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grum@work
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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: May 29, 2017

grum@work has posted 211 links and 8812 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

Sports Bio

The Trophy Room

First of all, a trivia question. What are the 11 different ways for a baseball player to reach 1st base safely? Answer at bottom of page. I'm the saddest fan of them all: Toronto Maple Leafs Buffalo Bills (but not so much since the Holy Trinity retired...Kelly, Thomas, Reed) It could be worse...I could be a Boston or Chicago baseball fan. The most memorable sporting event was a hockey game back in the late 80's (not sure exactly when). A friend of the family got me really nice Leaf tickets during the Xmas holidays. They were playing the Bruins, so I took my friend Joe who was a big Boston fan. After two periods, the Leafs were getting killed, 5-1. My friend was really laying on the taunting thick, and I was contemplating how I could kill him on the way home. Then, to start the 3rd period, Wendel Clark scored a quick goal. Hey, at least they'll make it respectable, is what I figured. And then another goal is scored. And another. Well, lo and behold, the Leafs tie it up and send the game into overtime (the last goal was scored with an extra attacker, by Wendel again). Then, with about a minute left in the overtime, Wendel Clark blows one past the goalie and the place EXPLODES with noise. I must have gone hoarse from the shouting. The stunned/saddened look on Joe's face the entire ride home was like icing on the cake. ... Trivia Answer: 1. Hit 2. Base on balls 3. Hit by pitch 4. Catcher interference 5. Dropped third strike 6. Error 7. Fielder's choice 8. Hitting a baserunner with the batted ball 9. A ball, pitched to the batter or thrown by the pitcher from his position on the pitcher's plate to a base to catch a runner, goes into a stand, or player's bench, or over or through a field fence or backstop, or is touched by a spectator. (Obscure rule 7.05(h)) 10. The third strike becomes lodged in the umpires equipment (not touched by the catcher). (Obscure rule 7.05(i)) 11. Pinch Runner

Recent Links

What if Barry Bonds had played without a bat?:
A fantastic video narrated by Jon Bois (creator of "Chart Party", "Pretty Good", and "Breaking Madden") about what would happen if Barry Bonds went to the plate every time in 2004 and never had a bat (or, realistically, never swung it).

posted by grum@work to baseball at 04:48 PM on April 11 - 4 comments

NHL will not officially release players to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics.:
Some teams (Senators) have announced they will not allow their players to participate, while other teams (Capitals) have said they will release their players to play if they choose to go.

posted by grum@work to olympics at 12:34 AM on April 04 - 1 comment

Bruce Bochy takes medical leave, Barry Bonds interim manager for San Francisco Giants:
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Giants manager Bruce Bochy is taking a leave of absence due to "a medical issue" and that recently-hired-advisor-to-the-CEO Barry Bonds has been tapped to fill in as the interim manager until Bochy is cleared to return.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:38 AM on April 01 - 3 comments

Carter Capps' pitching delivery is illegal and MLB doesn't care.:
If I was an opposing manager, I'd protest every single pitch he made against my team.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:33 PM on February 17 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

By the way, his public statement about the incident is a textbook example of how it should be done:

"I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions," Woods said. "I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly," he said.

"I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again. I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office for their professionalism."

Admit the mistake, accept the blame/punishment and apologize. Praising the authorities for their part in the matter is just icing on the cake. It's almost impossible to find fault with that statement.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on May 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The NHL playoffs are still going. When that's done, Canadians will notice the CFL again.

posted by grum@work at 07:26 PM on May 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

1. Winner: Nashville

2. Number of games that team will require : 5 games

3. The longest game : 2 OT

4. First player to score a goal: Subban

5. Conn Smythe winner: Rinne

6. Player to score the most goals: Forsberg

7. Player to get the most assists: Crosby

8. Player with the best plus/minus: Subban

9. Player with the most penalty minutes: Neal

10. Starting goaltender with the best save percentage: Rinne

Tiebreaker: 19 goals

posted by grum@work at 12:48 AM on May 29

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Golden State in 5 +1
Points: Curry +1
Rebounds: Aldridge

Cleveland in 4
Points: James
Rebounds: Thompson

The conference finals schedule is ridiculous. Cleveland is at a disadvantage because their opponents are playing a long series. Like rcade says, they could stomp the other East team in 4 straight and still end up with less time to rest for the finals if the GS/SAS go 6 games.

Edit: Why does NBA.com say that the third game for GS/SAS isn't until next Saturday?! Maybe that's to balance out the early lead in games played (vs the East)?

posted by grum@work at 06:33 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The most inappropriate organ music I have ever heard. (Warning: blood)

posted by grum@work at 01:09 AM on May 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 7: +1
Points: Getzlaf
Save%: Rinne

Pittsburgh in 7: +2
Points: Crosby +1
Save%: Anderson

posted by grum@work at 01:16 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm not sure when I'll be available this weekend, so my picks as well:

Nashville in 7
Pittsburgh in 7

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

 📂 National Hockey League 
  └📁 Washington Capitals 
   └📁 Ovechkin era 
    └📁 Semi-final appearances 
     └⚠️ Folder is empty

posted by grum@work at 10:23 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Because nothing happens in sports if it isn't immediately turned into a meme-able image/video.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Kevin Pillar doing Kevin Pillar things again, and wowing the opposing team's announcer.

posted by grum@work at 10:12 AM on May 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

NHL.com reporter roasts ESPN when it looks like they want to use his content for their network.

ESPN Assignment Desk: Hello, can you follow us so that we can send you a DM?

Arpon Basu: I followed but if it's to ask permission to use content, don't bother. The answer is no. This is why you should have reporters.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on May 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That may have been an ironic use of it. That's the common retort in the Jays sub-Reddit when they lose another game.

To be fair, when two of your starting pitchers (20 game winner and the AL ERA leader), your perennial-MVP third baseman, and your all-star-level shortstop have been out of action for most of the season, it does make it hard to be competitive.

posted by grum@work at 01:22 AM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Now, for something completely different:

Aaron Judge is a very strong young man.

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Plus, Fenway Park is private property, yes? If so, then I don't think the racist goons are covered by the 1st Amendment in this case.

Oh, absolutely. I just don't think a private establishment can FINE someone on their premises for being racist, and I'm pretty sure that the government can't fine the person for swearing on private property, so that's why I said the idea of fining someone would be a non-starter.

posted by grum@work at 08:00 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Fining someone for saying racist slurs is just ASKING for the ACLU to come down on you hard.

This isn't "shouting fire in a theatre". This is just expressing abhorrent ideas out loud, and I'm pretty sure the best you could hope for would be to toss someone from the ballpark (like you could do with any person you don't want in there for any reason).

posted by grum@work at 03:36 PM on May 02