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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: August 31, 2015

grum@work has posted 186 links and 8068 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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Vin Scully has announced that he's coming back to broadcast another season of Dodger baseball (his 67th).

The next night, he waxed poetically about the sun and the moon.

If there is one announcer I want to be immortal, it's Mr. Scully.

posted by grum@work at 08:55 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

... makes them look like frilly black knickers ...

I did not expect to be aroused by a discussion of men's soccer kits...

posted by grum@work at 01:38 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just your regular 1-3-1 kick-and-blind-toss putout.

posted by grum@work at 10:24 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh, look. I have to throw someone out at third.


posted by grum@work at 01:15 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Every MLB logo change throughout the years.

posted by grum@work at 10:42 AM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jose Bautista vs Sportsnet TV

That's an awkward situation as Rogers owns the station (Sportsnet) and the team (Blue Jays), so it is an internal struggle during a recent high point for both of them.

I'm in Bautista's corner as that was pretty much a promotional spot for the clothier, so why would the kid be the one paying for the suit.

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on August 26

IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dies After Debris Hit to Helmet

I've always wondered why there was open-cockpit racing in this day and age. Is there a reason why you want to have the head of the driver exposed like that? I understand it would be warm to fully enclose the cockpit, but you could put in air vents to allow air to move around, and easily install a quick-release mechanism for opening the cockpit.

It would protect the drive from flukes like this, and for when the car flips over.

Obviously, this is wonderful hindsight commentary, but I can't be the first person that has considered it.

posted by grum@work at 10:04 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

In lighter news....

Adrian Beltre attempted to secretly kick the ball foul, and would have gotten away with it if every single person and camera wasn't watching him do it...

posted by grum@work at 09:39 PM on August 23

Gotta give a shout out

Still since Ryan was at the game, and I'm not sure he ever had a no-hitter with so few pitches thrown

Only his last two no-hitters (in 1991, and 1990) were in the time period since they started recording the number of pitches thrown.

In both cases, he threw it in less than 134 pitches.
In 1990, it was 130 pitches.
In 1991, it was 122 pitches.

Only four 9-inning no-hitters (in the pitch-count era) have taken more than 134 pitches.

posted by grum@work at 01:09 AM on August 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

You're team is getting creamed.
You've just given up a grand slam home run.
It's an absolute blast to dead center field.

How should you react?

If you're a Little League player who just enjoys playing baseball, there is nothing you can do but admire that blast with a smile on your face.

Good for you, kid. That's how baseball should be played at that level.

posted by grum@work at 08:36 PM on August 22

Gotta give a shout out

Mike Fiers took 134 pitches to throw his no hitter.

The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter with exactly 134 pitches was...Johan Santana. His career went completely off the rails after that game.

The pitcher before that to throw a no-hitter with exactly 134 pitches was...Bud Smith. His career went completely off the rails after that game.

The pitcher before that to throw a no-hitter with exactly 134 pitches was...Doc Gooden. His career...well, it was pretty much off the rails the season before that, but it's not like it got much better...

posted by grum@work at 08:28 PM on August 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That Norris at-bat was insane; the stroke was so sweet, he looked like he was barely swinging, and it goes right over the dead-center wall. And first ever professional at-bat? That's remarkable.

He was sort of pulling away from the plate, but otherwise it reminded me of another Toronto sweet swinger...

posted by grum@work at 12:22 AM on August 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Denard Span learns something new.

posted by grum@work at 09:29 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In his first professional plate appearance (majors or minors), Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris hit a home run to dead center at Wrigley Field, becoming the first American League pitcher to EVER hit a home run in that ballpark.

posted by grum@work at 08:58 AM on August 20