Recent Comments by justgary

Red Sox Manager Rips Replay After Ejection

Gotya, misunderstood yo.

posted by justgary at 11:05 AM on April 15

Bubba Watson Wins Second Masters in Three Years

Bagdad Florida represent (about 20 minutes from me).

posted by justgary at 01:42 AM on April 15

Red Sox Manager Rips Replay After Ejection

Back to square one ... after two minutes and 50 seconds.

Of course not. Add back the part you took away: "If you have a system that is is correct 'most' of the time...".

One week isn't enough to make a judgment on the system. Maybe this is just a blip. If half way into the season we're still having similar situations, then yeah, that's a problem.

I think they'll figure it out. Then again, it's difficult to believe that on a play that was obvious to anyone with a TV the umpires didn't have the same view.

posted by justgary at 01:40 AM on April 15

Red Sox Manager Rips Replay After Ejection

I don't think this happens if the call is made correctly in the previous game. If you have a system that is is correct 'most' of the time, you're back to square one.

posted by justgary at 12:48 PM on April 14

Josh Hamilton Needs Thumb Surgery

Dude can't catch a break.

posted by justgary at 11:37 PM on April 09

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The saddest-looking second-place finishers in Olympic history.

posted by justgary at 03:20 PM on February 22

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LeBron James INSANE Dunk Session

If I was that ripped I would never put on a shirt.

posted by justgary at 05:23 PM on February 11

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Stunning, really.

As old as the Yankees are, with nothing ready in the minors, they had no choice but to go 'stunning'.

Pitching, center field, catching, shortstop, third base... it's amazing that they have nothing at all ready to even try and fill any of those positions without going outside of the organization.

This is where having a huge pay roll helps. Even if you'd rather not, you can try and make up for a badly run organization by buying up players.

posted by justgary at 07:33 PM on January 22

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13 Trade Offers for Mike Trout

posted by justgary at 12:43 PM on December 22

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That's awesome.

posted by justgary at 12:18 AM on December 15

Broncos' Prater Kicks Record-Breaking 64-Yard Field Goal

From wikipedia:

when an analysis of his kick was carried out by ESPN Sport Science, it was found that his modified shoe offered him no advantage - the smaller contact area could in fact have increased the margin of error.

posted by justgary at 09:04 PM on December 09

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Short on details that I can find as to why he's retiring. His age and the surgery on that bone spur wouldn't necessarily derail his comeback.

What else could it be (other than injury)? Watching him pitch in his final game, throwing 80 mph and sweating profusely to just do that, and knowing how great he was... easily one of the more painful things i've seen on a ball field.

After that they kind of spun it as him hitting a wall after surgery and he just needed time. I never really bought that. And even if time could help, he'd probably never be close to the pitcher he was, and he seems too prideful to just stick around.

posted by justgary at 12:58 PM on December 09

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In total desperate and predictable move, Yankees sign Beltran ten years too late

Which brings us to this blog post by Joe Posnanski that brings up what the Yankee lineup would be like if this were 2006.

1. Ichiro, cf, .322/.370/.455 with 224 hits and 45 stolen bases (twice caught) 2. Derek Jeter, ss, .343/.417/.483 with 301 total bases and 34 stolen bases. 3. Travis Hafner, dh, .308/.439/.659 with 42 homers and 100 walks. 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3b, .290/.392/.523 with 35 homers. 5. Mark Teixeira, 1b, .282/.371/.514 with 33 homers. 6. Alfonso Soriano, .277/.351/.556 with 46 homers. 7. Robbie Cano, 2b, .342/.365/.525 with 41 doubles, 15 homers. 8. Vernon Wells, cf, .303/.357/542 with 32 homers and 17 stolen bases. 9. Brian McCann, c, .333/.388/.572 with 24 homers.

And now you can add 2006 Beltran:

Beltran, dh/of, .275/.388/.594 with 41 homers, 127 runs, 18 out of 21 steals, 8.2 WAR.

posted by justgary at 01:44 PM on December 07

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The mystery of the Yankees' remaining $$$

posted by justgary at 07:39 PM on December 04

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$153m for a player of Ellsbury's calibre today is totally reasonable

I think it makes sense specifically for the Yankees. They have the money, and they need the stars to fill up Yankees Stadium. For most other teams, this contract wouldn't make as much sense.

This seems to be the Red Sox front office sticking to their guns, or plan. The only way I'm upset is if the listen to complaints and eventually give a ridiculous contract to someone else to make up for this loss. Some players are going to give a home town discount, some are not. Nothing wrong with either approach, but Ellsbury was definitely in the latter category.

As hincandenza points out, Ellsbury will profit from the ridiculous RF dimensions in Yankee Stadium.

Everyone keeps jumping on this point, and I can understand why, but the statistics don't back this assumption at all.

Of course, maybe he changes his swing to take advantage of the new ballpark dimensions. That might work, or could backfire.

What will be interesting for me is if the Yankees still sign Cano or let him walk. If they let him walk, this deal doesn't improve them as much. If they keep Cano, they're now a better team that still needs pitching.

posted by justgary at 06:25 PM on December 04

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Season's Greetings from the Mets.

posted by justgary at 11:36 AM on November 25

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The rare official silence of Alex Rodriguez

Lost in the briefcase-kicking, table-slamming, expletive-flying exit by Alex Rodriguez at his drug suspension arbitration hearing Wednesday was the history he made by choosing not to personally defend himself. Though often describing himself as fighting for his "life" and fighting for his "legacy," Rodriguez became the first player not to testify at his arbitration hearing since the Joint Drug Agreement was collectively bargained in 2002.

posted by justgary at 12:13 PM on November 23

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2013 Best & Worst Fastball Hitters

posted by justgary at 07:22 PM on November 22

Tigers and Rangers Swap Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler

the Rangers got to the Series twice with some bangers in the lineup

Oh, I think it's a good trade for the Rangers if Fielder bounces back. Could be just a down season that extended into the playoffs.

posted by justgary at 04:28 PM on November 21

Tigers and Rangers Swap Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler

Looks to me like a 'win now' trade for Texas. Fielder turns 30 starting next year, he's huge, and he's signed for 7 years at about 20 mil per? Wow. Did the Rangers watch Fielder during the playoffs?

As Texas admitted, they probably can't make this deal if Fielder had a great 2013. So maybe he bounces back. Ortiz is 38 and he can still rake, so there's that...

posted by justgary at 04:05 PM on November 21

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Newspaper Ad Begs Jacksonville Jaguars to Sign Tim Tebow, Promises Full Stadium

posted by justgary at 05:04 PM on November 18

Atlanta Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb County

The Braves' Move From Atlanta Is An Affront To Baseball And Democracy

posted by justgary at 06:00 PM on November 14

Atlanta Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb County

In the times I've been to Atlanta, the downtown scene was pretty paltry. It feels like Dallas to me, a city that's spread out all over and not one where the city is the center of everything.

Oh, I agree. The advantage of being in the city varies by city, and I can see the benefits of the Braves moving. It's simply a personal preference, that the team actually play IN the city. I remember as a child being excited to go into Boston to see the Red Sox. The idea of going to Foxborough to see the Patriots couldn't compare.

If you go to games, do you take mass transit to the game and spend time in that area before or after? For me, the live sports experience is almost always driving to the game, parking and going home. Not partaking of the cool stuff around the venue, when there is any. That was true in Dallas, Denver and now Jacksonville.

The Saints are a perfect example. There is almost nothing bigger in New Orleans than the Saints. The dome dominates the skyline, and every sunday the Saints play the entire city is one big party.

New Orleans is small, and you can get to the French Quarter in about a minute from the Superdome. So it doesn't really matter what is right next to the dome. I can't imagine the Saints not playing in New Orleans, and moving them to a suburb would be terrible for the city.

posted by justgary at 11:31 AM on November 14

Atlanta Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb County

Growing up in Dallas, my favorite local teams played in Irving and Arlington. I don't see why the Braves moving to the burbs is being treated like such a big deal,

Growing up a cowboy fan, I always thought it was strange that the Cowboys didn't play in Dallas. Even now, I much prefer a team that plays in the city. The Saints in the Super Dome. And in baseball, I always enjoy seeing the skyline out in the distance.

Like the guy in etagloh's link, I just love the city vibe. I've been to several braves games, and always had a good time. Going to the burbs just won't be the same. I get the reasons, still, seems like a sad time for Atlanta.

posted by justgary at 09:09 PM on November 12

Red Sox Write Love Letter to Cardinals

I didn't realize that Buckner got that ovation the next season. The media sure loved telling the story of him as the goat.

I think the media wanted it to be a story, at least bigger than it was, so they ran with it. Fit in nicely with the 'curse'. Not only did Buckner receive ovations on opening day in 87, and a standing ovation when he returned to Boston for his last year in 90, but at the city hall rally 2 days after the game 7 defeat.

Here's an article about the rally the Red Sox held after the WS loss in 1986.

The Hub Hails Its Hobbling Hero

Even though Bill Buckner let Game 6 slip through his injured legs, the fans in Boston showed last week how much they admired his courageous play in the World Series

Buckner had asked not to speak at the rally at City Hall Plaza, and so he stood at the end of the stage. But when he heard the ringing one-minute ovation that followed his name, Buckner stepped forward and thanked the crowd.

"That was the most incredible experience of my career," he said to Jody as they drove to Worcester, past a THANKS, RED SOX sign on the Mass Pike and a HOMETOWN OF HERO MARTY BARRETT sign at the city limits of Southborough. When the Buckners stopped at traffic lights in Worcester, people in other cars beeped their horns and waved at them.

posted by justgary at 08:26 PM on November 05

Red Sox Write Love Letter to Cardinals

The ad suggests they like playing them more than any other team.

Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of this. And if you're going to do it, the whole "hope to see you next October" seems weird. Leave that off, don't talk about your own team.

As the BestFansStLouis twitter feed showed

I'm pretty sure what that account shows is that every team has fans that are just horrible people, and are not representative of the fan base as a whole.

would Red Sox fans react the same way to Buckner today, given they've won 3 world series' recently?

And this is a good example. I'm sure Buckner received a lot of grief, but what most people forget is that he received a standing ovation at Fenway when introduced the next season.

posted by justgary at 05:41 PM on November 05

Red Sox win the World Series.

I'm almost sad to not see the series go 7 games, especially with the Peavy storyline, but maybe I'd be pushing my luck.

Speaking of luck, I'm still struck by how much luck it takes to win a WS. I believe the Red Sox entirely deserving, but there were so many instances over the entire playoffs that if changed only slightly would have led to the Red Sox falling short. I thought Farrell leaving Lackey in to face Matt Holliday was asking for trouble, and the Red Sox were lucky he only gave up the walk.

The Red Sox got the key hits, the Cardinals didn't. It's difficult to believe the Red Sox didn't lose another game after the obstruction call. And I still really have no idea how the Red Sox won when you consider their pitching was down to Lester and Lackey for the most part. Then again, they beat a lot of good pitchers with an offense that seemed to do just enough.

The dodgers winning the WS was my nightmare scenario. I wasn't crazy about the idea of the Tigers winning it. But other than the white towels the fans wave at home I have a hard time finding something I don't like about the Cardinals (and they got rid of the dodgers).

I was hoping for more Molina v. Baserunner matchups.

Me too. Just never happened. And there weren't that many chances. And I guess more than anything Molina just kills thoughts of a running game.

This Red Sox team is remarkably devoid of star power.

Well, Ortiz, Pedroia, and Ellsbury are all top notch players, but yeah, that was pretty much the story of the Red Sox season. This was not as talented a team as 04/07. Signing a bunch of B and C level players and having it all work out. It created a deep team. But everything went right this year, and I don't see that happening again. They need to get better. Unforgettable team, and super fun as a Red Sox fan to root for, but I would be shocked if the team constructed as is would have a long shelf life.

Boston's moment of a lifetime

posted by justgary at 05:25 PM on October 31

Red Sox Win Game 5, Go Home to Fenway

Last night was probably the first game that did not have some weird, fluky, or sloppy play or highly questionable managerial decisions (you could argue Matheny should have pulled Wainwright at the first signs of trouble in the 7th, but I think if there's one pitcher on the Cardinals staff you stick with in that situation, it's him).

I think you can definitely question Matheny leaving Wainwright in, and I've seen it questions several places. He appeared to be running out of gas, and Red Sox hitters can be overpowered. I've seen Ross blown away by a good fastball. I agree that you have to give the benefit of the doubt to Matheny (hindsight being 20/20 and all) with his ace on the hill, but I'll just say that I was very happy he waiting to bring in Martinez.

I still believe the series could go either way. The Red Sox only have to win one game, and they're at home. And if you believe in momentum, which I really don't, they've got it. But both teams have proven they can win on the road, and the Cardinals have the most dominant pitcher of the post season going in game 6. If it goes 7, the Red Sox have no idea what they're going to get from Peavy, and from what I just read Lester will be backing him up on a days rest. I'm happy where the Red Sox sit, but if I was a Cardinal fan I wouldn't be too worried either.

that's why I think the real question was what the ranking was for.

Agreed. We don't know the qualifications used for the rankings. If it's simply statistics, there's obviously quite a few players in front of Ortiz (even considering the craziness of comparing players from previous eras with today). If Ortiz hadn't taken a few years to get started his overall numbers would obviously be stronger.

But if we're talking most important players in Red Sox history, he's much higher than 15. If the Red Sox win the WS, Ortiz would have been a major cog and the one player linking all 3 WS wins over the past 10 years after 86 years of nothing. Of course, some of that is being in the right place at the right time. But he's certainly done more than his part. Even if they lose to the Cardinals, his stats this WS are out of this world.

By far my favorite Red Sox player was Yaz, though I can only remember the tail end of his career. And Ted Williams is untouchable. But when you consider what Ortiz has done combined with when he came along and what has transpired in Red Sox history, he's my number 3, and the most likely to have a statue next to Yaz's one day.

posted by justgary at 05:25 PM on October 30

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

In other words, when it works, you are brilliant. When it fails, you are the dumbest SoB in the game.

Eh, some decisions. Matheny has gotten a lot of criticism for bringing in a ground ball pitcher instead of a strikeout pitcher to face gomes. He was hoping for a double play. If he gets it, brilliant call.

But some decisions, allowing your pitcher to hit in the top of the 9th in a tie game while one of your best HR hitters never gets in the game, and then taking him out in the bottom of the 9th after a runner gets on, is a brain dead move. It doesn't matter if the pitcher hits a HR. That's luck, and still an awful decision. There's been a few of those this series.

posted by justgary at 06:15 PM on October 28

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Saying that the Red Sox have thrown away two games, while technically true, also undersells the Cardinals' efforts/actions in getting in a position for that to happen.

Speaking for myself, when I use that phrase I'm not slighting the other team. A team might make mistakes, but the other team has to take advantage of them. And both the Cardinals and Red Sox have done that.

In the two Red Sox losses, the Cardinals forced the Red Sox to make plays they failed at. No doubt. When I say the Red Sox threw away games, that's just coming from a Red Sox fan view point. And really, all I'm saying is they're better than what they've been playing. And you can't do that against a talented team like the Cardinals and expect to win.

posted by justgary at 01:07 PM on October 28

Red Sox Even World Series at 2

Strange series. 2-2, yet if either team had pulled off a couple of plays, or avoided a few mistakes, a sweep by either team would be possible (or at least holding a commanding 3-1 lead).

As a Red Sox fan, I was happy with the pick-off, of course. But I kind of feel ripped off. In game 3, even though there seemed to be no other way to call the obstruction play, I felt like the game ended in an awful way. Not joy, not disappointment, just empty and confused. In this game, I was really looking forward to Uehara vs. Beltran. Fandom aside, great baseball. And yet it didn't happen. I could easily see Uehara striking Beltran out. And I could easily see Beltran hitting a 2 run homer to tie it. We'll never know.

I still feel the Cardinals are in the better position, but I'm happy the Red Sox didn't let game 3 linger and just roll over. I probably should have known better.

posted by justgary at 01:01 PM on October 28

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

What was the infield fly rule situation you're thinking of?

Here.

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Cardinals still processing chaotic win

The Red Sox were dazed and Wainwright said he completely understood.

"As a baseball fan, you hate to see a game end like that," Wainwright said. "Obviously I'm on the Cardinals, so I'm fortunate the rule is the way it is. And you hate to say it, but he impeded the process of running home. But I totally understand why Red Sox players would be upset about that. That is just a horrible way to lose a baseball game, no question about it, especially after such a great play by Dustin at second."

posted by justgary at 06:17 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Had he stayed near the chalk, he had an open path to the plate, would have been out by 10 feet instead of the 15 by which he should have been out without obstruction

That sentence confuses me. But if the umpire felt the runner would not score anyway, they could have ignored the obstruction.

JIM JOYCE: Our determination is whether or not he could have scored or not. And Dana immediately came up with, he saw me make the call. And as soon as Craig slid into home plate, Dana immediately pointed down at me knowing that we had obstruction and it impeded Allen to score the run, essentially. Dana did a great job on installing that right away. Dana did a great job signaling that right away.

JOHN HIRSCHBECK: And that's the last, most important part of this rule, is that the umpire has to determine ‑‑ if what you saw tonight happened and he's out by 20 feet, then the umpire determines that if the obstruction had not occurred, he would have been out, okay? But since it was right there, bang, bang play, obviously that's obstruction, definitely had something to do with the play.

One of my initial problems with the play was that the runner had an open line from 3rd base to home, if he actually stayed in the direct path. But he takes a big step towards 2nd before coming home. Of course, doesn't matter because the runner determines his path home.

JOHN HIRSCHBECK: Don't forget, the runner establishes his own baseline. If he's on second on a base hit and rounds third wide, that baseline is from where he is, way outside the line, back to third and to home plate, it's almost a triangle. So the runner establishes his own baseline.

I've just come to see it as one of those weird things about baseball. A rule that almost seems inadequate for what happened, but is all we can go by. Baseball is a strange sport. In this case, the umpires use the letter of the law. When we had the debate about the infield fly rule a couple of years ago, my case was that the reasons we have the infield fly rule weren't applicable to that play, and the umpire doesn't have to call it. Others didn't care.

And yet we umpires with their own determination of the strike zone. Just one of those quirks about baseball that I love, but can bite you in the ass.

My biggest problem with the press conference is Joyce being so adamant that Middlebrooks was 'on the chalk". And of course, he wasn't. But that's neither here nor there.

JIM JOYCE: He was right on the baseline. He was right on the chalk. And so that never played into any decision, at all, because he was ‑‑ he had slid, stood up, and he was literally right on the chalk.

posted by justgary at 05:35 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Won't soon forget it, that's for sure. I think the two teams are pretty close, and so far the difference has been which team hurts itself the least. It'll be interesting to see if that continues.

For the Red Sox part, we're sending out a pitcher tonight who has a dead arm, so naturally I'm expecting great things.

posted by justgary at 01:43 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Ah, sorry, I understand you better now.

I think Farrell mismanaged the game. I think Salty made a bad decision. I think Middlebrooks 1st priority was the ball - he seemed to be glued to the bag.

Unfortunately for the BoSox, all those things put WMB in a position that he could do nothing to prevent.

Agree with all this. And...

1) Salty should never have made the through. Horrid decision. 2) Middlebrooks has got to catch the ball, knock it down. 3) Farrell allowed the pitcher to make the second out in the ninth inning, and then replaced him in the ninth inning. 4) Napoli, who can hit a home run at any time, never got off the bench.

Salty, Farrell, and Middlebrooks should be thankful the call was made. Most of the questions and attention after the game was on the call, and not their incompetence.

posted by justgary at 01:35 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Quoted from a Red Sox fan

Dude, you can use my name. I'm not sure if you're saying I'm a hypocrite, but I stand by those words. And everything I've written in multiple places said that the Red Sox made mistakes that cost them the game.

From this thread:

Shitty way to lose a game, but the throw should never have been made. - a Red Sox fan

Biggest shame of all is that the Red Sox have lost two games in a row because of bad throws to 3rd. It would be nice if they started, I don't know, making the Cardinals beat them instead of giving the game away?

Did you miss that?

I don't see a way to get around calling obstruction. That said, when a rule says 'very likely', when it's a play that you don't see very much, when the play has so many variables happening, I see no problem with it being discussed.

In game one, he simply didn't catch the ball. There's no rule to debate, no interpretation of the rule. I don't see the direct correlation between those two calls at all, and I'm not sure how you took my previous comment regarding the Cardinals as an insult.

posted by justgary at 01:08 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

What's a shame is that lost in this is that Allen Craig actually had a monster 9th-inning clutch hit off of one of the best closers in baseball

There's a lot of shame to go around. The Red Sox came back twice from two runs deficits, the second time in the 8th inning on the road against the Cardinal closer, 21 year old Xander Bogaerts had a great game, Pedroia made a great play to get the runner at home.

Biggest shame of all is that the Red Sox have lost two games in a row because of bad throws to 3rd. It would be nice if they started, I don't know, making the Cardinals beat them instead of giving the game away?

posted by justgary at 09:19 AM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Here's the transcript from the conference with the umpires.

posted by justgary at 09:07 AM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Eh, never mind. Shitty way to lose a game, but the throw should never have been made. Gonna stick with that.

posted by justgary at 08:40 AM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

It's already been interpreted like that.

I'm aware of that play.

Again, the fact that you have to point to a play to show how the rule is interpreted instead of actually showing me the rule shows that its badly written.

Or is the rule intentionally vague to allow it to be interpreted per case?

posted by justgary at 08:36 AM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Wasn't it the Cardinals that got the better of the infield fly rule controversy a couple of years ago? Man, god must be a cardinal fan.

Bottom line, the Red Sox had 2 outs and the best closer in the game on the mound. The throw should never have been made. And Ross should have been the catcher, which I said before the game.

posted by justgary at 08:27 AM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Here's the play just for reference:

posted by justgary at 08:24 AM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

The reason it's "very likely" is that in this instance

Does the rule actually say that? If not, again, badly written rule.

Joyce said (Middlebrooks) he was "right on the chalk"

I see no reason to doubt this man's judgment.

posted by justgary at 08:13 AM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

It's like MLB quickly wrote that in and said "Here, look!"

Ha! Right call or wrong call, Farrell would have probably blown it anyway. What a terribly managed game.

posted by justgary at 12:34 AM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

For example: an infielder dives at a ground ball and the ball passes him and he continues to lie on the ground and delays the progress of the runner, he very likely has obstructed the runner.

Very likely? Wow. Been a long time since I've read the rules. Had no idea they were written that badly.

posted by justgary at 12:24 AM on October 27

Cards Win, Even World Series at 1-1

The stolen bases in the 7th changed the game. I've heard the Cardinals manager talking about it being a smart play, and scouting playing into it, but there's no way to predict Salty's bobbling the ball. If the runner is thrown out at 3rd, there's a good chance the Red Sox are up 2-0 and the Cardinals are answering difficult questions the last two days.

I believe the Cardinals knew if they got to the 8th, where the Red Sox have not hesitated to go to Uehara, they were in trouble and likely looking at being down 2-0 very quickly. So it was worth it to take chances in 7th. The Cardinals forced the issue, and the Red Sox failed to make plays, twice in fact, at 3rd base. If the Red Sox end up losing, I don't think it's a stretch to look back at the 7th inning of game 2 to see why.

No doubt the Cardinals are in the drivers seat. They're home, and the Red Sox now turn to two pitchers, one that had nothing the last game, and another that has said he has 'one' start left in him. The cracks the author of yerfatma link brings up were no secret. They've been there the whole time. The Red Sox have to play well enough to make up for the cracks. It's time for the offense to step up and act like the highest scoring offense in the game (against lesser pitching) or they're in trouble.

- The Red Sox are finally going with Nava over Gomes. Baffling it's taken this long.

- If Salty isn't hot, I'd rather Ross be the every day catcher, but I don't see that happening.

posted by justgary at 07:26 PM on October 26

Red Sox Take Game 1 Over Cards

The reaction by Mike Matheny is understandable if one considers the "old school" of umpiring. Matheny just didn't think they would consult and overturn. It used to be that calls, even those that were terribly bad and blatantly obvious, were just not overturned.

Yeah, I understand this point of view, and have read it, and I disagree with it. Matheny is young manager, and with replays coming very soon, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the umpires in a WS game are going to do anything to get the call right.

I'm not saying Matheny should be happy at the call. But I would think he would be more along the line of "it was tough to take the overturned call, but getting the call right is the most important thing", and that's not really what I heard.

Maybe I'm projecting, but I'm not sure I'd be happy to win with such a bad call. For what it's worth, I read over a Cardinal blog during that play and even with Cardinal fans they A. Thought it was a horrible call. B. Didn't have much of a problem having it over turned.

If this had been a judgment call, I might agree more with Matheny, an umpire calling a runner safe on a double play because the fielder turning the play wasn't on the bag. The neighborhood call is given all season long, so why start calling it in the WS? But this wasn't a judgment call. It wasn't 'was it in his glove long enough'. It was a flat out miss. He never caught the ball.

This isn't the first time umpires have gathered to correct a post season bad call by one of their colleagues, as most Red Sox fans probably remember.

posted by justgary at 07:14 PM on October 24

Red Sox Take Game 1 Over Cards

From Yerfatma's link:

they sucked at getting hits in big situations while the Red Sox managed to come up with big hits when they mattered most.

It was obvious the Red Sox were helped by cardinal errors, and the Sox only outhit them by 1, but that statement was also true during the Tigers series. Ortiz and Victorino had big hits when they needed them, and the Tigers did not.

I know, clutch hitting doesn't really exist, but they've been riding what's seemed like clutch hitting for a while now.

posted by justgary at 04:12 PM on October 24

Red Sox Take Game 1 Over Cards

More on the mysterious substance.

posted by justgary at 01:43 PM on October 24

Red Sox Take Game 1 Over Cards

The Fox announcers were trying to talk up Wacha like he was the looming Verlander

Well, have you watched him pitch? I don't think the comparisons to Verlander are misplaced at all. I can see the Red Sox making him throw strikes and wearing him down, but they've been shut down by dominant pitching before, so that would come as no great shock.

Also, if you're going to give yourself an advantage, I'd have to believe a World Series game would be high on my list of probable times to try.

I guess. You're also taking a huge risk if caught. I'm not a pitching expert, but I didn't see any balls break drastically, and pitch charts seem to back that up.

I'm also surprised at how the cardinals reacted to the overturned call. I understand being upset, but from what I've read they almost seem to insinuate it shouldn't have been overturned. This wasn't a borderline call. And though it's disappointing, I can't imagine anyone not believing getting the call right is more important.

Even Wainwright, the one Cardinal who was actually willing to concede that "I think they probably made the right call there," smiled sheepishly when he was then asked if he was in favor of seeing the umpires huddle to get calls like that right.

The 'one' cardinal? The cardinals should forget about the corrected call and the mystery substance and just play better. They're a good team. I'm sure we'll see that before the series is over.

posted by justgary at 01:15 PM on October 24

Red Sox Advance to Face Cardinals in World Series

I thought it was classy that no one on the tigers really made a big deal of the missed strike to Bogaerts, especially Scherzer basically saying you never get that call.

I thought Farrell made several bad decisions against the Tigers. As Seth Mnookin said, just because it ends up working out doesn't mean it was the correct decision. Bringing in Franklin Morales was a terrible decision. Walking the first hitter, and then leaving him in to face Martinez to make him bat right handed. He fell behind and then gave up a hit. It doesn't work if the pitcher sucks. Morales failing was predictable. That decision has been glossed over since the Red Sox won.

Red Sox will have more difficulty against the Cardinals than they did with either Detroit

I agree that the Red Sox will have to play better. They were almost beaten simply because of the Tigers starting pitchers, and the Cardinals are a more balanced team. I don't see how the Red Sox can win if they continue to hit so poorly.

However, the Red Sox could have easily lost to Detroit. If Ortiz hits the ball a foot shorter, or if Coke had been brought in to face him, the Sox probably lose that game. And if the double play is turned, or the 3rd strike against bogaerts is called, the Red Sox probably lose game 6 as well.

I think the best team won, but barely, and it could have easily gone the other way.

posted by justgary at 06:21 PM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

ignore the haters because they target whomever is winning, but also acknowledge that every team has sub-human shits of fans who spoil things for the rest of the bunch. Don't try to protect the shield, just enjoy the run and don't read the comments.

This.

It use to bother me too. Still does a little bit, but best to ignore it. The Boston fan base went from lovable losers, to hated, in a matter of a few years (04-07). I haven't changed, so that's really strange. Of course, any team that suddenly wins gains band wagon fans, and that's annoying of course. But the base is still the same.

But screw it. I'd rather win. My father spent 50 years rooting for a team that never won. I'm sure he would have traded the lovable loser label for a championship. And I feel lucky to have witnessed 2 world championships. Because I know at any time the Red Sox could go another 80 years in futility. They've done it before.

Look at it this way, any fan that is spending time complaining about your team/fan base is probably a fan of a team that yours has been kicking their ass. Your team is probably in the playoffs, and theirs is probably on a golf course. Rays fans get on my nerves (all 3 of them), but I know that's because they've been a thorn in Boston's side for a while now more than anything else. Every team has annoying fans, winning teams just have more.

I'm getting to watch the Red Sox in some amazingly exciting playoff games. Maybe they make it to the WS, maybe they don't. But the chance and experience is worth a thousand "I don't care who wins the WS, as long as it isn't the Red Sox" remarks. Like the kids say: "Haterz gonna hate" (or something like that).

posted by justgary at 06:18 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I actually meant to say 'with Cabrera not fully healthy'. So yeah, I do think that makes a difference. I think these teams are very close. I think especially the depth of the Red Sox helps over a long season. But in the post season it's hard to bet against Detroit's starting pitching.

posted by justgary at 07:36 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When I was a kid I wanted to work out so I could look just like Rick Rude. He was ripped. Never got there. But dude died at 40, so maybe all for the better.

posted by justgary at 01:36 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

So why aren't we talking about how good the Boston staff has been

The boston staff is strong, but I have no problem with the attention detroit's staff is getting. They're simply better, and more dominant. Period. And this is before last night's debacle.

I have no doubt the Red Sox have a better team than the Tigers (though not by much). But no one has the staff Detroit has. In a short series, when the starting pitchers can go all out, pitch longer, not worry about lasting the entire season, their starting pitching is the great equalizer. And a tough matchup for any team, even slightly 'better' teams.

posted by justgary at 01:34 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Basepaths Are Where Nick Punto's Scrappiness Goes To Die

posted by justgary at 12:36 PM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Tigers starters have 0.86 ERA & are averaging 1.67 K's per inning, Red Sox have .133 BA in 1st 3 games.

How One Little Call Helped the Red Sox Beat the Tigers

Overmatched Miguel Cabrera

posted by justgary at 09:14 AM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

To look at it another way, Detroit might just have Boston right where Boston wants to be.

Oh, the Red Sox could certainly win it, but I don't think that proves the Red Sox are where they want to be. But the situation could easily be worse.

posted by justgary at 04:14 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Red Sox have K'd something like 33 times in the first two games. They had less than a 4 percent chance of winning before they scored their first run. They took basically a game and a half to score their first run.

The Tigers have the Red Sox right where they want to, home field advantage and Verlander on the hill (and should be favored to still win the series). And yet the Red Sox have to feel amazingly lucky at this point. Wow.

posted by justgary at 02:44 PM on October 15