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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: October 07, 2015

grum@work has posted 186 links and 8122 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

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

The NHL Season Begins Anew!

I kept up with almost NOTHING that has gone on in the NHL this summer. Pretty much from the moment the baseball season started, I've put the NHL far FAR back in my mind. I didn't realize that Kessel had been traded until a few days later. I couldn't tell you who the starting goalies are for the Leafs, or who is going to be their young star. I didn't even realize that Jamie Benn was the leading scorer last year.

I'm in zero hockey pools, and I've watched zero pre-season games. (The hockey pools thing is a co-incidence of timing, but I'm kind of glad as I would have had to buy one of those hockey pool magazines to have ANY idea who half the players are, nowadays.)

I think it is safe to say that I've reached a turning point in my fandom, and unless the Leafs have some miraculous season, I can safely say that they (and the sport) are going to be taking a back seat behind baseball (and the Blue Jays) for the near future.

Even when the Jays were winning in 1992/93, the Maple Leafs were also winning so it was easier to be a fan of both teams. But when one team makes bold moves (signing Martin, trading for Donaldson, then trading for Price/Tulo) and the other team just flails's not hard to explain my position.

(Throw in the fact that I've been able to attend about 15-20 baseball games in the time since I was able to attend my last Maple Leafs game...)

posted by grum@work at 09:07 AM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I like to think that's a jersey from a parallel universe. Also available from that timeline, the Maple Leafs jersey with "Gretzky" on the back, the Nordiques jersey with "Lindros", and the Raptors jersey with "Aldridge".

posted by grum@work at 08:59 AM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If Chris Archer's career as a superstar pitcher doesn't pan out, I'm pretty sure that every baseball broadcasting company in North America will line up to pay him big bucks to join their team.

That was some incredibly insightful and intelligent commentary on the pitching. It was also polite ("Sorry, ma'am." when he interrupted Mendoza) and required absolutely zero filler ("um, uh, like").

The fact that the kid was drafted right out of high school is even more surprising.

(I wished he hung around an extra inning or two, and they asked Kruk to go to the concession stands to grab a snack in the meantime.)

posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on October 06

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

My favourite comment (from yerfatma's link):

It looks like Philbin was able to resolve that issue at practice. Tannehill looked a lot more comfortable getting intercepted during the game.

posted by grum@work at 08:52 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yikes. It's gotta be REAL bad if this happens right before the playoffs start.

Hopefully this celebration wasn't the final trigger...

posted by grum@work at 03:42 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The priest allegedly approached the boy before Mass services at the church on Sunday, Sept. 13, and asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms, according to prosecutors. ... One of the parishioners who witnessed the incident contacted Newark Archdiocese officials on Sept. 25, and the Archdiocese in turn contacted the prosecutor's office on Sept. 28.

Outside of the actions of the priest, there is so much more wrong with this story.

- waiting 12 days before contacting someone - contacting the archdiocese first instead of the police - archdiocese waiting another 3 days before contacting the police

posted by grum@work at 11:23 AM on October 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's not often that a starting pitcher can have an ERA under two at the All-Star break, have his SECOND no-hitter of the year be in his final start, and still have no hope of finishing better than fourth in the Cy Young voting that year.

Well done, Max Scherzer.

posted by grum@work at 10:20 PM on October 03

Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately

Legal investigation? Who cares?!
Public outcry? Doesn't matter!
Internal pressure? Pffft!

Big corporations? Now they've got FIFA's attention.

posted by grum@work at 10:32 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Come on, Kevin. Stop showing off in centerfield. You're just making everyone else look bad, now.

posted by grum@work at 09:56 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I feel like someone has the obligation to address the 800 lb, and apparently very stoned, gorilla in the room.

It's his roundabout way of saying "Blonde with the breadstick is hot!".

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Commentator: "Parenting 2015!"

Since those are sorority girls, that makes them in the 18-22 year old range. Since this is the Colorado Rockies broadcast, one of those voices that decided to make fun of the women was probably Drew Goodman. Just looking at his profile, it mentions that he graduated from university in 1985, and has three boys. I wouldn't be surprised if his at least one of his boys in that same age group. So he's actually making fun of a parental group of which he is probably a member.

Also, it looks like those women are taking the selfie photos in between innings. Given how fucking annoying the between-inning "entertainment" can be at ballparks (commercial, commercial, silly scoreboard game, commercial), I'm not sure why it's such a bad thing to entertain themselves like that.

As well, I'm pretty sure that if you got a similar collection of young men together like that, they'd probably be just as pre-occupied with their smart phones as those women were, except that they'd be doing something less obvious like checking their fantasy football lineups and sending texts to their friends.

Finally, you'd think that people whose livelihood (broadcasters) depends on the sport being popular would realize that those photos they are taken are going to go onto social media, and be tagged "at the baseball game". MLB (as every other sport) would DREAM of that sort of fan-driven-advertisement, as can be pointed out by the fact that there is an ad on the screen (that they are reading out loud) that asks people to do just what those women are doing.

In summary, fuck those announcers.

posted by grum@work at 11:08 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm an idiot.

TEX and LAA can't end up tied, so my nightmare scenario won't work.

One of them is going to end up with at least 87 wins.

So the nightmare scenario is:

TEX/LAA (one of them) 87 wins
TEX/LAA (one of them) 86 wins
HOU 86 wins
NYY 86 wins
MIN 86 wins

So the team with 87 wins gets the AL West.
The remaining four teams would have to play the extra games for the wild card spots.

A vs B
C vs D

The winners of those games would be the wild card teams, where their order is determined by other tie-breaking rules.


TEX/LAA (one of them) 87 wins
HOU 87 wins

TEX/LAA (one of them) 86 wins
NYY 86 wins
MIN 86 wins

TEX/LAA (87 wins) vs HOU for the AL West division, loser gets Wild Card 1.
The remaining 3 teams would then have to play AvB, winner v C to determine the 2nd wild card.

posted by grum@work at 10:04 AM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

the suddenly Godzilla Red Sox

They are the team (after the Blue Jays) that I would bet on to win the AL East next year. If they get their pitching in order, that batting lineup (assuming Pedroia/Ortiz don't crater) is scary.

posted by grum@work at 09:43 AM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Okay, now that the Jays have clinched the AL East, let's get serious about a very important topic: Can we have a nightmare scenario (for the MLB schedule makers) for the AL wild card spots (and AL West division)?

Current standings:
TEX 86 wins (4 games left)
NYY 86 wins (4 games left)
HOU 83 wins (4 games left - currently playing tonight)
LAA 83 wins (4 games left)
MIN 82 wins (4 games left)

Future games:
TEX vs LAA (4 games)
NYY vs BOS (1 game), NYY vs BAL (3 games)
HOU vs SEA (1 game), HOU vs ARI (3 games)
MIN vs KC (4 games)

To achieve nightmare scenario:
LAA sweeps TEX
NYY loses every game
HOU wins 3 of 4
MIN sweeps KC

Result: 5 teams tied for 3 playoff spots

As best as I can figure out, the tie-breakers would be:

The AL West teams would be designated A/B/C based on tie-breakers like overall record vs each other.

Game 1: AL West Team A vs AL West Team B - winner gets AL West title
Game 2: NYY vs MIN - winner gets Wild Card spot
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs AL West Team C - winner gets Wild Card spot

posted by grum@work at 12:04 AM on October 01

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Baltimore by 6
Miami by 3
Atlanta by 11
Buffalo by 14
Oakland by 6
Cincinnati by 3
Indianapolis by 7
Carolina by 11
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 3
Denver by 14
Arizona by 1
Green Bay by 20 (BUSH PARTY LOCK!)
Dallas by 3
Seattle by 17

posted by grum@work at 11:39 PM on September 30