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grum@work
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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: July 31, 2015

grum@work has posted 185 links and 8019 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

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 - 10 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

The stories of Lonnie Smith.:
SBNation's Jon Bois has produced a third episode of his "Pretty Good" videos, and this one is about (possibly) the most interesting athlete of the 1980s, Lonnie Smith.
(Warning: There be some cursing in this here video.)

posted by grum@work to baseball at 05:23 PM on June 19 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Barcelona seems to have done quite well for themselves after hosting the Olympics.

posted by grum@work at 11:59 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Why do you boo Adam Goodes? Is it because ...

Oh, that last part of the cartoon at the bottom (white player celebrations) is gold.

posted by grum@work at 11:29 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So Toronto pushes the last of their remaining chips into the pot by picking up David Price from the Tigers for Daniel Norris and another prospect (Anthony Alford is what I've read).

Late Edit:
It's Norris, Boyd, and Labourt.

If you are going to go for it, you might as well go all in.

If they don't sign Price to an extension, this will be a pricey rental.
If they make the playoffs (and I mean more than one-and-done wild card), then I still think it might be worth it. It's been over 20 years...

posted by grum@work at 01:00 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

It's possible the NFL could petition his carrier to turn over records of texts both sent and received using the phone (the legalities of this are another subject altogether)

There is no way that the carrier would hand over the information as part of some internal NFL investigation.

Even if this goes to federal court, the content of those text messages (or recipients of the messages or phone calls) is irrelevant at this point. The argument is whether the punishment is fair, not whether the ruling was correct in the first place.

posted by grum@work at 04:21 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That shit's crazy, yo.

If I see that play in a video game, I call fake.
If I see that play in a movie, I say "too Hollywood".

The snag-flip-grab-turn-throw motions are so smooth...

posted by grum@work at 12:43 AM on July 29

Mookie Betts Turns Out into Homer With Tumble Over Fence

So he failed to complete the "Jeter catch", eh?

posted by grum@work at 12:42 AM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

No one expected the commissioner to overturn the commissioner's own ruling that was based on a report the commissioner commissioned himself.

Remember, it wasn't the commissioner that ruled he should get four games. It was NFL Vice President Troy Vincent who handed down the punishment.

It was his boss (Goodell) that gave him the authority to levy the punishment, and then was the one who heard the appeal.

I'm sure it was a fair appeal. /s

posted by grum@work at 04:17 PM on July 28

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Read that his suspension was reduced because the woman he beat up couldn't be found to testify during his appeal? Time for the NFL lawyers to add some legal verbiage to the player contracts.

What verbiage would that be?

If a player isn't convicted of a crime but we're pretty sure that he did do it, then we can punish him anyways?

posted by grum@work at 04:10 PM on July 28

Arizona Cardinals hire NFL's first-ever female coaching intern

A new generation of people in power positions means the old generation with their prejudices is no longer in power.

I'm curious what my 2-year-old daughter will see as "normal" when she's in her adult years, but I'll still consider "ground-breaking".

Female president?
Female MLB pitcher?
Female NHL coach?

posted by grum@work at 12:43 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

With Hawkins coming to the Jays, that means they now have the oldest (Hawkins, 42y 219d) and youngest (Osuna, 20y 60d) players in the majors.

Hawkins MLB debut was 81 days after Osuna was born.

posted by grum@work at 11:26 AM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Dear American League left-handed pitchers,

Donaldson
Bautista
Encarnacion
Tulowitzki
Martin

Sincerely,
The Toronto Blue Jays

posted by grum@work at 09:48 AM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

As a Jays fan, I perfectly fine with this deal.
It's "win now" (being this year or next), so if you really are in that mode (and signing Martin and trading for Donaldson seem to indicate that), you might as well push all your chips in.
Do I wish they'd used those kids to get a star pitcher? Sure.
But I think the upgrade at SS is huge (offense and defense), so I'm happy.

I also don't think AA is done yet.

In the end, if the Jays don't make the playoffs this year (or next), I definitely won't blame AA for not trying.

posted by grum@work at 09:39 AM on July 28

Boston 2024 is DEAD.

Smart move by the mayor, and a sign of someone who looks past their current position and thinks of the future.

A rare feat in the world of politics...

posted by grum@work at 04:08 PM on July 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thirty years ago today, four Houston pitchers combined to give up 16 runs in a loss to the New York Mets...and none of the runs were "earned".

(Thanks to Baseball Think Factory.)

posted by grum@work at 04:01 PM on July 27

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

That aside, I should point out that it's a hell of an induction class. Johnson and Martinez are top 20 historical pitchers (top 15? top 10? top 5?), while Biggio was a nice career accumulator while playing multiple (difficult) positions, and Smoltz was a great pitcher who had an odd career usage pattern and some amazing teammates.

posted by grum@work at 11:51 AM on July 27