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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Giants are “knuckleheads”

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    I blame Kevin Millar and all of that “idiots” stuff for this.  Or maybe one of those Super Bowl teams who sang songs gets the ultimate blame. Heck, maybe it goes back to when the Dodgers were “bums.” Regardless, it seems that any time even a slight underdog progresses in the postseason, they get a…

  2. Joel Sherman calls Joe Girardi a paranoid liar

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    He doesn’t put those two words together, but Joel Sherman calls Girardi “paranoid” — twice — and calls him “deceitful,” “misleading” and says that he’s less-than-candid. There’s nothing wrong with writing a column pointing out the professional faults of the local manager following a tough playoff loss, but am I wrong in thinking that if…

  3. It’s gonna be wet in San Francisco for Game 2

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    AT&T Park wet

    You would have thought that having the Twins and the east coast teams out of the World Series would mean that this year we wouldn’t have any concerns about the weather. Yeah, you would have thought that, but you’d be wrong: It doesn’t qualify as torture, but here’s another wrinkle for fans of the San…

  4. Would this really be that bad, Yankees fans?

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Jeter Red Sox

    Lolcoeur was my creation, but I’ll admit, it wasn’t nearly as striking as this baby. I believe one of my colleagues at NBC created that and that it was used on Sunday Night Football last night. I wouldn’t know because I decided to finally start watching “Breaking Bad” on DVD and thus neglected to tune…

  5. Your photo of the weekend

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Two Davids moved on to the Fall Classic. Two Goliaths went home, dazed and uncertain about the future. One picture, I feel, sums up this most exciting weekend of playoff baseball.

  6. Final thoughts on the NLCS and our first peek ahead to the World Series

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    We’re going to have plenty of time between now and Wednesday night to break down the Rangers vs. the Giants. For now, some general impressions and observations, both of last night’s NLCS clincher and the upcoming World Series: Jonathan Sanchez’s third inning meltdown in which he walked Placido Polanco, plunked Chase Utley and then sparked…

  7. The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    Sorry, I just always wanted to say that. But they did, and now we’re on to a Rangers-Giants World Series. It will be the fourth time in 90 years that two teams who have never won the World Series (at least in their current cities) have faced one another in the Fall Classic. 2002, 1992…

  8. It could rain in Texas tonight. Cliff Lee in Game 6, anyone?

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Rain Texas Ballpark

    The forecast isn’t exactly dire — most of the people down in Texas think the game will be played even if it’s delayed a bit — but there’s probably going to be rain tonight for Game 6 of the ALCS. My last check of Weather.com had it as a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms. But…

  9. Jinx alert! Dallas stores have Rangers’ World Series merchandise ready

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    CousinOliver

    You know this is always the case in every city, in every sport prior to a potential clinching game. You just don’t read about it very often: Boxes of ALCS Championship T-shirts and caps marked “Hold for Rangers Clinch” sit waiting at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores, and employees hope to open them tonight with…

  10. Man robbed of Giants playoff tickets last night

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    But the real question is whether the thief booed him or vomited on him or anything during the crime: A man was robbed of Giants playoffs tickets at gunpoint near AT&T Park on Thursday, police said.  The 29-year-old victim reported the robbery around 5:30 p.m., about a half-hour after the first pitch was thrown in…

  11. The Reds would like to do a four year deal with Joey Votto

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Joey Votto is arbitration eligible this year and for the next two years after that.  While his potential award this season — probably in the $6-7 million range? — is doable for the Reds, they’re probably not going to want to go all three years with him, because they start running into Ryan Howard as…

  12. Get on with it, will ya Mets?

    Oct 22, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    I suppose a well-considered decision is better than an impulsive one, but it does seem like the Mets are taking their sweet time on this GM thing. The team just sent out an email to fans saying that they’re bringing back former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and Sandy Alderson for a second round of interviews.…

  13. Quote of the Day II: Dirk Hayhurst on those big fat ugly necklaces

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson necklace

    This passage about those silly necklaces everyone is wearing is from a series of tweets this afternoon from Dirk “The Garfoose” Hayhurst, Blue Jays minor leaguer and author of the most excellent “Bullpen Diaries Gospels”: If you’re wondering about the Phiten necklaces you see on your big league starlings these days, Phiten gives them to…

  14. More bad baseball ratings!

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    old TV

    Well, they’re actually better than they have been — ratings for last night’s Game 5 were  up 12% from last year’s NLCS game 5 on TBS and up 12% from 2008′s — but they’re still not killing the world.  Indeed, last night baseball was beat by “Big Bang Theory,” “$#*! My Dad Says,” and “CSI:…

  15. Cliff Lee and the Yankees — too soon!

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    If you’re on the fence about who to root for tonight, this might help: The Yankees are hoping for two painful, but ultimately successful confrontations with Cliff Lee in the near future: One from 60 feet, six inches tomorrow night, the other across a negotiating table in about six weeks. If all goes perfectly for…

  16. Yet another “how to fix baseball” article

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    It’s a fact: if you have a media outlet, you are required by law to write a silly “how to fix/save baseball” post at least once a year. If you don’t, you risk losing funding and stuff. The latest: from Business Insider. I’m not going to dignify it with a blockquote, because every idea in…

  17. Must-click link: Demands for replay. In 1952.

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Click Here large

    Over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man unearths a controversial call from 1952 that led to some familiar-sounding speculation: “Next Year for the World Series and perhaps for key games during the regular season, baseball may adopt an idea from horse racing and install a ‘photo finish’ camera at first base to double check…

  18. Pete Rose on the Hall of Fame: “Don’t wait till I’m dead”

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Rose horizontal

    Pete Rose sat down for another interview, and he has this to say about the Hall of Fame: I would hope that I’d get a second chance. Don’t wait till I’m dead. The Hall of Fame is for family and friends. I’d like to get up there in front of them. He also says, however,…

  19. The Yankees are going to bring back Joe Girardi

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    That’s what Jon Heyman is reporting, saying that Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine and Brian Cashman all like him and want him back. Heyman says that Girardi will get a raise too. Good move if true. Yeah, there’s been some beefing about the guy lately, but that’s all post-facto stuff from understandably frustrated fans and sports…

  20. HBT Daily: Can the Yankees force a Game 7?

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Who’s under more pressure? The Rangers or the Yankees?

  21. Quote of the Day: Mike Lupica on A-Rod

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    AlexRodriguezAP

    Yay! A-Rod is one or two more poor games away from being thrown back in the October Choker pile!

  22. The NBA doesn’t care about the human element

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Memo to Bud Selig: if the NBA is doing something smarter than you, you’re really, really being stupid. In this case: expanding instant replay in a nice incremental and seemingly sensible way.  A lot of the new ways replay will be used are limited to the last two minutes of a game. The last two…

  23. Jimmy Rollins’ message to Philly fans: “Let ‘em have it”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Last night Jimmy Rollins gave Philly fans some instructions for Games 6 and 7: “Be out there. Let ‘em have it. Let. Them. Have. It. All of ‘em. For real.” Here’s the audio. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. (Thanks to Rhea for the audio clip)

  24. Giants, Rangers still have to be favored, but . . .

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Giants' Ross and Posey react in the ninth inning of their team's loss to Phillies during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    The good news for Rangers and Giants fans: in Major League Baseball history, 35 teams have been up 3-1 and then lost Game 5. Of those 35 Game 5 losers, 24 still went on to win the series. The good news for Giants fans: 17 of those Game 5 losers had to go on the…

  25. And That Happened: NLCS Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Phillies 4, Giants 2: The Giants had a shot here, and no matter what Tim Lincecum said after the game about not making good pitches in the third inning — which he didn’t — Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval’s defense was the real killer here. A pitcher shouldn’t have to be perfect. He should get…

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