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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: October 23, 2016

grum@work has posted 202 links and 8636 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

CFL player Mylan Hicks (age 23) killed in night club shooting.:
It was a game worth celebrating for the Calgary Stampeders. Not only had they beaten the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers on a late and dramatic field goal, the victory had assured the Stampeders a berth in Novemberís Grey Cup run. So several Calgary players, including practice roster defensive back Mylan Hicks, met at the Marquee Beer Market. Hours later, police would find Mr. Hicks sprawled outside the nightclub, a gunshot victim who was rushed to Foothills hospital, where he died. He was 23.

posted by grum@work to football at 09:20 PM on September 25 - 2 comments

A Q&A with Ichiro Suzuki:
I really hope he plays forever...
When I first came, I had a three-year deal. At that point all I thought was that I want to do the best I can in those three years. But in my first game, there was a play I made that was pretty good. I came in and Lou [Piniella, Seattle's manager from 1993 to 2002] gave me a kiss. So I thought, "Three years is too long! If I am going to get kissed every day, I don't want to be here!"

posted by grum@work to baseball at 07:33 AM on July 31 - 1 comment

The Greatest is gone.:

posted by grum@work to boxing at 01:07 AM on June 04 - 13 comments

Vin Scully recites the speech about baseball from "Field of Dreams".:
This should be played in every MLB park before the last game of Scully's career.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:27 PM on May 26 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Shilling wasn't fired because his conservative views, he was fired for saying stupid shit.

To be fair, on that is pretty much one and the same.

posted by grum@work at 07:17 PM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Now that the Cubs are no longer the "longest suffering fans to have a team not make the championship series", the following franchises are to be recognized:

NFL - Detroit Lions (1957)

NHL - Toronto Maple Leafs (1967)

MLB - Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos (1969)

NBA - Sacramento Kings/Kansas City Kings/Cincinnati Royals/Rochester Royals (1951)

posted by grum@work at 09:52 AM on October 23

Cubs Beat Dodgers, Head to the World Series for the First Time in 70 Years

Here we go:

  • The last time the Cubs made it to the World Series, black players were not allowed to play in the major leagues. In fact, it wouldn't be for another two weeks before a black player signed a minor league contract with a MLB farm team (Jackie Robinson, Montreal Royals)
  • There are no living Cubs players from the last time they made it to the World Series.
  • Only one member of the entire Cubs organization was alive the last time they made the World Series: Billy Williams (senior advisor), HOF player for the Cubs from 1959-1974

posted by grum@work at 12:58 AM on October 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

Green Bay by 13
Los Angeles by 7
Baltimore by 10
Buffalo by 3
Cincinnati by 7
Tennessee by 6
Minnesota by 9
Kansas City by 7
Jacksonville by 6
Washington by 13
Atlanta by 19
Tampa Bay by 10
New England by 14 LOCK
Arizona by 6
Denver by 13

posted by grum@work at 02:52 PM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

Side note:

After the Jays got knocked out (which I couldn't watch because I was driving home and had to run errands), I said to myself "Let's watch the Leafs tonight!"

They jump ahead 4-0, and I think that this might not be so bad.


There it is. That familiar feeling...

posted by grum@work at 11:28 AM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

If the Cubs don't make it to the World Series, then I have no problem throwing my support behind Cleveland. I like Francona, Napoli, Lindor, Kluber, Miller, Ramirez, Davis, and Crisp. I HATE their name (and Chief Wahoo), but I'm a huge sucker for teams overcoming years of championship drought.

posted by grum@work at 11:25 AM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

Based on historical precedent, Cleveland looks like a favourite to win the World Series.

The Toronto Blue Jays are the king makers for the World Series. Every year the Jays have made the playoffs, they either win the World Series or they lose to the eventually World Series winner.

1985 - Kansas City Royals
1989 - Oakland A's
1991 - Minnesota Twins
1992 - Toronto Blue Jays
1993 - Toronto Blue Jays
2015 - Kansas City Royals.
2016 - Cleveland Indians?

posted by grum@work at 11:06 AM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

What happened to the bats?

They were non-existent for most of September, which is why the team slid from leading the AL East to being tied for the second wild-card spot with two games to go in the season.

In fact, there were a few stretches of a week or two throughout the season where the offense would just do nothing but K/pop-out/double-play.

It's frustrating when you remember they were absolute monsters in offense in 2015, and were the best pitching team in the American League in 2016.

If they could only have combined those two traits...

The team broke a commitment to phase out that odious symbol by using him on caps in these playoffs.

I was REALLY surprised to see it so prominent on the caps. I assumed it was just a small arm patch and secondary logo at this point.

posted by grum@work at 10:46 AM on October 20

Video games are changing how professional soccer is played:

It happens with racing games as well.

posted by grum@work at 11:04 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

So...does Lord Auston score only a hat trick tonight in Toronto? Or do the Bruins key on him and keep him to just two goals?

posted by grum@work at 04:02 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Is it this jersey? If so, that's nice.

The Kilkenny jersey is a nice bright colour combination that I don't have in my collection. I have vertical stripes (Inter Milan) and yellow (Chennai SuperKings), but not both.

I have an India national jersey from about 8 years ago, and a Chennai SuperKings IPL jersey from about 3 year ago. People have stopped me in the street/mall/subway/stadium in Toronto to ask about both of them, and I had a guy working at a PetroCan station ask to take my picture with me while I was wearing the national jersey so he could "send it home to his friends".

I've also been stopped/talked to while wearing the Ajax jersey, Barcelona jersey, AEK jersey, Charlton jersey, and Monaco jersey, but the Indian ones have easily drawn the most attention.

posted by grum@work at 04:08 PM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I have my eye on this.

Oh, I like that. The price (if you can get it for that) seems REALLY good.

My parents are heading to Ireland in the near future and I'm hoping they can pick up a jersey that can add two more items to my collection:

- first Irish jersey
- first hurling jersey

I currently have 25 jerseys from 6 sports (baseball, hockey, soccer, football, cricket, rugby) from 18 nations (USA, Canada, Germany, England, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, France, India, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Monaco, Italy, "West Indies", Greece, Denmark, Netherlands). I'm always looking to add more nations/leagues/sports to my collection.

On my want list:
- Irish hurling
- more soccer from any nations I don't have already
- any European national handball team

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

False advertising!

(game WORN, is a better description...definitely not USED)

posted by grum@work at 01:45 PM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Baseball jerseys are larger than t-shirts because they are designed to be tucked in (by players), and allow for more freedom of movement for the arms (throwing the ball).

In my current collection from around the world, I have ones that are measured "Medium", "Large", "XLarge", and they all fit me almost exactly the same.

I think for baseball jerseys, you always want to error on the side of bigger is better. If it's a little loose on you, it can still be comfortable. If it's a little tight (especially on the shoulders or under the arms), it's really annoying.

I'm 5'11", 170lbs, and my shoulders are a bit broader than expected for my size. I wear a "L" Jays jersey from 5 years ago quite comfortably, but if I was just a LITTLE bit taller or broader, it might be considered "restricting". I wear a t-shirt underneath it (for comfort) and have no problems.

All American baseball jerseys use the exact same sizing (and have been for a while), so if you can get your hands on ANY jersey as a fitting example, it'll give you a good idea.

posted by grum@work at 01:45 PM on October 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

I'm in first? There must be a calculation error.

Denver by 6
Baltimore by 3
New Orleans by 6
New England by 13 LOCK
Tennessee by 7
Jacksonville by 9
Los Angeles by 10
Philadelphia by 3
Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK
Buffalo by 6
Kansas City by 3
Atlanta by 9
Green Bay by 7
Indianapolis by 3
Arizona by 6

posted by grum@work at 06:02 PM on October 13