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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: May 05, 2016

grum@work has posted 196 links and 8415 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

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

Final 2015 MLB 40-man payroll totals are released.:
The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with a $291,056,310 payroll.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 04:03 PM on December 21 - 8 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Cavaliers should be ashamed of themselves. Some of those Hawks had families, and now they can't look them in the eye after tonight's game.

posted by grum@work at 11:34 PM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Oh, and a hell of time in Toronto tonight.

At almost EXACTLY the same moment Justin Smoak did this in the bottom of the 9th inning, Kyle Lowry did that with no time on the clock.

Of course, Justin Smoak finished things off right by doing this on the very next pitch he saw in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Sadly, DeMar DeRozan didn't finish things off well for the Raptors.

posted by grum@work at 12:24 AM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I forgot to post this earlier.

Giancarlo Stanton drives a home run off the scoreboard, about 60 above the fence.

Watch it. It's bonkers. They measured it at 462 feet, but that still doesn't seem right.

posted by grum@work at 12:15 AM on May 04

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

Still up to date!

posted by grum@work at 07:13 PM on May 02

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Raptors in 7.

posted by grum@work at 12:16 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Vin Scully talks about the history of beards.

And it's as awesome as you could expect it to be...

I seriously would listen to a collection of Vin Scully audio books of him talking about baseball and related matters.

posted by grum@work at 08:43 AM on May 01

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Copying my picks from the other thread because I do have a minute here:
Golden State in 6

San Antonio in 7

Cleveland in 4

Technical foul: LeBron James
Three-pointers: Klay Thompson

posted by grum@work at 04:49 PM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Making my picks for the SpoFi basketball contest, as I'm not sure I'll be around later today:

Golden State in 6

San Antonio in 7

Cleveland in 4

I'll reserve my picks for the fourth matchup when we get an idea of who it is....

posted by grum@work at 09:26 AM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

New Marlins manager Don Mattingly had this to say about his star second baseman Dee Gordon as the season started:

Well, here is the explanation!

posted by grum@work at 07:31 AM on April 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When I see the bottom of the 8th inning in the Dodgers/Marlins game, I wonder if it set a record for the longest half-inning with 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 runs scored.

Bottom 8th: Justin Nicolino pitching

  1. A.J. Ellis grounded out, second to first
    • Bryan Morris replaces Jutin Nicolino as pitcher
    • Chase Utley pinch-hits for Trayce Thompson
  2. Chase Utley walked
    • Yasmani Grandal pinch-hits for Pedro Baez
    • Cody Ege replaces Bryan Morris as pitcher
  3. Yasmani Grandal walked, Chase Utley to second
    • David Phelps replaces Cody Edge as pitcher
    • Joc Pederson pinch-hits for Enrique Hernandez
  4. Joc Pederson walked, Chase Utley to third, Yasmani Grandal to second
    • Jos Urena replaces David Phelps as pitcher
  5. Yasiel Puig struck out swinging
  6. Adrin Gonzlez flied out to right

That's five different pitchers to face six batters, with four of the pitchers facing only one batter in the inning. That's also three different pinch-hitters, producing exactly zero hits. Only two balls were put into play for the inning.

posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on April 28

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

I'm switching my pick from the Ducks to Sharks in 7.

posted by grum@work at 06:49 AM on April 28

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

NHL, NFL, same thing right?

Because there aren't any Canadian teams involved? :)

posted by grum@work at 09:24 AM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Blues in 6
Ducks in 7
Capitals in 7 (and this will be a series people will talk about for a while)
Lightning in 6

Top Goal Scorer: S.Crosby
Save Percentage: B.Holtby
Power Play: Capitals
Top Scoring Team: Capitals

posted by grum@work at 09:21 AM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A new fan to hockey tweets his reactions live while watching the game on TV.

"White people been hiding hockey from us for years bruh. This shit lit"

posted by grum@work at 07:33 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm not sure how the Twins/Nats game is crazier

Down by three runs in the 8th.
Score two runs in the bottom of the 8th.
A pinch-hit game tying solo home run by the best player in the NL (MLB?).
Another pinch-hitting pitcher gets a hit (Joe Ross in the 12th).
A catcher throwing error on a 2-out bunt by a relief pitcher to tie the game in the bottom of the 15th.
A walk-off home run by their 6th OF on the depth charts in the 16th inning.

More drama I guess than crazy, but Oliver Perez bunt-inducing-error with two out is pretty damn crazy (especially since the ball was going to roll foul if the catcher didn't touch it).

posted by grum@work at 01:00 PM on April 25