Sep 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
I’ve been putting up videos of the clinching celebrations of everyone else, so I may as well put up the Rays and Yankees too. Bonus: the entire crowd from the Rays game fit in the clubhouse for the party!
Sep 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
The Reds had the traditional champagne and beer shower last night (see the video below), as was their God-given right as men, baseball players and Americans (and Dominicans and Mexicans and Cubans and everyone else on the roster). It’s probably worth sending over some chicken soup and aspirin to one of those players, however, because…
Sep 29, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
It wasn’t exactly standing room only, but let the record reflect that 17,891 souls showed up for the Rays’ playoff clinching game last night. I don’t have the energy to go back into yesterday’s What Does This Mean discussion, but I figured people should know. And no, this is not an epic fail in light…
Sep 29, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT
The next time you rail against millionaire ballplayers, remember that not all of them — not even all of them who have been in and around the big leagues for a while — are rollin’ in it. R.A. Dickey certainly ain’t rich yet, though hopefully he’ll cash in this winter with either a nice arbitration…
Sep 29, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT
A few weeks ago, A Guy I Talked to Who Knows Stuff said that the Cubs players are big, big Mike Quade fans and wanted him to get the job. It was pretty obvious, however, that the players were going to keep quiet about it and let Jim Hendry and Tom Ricketts do their job…
Sep 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT
I hadn’t noticed this, but reader Kevin pointed it out to me in the comments this morning: The Yankees scored six runs last night without any of them scoring on a hit. They had three sacrifice flies, a bases loaded walk and two run-scoring ground outs. Kevin wanted to know if a team had ever…
Sep 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT
A Washington Post reporter watched a Hall of Fame player use what he assumed were PEDs. Why are we just hearing about this now?
Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 AM EDT
What a night. Everyone got all clinchy.
Sep 28, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT
What are you lookin’ at? You’ve never tried to butter up a relief pitcher for free stuff? Don’t judge me.
Sep 28, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT
I’m a family man myself, so I totally understand it when someone says they’re doing something for the good of their family. Nothing is more important, even if sometimes it appears that the ballgame on TV is. And if I don’t want to put down the book I’m reading. And even if when I say…
Sep 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
This is less about the comment itself — though it is a good one — than it is about the nature of the Comment of the Day feature. Which is going to change a bit going forward.
Sep 28, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT
This is classic. A’s owner Lew Wolff was interviewed after last night’s game. One of the questions was about how a team with pitching as good as the A’s have can improve the offense going into 2011. What are the options, Lew? Rent-a-bat? Sign a big free agent? Got any preferences? “I don’t see a…
Sep 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
As much as it galls me, I feel obligated to post video of Phillies players spraying champagne on one another, smoking cigars and doing all of that celebration stuff.
Sep 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT
Adam Wainwright’s last start came last Friday, which means that he had one more start in him if everything was going fine. It wasn’t going fine, however — he had an MRI yesterday that revealed a muscle strain in his right forearm — so the Cards are shutting him down. Makes sense. The Cards are…
Sep 28, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT
Gene Orza, the number two man at the Players’ Association is stepping down. He’s been there since the mid-80s and, as bad cop to Don Fehr’s, um, slightly less bad cop, he has been on the scene for every major development related to labor relations since then. Orza stepping down comes just after the league’s…
Sep 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT
It’s fun when readers make up stats the support my predispositions. If you make up some that challenge them, however, please don’t send them to me.
Sep 28, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
I made a mistake earlier today. I formed an opinion on the Rays thing without first honoring my vow to ask myself WWMWD?
Sep 28, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT
Because, as you’re well aware, I don’t like to talk about those subjects at all. Ever.
Sep 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
The Rays only drew 12,000 and change last night and have averaged only 23,000 a game all year. Tell us: who’s to blame?
Sep 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
That’s an argument you don’t hear very often, but Ed Price of FanHouse made it today. After noting that people like me are probably going a bit too nuts in our Felix Hernandez campaigns — Price thinks Hernandez should and will win the award easily — he throws this out there: CC Sabathia is his…
Sep 28, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT
I do my best to avoid ever thinking about the NFL, but since some of you mentioned it in the comments, I feel obligated to note that the Rays aren’t the only team having trouble selling tickets in the Bay Area. The Bucs are facing an entire season’s worth of blackouts. Can’t blame the stadium…
Sep 28, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT
The Twins have been playing pretty poorly since clinching last week. Ron Gardenhire has noticed, and had this to say after last night’s loss to the Royals: “Not a good game for our ballclub,” he said. “We didn’t pitch worth a crap. We haven’t pitched worth a crap this whole trip. It’s not acceptable. You…
Sep 28, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT
File this under the “no surprises” department, but our suspicion that Ken Macha will be fired by the Brewers is being bolstered this morning by Buster Olney’s report that “unless there is a last-hour change of heart on the part of the Brewers, Manager Ken Macha will not be retained.” I’d guess that the only…
Sep 28, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT
I understand why they may want to write him off, because boy howdy has he been awful. He got shelled last night. He’s been shelled a lot this year. While he has had some bad luck in recent starts due to weather and other things, it’s hard to argue against the notion that he has…
Sep 28, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT
I think Bob nailed the Rays attendance hubbub pretty good last night, but I figured I’d add my thoughts. No one is saying that it’s wonderful that the Rays drew poorly last night (or draw poorly in general), but I think the notion of blaming Rays fans for their apathy or failure to support the…
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