Recent Comments by grum@work

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Maybe Sam will be able to follow the same path as Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia. Dominate in the CFL for a couple of years, and then catch the eye of an NFL team for a real shot this time.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's like Joe Maddon becoming the manager of the Cubs;
If you succeed, you become a living god.
If you fail, you just get thrown on the pile with the rest of them.

Since they are paying over $6million/year, I think I would take that chance if I was Babcock.

However, if he thought the Detroit sports media was nuts, he has NO idea what's coming with the Toronto hockey media frenzy...

posted by grum@work at 03:26 PM on May 20

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

Okay, if they've left the two-point conversion attempt at the 2-yard line, then I applaud the NFL for the change.

posted by grum@work at 08:21 AM on May 20

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

Well, there goes the two-point conversion! The conversion rate for those from the 15 will be almost nil, and the chance of the other team getting two on a botched pass play...

Why bother? (Unless you absolutely had to...)

posted by grum@work at 09:47 PM on May 19

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Uh...what?
I'm still in first?
Huh.

Cleveland in 5
Golden State in 5
East Points - L.James
West Points - S.Curry
East Blocks - T.Mozgov
West Steals - D.Green
Offensive Rebounds - D.Howard
Rebounds + Assists: L.James
Margin of Victory - 27

posted by grum@work at 05:15 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's actually a heady play.

By pushing the ball into the attackers feet, it forces a harder kick than he'd want and (I'm guessing) the keeper gets to it.

posted by grum@work at 11:33 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Canada beats Russia 6-1 in the IIHF World Championships.

It completed a perfect tournament for the Canadians, as they won every game in regulation, and outscored their opponents 66-15 in the 10 games (including 17-1 in the playoff rounds).

Canada now holds all three official men's ice hockey titles (Olympic, world championship, junior championship) simultaneously. They're the first nation to do so since 2001 (Czech Republic).

The Unofficial World Hockey Championship Belt changed hands six times during the tournament. Russia came into the tournament as the "champs", but then lost it to the USA. The USA then lost a stunner to Belarus (for their second time holding the title in history), before it quickly moved back to Russia, then Finland, then Czech Republic, before finally being won by Canada in the semi-finals (where they will hold on to it until next year's World Championship tournament).

posted by grum@work at 12:22 AM on May 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Chicago in 7
New York in 7
Goal scorer: C.Perry (Ana)
Power play goal scorer: C.Perry (Ana)
Penalized player: A.Sustr (TB)
Save %: H.Lundqvist (NY)

posted by grum@work at 11:01 AM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Are you always going to be so awesome, Mike Trout?

posted by grum@work at 04:15 PM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh, snap!

posted by grum@work at 01:54 PM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Gordie Howe International Bridge

posted by grum@work at 01:49 PM on May 14

Corey Kluber Strikes Out 18 in 8, But Doesn't Pitch 9th

This isn't a game "early" in the season. It was 8th start, in the middle of May.
This isn't a pitcher who is under 25 years old. He's 29, so not young by any stretch of the imagination.
This isn't a pitcher who had any taxing innings that game. He had one inning of 20 pitches, one of 16 pitches, and the rest were 15 and under. His last inning was 12 pitches.
This isn't a pitcher who had to worry about workload. He threw 235 innings last year, and won the Cy Young.

This was a pitcher about to face three batters who he had already struck out twice each that game.
This was a pitcher being replaced by a reliever with an ERA of 9.00.
This was a pitcher with a chance to tie (or break) history.

I've got him on my fantasy baseball team and would hate to see him get injured, but you have to leave him in there for the 9th inning. If he gives up a walk, or a hit, then you pull him.

posted by grum@work at 10:29 AM on May 14

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

I'd like to see stats on how many teams begin 2-2 or worse and get the No. 1 seed in their conference.

I found two instances in just the 21st century.

The 2005 Seattle Seahawks were 2-2 and finished atop the NFC.

The 2003 Philadelphia Eagles were 2-2 and finished atop the NFC. They also lost the fifth game of the season.

posted by grum@work at 08:56 AM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Oh, and in case people actually think it was a decision not to sign Bonds based on his age/performance/history, I'll point this out:

The season before Bonds was not given a contract, the 2007 Texas Rangers signed Sammy Sosa for $500K to DH for them.

Sosa did not play baseball in 2006, and had put up a 78 OPS+ in 2005.

I don't see how anyone can honestly believe that teams that would sign Sosa the year before would think that Bonds (162 OPS+) wasn't a good candidate to be signed.

How about the Dodgers re-signing Mark Sweeney in 2008, after he put up a 55 OPS+ for them (and an 89 OPS+ for the whole season)? He put up a 13 OPS+ for them before they finally cut bait.

posted by grum@work at 11:19 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Why is it bad that Barry Bonds is pursuing legal action against MLB?

I think it's great. I just used the "villain" simile because that's how MLB sees him.

What makes it even MORE interesting is that the MLBPA, in 2008, made a statement saying they found something that indicates a breach of the agreement with regards to Barry Bonds and free agency:

Michael Weiner, October 2008: "Our investigation revealed a violation of the Basic Agreement. It's a violation of the Basic Agreement related to Barry Bonds and free agency."

posted by grum@work at 11:03 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's questionable whether a team would've kept him happy as a part-time player, which would've really limited his available pennant run teams to teams with a gaping full-time hole in LF or DH. Plus he was 44 and would've missed half a year. I could see any combination of those things making a GM think of going another direction.

LF performance by AL teams in 2008 (OPS):

             
Rk         LF
1     CHW.902
2     SEA.825
3     BOS.815
4     BAL.805
5     NYY.776
6     DET.767
7     CLE.761
8     KCR.749
9     OAK.747
10    TEX.724
11    TBR.719
12    LAA.719
13    TOR.709
14    MIN.707
AVG      .766

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/13/2015.

Minnesota finished one game out of the playoffs in 2008.

LF performance by NL teams in 2008 (OPS):

             
Rk         LF
1     COL.950
2     HOU.884
3     PIT.870
4     MIL.869
5     PHI.865
6     CIN.861
7     CHC.856
8     FLA.833
9     LAD.816
10    STL.774
11    SDP.767
12    SFG.757
13    NYM.730
14    ARI.687
15    ATL.682
16    WSN.632
AVG      .803

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/13/2015.

Arizona finished two games out of the playoffs.

You don't think even half a season of Barry Bonds in LF (at the pro-rated league minimum, which he was going to donate to the team's charity of choice) might not have propelled one of those teams into the playoffs?

posted by grum@work at 10:57 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Eleven years ago today:
Ball
Strike
Ball
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Foul
Home Run

posted by grum@work at 12:03 AM on May 13

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

it's a scrappy bunch of part-timers out of Akron and Duluth and Pottsville

I see what you did there!

posted by grum@work at 04:18 PM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

As is the punishment for violating it, which doesn't include suspensions or draft picks.

I think this is a case where the punishment is for the conspiracy/cover-up, not the actual offence.

posted by grum@work at 11:59 AM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

It's not the NFL's fault that a Patriots staff member deflated them in transit from the inspection site to the field.

Well, it is, but not in relation to the case at hand.

I'm not sure why, after they have been tested and approved by the NFL, the balls are then taken out of control of the NFL officials at any time. I would think that they would be approved by the officials, and then kept under control of the side line officials until they are brought into play.

Put them in separately marked bags and watched by a sideline official.

posted by grum@work at 11:58 AM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

How could he claim there were no texts/records?

I don't understand your question. Brady either (a) had messages/texts related to deflated balls and ball preparation or (b) had no such messages/texts. His cooperation for (a) is handing them over, for (b) is letting the league know none exist. He did neither.

I was told, in the last thread the following:

They have texts after the fact from Brady to one of the two guys. It's in the report. They were looking for other things he might've been texting during that timeframe.

So, if they had texts after the fact from Brady, how could he possibly claim that he had no texts?

You said in the first comment of this thread:

Brady should have passed along texts and messages within the narrow scope of the NFL's request or claimed there were no such texts and messages. His non-compliance was a mistake.

That's my confusion. How is claiming that there were no such texts any different than "non-compliance", if they already know there ARE such texts?

Do you understand my question/confusion now?

posted by grum@work at 11:08 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Like the horror movie villain that just won't die despite all the efforts of the MLB (and the government), Barry Bonds has popped back up and is coming for them again.

posted by grum@work at 08:44 AM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Brady should have passed along texts and messages within the narrow scope of the NFL's request or claimed there were no such texts and messages. His non-compliance was a mistake.

I'm confused.

I was told in the last thread that the NFL was looking for specific messages/phone records from his phone because they knew they were there from other sources.

How could he claim there were no texts/records? Isn't that the same thing as "non-compliance" by simply lying about them?

As for appealing, I'm pretty sure Brady's suspension will be dropped to 2 games before the start of the season. It's why they chose a multiple of 2.

posted by grum@work at 06:18 AM on May 12

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

If a prominent player were to provide all of their private communications absent a subpoena, that sets a dangerous precedent for all players facing disciplinary measures.

Yup.

posted by grum@work at 04:03 PM on May 08

Bill Simmons Out at ESPN

From what I've read, Grantland is only keeping its head above water BECAUSE of the draw of Simmons. He's easily the #1 writer on the site, and if he goes then I think Grantland will die a slow death.

30 for 30 is probably okay on its own. It's a fantastic franchise.

posted by grum@work at 04:00 PM on May 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

A "young" 44 year-old manager vs an "old" 44 year-old manager.

posted by grum@work at 02:17 PM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Cub confuses teammate with mimicry.

posted by grum@work at 02:13 PM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

(I haven't had time to read the full report. I was going by the comment from dfleming who said Tom not giving up his phone and email is full-stop bullshit regarding what Brady was asked to do.)

If they've got proof from one of the other guys, and Brady doesn't want to provide any further evidence that might "incriminate" himself, then that's the end of that.

If they want to discipline him for being part of the shrunken balls conspiracy, I'm all for that.

If they want to discipline him for not providing personal messages from his private phone, I'm against that.

posted by grum@work at 02:08 PM on May 07

The Cleveland Cavaliers catch heat for in-game promotional video.

How clueless do you have to be in this current climate about sports and domestic violence to think that was a good idea?

If he simply saw the shirt and then stepped aside to let her crash to the ground, that would have been much less tasteless (and Lucy/Charlie Brown-ish).

posted by grum@work at 01:58 PM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

But has anyone seen a player under disciplinary procedures not cooperate and get away with it? As I recall Adrian Peterson was punished for not showing up at NFL HQ when they told him to be there.

Was Brady under disciplinary procedures? Or was he part of an investigation?

Peterson not showing up for a mandated hearing (per the NFL/NFLPA agreement) is different than having someone request looking through your private phone.

IF, however, that phone was provided to him by the Patriots for business purposes, then I can see the NFL having a right to those messages.

(Much in the same way any email I send from my work machine/account should be available to my company.)

posted by grum@work at 01:11 PM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

If your employer's parent company asked you to provide all emails and messages pertaining to a specific subject and you refused, your employer could punish you for non-cooperation.

Is that the case here?

Did they know that Brady has guilty messages?
If they did know those guilty messages were there, then why do they need Brady's phone since they already have that information from another source?

If they didn't know the messages were there, then they were on a fishing expedition. In which case, they can pound astroturf.

posted by grum@work at 01:05 PM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

Makes no sense at all that someone would avoid the opportunity to prove their innocence.

Unless, of course, you thought that maybe they were trying to build a case against you regardless of your guilt.

Even if I was Brady and I know I did nothing wrong, I still wouldn't give them access to my phone/text records.

It's right down the same path as
"Hey, if you've got nothing to hide then you shouldn't have any problem with the government reading all your emails."

posted by grum@work at 11:07 AM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

I'd be surprised if an NFL player could reverse a punishment for failing to cooperate with a league disciplinary investigation.

If a company fires/fines you for not handing over your own personal email information or phone information without a warrant, I'm pretty sure you can take legal action, unless you've signed a contract that says you'll specifically agree to do that. (Do we think that kind of language is in the standard NFLPA contract? I doubt it.)

Surely someone as rigorously trained in statistical method as you knows that isn't anything resembling data.

Obviously. But to suggest that there wouldn't be anything to worry about if he did hand over his phone is the point I'm trying to make. It's like saying "Oh, it's okay if they want to take near-nude photos of you for security reasons at the airport. None of those will ever get out." or "It's okay if they collect all of the information from every internet transaction that exists. They won't do anything with them."

Until someone does something wrong.

Why even give them the opportunity?

In general, I trust police officers. That doesn't mean I'm going to just hand over my phone or let them search my car/house without a warrant, or agree to questioning without a lawyer present.

posted by grum@work at 11:04 AM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

You do realize thousands of phones a day are handled by police and attorneys (often celebrities) without every one ending in a leak to the public, right?

Oh, really?

It doesn't happen often?

Are you sure?

Do you really think that Brady's phone records/emails/texts would have been completely safe? You don't think there wouldn't be one lawyer/clerk/official that wouldn't want to leak something to the press (newspaper, online, blog, tabloid, whatever) for cash if they found something juicy?

posted by grum@work at 08:30 AM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

I think it would be reasonable for the league to punish him for not providing the information requested

It would be reversed by a judge in court quicker than a failed Brady high-five.

posted by grum@work at 10:08 PM on May 06

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

The guy's a distinguished criminal attorney with a clear mandate and had a clear reason to want his phone that wasn't photos of Gisele.

Remember all those "private and anonymous" drug tests that MLB did back in 2003? Remember how all those drug test results suddenly became very public cannon fodder for the newspapers?

Remember how all those celebrity photos got out last year?

Unless I was compelled by a judge to provide my emails, I'd tell anyone and everyone that asked for them to jump off a bridge.

In today's day and age, there is absolutely no way I would trust personal information to anyone else, regardless of their history. Even if that guy didn't want the photos of Gisele (or private emails/texts/whatever), I guarantee those photos would "leak" into the public eye within 30 days of him handing over the phone. The attorney would say things about how his office didn't leak them, and the NFL would say they didn't have anything to do with the leak, and yet, somehow, they magically leaked.

posted by grum@work at 10:06 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yesterday's shutout by the Dodgers was the fifth time since 1914 that a team used 8 pitchers (the most ever) to throw a shutout. All five occurrences have been on/after 1999.

                                    
Rk         Date  Tm Opp  Rslt   IP #
1    2015-05-03 LAD ARI W 1-0 13.0 8
2    2014-08-30 LAA OAK W 2-0  9.0 8
3    2012-10-03 ATL PIT W 4-0  9.0 8
4    2010-10-02 TBR KCR W 4-0  9.0 8
5    1999-10-03 BOS BAL W 1-0 10.0 8

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/4/2015.

posted by grum@work at 09:59 AM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This was actually done BEFORE the fight.

posted by grum@work at 11:29 AM on May 03

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

I'm...I'm in first?
Yeah, that's kinda unexpected.

Cleveland in 6
Atlanta in 7
Houston in 6
Golden State in 5

East Rebounding: P.Gasol
West Rebounding: D.Howard
Three Pointers made: S.Curry
Assist Average: 9.9

posted by grum@work at 11:56 PM on May 02

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Minnesota in 7 (Toews)
Anaheim in 6 +1 (Perry) +1
Montreal in 6 (Pacioretty)
New York in 5 +1 (Nash)
GAA: Lundquist +1

posted by grum@work at 11:41 AM on April 30

What would happen if you played a baseball game and nobody came out to watch?

I wonder if the broadcast of this game will have a delay to allow them to bleep out any inappropriate language you might not hear with a large crowd.

"Strike!"
"No [beeeeep] chance that was over the plate."

posted by grum@work at 01:35 PM on April 29

What would happen if you played a baseball game and nobody came out to watch?

Of course, as the Barenaked Ladies have sung, "It's all been done before."

posted by grum@work at 03:53 PM on April 28

What would happen if you played a baseball game and nobody came out to watch?

[insert Miami Marlins attendance joke here]

posted by grum@work at 03:51 PM on April 28

Fan Injured by Airborne Baseball Bat at Wrigley Field

Giving him an autographed helmet might be a better idea.

*golf clap*

posted by grum@work at 12:12 PM on April 28

Rangers Close to Trade with Angels for Josh Hamilton

Why make teams make totally inconsequential moves in order to pretend like players aren't being sold from one team to another?

Because of precedent...

posted by grum@work at 09:38 AM on April 27

Rangers Close to Trade with Angels for Josh Hamilton

This is one of the most bizarre deals in baseball history. The Angels are trading Hamilton to the Rangers for no player. They will pay him $68 million. The Rangers will pay him $6 million over three years. He will forego $6 million.

WOAH! What a minute!

Back in 2003, the MLBPA stepped up and killed the deal that would have sent ARod to Boston because he was going to forego some money on his contract in order to play for the Red Sox.

But now, this is acceptable?!

This whole thing reeks.

posted by grum@work at 01:29 AM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One for grum: NESN clearly has a stats problem. They're correctly reporting Mookie Betts's average as .206 but reporting his slugging percentage at 1.000. That's well into One Weird Trick territory.

For the record, the greatest discrepancy between AVG and SLG in history was Barry Bonds in 2001.
He had a .328 AVG and an .863 SLG (2.63 times the AVG, or an ISO of .536).

posted by grum@work at 01:02 AM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Something is wrong with Ventura. That's TWO times he's jawed at a player who has hit a ball up the middle. Trout's went for a single, Eaton's was just a ground ball he fielded.

I'm wondering if the rest of the Royals are going to be quick to back him up any more, as he seems to be mentally unstable on the mound.

posted by grum@work at 09:03 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Rivera may have been the greatest relief pitcher ever (though I don't have the stats to prove that).

It's either Rivera or Hoyt Wilhelm, but you have to give a LOT of extra credit to Wilhelm for throwing more than just 1 inning in a game. Wilhelm pitched in fewer games, but has almost twice as many innings as Rivera.

That said, being "the greatest relief pitcher ever" isn't necessarily a strong case. Anibal Sanchez, David Price, Max Scherzer, and Johnny Cueto have almost the same number of innings pitched as Rivera, and they are all 31 and under. They're probably only halfway through their careers.

Being the best relief pitcher is like saying you're the best RH-platoon DH in history. You are really limiting your impact on the game.

posted by grum@work at 08:53 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The early leaders in the "Franchise Four" (and more) voting in MLB.

Begin complaining....now!

posted by grum@work at 03:59 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Canada, Brazil, and Germany being among the few countries that are represented in all 4 sports.

Of course, the USA should be on the MLS list, but I simply forgot to type them in.

So Canada, Brazil, Germany, USA are the four nations with representation in all four sports.

I wondered who the Brunean (?) hockey player was, and it's getting by on a technicality

I am assuming Brazil is on the NHL list because of Robyn Regehr

It counts! It counts!

posted by grum@work at 03:01 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Just something that came to mind last night.

posted by grum@work at 10:05 AM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Player nationalities in the four North American sports with international drafts/signings:

NHL (2014-2015)           MLB (2014)          NBA (2014-2015)         MLS (2014)
Austria                   Aruba               Argentina               Algeria
Belarus                   Australia           Autstralia              Argentina
Brazil                    Bahamas             Bosnia & Herzegovina    Australia
Brunei                    Brazil              Brazil                  Bermuda
Canada                    Canada              Cameroon                Brazil
Croatia                   Colombia            Canada                  Cameroon
Czech Republic            Cuba                Croatia                 Canada
Denmark                   Curacao             Czech Republic          Chile
Estonia                   Dominican Republic  Dominican Republic      Colombia
Finland                   Germany             DR Congo                Costa Rica
France                    Jamaica             England                 Cuba
Germany                   Japan               France                  Denmakr
Italy                     Mexico              Georgia                 DR Congo
Kazakhstan                Netherlands         Germany                 Ecuador
Latvia                    Nicaragua           Greece                  El Salvador
Lithuania                 Panama              Isreal                  England
Norway                    Puerto Rico         Italy                   Estonia
Russia                    Saudi Arabia        Jamaica                 France
Slovakia                  South Korea         Lithuania               Gambia
Slovenia                  Taiwan              Macedonia               Germany
Sweden                    USA                 Mexico                  Ghana
Switzerland               Venezuela           Montenegro              Grenada
USA                                           New Zealand             Guam
                                              Nigeria                 Guatemala
                                              Philippines             Haiti
                                              Poland                  Honduras
                                              Puerto Rico             Hungary
                                              Russia                  Indonesia
                                              Senegal                 Ireland
                                              Serbia                  Italy
                                              Slovenia                Jamaica
                                              Spain                   Japan
                                              Sweden                  Kenya
                                              Switzerland             Liberia
                                              Turkey                  Mali
                                              Ukraine                 Mexico
                                              USA                     Morocco
                                              Venezuela               New Zealand
                                                                      Nigeria
                                                                      Panama
                                                                      Peru
                                                                      Poland
                                                                      Portugal
                                                                      Puerto Rico
                                                                      Romania
                                                                      Scotland
                                                                      Serbia
                                                                      Slovakia
                                                                      Spain
                                                                      St. Kitts & Nevis
                                                                      Sweden
                                                                      Switzerland
                                                                      Trinidad & Tobago
                                                                      Uruguay
                                                                      Venezuala
                                                                      Wales

posted by grum@work at 10:04 AM on April 23

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.

Sadly, one board is about to collapse under its own weight, so a LOT of good things better happen real soon before that happens...

posted by grum@work at 08:36 AM on April 23

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.

Ahem.

(I'm off by four years, however.)

posted by grum@work at 10:34 PM on April 22

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.

If anyone's keeping track, that means the government is 0 for 2 in perjury trials related to the MLB steroid witch hunts (or 0 for 10 if you're counting total charges laid against the defendants).

posted by grum@work at 10:29 PM on April 22

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I have been in some seating areas at some ballparks where the ushers do not let you return to your seat before other than in between batters or in between innings.

They don't let you down the aisle from the concourse until the end of the at-bat. However, it's a long walk to the bottom of some of the aisle (having to pass people and vendors), so it's not unusual to still be walking through the seats when the first pitch is thrown.

posted by grum@work at 02:50 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You think the Baltimore Orioles would learn their lesson.

April 12th:
Darren O'Day throws a pitch over/behind Blue Jays star Jose Bautista.
Later in the at-bat, Bautista hits a home run.

April 21st:
Jason Garcia throws a pitch behind Bautista.
Later in the at-bat, Bautista hits a home run.

Will they be stupid enough to throw at him tonight?

If they do, and he hits ANOTHER home run, I hope he flips his bat 20 feet into the air and slowly walks around the bases while waving and smiling at all the Orioles players on the field and in the dugout.

posted by grum@work at 12:12 PM on April 22

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

Wait a minute to get in there,

You mean, stand in the aisle and wait for the play to end? What about the people whose view you are blocking by standing in the aisle?

posted by grum@work at 11:47 AM on April 22