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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: November 23, 2014

grum@work has posted 168 links and 7616 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

Penny-pinching, no more!:
The Miami Marlins have signed their slugging star Giancarlo (don't call me Mike) Stanton to a 13-year, $325million contract.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:38 AM on November 17 - 9 comments

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees:
(Where "year" is October 2013 to September 2014.)

posted by grum@work to soccer at 09:44 AM on November 14 - 11 comments

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Is "stick-um" allowed again in the NFL?


Then Mr. Beckham Jr. is straight up amazing.

posted by grum@work at 10:37 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Raptors fall behind the Cavaliers by 18 points in the first quarter, but then win the game by 17. They are now tops in the Eastern Conference, and have already beaten the top team in the Western Conference (Grizzlies).


posted by grum@work at 10:41 PM on November 22

Blind-sided: Blue Jacketsí Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker

I think it's also deserving of a main post.

It's amazing that large sums of money can so drastically change how family members see each other.

posted by grum@work at 02:05 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ha! I tried something similar with NHL teams. I wasn't looking for the longest link on a specific team, but the longest chain I could find in the NHL. Is there a player in the NHL right now that can be linked through trades/traded picks all the way back to the 70s? Or further?

It's tough to do because doesn't have complete transaction history, especially for things like expansion drafts and supplemental picks.


I know that Guy Lafleur* was picked in an Sharks/North Stars expansion draft by the Minnesota North Stars in 1991, and then traded back to Quebec by the Stars for Alan Haworth. Except, Haworth's page doesn't make any mention of that deal, so what else might be missing?

*I use Guy Lafleur as an example because he was picked by Montreal with a traded draft pick in 1971, played for a long time (retired, came back), was in a deal for a player (Sergei Zubov) that played for a while (until 2009). So I have a link of 1971-2009 (38 years).

posted by grum@work at 03:35 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

At least something good came out of the thrashing the Leafs took on Tuesday night:

posted by grum@work at 11:37 AM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Montreal by 13

Calgary by 3



posted by grum@work at 04:31 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, I want to turn the lights down low, throw on some Barry White, and get comfortable with those MLB Statcast Player Tracking videos. If I were to somehow get access to the raw data, I'd probably quit my job and just waste away in front of the computer while playing with the info.

posted by grum@work at 03:11 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Martin has had two great years, but 5 years for a pair of knees that have caught more than 8,000 innings seems like a lot. You have to go back to 2007/ 2008 for another pair of years where Martin performed like he has the last two seasons.

As a Jays fan, I can only respond with:

"Nahnahnah I CAN'T HEAR YOU!"

posted by grum@work at 08:42 AM on November 18

Penny-pinching, no more!

The big worry is injury, but I'm sure there are injury clauses built into these contracts, and insurance is available.

There is always insurance, but I'm not hearing any talk about "milestones" for any of the money he is getting, so it's probably just "get paid for living", and if he doesn't play because of injury, then the insurance covers some of it.

posted by grum@work at 03:32 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That is crazy money for a over-30 catcher, but if the Jays know their window of opportunity is about 3 years at most, they might as well throw some more money into the fire and hope that works.

Martin being Canadian probably helped their case a bit.

posted by grum@work at 03:15 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy crap, Sunday was a slaughter for my NFL pick'em selections. If I had really Costanza'd, I would have won the week walking away...

posted by grum@work at 10:42 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Yeah, the Faroe Islands one was the big shock to me. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the score with only minutes remaining. That's the kind of loss that gets the manager/national team president fired.

posted by grum@work at 03:47 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bryan Murray's ultimate battle

Just another reminder that everyone should get tested on a regular basis. Murray's always been a good guy, even when he was running the show for my team's arch-rival (for a while).

posted by grum@work at 09:59 AM on November 14

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

The most famous one of those is the Van Persie header. It's probably the one that made me leap out of my chair the furthest during the World Cup.

The most mind-blowing one is the Zlatan body-twisting back-heel one. I really don't understand how his brain can figure out the physical requirements for half of the highlight reel goals he scores.

The most technically amazing one is the Stephanie Roche goal, which is also the furthest away from even getting noticed if it wasn't for YouTube. Three touches without it hitting the ground, and putting it inside the post? That's some serious skill.

Just a reminder of the insanity that is Zlatan's 2013 winner.

posted by grum@work at 09:52 AM on November 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

NL MVP: Kershaw
NL Cy Young: Kershaw
NL ROY: Kershaw DeGrom
NL Manager: Kershaw Williams

AL MVP: Trout
AL Cy Young: Hernandez
AL ROY: Abreu
AL Manager: Showalter

I got 7 out of 8 right. If I had gone with my gut and picked Kluber for the AL Cy Young, instead of caving to the nagging feeling that the voters would go with the "name brand" in King Felix, I would have run the table.

posted by grum@work at 07:23 PM on November 13