somewhat surprising to her: If I had had to guess, I would have said the TV ratings in Milwaukee for the two games would have been about equal, considering the Packers were early in their season, while the Brewers were…

  16. Game 5 for the Cards, Yanks and Dbacks? Been there. Done that.

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    2001 Diamondbacks

    All this has happened before. All this will happen again. The Cardinals, Yankees and Diamondbacks are all heading into a Game 5 in the division series. But this is not the first time that has happened. Flash back to 2001 when the Yankees beat the A’s in a deciding Game 5 of the ALDS and…

  17. Jose Valverde wins the Delivery Man of the Year award. Um, OK.

    Oct 5, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde was named Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the Year today.  It’s a fan vote, so take it for what it’s worth.  And from where I’m sitting, it’s not worth a heck of a lot.  Here’s part of that: Other relievers receiving votes from the MLB panel this year included John Axford of…

  18. Mike Napoli swallowed a wad of chewing tobacco during that home plate collision

    Oct 5, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Rays' Rodriguez runs to collide with Rangers catcher Napoli at home plate, before knocking the ball loose to score in the second inning on a double by teammate Joyce in Game 4 in their MLB playoffs in St. Petersburg

    Reason number 1,246 not to use smokeless tobacco.  Yesterday, during the Rays-Rangers game, Mike Napoli was leveled by Sean Rodriguez at a play at the plate.  The initial concern was that Napoli might have gotten a concussion, but he was examined after the game and his head seems to be fine. His stomach, though? Eh,…

  19. What constitutes an emergency in Wisconsin

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    911

    I’m against abuse of emergency services, but given the caller’s age and the situation, I wholeheartedly endorse this use of 911 and offer thanks to our brave first responders: A 97-year-old man who wanted to watch a Milwaukee Brewers game called 911 to report someone had stolen his remote control … The remote control was found…

  20. The Mets fire a bunch of coaches … including Mookie!

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Mookie Wilson

    UPDATE: Chip Hale has been hired by the Athletics. Quick work, there, Chip! 3:50 PM: The Mets announced a few minutes ago that bench coach Ken Oberkfell, third base coach Chip Hale, first base coach Mookie Wilson, and bullpen coach Jon Debus won’t be with the the major league club in 2012.  It’s not clear…

  21. Mike Francesa has never heard of Al Alburquerque

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque reacts after called for a balk which scored New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez during the fifth inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    There are a times when a guy I’ve never heard of shows up in a box score. I try to cover every team as much as possible and that hurt’s one’s depth of baseball knowledge, so it happens. I don’t know every fourth outfielder or fifth bullpen arm in the game and if a dude…

  22. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg: “This is untenable as a model going forward.”

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 3

    After yesterday’s loss to the Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg held court and he brought the noise regarding the Rays’ future. The extremely pessimistic and damn nigh depressing noise. The upshot: the Rays keep winning but attendance goes down. About how the model that he and everyone believed in — win games, get…

  23. Prepare for Brian Wilson to sell you Chalupas

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    brian wilson getty wide

    I thought the idea behind those Taco Bell ads with Mariano Rivera from last postseason was pretty clever.  The execution was a bit off — seemed rather local-used-car-ad-quality and Joe Girardi and Rivera are not, alas, a great actors — but the ad was fun, at least before they decided to run it every half…

  24. Terry Francona was offered a job

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    White Sox? No. Muskrats: The Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League faxed a job offer to Francona’s agent immediately after he was released from his contract with the major league club last week, but haven’t heard back. Horrible fit for Francona, really.  A collegiate league is going to have a number of players under the…

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