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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: September 02, 2014

grum@work has posted 163 links and 7461 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

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

Hunter Pence signs are going viral.:
After starting in New York, the trend to bring silly Hunter Pence signs has spread to Milwaukee.
It's all in good fun, and the subject of the signs is getting into the act as well on Twitter.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:00 AM on August 07 - 1 comment

Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players:
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors today announced changes to the rules for election for recently retired players, reducing the length of stay on the ballot for players from a maximum of 15 to 10 years...

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:42 PM on July 26 - 4 comments

This isn't The Onion : Championship League football owner cuts player from team because date of birth is unlucky.:
Cellino is so suspicious of the number 17 that he had the seats at his former club, Cagliari, taken out and replaced with 16B.

posted by grum@work to soccer at 02:39 PM on July 03 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

University of Minnesota Not Thrilled to Host Slurskins

I'll be very interested to see if this happens.

And "slurskins" is an excellent name.

posted by grum@work at 11:53 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A combined no-hitter by the Phillies today.

posted by grum@work at 11:26 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This is like some form of acceptable child abuse.

Chukyo reportedly won the tournament after beating Miura Gakuen 2-0 in the final. Matsui made a relief appearance and threw 77 more pitches, bringing his total to 786 in two games.

posted by grum@work at 04:10 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

You'd recognize Trout if he was treated like Reggie Jackson was in the '70s, with commercials and TV guest appearances and candy bars and the like.

But back in the 70s there were only three networks. If you were on TV, there is a good chance people saw you because there wasn't much else on TV.

Nowadays, someone could appear on the same number of commercials and TV guest appearances and still be relatively anonymous, because there would be 10-50x as many channels to watch (which is assuming people consume their media through the TV).

The game requires a lot more attention than other sports with its 162-game season and an average game length of 2:58.

It's still shorter than an average NFL game, and there is FAR more action in an MLB game than an NFL game.

posted by grum@work at 01:03 PM on August 31

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Sounds like someone is manzielphobic....

posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Because you always wanted to know..."What happens if you try to hit a baseball travelling at 90% of the speed of light?"

posted by grum@work at 06:16 PM on August 30

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

If Mike Trout walked into my neighborhood bar, I probably would not recognize him. I would recognize David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and several members of the Red Sox.

If the bouncers don't toss him for being a teenager with fake id.

posted by grum@work at 06:15 PM on August 30

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Of course, the reason that basketball can develop memorable stars is that there are only 5 players on the court for each team, and they play for 80% of the game. In baseball, you have 9 players for each team, for only half the game, and the ones that might be famous sometimes only play every 5th game.

The thing is, Derek Jeter wasn't that "exciting" to talk about when he was early in his career. He didn't do anything that was memorable, and he may be the blandest speaking super star in sports history (with Steve Yzerman coming in a close second).
Even at the end of his career, Jeter's fame is because of the team he plays for, his off field bedding of a bevvy of bombshell beauties, the lack of real scandal, and his health/consistency. He never won a regular season MVP. His "black ink" statistic are shockingly weak (led the league in hits twice, and runs once), so much so they are less than half that of an average HOF.

Mike Trout already matches Jeter's career "black ink" stats in only his fourth season. Trout's biggest problems are that he's been robbed of at least one MVP award, and that he's on the west coast. More than half the fans of baseball don't have a chance to see him play because he doesn't start more than half his games after 9pm/10pm for those people. That's why the Angels are my #2 team I'm cheering for this year, as Trout NEEDS to showcase his ability in the playoffs so people will recognize this once-in-a-generation talent.

By the way, with the retirement of Jeter (and the future retirement of Ortiz, Suzuki), there is still an amazing set of young players that will keep us entertained (and are all under 30 years old):

Yasiel Puig
Jose Abreu
Mike Trout
Giancarlo Stanton
Clayton Kershaw
Jonathan Lucroy
Buster Posey
Andrew McCutchen
Billy Hamilton
Anthony Rizzo
Stephen Strasburg
Bryce Harper
Jose Altuve
Josh Donaldson
Cory Kluber
Felix Hernandez
Max Scherzer
Chris Sale
Yu Darvish
David Price
Adam Jones
Manny Machado
and probably a lot more I can't just name right now.

posted by grum@work at 09:01 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


/this is a very confusing day for me....

posted by grum@work at 12:56 PM on August 29

Weird Penalty Called on Vanderbilt Jersey


posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 10:34 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Michael Sam bails out fan who makes unwise Twitter bet.

Everyone wins in the end.

Except Johnny Football.

posted by grum@work at 04:29 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Professor Helmetcatch Von Reflex

posted by grum@work at 04:05 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Giants to protest game after bizarre loss.

they were told the Cubs would do "everything in their power to make the field playable," but the last 90 minutes of the delay involved one man and one rake.

posted by grum@work at 01:58 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Awesome post-game speech by a coach to a losing Little League World Series team.

/Don't listen to Jimmy this one time.

posted by grum@work at 12:55 PM on August 19