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  1. Breaking: someone was smokin’ weed in San Francisco last night

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    “People hanging around in San Francisco smoking weed” is the ultimate dog-bites-man story, but it was apparently pretty shocking for one newsman from Dallas reporting from the game last night. But don’t laugh too hard, Northern Californians. I got even money on a San Francisco reporter going crazy outside of the Ballpark at Arlington when…

  2. Adrian Beltre is selling his house in California for $19.8 million

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    adrian beltre house

    With free agency around the corner Adrian Beltre has put his 16,600-square foot home in California on the market for $19.8 million. According to Diane Tuman of Zillow.com the lavish mansion sits on a four-acre property and includes basketball and tennis courts, a pool, an exercise room, a putting green and two-hole golf course, and…

  3. Please, can we put an end to the “nobody believes in us!” nonsense?

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    A comment in the Cliff Lee thread from a reader named “feartherallythong”:   “All the Giants-haters are cracking me up (I’m looking at you, Mr. Calcaterra). Of all the posts post-Game 1, I see a bunch of “How could the Rangers lose?”, and “What happened to Cliff Lee?” posts and stories. Even the MSM is…

  4. Hisanori Takahashi switches agents before likely leaving Mets

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    Because of a clause in Hisanori Takahashi’s contract the Mets have until Sunday to agree to a new deal with the left-hander or they’re prohibited from signing him until May 15. In other words, he’ll either sign by Sunday or be playing for another team in 2011. Further complicating things is that Takahashi switched agents…

  5. O’Connor: Sandy Alderson needs to apologize for steroids

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor thinks Sandy Alderson may be a great GM choice for the Mets, but he thinks he needs to atone for past sins before taking the job: But when he steps to the microphone as Omar Minaya’s replacement, Alderson should take the time of offer an apology. He should say he’s…

  6. HBT Daily: I suppose we’ll talk about the World Series

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the ugliness that was Game 1 and look ahead to C.J. Wilson’s task of not repeating Cliff Lee in Game 2

  7. Jon Daniels on report that he asked the Mets to wait for him: “Complete bull”

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    Last week Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported that Rangers general manager and New York native Jon Daniels had “communicated through back channels that he hoped the Mets would wait until after the World Series” to replace Omar Minaya as GM, leading to speculation that he was interested in hopping from Texas…

  8. McCovey Cove was . . . crowded

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    My favorite pic from last night’s game that did not involve Vlad Guerrero stumbling around like my Uncle Harry.

  9. Leo Mazzone wants to be Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    leo mazzone braves phone

    During a radio interview this morning longtime Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said that he’d be interested in taking the same position with the Yankees or Mets, calling both openings “a great job.” Mazzone had an incredible amount of success in Atlanta and much of that was obviously due to the three Hall of Famers…

  10. Sandy Alderson is getting the old band back together

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Joel Sherman reports that that new Mets GM Sandy Alderson wants to bring Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi on board. Both of these guys, you’ll recall, worked under Alderson in Oakland before going off on their own GM frolics.  Depodesta’s was, in hindsight anyway, pretty successful with the Dodgers, even if they still don’t realize…

  11. Joe Girardi, Yankees on verge of three-year, $9 million deal

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has some additional details on the three-year contract extension for Joe Girardi that has been reported as a nearly done deal since early this week. According to Sherman he’ll get a total of $9 million, which is a raise of $500,000 per season over his previous contract and…

  12. Would you pay $7200 for a World Series ticket?

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Either StubHub is lying or else there are going to be a couple of deluded, perspective-free people sitting in AT&T park tonight: Eric Fisher of SBJ tweets: StubHub hits new price highwater mark for World Series: pair of Dugout Club seats sold for tonight at $7,223 each. Demand overall still big. That’s a piece, not…

  13. What’s your favorite World Series memory?

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    DAVID JUSTICE

    After that abomination of a game last night I needed something to cleanse the palate.  Here’s something, from Baseball Prospectus: Every baseball fan has a special World Series memory, whether it’s Willie Mays’ catch, Bill Mazeroski’s home run, Brooks Robinson’s defense, Kirk Gibson’s limp around the bases, or Derek Jeter becoming the first-ever Mr. November.…

  14. So what happened to Cliff Lee?

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee wipes face

    I know the NFL likes to play up that “any given Sunday” crap, but baseball is really the sport where anything can happen. To wit: Cliff Lee getting torched by a team that wasn’t supposed to have any offense. A team that was supposed to be so dominated by Lee that people actually suggested saving…

  15. For the love of God, Ron Washington: get Vlad out of right field

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    I was uneasy with Vlad Guerrero playing right field before Game 1. Afterwards? Ye Gods, don’t let this happen again, Ron Washington. Vlad was hell on wheels in the outfield last night. And not round wheels. Square, stone wheels like something you’d see on the Flintstones. Among the highlights: First inning, Buster Posey at the…

  16. Remembering a sloppier World Series game

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    I said in ATH that I couldn’t remember a sloppier World Series game. Reader Michael Caragliano reminds me of one I must have blocked from my memory: 14-11 game the Indians and Marlins played in 1997. It was a bad enough 7-7 game after eight, and THEN it got epic sloppy. Three errors and a…

  17. And That Happened: World Series Edition

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Giants 11, Rangers 7: I’m trying to remember a sloppier World Series game, but I’m comin’ up empty. At least if you don’t count the earthquake. The big story today is obviously Cliff Lee, who saw his postseason ERA climb from 1.26 to 1.96 in the space of a couple hours. Then there are the…

  18. The joint is jumping after Juan Uribe’s homer

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:39 AM EDT

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    Juan Uribe made a lot of people happy in San Francisco on Wednesday night. Not only did his three-run home run in the fifth inning give the Giants an 8-2 lead over the Rangers on the way to an 11-7 Game 1 victory, it also provided some free “medicine” for some ailing San Franciscans. According…

  19. Can the Rangers recover from Game 1 defeat?

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:33 AM EDT

    Few people, let alone the Texas Rangers, could have expected the San Francisco Giants to rough up Cliff Lee the way they did in Game 1 on Wednesday night. A shocking development like that can send a team into a tailspin, yet the Rangers still have plenty of pitching and offense to throw at the…

  20. Rangers in trouble as Cliff Lee falls in Game 1 to Giants

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    Giants' Sanchez celebrates scoring a run next to Rangers' Lee during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Cliff Lee was 7-0 in his first eight postseason starts.  He shut out the Yankees in the ALCS and struck out 21 Tampa Bay hitters in two ALDS starts before that.  He was supposed to be unbeatable in big games.  He was supposed to handle the Giants with ease.  He was supposed to lead the…

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