Oct 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT
Usually, when a venerable member of our nation’s sporting media says something in public about steroids, the message is pretty clear: steroids are awful, only evil cheaters use them and unless we test people to within a hair’s breadth of their life, they will be a scourge upon the land. Or words to that effect.…
Oct 7, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT
The Braves announced their NLDS roster a few minutes ago. You can see it here. There aren’t many surprises. Takashi Saito is off because his shoulder is still wonky. His replacement — Craig Kimbrel — has been pretty fantastic anyway. Jair Jurrjens is off due to his knee. There are still expectations that he would…
Oct 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT
Funny part: we made Tiffany be the one to say “OctLoweber,” thereby insulating me from the inherent lameness. Which I myself created. Oh, man. I gave it away.
Oct 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT
Not long after last night’s game a picture of the moment that Carlos Ruiz embraced Roy Halladay in celebration started making the rounds. It’s so hard in our digital age to appreciate when a photograph really captures the moment — there are so many pics these days, and of course, we have video — rendering…
Oct 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
I’m guessing that this will not be one of the five plays I watch in Heaven.
Oct 7, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT
In February 2009, Roberto Alomar was sued by an ex-girlfriend, who accused him of (a) being HIV positive; and (b) infecting her having sex with her without telling her of his status. The most notable thing about it at the time, I think, was the girlfriend’s salacious narrative in the complaint itself, in which she…
Oct 7, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
The Daily News is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez is in talks with prosecutors in hopes of reaching a plea agreement. You’ll note that the Daily News refers to this as “copping a plea” because they like to make people they find distasteful sound like lowlifes. Given that K-Rod faces little if any jail time over…
Oct 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
Was that convincing? Nah, didn’t think so. Sigh. I started thinking about tonight’s Braves-Giants game a few minutes ago. I want to talk myself into Atlanta coming out of the gate strong, but I’m having a hard time really getting on board. My thought process: The good: Derek Lowe was 5-0 in September, with 29…
Oct 7, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
When Dusty said it was a game where you feel “almost helpless,” I was expecting him to correct himself and say. “Well, there was no ‘almost’ about it.”
Oct 7, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT
Rays’ catcher Dinoer Navarro was left off the postseason roster. That happens. Most guys who get left off the postseason roster either remain with the team or, at the very least, retire to the spring training complex to stay in shape in case they’re needed. Someone may get injured, after all, and you could get…
Oct 7, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT
Dave Brown at Yahoo! caught former Tigers/Twins/Jays ace Jack Morris saying something after last night’s Twins-Yankees game that, in addition to being dumb, was pretty damn hypocritical too. He’s talking about Francisco Liriano here: “The good guys never let it slip away, and he let it slip away.” As Dave notes, Morris isn’t one to…
Oct 7, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT
After yesterday’s Phillies-Reds game, Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera really stepped in it. His comments regarding Roy Halladay’s no-no: “He and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him every pitch. Basically, we had no chance.” Such sour grapes are unbecoming even if the strikezone was wonky, but they’re especially bad when they’re demonstrably false. Click…
Oct 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT
I could have posted hundreds of people going “Whoa . . .dude . . .” Fifty of them would have been me at around 7:30 last night. But I decided to find some more interesting reactions.
Oct 7, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT
Some years, Day One of the playoffs just slips by uneventfully. This was not one of those years.
Oct 6, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT
Our last division series preview is the hardest one: predicting doom for the good, righteous and honorable Atlanta Braves.
Oct 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
That according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, who says that the Feesh are in the process of shoring up their slate of contenders. Among the possibilities: Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi, Bo Porter, Tony Pena, Ted Simmons, Tim Wallach and, of course, current manager Edwin Rodriguez. A couple of observations: Within “a couple of weeks” is…
Oct 6, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT
It’s only one game, Rays fans. It’s not that big of a deal. Or is it?
Oct 6, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT
So I’m watching the Rangers-Rays game through, oh, the seventh inning, when the front door opens up and my kids walk in, fresh off the school bus. I don’t know if there’s anything more jacked up with energy than kids who have been yelling at each other and eating candy for the last half hour. …
Oct 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Those who put too much weight on it are doomed to poorly analyze a Twins-Yankees series.
Oct 6, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT
Cliff Lee and the Rangers are now up 5-0 on the Rays in the sixth and the game is starting to lull me to sleep. Speaking of lulling fans to sleep, John Hickey of FanHouse reports that the Mariners would be interested in talking to the Red Sox about Daisuke Matsuzaka if they were to…
Oct 6, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT
Bengie Molina hadn’t hit a home run since the middle of July, but he just went deep off David Price. That, combined with his earlier RBI single, Francoeur’s double and a Nelson Cruz moon-shot homer makes it 4-0 Rangers entering the 5th. David Price has not had many outings like this. In fact, Price has…
Oct 6, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT
For those of you stuck at work, please know that Jeff Francoeur doubled in the first run of the postseason and then Bengie Molina promptly drove in Francoeur. Off David Price, one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. It’s 2-0 as we head into the bottom of the second. The lesson here: all…
Oct 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
“In Dusty I trust.” But that doesn’t stop me from pickin’ the Phillies anyway.
Oct 6, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT
I just tuned into the Rays-Rangers game and the first thing that announcer Don Orsillo said was that the Rays have sold out Games 1 and 2 of the Division series. So, there goes a whole week’s worth of “why can’t the Rays draw” complaints. They can draw when the games matter. In other news,…
Oct 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
I know there are a lot of things that go into building a manager’s reputation that none of us see: friendships, conversations on the field before games and all manner of things that go on when baseball isn’t actually being played. But I still have a hard time seeing why Juan Samuel would, as Jeff…
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