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Last visit: November 24, 2017

grum@work has posted 215 links and 8933 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

Joe Morgan: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don't belong here.":
With the release of the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot this week, Joe Morgan has penned a letter that has been sent to all the Hall of Fame voters in the BBWAA.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:07 AM on November 22 - 5 comments

FoxSports "pivot to video" decision has cost them almost 90% of their audience.:
SI’s Richard Deitsch reports that traffic dropped an astounding 88% since the “pivot to video.” Their traffic has gone from over 143 million in a monthly period to just under 17 million.

posted by grum@work to general at 08:30 AM on October 25 - 8 comments

The most important news about the NHL this season: Jagr will play!:
It wouldn't be the NHL without Jaromir Jagr.

posted by grum@work to hockey at 01:18 PM on October 02 - 13 comments

Skunk In The Outfield : How A Trick Play Almost Broke Baseball:
That's how it came to be that a Portsmouth sophomore named Johnny Pedrotty stood in right field in Game 2 of the Rhode Island state championship series, that a crowd of a thousand fans erupted into profane chaos, that a star infielder almost blacked out from the stress, and that Ulmschneider found himself unsure of how to stop what he'd unleashed. It's how, for two minutes and 32 seconds, baseball broke.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:28 AM on August 18 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

/looks at score

/looks at leaderboard

/pushes all his chips into the middle

Minnesota by 10
L.A. Chargers by 6
Washington by 9
Atlanta by 17
Cincinnati by 7
Tennessee by 7
Kansas City by 11
New England by 17
Carolina by 15
Philadelphia by 20
Seattle by 3
Denver by 3

New Orleans by 9
Jacksonville by 11
Pittsburgh by 13
Baltimore by 11

posted by grum@work at 11:38 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Hartford Whaler's logo (and name) is probably the epitome of perfection for both name and logo. It's inner circle hall of fame for sports names/logos. It's the Wayne Gretzky/Babe Ruth/Michael Jordan of names/logos.

Comparing anything to it is unfair. The only one that comes close is the Minnesota Vikings name/logo.

posted by grum@work at 01:35 PM on November 22

Joe Morgan: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don't belong here."

There is also this:

In 2010, when Ken Burns's THE TENTH INNING first came out, I wrote here about something Washington, DC sportswriter Thomas Boswell said in it. I just watched it again and, through the magic of DVR, can now give the exact quote. Boswell was referring to Jose Canseco's PED-usage, which first came to light in 1988: "There was another player, now in the Hall of Fame, who literally stood with me and mixed something. I said, What's that?' And he said It's a Jose Canseco milkshake.' And that year that Hall of Famer hit more home runs than he ever hit any other year."

Who was this mystery man? Assuming Boswell's account is accurate, we're looking for a player (presumably a non-pitcher) after 1987 who hit more homers than in any other year, and was elected to the Hall of Fame by 2010. There are only four players who fit this description: Ryne Sandberg, Cal Ripken, Paul Molitor, and Tony Gwynn.

posted by grum@work at 01:31 PM on November 22

Joe Morgan: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don't belong here."

Here is the list of everyone that played during the 15 seasons of the "steroid era" (Bash Brothers to Bonds' 73HR, 1987-2001) that made it to the HOF (so far):

Roberto Alomar
Jeff Bagwell
Craig Biggio
Bert Blyleven
Wade Boggs
George Brett
Steve Carlton
Gary Carter
Andre Dawson
Dennis Eckersley
Carlton Fisk
Tom Glavine
Rich Gossage
Ken Griffey Jr.
Tony Gwynn
Rickey Henderson
Reggie Jackson
Randy Johnson
Barry Larkin
Greg Maddux
Pedro Martinez
Paul Molitor
Eddie Murray
Phil Niekro
Mike Piazza
Kirby Puckett
Tim Raines
Jim Rice
Cal Ripken
Ivan Rodriguez
Nolan Ryan
Ryne Sandberg
Mike Schmidt
Ozzie Smith
John Smoltz
Bruce Sutter
Don Sutton
Frank Thomas
Dave Winfield
Robin Yount

I'd be willing to bet good money that at least one if not a few of those players tried steroids at least once in their career.

Sorry, Joe. I'm pretty sure there are already steroid users in the baseball HOF.

posted by grum@work at 11:45 AM on November 22

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

My reaction today:

"Hey, the Bills are playing at 4pm. It's almost 5 o'clock, I wonder how that new QB is doing?"

[checks stats]

"Oh. Dear."

posted by grum@work at 12:12 AM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm just going to let everyone know that "Let's do that hockey!" is now the go-to phrase for all hip internet hockey fans.

posted by grum@work at 08:17 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 6
Jacksonville by 13
Detroit by 9
Baltimore by 7
Tampa Bay by 3
L.A. Rams by 10
New Orleans by 13
Kansas City by 17

Arizona by 3
Buffalo by 3
Cincinnati by 6
New England by 10
Philadelphia by 14

Atlanta by 3

posted by grum@work at 04:37 PM on November 16

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

Can...can Canada play? Please?

posted by grum@work at 12:13 PM on November 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

LiAngelo leading UCLA in steals.

posted by grum@work at 02:45 PM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Seattle by 5
New Orleans by 7
Green Bay by 6
Detroit by 9
Tennessee by 6
Pittsburgh by 13
Tampa Bay by 3
Washington by 9
L.A. Chargers by 3
L.A. Rams by 17
Dallas by 6
San Francisco by 7
New England by 13
Carolina by 10

posted by grum@work at 09:24 PM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

His last picture he tweeted:

posted by grum@work at 06:59 PM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I saw Halladay and Stieb pitch, and Stieb put up more WAR (57.4 to 48.5) but that can almost entirely be based on the fact that he pitched for an extra 3 seasons (and 120 starts) for the Blue Jays.

Halladay, however, was a MUCH better person than Stieb (both on and off the field). It felt good to cheer for Halladay because he was a good person. All of the interviews with former teammates that I've heard so far (Lidge, Romero, Martinez, Hudson) have all mentioned how he was the hardest working guy on the team and that he was all business when he was on the field.

I remember watching his second ever start as Jays pitcher and he threw a no-hitter for 8.2 innings before giving up a 2-out home run. Screw you, Bobby Higginson!

I don't know if it was true, but I'm pretty sure that Halladay didn't ask for a trade from the Jays, but that they asked HIM if he wanted to be traded (since he wasn't getting to the playoffs any time soon as with the Jays). Very few players for the Jays were as well beloved by Halladay even after he left the team.

When he threw the perfect game in the regular season and then the no-hitter in the playoffs, every Jays fan I knew was ecstatic for him.

His name/number is not yet retired on the Jays' Level of Excellence because they were waiting for his HOF ballot appearance (next year). If he got voted in (possible and, sadly now, probable) then they would have also retired his number (like they did with Alomar).

During his time with the Jays, he was known to fly model airplanes around the empty SkyDome during off days/practice. He was very excited to get his pilot's licence in 2014, and posted numerous photos/videos of his love for the plane he was flying when he perished. He only got it a month ago.

My favourite posting from his social media feed is him doing a selfie with the kids baseball team that he coached that won a championship trophy as they all celebrated the win.

The dude was only 40 years old, so he was supposed to be around much longer. This sucks.

posted by grum@work at 06:48 PM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm not sure where the ball carrier gives up on the play. He dodged the tackle and fell to the ground in the process, got back up and ran it in.

posted by grum@work at 11:50 AM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's the celebration by the "winner" that makes it great.

posted by grum@work at 09:25 AM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Other fun NHL stuff:

Matt Duchesne was traded in the middle of the game last night, and he snuck off the ice as his injured teammate was being helped off the ice.

Oh, and because this is how things go, his first two games with his new team (Ottawa Senators) will be against his old team (Colorado Avalanche) when they play a pair of games in Sweden this weekend.

posted by grum@work at 09:08 AM on November 06