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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jinx Alert! MLB to premiere its Braves-based “Legends are born in October” commercial tonight

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    I’m not a superstitious man, but at some point Fate just doesn’t like to be tempted. This, it seems to me, is not just tempting fate, but taunting it: The Braves won last night, but they’re by no means a lock to win this thing. Especially considering their final six games come against a Nats…

  2. Erik Bedard may have been rattled last night

    Sep 21, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard, Terry Francona

    Ever been served with legal papers? It’s not fun. Kind of throws you off your game for a while. Erik Bedard didn’t have a great game last night against the Orioles.  I wonder if this had anything to do with it: Hours before taking the mound for the reeling Red Sox against the Orioles Tuesday…

  3. Clayton Kershaw simply owns the Giants

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Clayton Kershaw has 20 wins this year. Five of them have come against the arch-rival Giants. Four of them have come when Tim Lincecum was going for San Francisco. In short, he has crushed his enemies, has seen them driven before him, and has heard the lamentation of their women. Last night was no different.…

  4. The Marlins’ new logo is leaked. We think.

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Maury Brown found this on a message board yesterday. It purports to be the new Marlins logo, though some have suggested it’s a fake. Others have suggested that it’s a temporary thing just being floated for public feedback, and if it’s mocked it will be disowned by the team. Either way, I assume someone will…

  5. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 5: Guess that visit from Ric Flair didn’t pay off, eh?  It’s possible, I suppose, that the visit wasn’t from the man in his awesome Nature Boy persona, but rather, was the real life Ric Flair, who is pretty damn pathetic. Anyway, sure, Tampa Bay lost too and if these teams…

  6. Eric Hinske is not helping

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    As the Braves continue to gag their way out of the wild card race, there are constant stories from the clubhouse about how no one is stressed, it’s all light, and the mood remains good.  Maybe that’s true. It’s also possible that they’re just all laughing at Eric Hinske‘s new haircut, as captured by Mark…

  7. It’s official: the Red Sox will win the wild card

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Ric Flair

    Two reasons why I think the Red Sox have locked up the wild card. First: because Curt Schilling said today that he didn’t think they’d do it, and he’s wrong about everything. Second, because Gordon Edes just tweeted the following from the Red Sox clubhouse: Wrestler Ric Flair visited Sox clubhouse posed for pictures with…

  8. Blame Theo Watch: Jon Morosi piles on

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Once was interesting. Twice was eyebrow raising. But the third “Blame Theo” article in a little over 24 hours means we have a full-fledged phenomenon on our hands.  The lastest: Jon Paul Morosi from Fox, who says “Epstein, for all his skills as a general manager, failed to accumulate the pitching depth required to win…

  9. Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall has cancer

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Hall

    Well this is a perfectly sucky bit of news. Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to the news release it was caught in early stages and everyone is waxing optimistic. There really aren’t many things one can say about this sort of thing apart from best wishes to Hall for…

  10. Red Sox fans have to root for the Yankees, right?

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Red Sox fans

    We’ve talked about the strange rooting interests that crop up late in the season. The unbalanced schedule means that the odds are great that fans of one team will have to root for fans of a division rival. But not everyone feels that way. This AP report set out to find some Boston fans and…

  11. Joe Maddon on the weight of a late-season collapse

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon was on the Dan Patrick show yesterday and he said something that just reinforces my belief that he’s one of the brighter bulbs in the game. Not in a “Maddon is a baseball genius” way, but just in terms of a guy who is able to move beyond the tired cliches and actually…

  12. The triple-A national championship game is tonight

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    ABQ stadium

    You’re likely not aware of this because hardly anyone pays attention to triple-A baseball beyond what it means for the prospects of the big league teams, but tonight is the triple-A national championship game. Squaring off: my hometown Columbus Clippers — the defending triple-A champs — against the Omaha Storm Chasers.  Yeah, they really stuck…

  13. The “blame Theo” train gains steam

    Sep 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    David Pinto flagged this Jim Donaldson post over at the Projo Sox blog. After detailing the failings of John Lackey, he lets this point rip, building on a comment Buck Showalter made last spring about the Red Sox’ payroll advantages: Showalter had a very good point — it would, indeed, be interesting to see how…

  14. Hey ladies, come see “Moneyball” because of that dreamy Brad Pitt!

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    Fact: there are a lot of women who would actually want to see “Moneyball” because of the story and couldn’t give a damn about Brad Pitt.  Fact: there are a lot of men who would actually want to see “Moneyball” because they think Brad Pitt is a hunk and, you know, screw baseball. Someone marketing…

  15. The save stat and perverse incentives

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Ted Berg flagged something pretty darn illuminating this morning.  The quotes of the principles in yesterday’s Yankees game, happy that they failed on offense so that Mariano Rivera could get his 602nd save: “I couldn’t believe they were cheering me for hitting into a double play,” Swisher said. “I said: ‘Whoa, what’s this? And then…

  16. Thwarted Mets investor now a Yankees limited partner

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ray Bartoszek

    Someone once said that there is nothing more limited than being a limited partner to George Steinbrenner. I’m assuming that’s still the case with Hal Steinbrenner too. But with better cash flow and less likelihood of a capital call, I’m assuming that being a Yankees minority shareholder is a better deal than being a minority…

  17. Lance Berkman: “No matter what people say, it’s always about the money”

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Gee, he ought to start a website with that name. Oops! Too late! The Cardinals are obviously trying to settle as much family business as they can before the season ends and all efforts will have to be put into the Albert Pujols negotiations.  One bit of family business they’d like settled is the matter…

  18. Brad Mills is safe, no matter what the rumors sites say

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    UPDATE: ESPN has apparently taken down the post.  I’m assuming this means that Brad Mills is no longer on the hot seat. Thanks for the quick edit, guys. Everyone screws up sometimes. A quick fix is the way to go.  Except for you commenters. You still get no edit function. 8:49 AM: I was rather…

  19. Filip Bondy zeroes in on the important part of Mariano Rivera’s big day

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Image (1) doublefacepalm.jpg for post 6458

    I noted the whole “Jorge Posada should catch Mariano Rivera‘s 602nd save” phenomenon yesterday, but I can’t say I expected it to be put so starkly and stupidly by someone who gets paid to write about sports.  Of course no one has ever gone broke underestimating the level of discourse from Filip Bondy of the…

  20. The wheels are falling off the Braves Express

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jonny Venters

    Actually, I think the wheels fell off about ten days ago.  They’ve been carving up pavement with the rotors since then, but now the rotors are about to go too.  At this rate, this time next week they’ll be up on the back of a flatbed, off to the junkyard, wondering what the hell happened.…

  21. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Omar Infante

    Marlins 6, Braves 5: It’s all so fitting, isn’t it? Omar Infante — Braves All-Star representative in 2010 and the chit that went Florida’s way in the big trade that was supposed to improve the team — killing ’em with a walkoff homer? The Braves single greatest weapon this year, Craig Kimbrel, blowing the lead?  If…

  22. HBT Daily: How screwed are the Red Sox?

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I taped this before today’s loss, but on some level, I think we knew it was going to be a loss before it happened.

  23. The Red Sox lose again

    Sep 19, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Terry Francona: What’s our record, DeMarlo? DeMarlo Hale: Eighty-seven and sixty-six. Terry Francona: Eighty-seven … and sixty-six. How’d we ever win eighty-seven? DeMarlo Hale: It’s a miracle. Terry Francona: It’s a miracle. Yep, the Sox dropped the front end of a double header against the O’s this afternoon. The score as 6-5. All six were…

  24. Does Prince Fielder want to join the teams who want him most?

    Sep 19, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Jon Heyman’s latest column ranks the potential Prince Fielder post-free agency destinations. In order: the Orioles, Cubs, Rangers, Nationals, Dodgers, Brewers Mariners Cardinals and Marlins. Question: would Prince Fielder really want to go to most of these teams?  The O’s, Cubs, Mariners and Marlins are in the competitive wilderness right now. The Dodgers are broke. The…

  25. R.A. Dickey finds your lack of faith disturbing

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    It’s kind of a commercial for the Star Wars Blu-Ray release, but it’s worth watching this video just to see Christopher Walken’s head superimposed on Han Solo’s body and R.A. Dickey, dressed as Darth Vader, force-choking Mike from the FanCave.

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