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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: October 31, 2014

grum@work has posted 166 links and 7585 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

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

Former NY Mets VP sues baseball team for discrimination.:
According to the lawsuit, Wilpon "became fixated on the idea that Castergine would have a child without being married. He frequently humiliated Castergine in front of others by, among other things, pretending to see if she had an engagement ring on her finger and openly stating in a meeting of the team's all-male senior executives that he is 'morally opposed' to Castergine 'having this baby without being married,' " the lawsuit said.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:04 AM on September 11 - 0 comments

Yours Truly, Dr. Z.:
NFL Films Presents gives the legendary Paul Zimmerman (who has been around pro football for over 50 years) a voice about why no one has heard from him since 2008.

posted by grum@work to football at 01:26 PM on August 17 - 3 comments

Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns:
Thus I began this mad, stupid experiment. The premise is simple: using everyone’s favorite realistic baseball simulation, Out of the Park 2015, I created teams of baseball players by cloning a single player until they filled the active roster, and set them against each other in 162 games of gory combat. The results exceeded my wildest expectations.

posted by grum@work to fantasy at 09:15 PM on August 13 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

Giants Win World Series

bender: My comment about not fixing their reputation or being remembered for only that was a bit of satire, considering who it was that got caught stealing in 1926...

I get the feeling that if they had sent Gordon home, he might have made it because of the crazy KC karma that had carried them from not making the playoffs to making them to coming from behind in the wild-card game to getting them past "better" teams like the Angels and Orioles, to pushing it to Game 7...

I kind of wish they had tried. There have been many amazing "rolling the dice" chances that have created epic playoff moments:

posted by grum@work at 12:23 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

I'm not sure that you could even fault the 3rd base coach for making the wrong call (given the likelihood of an out) and sending Gordon

If he's safe, or out on a bang-bang play, then it's a good call by the 3rd base coach/player.

If he's out by 10+ feet, then you wear the goat horns on your head for the rest of your life, just like this idiot did when he made the final out in the World Series by getting caught stealing 2nd base! Nobody can ever fix their reputation after something like that happens. Seriously, it's all he'll ever be remembered for...

posted by grum@work at 10:49 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Here is the statcast of Gordon running around the bases in the 9th inning. From this, you can pretty much tell that he didn't really have an option of trying to score on the play, despite the misplay by Blanco and the bobble by Juan Perez. Even if he's running full out from 2nd to 3rd, Crawford's throw would have beaten him by 20 feet or so.

Given how Bumgarner was pitching, and how Sal Perez was hitting, maybe you take that chance anyways and hope for a bad throw/catch....

posted by grum@work at 08:36 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

If, you're like me, you wonder to yourself....

"What was Barry Bonds doing after SF won the World Series?"

Well, here is your answer.

posted by grum@work at 08:28 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

While Bumgarner was easily the World Series MVP, this poor Chevy executive is the World Series LVP (Least Valuable Pitchman):

That was just about as bad a TV appearance as you can get.

posted by grum@work at 08:20 AM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This Bumgarner kid...he's pretty amazing.

posted by grum@work at 10:54 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"A woman's place is in the kitchen and not on a football field."

posted by grum@work at 12:04 PM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

FFP my a55! That difference is enough to have four or five next level of quality higher players, and makes me wonder how any club can hope to break into the top six other than one of the big boys falling down (such as ManU last season and Liverpool the season before).

I have to believe that Manchester United has a much bigger operating budget (outside of player contracts) than a lot of those teams. Not enough to make up the difference, but it'll eat a large chunk.

posted by grum@work at 11:15 AM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

Oh, that's a REALLY pretty web presentation of the information. I, too, would like a nice breakdown of the data in a table.

They have a link to buy a kit at an online store at the start of the article, but not on each screen where they show the kits themselves. That should have been an obvious design decision.

Notes about the kits themselves:

  • Liverpool's third jersey is far too busy/confusing with the criss-crossing stripes and colours.
  • Southhampton manufacture their own kits, and have a different sponsor for home/away? That's...interesting.
  • I like that Swansea away jersey with the black/red contrast.
  • I'm surprised every team doesn't have a "third jersey", just for the possibility of added sales.
  • Raised collars you can pop? Pass. Just the simple v-neck collar, thanks.

I would like to see this done for all of the teams in all of the sports in all of the countries. It'll make hunting for my next jersey in my collection much easier.

posted by grum@work at 11:13 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


Top of 9th inning, Hunter Pence hits a game-tying hit with two out.
Top of 11th inning, Hunter Pence hits a home run to give the Giants the lead.
Bottom of 11th inning, Hunter Pence dives to catch a two-out, bases loaded, sinking liner to save the game.

Hunter Pence, the living legend, begins tonight.

posted by grum@work at 08:15 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

That's messed up.

Did he fall down some unused maintenance shaft? Kidnapped? Ran away to a second life?

posted by grum@work at 10:11 PM on October 27

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

For some, this was Tavares' first introduction to MLB fans (during a pre-season game).

And here is probably the highlight of his career, just this month:

posted by grum@work at 08:39 AM on October 27

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

If the Cardinals make it to the World Series, he isn't in the Dominican Republic for this to happen.

In the minors, he had all the makings of a star outfielder, like a lite version of Andrew McCutchen. If he filled up his frame with a bit more muscle (which he had a lot of time to do, being only 22 years old), then he would have been one of the stars of the (inevitable) next NLCS Cardinals team.

posted by grum@work at 08:11 AM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That's the second NFL player to go down with a leaping celebration. You'd think they'd learn...

posted by grum@work at 04:26 PM on October 26

Steve Nash’s transcendent career has come to a close

Obviously the best Canadian basketball player of all time, and the primary reason* that we've seen an influx of Canadian players in March Madness (and then in the NBA).

It's interesting that Steve Nash's career ends just as Nik Stauskas' career is about to begin.

*Along with the introduction of the Toronto Raptors.

posted by grum@work at 12:37 PM on October 24