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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Check your grandpa’s safe deposit box for Honus Wagner cards

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Honus Wagner card

    Back when we were kids, my brother used to believe that if you searched enough glove compartments in auto junkyards, you’d eventually find a Honus Wagner card. My dad and I used to tell him that he was silly, and that given how valuable the thing was, you could bet your bippy that collectors have…

  2. Quote of the Day: C.J. Wilson on playing by the Bay

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    I wish C.J. Wilson wasn’t Straight Edge, because I’d really like to go have a beer with this guy.

  3. How the Rangers became good

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Will McDonald at Royals Review has read every single story that has been written about how the Rangers became successful, and has distilled it into one compact post. And if anything, I think he’s understating how much credit Nolan Ryan is being given by the national media types.

  4. Finding common ground between San Francisco and Dallas

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Bush Pelosi

    I’m a bit surprised we haven’t heard as much about the San Francisco-Dallas culture clash leading up to the World Series. I mean, really, what is a sporting event without people reducing two large, diverse, mutli-cultural metropolitan areas to their most crude and basic stereotypes?  I want to hear more about how this is a…

  5. Lawyer quits job to watch the Texas Rangers in the World Series

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    Will litigate for food

    OK, I’ve found something dumber than believing that your team is fated to win the World Series. Quitting your job to go watch them win (or maybe lose) the World Series. Meet Boris Briskin: The Plano native has been dreaming the Rangers would make it to the World Series since he was 10 years old.…

  6. Rangers and Giants: Teams of Destiny

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Manifest Destiny

    In the past 72 hours I have been on a handful of radio shows, and each time the host has asked me if I agreed that the Rangers looked like a “team of destiny.”  Well, not all of them. Some of them have asked me if I agreed that the Giants looked like  a “team…

  7. Cliff Lee brushes off the fan spitting stuff

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    I continue to maintain that the “fans spit on Kristen Lee” thing is being blown way out of proportion. If you’re going to take anything from her comments it’s not that, which was a brief, one-sentence aside. It’s the several things she had to say about liking Dallas, wanting to be close to Arkansas and…

  8. CC Sabathia to have knee surgery

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    And you thought Yankees fans were freaking out at the possibility of not landing Cliff Lee before? CC Sabathia was diagnosed with a minor meniscus tear of the right knee that will require surgery, The Post has learned. Sabathia was diagnosed yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming…

  9. How much do the words of Cliff Lee’s wife really mean?

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    Much has been made of the whole “Yankees fans spit on Cliff Lee’s wife and they like Arkansas and all that jazz” story from this morning.  As far as I can tell, the battle lines break down as follows: (a) people who are dying for the Yankees to finally whiff on a highly-coveted free agent…

  10. The Red Sox announce their 2011 ticket prices

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have announced their ticket prices for 2011. Yes, there are increases. You can read the whole press release here. From best I can tell, ticket prices overall will see only a modest increase — 2 % — but the bulk of the pain will be felt by the rich, with those in…

  11. Girardi expected to get a three-year contract extension

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are expected to give manager Joe Girardi a three-year contract extension. He’s expected to get $3 million a year. This is pretty much a no-brainer. Whatever issues anyone had with Girardi during the postseason, he has done a remarkable job managing the Yankees in my view. Despite the usual…

  12. The Nationals are getting new uniforms

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa

    They way I heard it — I’m assuming from Paul Lukas, bit it could have come from someone else — was that the Nats’ home uniforms were originally going to look just as they do now, but that the cap was going to have a blocky W that matched the jersey font. Someone — maybe…

  13. HBT Daily: World Series matchups less sexy than Lee vs. Lincecum

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the non-ace portions of the Giants and Rangers rotations, the managers and outfield defense.

  14. Bengie Molina writes about returning to San Francisco

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    Back in July I was really, really impressed with Bengie Molina’s blog post reflecting on his trade from the Giants to the Rangers. Today I’m equally impressed by his post about returning to San Francisco for the World Series and his thoughts about coming up big in the postseason. Having the blog suits him. He’s…

  15. More important World Series business: National Anthem singers

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Hayes Carll

    The Rangers are blowin’ a great chance to have Hayes Carll or Ray Wylie Hubbard sing the National Anthem before one of their games, but nobody asked me: Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that soul singer John Legend will perform the national anthem on Wednesday at Game 1 of the series between the San Francisco…

  16. The World Series umpire crew includes two first-timers

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Sam Holbrook umpire

    Last year, after a bunch of missed calls in the early rounds, Major League Baseball made sure that the World Series was populated with experienced umpires. This year, not so much: the crew will include World Series first timers Sam Holbrook and Bill Miller, along with vets John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff…

  17. Tom Hicks just missed being the owner of a champion

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    Richard Durrett caught up with recently-deposed Rangers monarch Tom Hicks, who has a bit of a sad over all of this World Series’n, saying “I’m happy, but it’s bittersweet. There’s no denying that.” Hicks takes some pride in what’s going on too, even if he’s not in charge anymore. And he probably should, as Durrett…

  18. Jorge De La Rosa will hit the market

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    The Rockies tried to get  Jorge De La Rosa signed to an extension late this season, but that’s apparently not going to happen now and the team is resigned to the fact that he’s going to hit the market. They’re not sweating it, though: “When players get this close to free agency, unless they are…

  19. Ruben Amaro is still spinning Jayson Werth’s impending departure

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Alberto Gonzalez, Sam Perlozzo, Jayson Werth

    Yesterday we heard Ruben Amaro trying to spin things in such a way so that if Jayson Werth signs elsewhere, Amaro can claim that it wasn’t about the money.  Apparently he also tried to spin things in such a way so that he can also claim that Werth wasn’t necessarily worth it in the first…

  20. Great: the union is cool with adding playoff teams

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    bad idea jeans

    I’ll take “Things to which I’m viscerally opposed for $500, Alex” The new head of the players’ union says his members are open to adding more wild-card teams for 2012 and possibly extending the division series to a best-of-seven . . . There is sentiment among a substantial segment of the players to consider expanding…

  21. The Phillies’ plane had a close call on the way home last Friday

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Airplane tower

    GEORGE: You know Keith, what I’ve always wondered, with all these ball clubs flying around all season don’t you think there would be a plane crash?  If you think about it . . . 26 teams, 162 games a season, you’d think eventually an entire team would get wiped out.  It’s only a matter of…

  22. The best World Series preview you’ll read all day

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    crystal ball

    It’s from Jeff Sullivan at Lookout Landing, and he pretty much nails it: Both the Giants and Rangers are good teams. The Rangers are probably better by a tiny bit. If you re-played the World Series a million times, maybe 50-55% of the time the Rangers would be crowned as champions. This World Series will…

  23. If Cliff Lee’s wife is calling the shots, he’s staying in Texas

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:02 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Good story from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale this morning about Cliff Lee. After the familiar “holy crap, this guy is good” stuff, Nightengale talks to Lee’s wife Kristen. Now, every marriage is different and I don’t deign to suggest that Lee’s marriage is like mine, but I will say this much: if my wife and…

  24. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig says we’re in baseball’s golden era

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud didn’t say “costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher,” but he could have.

  25. Manny Ramirez had hernia surgery, would like to play for the Blue Jays

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Enrique Rojas is all over the old guy beat today. First he had the Moyer news, and now he’s reporting that Manny Ramirez underwent hernia surgery two weeks ago. Apparently Ramirez had discomfort in his groin for most of the season, but waited until the year was over to have surgery. He’s supposed to be…

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