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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: May 26, 2016

grum@work has posted 197 links and 8463 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

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.:
The line in question states that one of Penn State's insurers has claimed "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky."

posted by grum@work to football at 08:23 AM on May 06 - 10 comments

Gay minor league baseball player quit because of homophobic comments from teammates and coaches.:
In a letter to Outsports, Dunnington says he decided to leave baseball after hearing comments about how gay people should be killed.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:28 AM on March 17 - 4 comments

Super Bowl hero wishes he never played pro football.:
Randle El, who retired in 2010 and is now 36 years old, has trouble walking down stairs and experiences memory lapses, the Post-Gazette reported.

posted by grum@work to football at 11:56 PM on January 19 - 2 comments

Baseball Hall of Fame adds "The Kid" and the catcher in 2016.:
With 99.3% of the vote (the highest percentage ever), Ken Griffey Jr. (the second best left-handed outfielder born on November 21st in Denora Pennsylvania) is easily inducted by the 440 baseball writers. Mike Piazza also clears the 75% hurdle with 83% of the vote.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 06:37 PM on January 06 - 17 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Not so awesome picture:

Ryan Vogelsong got hit in the face by a pitch today.
Definite broken orbital bone, possible eye injury and concussion.

Warning: Graphic image! I've moved it to a link instead of an inline image.

posted by grum@work at 06:34 PM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't understand how that isn't an instant ejection/suspension.

posted by grum@work at 08:32 AM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Pillar doing Pillar things, again.

posted by grum@work at 06:56 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Adam Silver is going to wake up sweating and screaming tonight, at even the slightest chance of a Thunder/Raptors final...

I'm cheering for the Raptors, and even I don't want that to happen.

Warriors/Cavs - the sequel, except the Cavs have a healthy lineup, except the Warriors are trying to finish off a legendary can Silver not touch himself thinking about that.

Warriors/Raptors - either one team has the greatest upset in NBA history, or one team stomps their way to history.

Thunder/Cavs - Lebron/Love vs Durant/Westbrook, and an NBA championship for a city that has never had one.

Thunder/Raptors - American ratings nightmare, and neither #1 seed makes it to the finals.

posted by grum@work at 11:52 PM on May 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Fraternizing with the enemy!

posted by grum@work at 07:35 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bartolo Colon has a second secret family.

My favourite comments I've seen about this story:

- Triple chin, double life!

- Too much pork for just one fork!

- He couldn't afford to pay child support because he's got his own mouth to feed.

posted by grum@work at 12:54 AM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

i'll just leave this here

Khris Davis grand slam

With that jump shot helmet toss, looks like someone should be on the look out for a Matt Bush fastball in the ribs...

posted by grum@work at 06:04 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As for the suspensions, I have no problem with the ones that were handed out, and the players/coaches that were fined. They are all within the range I would have expected, and I don't think any one player/team has too much to complain about.

I didn't expect Bush to get punished (there is too much precedence of the instigator getting away with it because no warnings had been issued before hand), even though the umpire knew something was up because he actually issued warnings after he hit Bautista.

Side note: I think that's bullshit, by the way. Issuing a warning after the first HBP means that the initiator gets away with it and the other team gets no response (using a pitcher). I'm not saying the second team should be allowed to go headhunting (I never proscribe to that logic) but Chavez's throw into Fielder's enormous ass would have been a perfectly acceptable response to the Bautista plunking (if the rest of the stuff hadn't happened).

posted by grum@work at 08:57 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Out of all this, I did find this pretty funny.

Sam Dyson, for aggressive actions during the brawl, was fined by the league. He's the only one that ended up with any visible injuries. It looks like his foray into the brawl was about as successful as his pitch from October.

posted by grum@work at 06:26 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Is Bautista's any more dangerous or aggressive than that one (which didn't result in a brawl)?

The Odor slide was the subject of a replay review in New York and it was not deemed an illegal slide. I agree with the call.

That's not the question I asked. I didn't challenge the legality of the slide (since, as I've pointed out in the other picture, it seems to be still in flux), I asked about the dangerous nature or aggressiveness of the slide.

If Bautista had done that to Odor, what do you think Odor's reaction would have been?

posted by grum@work at 06:17 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

21-year-veteran play by play broadcaster Tom Grieve seemed to do a pretty good job of that in the video you linked.

The Texas Rangers broadcaster (and former Texas Ranger himself) didn't see anything wrong with the Texas Rangers player's action? I'm shocked!

I mean, the line "He did SLIGHTLY slide to the right of the base." is a howler of a homer line, as is the description that Simmons was "3 feet in front of the bag" and "in the base path".

But you do see the distinct similarities, right? He slid hard into the fielder's legs and took him out, just like Bautista did with Odor. He also slid past the base, but in Odor's case, he made a token reach back to touch the bag after he went by. The difference is that Simmons didn't get up and try to start a fight.

(Also, Bautista went right over the bag, while Odor went to the right of the bag in an attempt to take out Simmons.)

Curious as to how Jays fans feel about this Don Brennan column though. I don't know him from anyone, so if he's a muckity BS peddler, don't worry about it.

He's writing for the Ottawa Sun, so pretty much none of the local fans will have read anything he's written. Besides, the first time one of their sports writers says something positive about a Toronto team (that isn't winning), it'll be a miracle. Also, throw in the "look at me!" page view "hot take" (a phrase I learned today), and it's pretty much expected. I mean, he has one article that says "Slumping Ottawa Senators should not fire coach." and then a month later has an article that says "Senators coaching change would make sense."

Bautista put on quite the whine as well.

No, he didn't. When the play was reviewed and the game ended, he went straight into the dugout. He didn't argue, he didn't yell, he didn't show any emotion about it. When asked about it after the game, he said:

"I feel like I respect the rule, that it was an absolutely clean slide," Bautista said. "And it's just disappointing to lose a major league baseball game, with so much at stake every day here. We put a lot into the game since we were little kids and then to all of a sudden have everything taken away like that is just strange."

That's not "whining".

posted by grum@work at 11:06 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I said Bautista was squaring up, which made his complaint about a sucker punch whiny and ridiculous.

I've never defended the phrase "sucker punch". I've attacked the statement that what Odor did was "self-defense".

posted by grum@work at 09:43 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Wild. Bautista cost the Jays the game with that leg grab.

This is news to people?

It was a big deal when it happened over a month ago. He was the first player to get dinged under the new "Utley Rule". Since then, the enforcement for it has been..suspect, at best.
(For example, this was ruled a legal slide.)

And, as a final statement, I ask rcade to explain to me the difference between Bautista's slide into Odor, and this slide into a short stop three weeks ago. Is Bautista's any more dangerous or aggressive than that one (which didn't result in a brawl)?

Oh, who was that sliding hard into the legs of the fielder, taking him out? Just one guess!

posted by grum@work at 09:42 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

rcade: Maybe you can throw some cash into this GoFundMe. ;)

My favourite comment:

Sally Sampson 2 hours ago
I think I screwed up by donating to this. There's no indication that the money goes to anyone but the creator of the fund, James Ray. The money goes straight to him.

I'd like to think that it's a Blue Jays fan that set this up...

posted by grum@work at 08:10 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Bautista was stepping into him before he got shoved. They were almost chest to chest. That's squaring up.

But he didn't shove him. He didn't punch him. He didn't even make a move to punch him until Odor's fist was half way to connecting.

Homer take you may think, but image evidence says that.

Bautista's hand is neither in a fist, nor drawn back into a punching motion (unless he's doing some weird chest-level jab thing) when Odor's fist is almost ready to connect.

Explain how Odor is "defending himself".

posted by grum@work at 07:34 PM on May 17