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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Josh Beckett: slow as molasses and no one seems to care

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    In addition to the maddening Curt Schilling-Nomar Garciaparra back-and-forth, another thing that made the Yankees-Red Sox game so damn hard to watch last night was its pace. Yes, I realize that’s an old complaint, but it’s still a valid one. These games are interminable and it really drives me nuts. It’s especially bad when Josh Beckett…

  2. Home run celebrating 101

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    My comment about the Yankees-Red Sox game in the recaps was a little grumpy this morning. But I should admit that I did at least learn something valuable watching the game.  I learned what is and what is not an acceptable form of celebration following a home run. Remember from Tuesday night’s game that this…

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:41 AM EDT

    Red Sox' Ortiz watches his two-run home run with Yankees' Cervelli during their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 9, Yankees 5: I was watching this game until Curt Schilling and Nomar Garciaparra started talking about intangibles and how so-and-so has them “off the charts.” Which, given that they’re INTANGIBLE, what freaking chart could possibly measure them?  And another thing: Schilling talked about the game changing, saying that Dustin Pedroia never would…

  4. Barry Bonds won’t be retried on perjury counts

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    As you’ll recall, the jury that sat in judgment of Barry Bonds could not reach a verdict on the perjury counts he faced.  That meant a mistrial on those counts, which gave the prosecution the right to re-try Bonds if it so chose.  Today the prosecution announced that it would decline.  From the Mercury News:…

  5. Deep thoughts: what does it mean to “consider” someone for the MVP?

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Consideration

    I tweeted this randomly a few minutes ago and got some good responses, so I figured I’d throw it out to the whole crowd: I tire of the argument that goes like this: “Player X should get consideration for Honor Y!” It could be the Hall of Fame. It could be a postseason award like…

  6. Franco, Piazza to take part in Mets September 11th remembrance

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Franco FDNY

    The Mets — and particularly New York native John Franco and first-game-back home run hitter Mike Piazza — played an instrumental role in ushering baseball back into action following the 9/11 attacks. It should not be surprising, then, that the Mets have called back Franco and catcher Mike Piazza to take part in the team’s…

  7. The Netherlands wants to host a major league game or two

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Netherlands

    Did you know you can walk into a ballpark in Amsterdam and buy a beer? And I don’t mean just like in no paper cup, I’m talking about a glass of beer.  Which is a good thing if, as this translated-from-Dutch article is saying what I think it’s saying, the Netherlands wants to host some…

  8. Hanley Ramirez may need shoulder surgery

    Aug 31, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    This isn’t official or anything, but at least one writer with Marlins sources — Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post — is hearing rumors that Hanley Ramirez may need shoulder surgery. Ramirez had been rehabbing and was thought to be ready to come off the disabled list on Friday. But he left a minor…

  9. Because you need some Tim Lincecum-inspired fashion

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Lincecum cap

    When I think Tim Lincecum, I think “sharp.”  So you can understand why I’m so stoked to shop at an online store featuring “the Time Lincecum Collection.” I’ll admit, I sort of like the logo-looking one. I just have this feeling that all of these will wear much better in about ten years when he’s…

  10. The Mayor of St. Petersburg unveils his “plan” for the Rays

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    Remember last week how the Mayor of St. Petereburg was reported to have some mysterious plan to save the Rays and keep them in town?  It was all rather strange, actually, with the mayor playing it close to the vest as if he was guarding the schematics of nuclear warheads or something.  I was excited!…

  11. Jesus Montero to be called up tomorrow

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Of course it’s the first day that rosters expand so it’s not like it’s some monumental decision.  But at least he’s finally up.  So much sturm und drang to get here too.  Ultimately, though, it really doesn’t matter I suppose, as I can’t really see how the Yankees would have been substantially better off with…

  12. The many things Mike Trout could become

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    The headline to the post over at The Platoon Advantage today is “Attack of the Trout.”  If this was Jeopardy!, I’d respond with “What are movies that are better than the second ‘Star Wars’ prequel?” But this is not Jeopardy! — if I could recreate a game show here it would be Golden Era “Match…

  13. The future is “murky at best” for the Philadelphia Phillies

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard dark skies

    Yeah we have even more Phillies-related posts today than usual. But if Rany Jazayerli is correct in the column he just wrote for Grantland, it will all even out very soon when the Phillies suck and no one cares about them. The problems: An aging roster which is getting more expensive as it declines, a…

  14. Jason Bay: center fielder?

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Potentially frightening/hilarious news in Andy Martino’s latest Daily News column. The Mets are thinking — not seriously thinking, I don’t believe, but at least kicking around the idea — of turning Jason Bay into a center fielder: Imperfect circumstances call for creative solutions, and in recent weeks the Mets have kicked around many ideas for 2012. In that…

  15. HBT Daily: My premature MVP picks

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Yes, it’s a bit early for this, if Frank Deford gets his way we’re gonna need to start doing this around Labor Day anyway, so we may as well get used to it.

  16. Baseball 101 for Phemale Phillies Phans

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    CBP

    ESPN’s Amanda Rykoff went down to Citizens Bank Park last week to check out the “Baseball 101″ program the Phillies have put on for female fans the past several years.  As she reports, it’s kind of a misnomer, because the program is not about educating allegedly uninitiated women about the basics of baseball.  No, it’s…

  17. Is fan loyalty to a poorly-performing team a bad thing?

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    I’m not quite sure where Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle is going here.  He starts off strong with an amusing compare and contrast between a softball home-run-hitting exhibition which took place before last night’s Cubs-Giants game and the feckless Giants’ bats. But then he got into some commentary about Giants fans and their…

  18. Frank Deford wants a 140-game season and more playoff teams

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Old Man Cloud

    Frank Deford does a weekly sports rant on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and it’s rather sad. Sad because it presents us with a guy who has a body of sportswriting work that is virtually unmatched offering little contrarian rants that seldom make any sense, internal or otherwise, and are filled more with curmudgeonly bile than anything…

  19. Mike Trout smacks two homers, drives in five

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    A big night for the young Mike Trout last night.  He hit two homers and drove in five as the Angels destroyed the Mariners. Perhaps it is less impressive given that the jacks came off Anthony Vasquez who, in his two major league starts, has given up twelve earned runs and four homers in nine…

  20. Things got plunky in the Yankees-Red Sox game

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    My musings from yesterday about the Yankees-Red Sox series getting boring still stand, though they probably need to be qualified in light of the fun little dustup in the seventh of last night’s game. No, the John Lackey plunking of Francisco Cervelli wasn’t A-Rod/Varitek or anything, but there was at least some fire there. The…

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

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:28 AM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Nationals 9, Braves 2: The Nats continue to be an outrageous pain in Atlanta’s rear end. Before the game, mindful of this and mindful of the fact that Livan Hernandez always kills the Braves, I tweeted the following: “Oh, Livan is going against the Braves tonight? Prediction: 7 IP, 3H, 1 ER, 6K, 0 BB.”…

  22. The Pirates are raising ticket prices

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    PNC Park

    Going to a Pirates game is a bargain compared to most places and you get a great ballpark experience out of it to boot.  Part of the reason it’s such a bargain is that the Pirates haven’t raised ticket prices in nearly ten years.  That changes now, though: The Pirates raised prices on some of…

  23. Albert Pujols: Most Valuable Dad

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Look, not much is happening today, so random is fine, right?  Of course it is. My friend Nick Collias — who is both a Spanish speaker and a writer for MLB Trade Rumors — sent along this feature story about Albert Pujols from Multimedia del Caribe in the Dominican Republic.  It’s in Spanish so it’s not…

  24. The Kiss Cam just can’t win

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kiss Cam

    Via BTF comes a column in The Faster Times about the Kiss Cam at AT&T Park. Specifically, about how it’s a totally heterosexual affair, and how that’s not cool: If the Jumbotron at AT&T Park is to be believed, there are no gay people in San Francisco.  Either that, or the city’s sizeable gay community…

  25. Barry Bonds to be sentenced December 16th

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Gwen Knapp of the Chronicle tweeted a few minutes ago that the judge in the Barry Bonds case has set Bonds’ sentencing for December 16th. Knapp’s assumption — which sounds like a very reasonable one — is that he won’t do time but rather will get some sort of home confinement or probation or something. I’d…

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