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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: September 16, 2014

grum@work has posted 164 links and 7500 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

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

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

Recent Comments

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

The lawyer's name is Rusty Hardin. Doesn't that name sound familiar? I don't know about you, but when you get a heavy hitter like Roger Clemens' old mouthpiece, you are loading up for something.

Or, you want a lawyer who knows how to defend his client against (according to the client) spurious charges. I remember how everyone was sure Clemens was going to get nailed for perjury, but walked out of court without a scratch.

That's the kind of lawyer you'd want, and I don't blame Peterson (ignoring the charges against him) for going after the best counsel possible.

posted by grum@work at 08:22 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Nope. Same screen telling me to subscribe.

posted by grum@work at 03:32 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Atlanta Hawks article won't show for non-subscribers.

posted by grum@work at 11:17 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


Two things about that article.


"I've never seen him in a slump that lasted very long, because he is able to get back to that swing." said Joe Maddon, the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

He hasn't been watching lately, I guess. Jeter is 1-for-28 right now, and has batted .182/.215/.227 since August 1st.


All. Those. Stats.

posted by grum@work at 10:59 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

With Chris Davis getting suspended 25 games for using Adderall/amps, there is a sad, extra twist to this story.

posted by grum@work at 09:57 PM on September 12

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

Can we still do the back and forth move from NHL 93 & 94 or is that banned too?

In my games, we banned the "cut to the middle from the boards while holding down the shot button and freezing the goalie" move. If anyone in our group did that, you had to play the rest of the game without a goalie.

posted by grum@work at 02:34 PM on September 12

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

If a player performs a spin-o-rama move correctly, then the puck still keeps moving forward. You don't stop the puck, but slow it down to a crawl and move around it. However, like Raymond's attempt above, most of them do stop the puck moving forward (and often slam on the brakes themselves). Those should definitely be disallowed, and I'd say that more than 75% of the attempts were done "incorrectly".

And since its a judgement call the ref has to make, I think it's a good idea to simply stop them from being used altogether. If you want to bust one out on a breakaway, go ahead.

posted by grum@work at 02:29 PM on September 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In a bizarre moment of umpiring, a Brewers pitcher was awarded a strikeout...after hitting two different Marlins the same at-bat.

posted by grum@work at 12:53 AM on September 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

I really hope picking Buffalo games incorrectly isn't a trend that is going to haunt me like it has done previous years. I finally ignore all of my wishcasting about their talent, and then they actually go ahead and beat the Bears. If I pick them to win this week, they'll lose.


posted by grum@work at 03:41 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

To review: women with black eyes--2 games. Leagues with black eyes--indefinite. Does it add up now?

Oh, I'm stealing that one for sure.

posted by grum@work at 02:41 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

If Rice told the truth about what happened as Ozzie Newsome confirmed, how is suspending Rice indefinitely the correct thing to do?

It isn't, unless you look at it through the NFL's "Oh shit! Hit the panic button!" lens of public relations. That's why I'm all for the press roasting Goodell over an open flame for this whole bizarre collection of actions.

posted by grum@work at 02:30 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As the New York Yankees fight for a final wild card spot, their glorious captain is turning into a albatross in their lineup, and someone should seriously consider asking him to "rest" for most of the remaining season if they want to remain competitive.

Of all players that started at least 20 games in MLB in August (201 of them), Jeter has the 9th worst OPS (.487). It's the worst OPS of any player that started that many games for a team with any reasonable hope of a playoff spot.

And it's gotten worse in September, as he's currently hitting even worse (.426 OPS) for September.

If the Yankees don't care about the playoffs, then there isn't any problem with leaving Jeter out there until the end.

posted by grum@work at 11:45 AM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

And I wish you wouldn't put words in my mouth, grum; you're better than that. You even stated my key point yourself just above: "many, many years ago the NFL made a HUGE mistake by deciding to apply punishment for actions that occurred outside the game and had nothing to do with the NFL". That was at the heart of my post:

I agreed with you. I don't think the NFL should have to do anything about this, if they hadn't already set a precedent.

Not everyone that responded to your post disagreed with all your points, and you shouldn't assume you are under attack all the time.

For example, we have Hope Solo arrested for attacking her sister and underage nephew back in June, and she's still on the playing field, setting records, while she awaits a November trial. So why is that not more of an outrage?

Does the US Women's Soccer Team have a history of suspending their players for incidents outside the field of play? If not, then I don't see what the double standard is about this. As for "public outrage" about her crimes, this is the first I've heard of it. As was mentioned above, are you expecting people to be outraged about a lower-tier sport that plays only sporadically (and rarely on TV), compared to the most popular sport in all of America that plays 3 nights a week on the highest rated television broadcasts?

Do you think assaults committed by Frontier League baseball players should get the same news headlines and public outcry as those committed by MLB players?

posted by grum@work at 10:14 AM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Seriously, what reaction were you hoping for?

Praise for his bravery in stating a contrarian position.

posted by grum@work at 12:06 AM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

5. Terribly unpopular opinion: why should the NFL do anything? Here is, I guess, my really unpopular opinion: why, exactly, does the NFL have to do anything here? The law investigated, rendered a verdict, and the involved parties have moved on. So why does the NFL have to revisit the issue, or extend their sentence?

They have to do something because they started "doing something" about it years ago.

My personal opinion is that many, many years ago the NFL made a HUGE mistake by deciding to apply punishment for actions that occurred outside the game and had nothing to do with the NFL.

The smart move when the first player was charged with DUI (or possession of dope or whatever crime) would have been to have the NFL commissioner to release a statement that said, essentially, all external criminal matters are for the courts. If the fans say "But he should be punished!", don't do it. Leave it up to the criminal courts to decide, and let the team decide if they want that player on their roster.

However, the NFL decided to be judge and jury about extra-league matters, and once that boulder started to roll down the hill, it can't be stopped now. Once you punish one player for something outside the game, how do you not punish the next one? Or the one after that?

And at what point will the NFL not punish a player? What if a player gets charged with tax evasion? Or illegal garbage dumping? Or 3rd degree public intoxication?

That said, I'm perfectly happy to see Roger Goodell get lambasted with negative public opinion for his role in all this. He seemed to relish the role of hanging judge, and now he's the one that's looking straight at the guillotine....

posted by grum@work at 12:04 AM on September 11