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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: November 27, 2014

grum@work has posted 169 links and 7624 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

2015 Hall of Fame ballot released:
Highlighted by the addition of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz, this is going to be "round 2" of the Annual Ballot Crunch Time.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:23 PM on November 24 - 4 comments

Penny-pinching, no more!:
The Miami Marlins have signed their slugging star Giancarlo (don't call me Mike) Stanton to a 13-year, $325million contract.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:38 AM on November 17 - 9 comments

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees:
(Where "year" is October 2013 to September 2014.)

posted by grum@work to soccer at 09:44 AM on November 14 - 11 comments

9 reasons Hunter Pence is the most interesting man in the World (Series).:
Runs like a rotary phone thrown into a running clothes dryer. Throws like an effete Frenchman throwing a bookcase uphill. Swings a bat like his elbows are stapled to his knees and his underwear is pulled over his head.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:00 AM on October 24 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 14



617 yards

posted by grum@work at 01:46 PM on November 27

Red Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

His story is that the ownership wants to move into radio by buying a station, and that they would need "attractive" players to help sell it.

"Move into radio"?

Is this the 1920s?!

posted by grum@work at 10:35 AM on November 25

2015 Hall of Fame ballot released

The true home run champion is still Roger Maris.

You can believe that all you want, but you'd still be wrong.

posted by grum@work at 08:38 AM on November 25

2015 Hall of Fame ballot released

My ballot:

P.Martinez - obvious
R.Johnson - obvious
R.Clemens - obvious, but tragically a wasted vote I'm thinking
B.Bonds - obvious, but tragically a wasted vote I'm thinking
T.Raines - I'm pushing for him to keep climbing before he gets forgotten
C.Biggio - get him in now, to clear room.
M.McGwire - I'm beating my head against the wall, but it's the principle of the thing
M.Piazza - he should be in there before the 10 years are up
J.Smoltz - I'd like to see him join Maddux and Glavine
J.Bagwell - he should be in there before the 10 years are up...I think.

If I had room:
M.Mussina - ballot size issues
C.Schilling - ballot size issues
A.Trammell - he's a hopeless cause like McGwire/Clemens/Bonds, but not as good
E.Martinez - overlooked star
S.Sosa - unfairly tainted, but I still like others more than him

On the cusp:
G.Sheffield - probably going to be 5%'ed off the ballot, which is a shame (just like Kevin Brown)
L.Walker - Oh Canada!

posted by grum@work at 08:28 PM on November 24

Red Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

They really don't give themselves much of a "down cycle" in Boston.

posted by grum@work at 08:06 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Canadian goalie makes the save of the year.

posted by grum@work at 12:57 PM on November 24

Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn dies at age 71

Quinn and Tikhonov in the same day?

The hockey afterlife just got a little more hard-ass than yesterday.

posted by grum@work at 12:56 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Stupid choking Chiefs ruining (early) my chance for a perfect NFL pick-em week.

posted by grum@work at 08:38 AM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Is "stick-um" allowed again in the NFL?


Then Mr. Beckham Jr. is straight up amazing.

posted by grum@work at 10:37 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Raptors fall behind the Cavaliers by 18 points in the first quarter, but then win the game by 17. They are now tops in the Eastern Conference, and have already beaten the top team in the Western Conference (Grizzlies).


posted by grum@work at 10:41 PM on November 22

Blind-sided: Blue Jacketsí Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker

I think it's also deserving of a main post.

It's amazing that large sums of money can so drastically change how family members see each other.

posted by grum@work at 02:05 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ha! I tried something similar with NHL teams. I wasn't looking for the longest link on a specific team, but the longest chain I could find in the NHL. Is there a player in the NHL right now that can be linked through trades/traded picks all the way back to the 70s? Or further?

It's tough to do because doesn't have complete transaction history, especially for things like expansion drafts and supplemental picks.


I know that Guy Lafleur* was picked in an Sharks/North Stars expansion draft by the Minnesota North Stars in 1991, and then traded back to Quebec by the Stars for Alan Haworth. Except, Haworth's page doesn't make any mention of that deal, so what else might be missing?

*I use Guy Lafleur as an example because he was picked by Montreal with a traded draft pick in 1971, played for a long time (retired, came back), was in a deal for a player (Sergei Zubov) that played for a while (until 2009). So I have a link of 1971-2009 (38 years).

posted by grum@work at 03:35 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

At least something good came out of the thrashing the Leafs took on Tuesday night:

posted by grum@work at 11:37 AM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Montreal by 13

Calgary by 3



posted by grum@work at 04:31 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, I want to turn the lights down low, throw on some Barry White, and get comfortable with those MLB Statcast Player Tracking videos. If I were to somehow get access to the raw data, I'd probably quit my job and just waste away in front of the computer while playing with the info.

posted by grum@work at 03:11 PM on November 18