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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: September 03, 2015

grum@work has posted 186 links and 8075 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

Dear Roberto,:
This is the refusal Roberto Clemente got when he asked for a raise [in 1960].

posted by grum@work to baseball at 03:48 PM on July 31 - 3 comments

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 - 11 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

Recent Comments

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

That pretty much has to be the end of the line for Goodell, right?

This has got to be the last in a line of public embarrassments for his office/league. Maybe he'll make it through the season, but surely the owners will look at this final straw and give him the boot. They'll want to find someone fresh, that doesn't have the scent of "bumbling/ineptitude" all over him/her....

posted by grum@work at 10:47 AM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nope, but I found an illegal version of the video by searching for their names.

I expect Interpol to arrest me at any moment...

posted by grum@work at 08:44 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

When you're hot, you're hot.

Josh Donaldson tagged up and scored...on a pop-out to the second baseman.

posted by grum@work at 08:24 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Well, it's over for me as that video isn't available in my country.

posted by grum@work at 08:24 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Dodgers think they got one hit off Jake Arrieta.

Looking at this replay, it looks like a hit to me.

If the opposing team's scorer calls it an error, then I'll tend to lean in that direction as well.

posted by grum@work at 06:44 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

who can sign a pre-contract in January to move next summer for zero dollars down and zero in add-ons

You crazy Europeans and your wacky sports transaction rules.

posted by grum@work at 02:36 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

MLB commissioner rules against reinstatement for famous player banned from the game for gambling incident...just not the one you were expecting.

posted by grum@work at 10:13 AM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Vin Scully has announced that he's coming back to broadcast another season of Dodger baseball (his 67th).

The next night, he waxed poetically about the sun and the moon.

If there is one announcer I want to be immortal, it's Mr. Scully.

posted by grum@work at 08:55 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

... makes them look like frilly black knickers ...

I did not expect to be aroused by a discussion of men's soccer kits...

posted by grum@work at 01:38 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just your regular 1-3-1 kick-and-blind-toss putout.

posted by grum@work at 10:24 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh, look. I have to throw someone out at third.


posted by grum@work at 01:15 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Every MLB logo change throughout the years.

posted by grum@work at 10:42 AM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jose Bautista vs Sportsnet TV

That's an awkward situation as Rogers owns the station (Sportsnet) and the team (Blue Jays), so it is an internal struggle during a recent high point for both of them.

I'm in Bautista's corner as that was pretty much a promotional spot for the clothier, so why would the kid be the one paying for the suit.

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on August 26

IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dies After Debris Hit to Helmet

I've always wondered why there was open-cockpit racing in this day and age. Is there a reason why you want to have the head of the driver exposed like that? I understand it would be warm to fully enclose the cockpit, but you could put in air vents to allow air to move around, and easily install a quick-release mechanism for opening the cockpit.

It would protect the drive from flukes like this, and for when the car flips over.

Obviously, this is wonderful hindsight commentary, but I can't be the first person that has considered it.

posted by grum@work at 10:04 PM on August 24