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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bob Klapisch gets three more years in which to bury Joe Girardi

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    So Joe Girardi’s contract seems to be in order. Three more years, around $9 million dollars. Keep things running as-is, the Yankees are saying.  Is everyone happy? Nah, Bob Klapisch isn’t: Girardi gets three more years to wean himself off managing-by-numbers. Good luck. Not that ripping Girardi for actually playing the percentages is anything new…

  2. “Nobody sits in Vlad’s seat”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Interesting insight from Buster Olney on Vlad Guerrero today: Vladimir Guerrero is more than just the Rangers’ cleanup hitter. He is a centerpiece of respect and dignity and consistency, the wise old man of the group. He sits in the same seat on the team’s bus everyday, and if you happen to sit in his…

  3. Breaking: someone was smokin’ weed in San Francisco last night

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    “People hanging around in San Francisco smoking weed” is the ultimate dog-bites-man story, but it was apparently pretty shocking for one newsman from Dallas reporting from the game last night. But don’t laugh too hard, Northern Californians. I got even money on a San Francisco reporter going crazy outside of the Ballpark at Arlington when…

  4. Please, can we put an end to the “nobody believes in us!” nonsense?

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    A comment in the Cliff Lee thread from a reader named “feartherallythong”:   “All the Giants-haters are cracking me up (I’m looking at you, Mr. Calcaterra). Of all the posts post-Game 1, I see a bunch of “How could the Rangers lose?”, and “What happened to Cliff Lee?” posts and stories. Even the MSM is…

  5. O’Connor: Sandy Alderson needs to apologize for steroids

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor thinks Sandy Alderson may be a great GM choice for the Mets, but he thinks he needs to atone for past sins before taking the job: But when he steps to the microphone as Omar Minaya’s replacement, Alderson should take the time of offer an apology. He should say he’s…

  6. HBT Daily: I suppose we’ll talk about the World Series

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the ugliness that was Game 1 and look ahead to C.J. Wilson’s task of not repeating Cliff Lee in Game 2

  7. McCovey Cove was . . . crowded

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    My favorite pic from last night’s game that did not involve Vlad Guerrero stumbling around like my Uncle Harry.

  8. Sandy Alderson is getting the old band back together

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Joel Sherman reports that that new Mets GM Sandy Alderson wants to bring Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi on board. Both of these guys, you’ll recall, worked under Alderson in Oakland before going off on their own GM frolics.  Depodesta’s was, in hindsight anyway, pretty successful with the Dodgers, even if they still don’t realize…

  9. Would you pay $7200 for a World Series ticket?

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Either StubHub is lying or else there are going to be a couple of deluded, perspective-free people sitting in AT&T park tonight: Eric Fisher of SBJ tweets: StubHub hits new price highwater mark for World Series: pair of Dugout Club seats sold for tonight at $7,223 each. Demand overall still big. That’s a piece, not…

  10. What’s your favorite World Series memory?

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    DAVID JUSTICE

    After that abomination of a game last night I needed something to cleanse the palate.  Here’s something, from Baseball Prospectus: Every baseball fan has a special World Series memory, whether it’s Willie Mays’ catch, Bill Mazeroski’s home run, Brooks Robinson’s defense, Kirk Gibson’s limp around the bases, or Derek Jeter becoming the first-ever Mr. November.…

  11. So what happened to Cliff Lee?

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee wipes face

    I know the NFL likes to play up that “any given Sunday” crap, but baseball is really the sport where anything can happen. To wit: Cliff Lee getting torched by a team that wasn’t supposed to have any offense. A team that was supposed to be so dominated by Lee that people actually suggested saving…

  12. For the love of God, Ron Washington: get Vlad out of right field

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    I was uneasy with Vlad Guerrero playing right field before Game 1. Afterwards? Ye Gods, don’t let this happen again, Ron Washington. Vlad was hell on wheels in the outfield last night. And not round wheels. Square, stone wheels like something you’d see on the Flintstones. Among the highlights: First inning, Buster Posey at the…

  13. Remembering a sloppier World Series game

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    I said in ATH that I couldn’t remember a sloppier World Series game. Reader Michael Caragliano reminds me of one I must have blocked from my memory: 14-11 game the Indians and Marlins played in 1997. It was a bad enough 7-7 game after eight, and THEN it got epic sloppy. Three errors and a…

  14. And That Happened: World Series Edition

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Giants 11, Rangers 7: I’m trying to remember a sloppier World Series game, but I’m comin’ up empty. At least if you don’t count the earthquake. The big story today is obviously Cliff Lee, who saw his postseason ERA climb from 1.26 to 1.96 in the space of a couple hours. Then there are the…

  15. World Series Game 1 Live Chat

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Come on in and join us as we snark our way through Game 1!

  16. Must-Click Link: How Josh Hamilton got where he is today

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Some of you may be tired of Josh Hamilton: Human Interest Story, but it doesn’t get old to me.  He truly was a can’t-miss prospect, and the way he’s hit so hard these past few years makes us wonder what might have been had he had a normal path of development and if he had…

  17. No Game 1 for Cablevision subscribers

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    The weeks-long dispute between FOX and Cablevision rages on and, despite some last minute negotiating that gave some people hope, negotiations have broken down and Game 1 of the World Series will not appear on Cablevision. Predictably, each side blames the other, with FOX calling Cablevision’s last offer “a publicity stunt” and Cablevision accusing FOX…

  18. Game 1 Live Chat: 7:30 tonight

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Little Miss Chatterbox

    This is my first year of watching the playoffs while being a fully professional member of the sporting press, and I’m not going to lie to you: I find it insanely difficult to watch a playoff game without tweeting about it or chatting about it or otherwise being all socially-media about it as it’s happening. …

  19. One somewhat attenuated reason for New Yorkers to watch the World Series

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Polo Grounds

    If I had a dime for each Phillies or Yankees fan I’ve heard say that they didn’t plan on watching the World Series I’d, well, I wouldn’t be rich, but I’d have a bunch of dimes.  Maybe I can see not watching the whole series, but if you’re a baseball fan and you’re not watching…

  20. Brian Wilson aims high

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    There’s a profile on Brian Wilson in today’s New York Times. It’s a bit more nuanced than your typical “that Brian Wilson is CRAZY!” article we’ve been seeing much of recently.  I don’t think he’s crazy. Just a bit off center. Sometimes I wonder if it’s all calculated, but ultimately it’s harmless.  It’s also probably…

  21. Bruce Bochy: Master Motivator

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Mel Gibson Braveheart

    Tim Sullivan from the San Diego Union Tribune hips us to something the seemingly mild-mannered Bruce Bochy did to light a fire under the Giants back in early September: He wheeled in a television monitor, Aaron Rowand recalled, “like it was elementary school,” to prepare his players for battle with a scene from “Braveheart.” “He…

  22. UPDATE: That Dallas lawyer’s motion for a continuance was granted

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Great news to all of us who think that baseball is a more worthy pursuit than litigation: that lawyer who filed the motion for a continuance in order to go to the World Series got his motion granted. He tweets: The judge just granted my motion to continue Whew. .Good thing- I am on a…

  23. The best “intangibles” column you’ll read all day

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

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    I’m torn on this World Series preview from CBS Sports.com’s Larry Dobrow. On the one hand, it’s almost certainly a sharp-as-a-tack satire of every hack columnist’s “intangibles” analysis.  On the other hand, it’s so spot-on that you just know people are going to link it without realizing it’s satire. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if…

  24. HBT Daily: World Series Game 1 Preview

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Pfun Pfact: the guy who wrote the teleprompter stuff for Tiffany is a Phillies fan. And though Tiff was a pro and skipped over it, “Cody Ross” was written with a rather profane middle name!

  25. No love lost between Bengie Molina and Brian Sabean

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean phone

    I missed this last week, but apparently Brian Sabean said that he had planned on trading Bengie Molina all along: Giants GM Brian Sabean revealed Wednesday that he knew from the moment he signed Molina that the club would trade him later in the summer . . . “That was the plan almost going all…

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