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Craig Calcaterra

  1. More clinchy video champagney goodness: Yankees and Rays

    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!

  2. Somebody check on Brandon Phillips

    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…

  3. More Rays fans show up for the clincher

    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…

  4. Be happy when R.A. Dickey finally gets his payday

    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…

  5. Ryan Dempster: Give Mike Quade the Cubs job

    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…

  6. The Yankees score six the hard way

    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…

  7. So who's the Hall of Fame 'roider Tom Boswell mentioned last night?

    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?

  8. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 AM EDT

    What a night. Everyone got all clinchy.

  9. I almost got free Padres tickets by flirting with Heath Bell

    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.

  10. Adrian Beltre: family is going to dictate where I go

    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…

  11. Comment of the Day: "Hey Calcaterra! Get your head out of your a–!"

    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.

  12. How to fix the A's offense: Lew Wolff says Billy Beane "will come up with something"

    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…

  13. Video: the Phillies get all clinchy

    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.

  14. Adam Wainwright's season is over

    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…

  15. MLBPA Number Two, Gene Orza, is stepping down

    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…

  16. Introducing the "Stop Making Fun of Rays Fans" Index

    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.

  17. So what does Mitch Williams think of Rays fans?

    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?

  18. HBT Daily: Rays, Braves and King Felix

    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.

  19. Poll: Who's to blame for the Rays' poor attendance?

    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?

  20. Price: Felix is the Cy Young winner, but Sabathia should be the AL MVP

    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…

  21. The Rays aren't the only team in the Bay Area having trouble

    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…

  22. Ron Gardenhire is not pleased

    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…

  23. Ken Macha is all but gone. The Brewers should hire Ryne Sandberg

    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…

  24. Yankees fans can't just write off A.J. Burnett

    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…

  25. Rays attendance is not about fan apathy. It's a structural thing.

    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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