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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: August 04, 2015

grum@work has posted 186 links and 8028 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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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

Dear Roberto,:
This is the refusal Roberto Clemente got when he asked for a raise [in 1960].

posted by grum@work to baseball at 03:48 PM on July 31 - 3 comments

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.:
Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games

posted by grum@work to olympics at 01:30 PM on July 30 - 11 comments

MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced:
Only four Royals made the squad, averting the doomsday scenario of an "all-Royals" squad from earlier voting.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:36 AM on July 07 - 8 comments

This is Vin Scully's 66th season broadcasting Dodger games. Seriously.:
A goddman national treasure, I will turn on any Dodger games I am awake for on the east coast, and go to sleep listening to him call a game.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:27 PM on June 29 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

If you believe the player is 100% blameless, isn't that an argument for not allowing young children like Carlile to be bat boys? It's not responsible to expect a nine-year-old to assure his own safety in that job.

Yeah. Which is pretty much what I said in my first post.

Blame the league, blame the team, blame the parents, but don't blame the batter in the on-deck circle.

posted by grum@work at 11:51 PM on August 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The onside punt TD, three downs, the rouge (single-point kicks through the endzone), the anyone-can-kick-the-ball mayhem of last-second rouge defenses in tie-game, the running starts for wide receivers on snaps, and (of course) touchdown celebrations....the CFL has a lot to offer for bored NFL fans.

posted by grum@work at 11:48 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

Bat boys are on the field retrieving the bat if necessary and bringing balls to the ump.

Yes, and they are usually old enough to know that you don't go anywhere near the on-deck circle when a batter is warming up.

I feel bad for the kid and it is a tragedy, but the batter should take zero blame for what happened if all he was doing was his normal warm-up swings in the on-deck circle.

It's like blaming a driver if a kid darts out into traffic from between parked cars and gets hit. All drivers know that there are kids outdoors, but no one thinks they have responsibility to be "situationally aware" when a kid darts out in front of their vehicle 10 feet away when traveling at 25 mph.

If the baserunner coming home in the video I linked to had plowed over Dusty Baker's kid, would you have put blame on him for doing so, because he wasn't "situationally aware" that there was a child who MIGHT wander into a dangerous area where they shouldn't be?

posted by grum@work at 06:25 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

Carlile was retrieving a bat near the on-deck circle.

Even more reason that it isn't the batter's fault.

There is something that batters do in the on-deck circle, and that is swing the bat. It is assumed that you do it in the on-deck circle because there isn't anyone else around, and doing it in the dugout would be dangerous. So you stand out in the on-deck circle to warm up by swinging the bat, knowing that you are away from everyone else.

If someone else approaches you from behind or side (because we assume that the kid didn't run in the batter's field of view), then how is the batter supposed to know?

It would be like blaming someone swinging in a batting cage for hitting someone on a follow through because that person came from the blind-side in the middle of a swing.

posted by grum@work at 03:40 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

but the adult baseball player who wasn't paying attention to his surroundings while swinging a bat was being a reckless idiot

Wait, what?

He was taking practice swings. It's generally considered a bad idea to get near a batter who is doing that, but this poor kid wasn't paying attention and ran into the swing.

The question is why are 9-year-old kids anywhere near the field of play. MLB has at least now figured out that small children aren't always the best arbiter of decision making...

posted by grum@work at 01:08 PM on August 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If anyone wants a lesson on how NOT to umpire a game, Jim Wolf gave a masters class during the Blue Jays/Royals game today.

Second batter of the game, Donaldson, gets plunk in the numbers.

Wolf immediately issues a warning to both benches, which is bad news for the Jays because they have knuckleball pitcher (Dickey) starting the game, and by definition the knuckleball is supposed to be "wild". So if one of them goes off course and lightly plunks a Royal, he's gonna get tossed (as the warning indicates that any hit-by-pitches will result in an immediate ejection for the pitcher and the manager).

The next time Donaldson comes to the plate, the same pitcher then throws the ball at his head. Donaldson dives out the way, and the umpire immediately steps forward and...does nothing.

Fast forward a few innings, and now a Royal relief pitcher is in the game. He's pitching to new Blue Jays player Tulowitzki...and hits him. The home plate umpire leaps into action and...does nothing. Despite the warnings, the umpire decides not to eject the pitcher. Understandably, the Blue Jays (and their manager, John Gibbons, and their fans) go apeshit. After Tulowitzki is examined and goes to first, the next batter up is..Donaldson.

Guess what happens? The pitcher throws another one at his head. Donaldson bails out, hits the dirt, jumps up...but Gibbons has already run out of the dugout to yell at the umpire. He gets tossed.

The very next half-inning, the relief pitcher for the Jays (Aaron Sanchez) throws a pitch down the middle...for a ball. Two pitches later, Sanchez throws a ball at the feet of the batter, hitting him. Jim Wolf, in a sense of fairness not seen this side of Nero, tosses Sanchez from the game. Both benches empty as everyone on the Blue Jays side loses their fucking minds at that decision.

posted by grum@work at 06:00 PM on August 02

Dear Roberto,

It was well-written and not unfair. He did have (at the time) a down season.

posted by grum@work at 08:19 AM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

RIP Roddy Piper

One of the first "villains" I ever liked in wrestling, he was always entertaining when he got in front of the mic.

Also, one of my absolute favourite movie quotes of all time:

posted by grum@work at 10:51 PM on July 31

Russell Wilson Finally Cashes In with Seahawks

Imagine how much more he would have been paid if he hadn't thrown an interception on his last pass attempt...

posted by grum@work at 04:53 PM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Barcelona seems to have done quite well for themselves after hosting the Olympics.

posted by grum@work at 11:59 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Why do you boo Adam Goodes? Is it because ...

Oh, that last part of the cartoon at the bottom (white player celebrations) is gold.

posted by grum@work at 11:29 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So Toronto pushes the last of their remaining chips into the pot by picking up David Price from the Tigers for Daniel Norris and another prospect (Anthony Alford is what I've read).

Late Edit:
It's Norris, Boyd, and Labourt.

If you are going to go for it, you might as well go all in.

If they don't sign Price to an extension, this will be a pricey rental.
If they make the playoffs (and I mean more than one-and-done wild card), then I still think it might be worth it. It's been over 20 years...

posted by grum@work at 01:00 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

It's possible the NFL could petition his carrier to turn over records of texts both sent and received using the phone (the legalities of this are another subject altogether)

There is no way that the carrier would hand over the information as part of some internal NFL investigation.

Even if this goes to federal court, the content of those text messages (or recipients of the messages or phone calls) is irrelevant at this point. The argument is whether the punishment is fair, not whether the ruling was correct in the first place.

posted by grum@work at 04:21 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That shit's crazy, yo.

If I see that play in a video game, I call fake.
If I see that play in a movie, I say "too Hollywood".

The snag-flip-grab-turn-throw motions are so smooth...

posted by grum@work at 12:43 AM on July 29

Mookie Betts Turns Out into Homer With Tumble Over Fence

So he failed to complete the "Jeter catch", eh?

posted by grum@work at 12:42 AM on July 29