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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to attend the World Series opener

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Michele Obama

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans. It’s part of MLB’s Welcome Back Veterans program and Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative, which seeks to support veterans and their families. There’s not much else to this little news item, which came as a…

  2. Do home runs make baseball boring?

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Are home runs anticlimactic and boring, or are they everything that is awesome about baseball?  That’s the question posed by Linda Holmes at NPR: Arguments in favor: a towering home run is an awfully impressive achievement, it sounds great and looks awesome (if you’ve never heard a really big hit in person, it’s weird how…

  3. Bad news for a great guy

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Mac Thomason

    I lost contact with baseball for many years in the mid-to-late 90s. I followed it, generally, but I didn’t obsess. I rooted for my team, but it was fairly shallow. It happens to a lot of people in their 20s, even if they were hardcore fans when they were kids. Some of us find our…

  4. And now a Korean Taiwanese video explanation of the Red Sox implosion

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE: I’m told the video is from Taiwan. Apologies. Doesn’t change the fact that it’s hilarious. I found this via, well, everyone on the planet re-tweeting it because it’s so nicely random and silly.  But in case you have been away for a couple of weeks, here’s a quick summary of how the Red Sox’…

  5. The ten weirdest career-ending performances of all time

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    John Kruk - 89 Topps

    Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times is at it again. Last time out he listed the ten worst career-ending performances. This time he trains his historical eye at the ten weirdest performances to end a career. The first one he lists — John Kruk’s — is the best.  I don’t think I ever knew this,…

  6. Jon Lester opens up on beer/chicken-gate, Terry Francona

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Fried chicken

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe spoke with Jon Lester, who is — as far as I can tell — the first of the Red Sox Fried Chicken Posse to answer the allegations about all of that beer and chicken and those video games and stuff.  Lester was contrite to some degree, but added a…

  7. Let’s keep a tally of the Michael Young tongue-baths for the next 48 hours

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    young_michael

    Look, I don’t have anything against Michael Young. Fine player. For all I know he’s a nice guy.  But the level of adoration he gets from the baseball press has always vexed me. It’s been some time since he was the best player on his team, yet he is treated as though he is.  He…

  8. Bud Selig wants the Theo Epstein stuff done before the World Series starts. But he shouldn’t care.

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    We keep hearing that the Red Sox and the Cubs are continuing to negotiate a compensation deal for the Cubs’ hiring Theo Epstein, but according to Buster Olney, Bud Selig wants this stuff wrapped up before the World Series starts on Wednesday so it doesn’t distract from baseball’s big show. I get his concern because…

  9. Yeah, Shaun Marcum was awful, but let’s not kill Ron Roenicke for it

    Oct 17, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    My first impulse after Shaun Marcum‘s Game 2 four inning, five run performance was that he shouldn’t be allowed to start another playoff game this year.  Then, after thinking it over and looking up and down that Brewers roster, I came around to Ron Roenicke’s way of thinking: who the hell else could he pitch…

  10. Prince Fielder has likely played his last game as a Brewer

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    If it ends — and it looks like it has ended — Prince Fielder‘s tenure as a Milwaukee Brewer ended with an 0-for-4 night and a weak grounder to second base. But that will soon be forgotten. For one thing, he had an overall productive 2011 postseason, getting on base and hitting for power. For…

  11. Frank and Jamie McCourt reach a settlement over Dodgers ownership

    Oct 17, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Frank McCourt’s multi-front war to maintain control over the Los Angeles Dodgers just got a bit simpler: according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Frank and Jamie McCourt have reached a settlement regarding ownership of the Dodgers. The deal has Frank paying Jamie $130 million in exchange for her giving up a claim to…

  12. Winning ugly: The Cardinals topple the Brewers and win the NL Pennant

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Six

    Maybe I should say “beating ugly.”  Because while there were all kinds of things in this game that were hard to look at, the Brewers looked way worse in losing 12-6 to the NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Three more errors tonight made for seven in Milwaukee’s final two games.  Fourteen more hits allowed means…

  13. Live Chat: NLCS Game 6

    Oct 16, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Six

    Here we go kids: Shaun Marcum in an elimination game! A chance to face a Texas Rangers team that, quite frankly, I don’t see either of these two NL squads beating!  But that’s why we play the games! The live-chatting will commence in a moment.

  14. Fox’s LCS audience is getting older

    Oct 14, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    old TV

    This tweet just started getting circulated around: Median age of LCS Game #5 audience for FOX over time: 1996=46 years, 2001=49 years, 2006=51 years, 2011=55 years To be fair, there was probably a higher percentage of retired types watching yesterday’s Game 5 due to the 4:15PM Eastern start time. The youngins were either at work or at…

  15. The 24 most bizarre injuries in baseball history

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Seattle Mariners' Griffey Jr. following through a three-run home run against the Yankees in Seattle

    Just a link from the people at Mental Floss as we prepare ourselves for the Cardinals-Brewers game tonight.  They do God’s work. I had forgotten all about the “Ken Griffey Jr. pinched his testicle” thing.  That proves that my mind is doing its best to protect me from awful, awful thoughts.

  16. Brian Cashman’s new deal with the Yankees expected to be quick and easy

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    So much drama in Boston. So much rancor. Thank goodness there’s still a bastion of simple, straightforward baseball business: the Bronx: Hal Steinbrenner/Cashman are scheduled to meet next week, and all parties expect a new GM contract to be done without much rancor Hear that Red Sox Nation? No rancor. No … Sorry about that.…

  17. Frank McCourt could be ruined if he has to sell the Dodgers

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    For as ugly as the Dodgers stuff has gotten, there was always the two-steps-back reality check for Frank McCourt: if he pulled the rip cord he could still walk away personally wealthy given how much more the Dodgers are worth now than when he bought them. Except, according to this report by Bill Shaikin of…

  18. Lance Berkman is hurting

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    berkman getty

    Tony La Russa said that Lance Berkman is likely to start in right field tonight.  But Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets that Berkman’s right side was heavily wrapped after last night’s game, suggesting that he did something bad during his pinch hitting appearance in Game 4. Probably an oblique. It’s what all…

  19. The Chinese Taipei national baseball team will face a pretty decent lineup

    Oct 14, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Taiwan

    Not too long ago Major League Baseball announced that a team of major leaguers was going to go to Taiwan to play an all-star series against the Chinese Taipei national team in November.  They just announced the players who will be participating. Among them: Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Pablo Sandoval and Miguel Cabrera. There’s a lot of falloff…

  20. How to fix the Red Sox

    Oct 14, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has a good column up about what the Red Sox should do this winter and into next season.  I take issue with the headline — “Sounds crazy, but the Red Sox can be saved” — because, dude, they still won 90 frickin’ games and are insanely talented. It’s not like…

  21. In defense of Theo

    Oct 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    The knives that have been out for Theo Epstein and Terry Francona over the past few days has been great fun.  Only problem is that it obscures the fact that, hey, those guys did more for Red Sox baseball in the past few years than anyone else had for the previous 80+. The response to…

  22. One reason to wish the Yankees were still in the playoffs

    Oct 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Like a lot of red-blooded Americans, I’m happy the Yankees got beat in the first round. Viva variety and all of that. Let Fox and TBS fixate on some other teams for a change. But a side effect of that is that a bunch of New York reporters now have nothing to do except to…

  23. The NLCS is the beer series

    Oct 14, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    generic beer

    There’s a fun article over at the New York Times today, reminding us that when St. Louis meets Milwaukee it’s not just the Cards and Brewers facing off, but Budweiser and Miller beer facing off as well. No, not directly, as Anheuser-Busch no longer has an ownership stake in the Cards and Miller’s connection to…

  24. Cubs-Red Sox negotiations over Theo Epstein compensation not going well

    Oct 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    WEEI’s John Dennis reports that talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for GM Theo Epstein have not gone well so far. I’m picturing this: Red Sox: Give us Starlin Castro Cubs: No. Take Carlos Zambrano. Red Sox: No. Give us $10 million. Cubs: No. Take Alfonso Soriano. And on and on. I’ve…

  25. Milton Bradley threatened to kill his wife

    Oct 14, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    FILE: Seattle Designates Milton Bradley For Assignment

    Details of Milton Bradley’s September 27th arrest have come to light and they’re not pretty. According to TMZ, which has obtained the request for a restraining order filed by Monique Bradley after the arrest, Milton Bradley threatened her with a baseball bat and picked up a photo of a gun and told her “this is the gun that I’m…

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