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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: July 27, 2017

grum@work has posted 211 links and 8848 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

What if Barry Bonds had played without a bat?:
A fantastic video narrated by Jon Bois (creator of "Chart Party", "Pretty Good", and "Breaking Madden") about what would happen if Barry Bonds went to the plate every time in 2004 and never had a bat (or, realistically, never swung it).

posted by grum@work to baseball at 04:48 PM on April 11 - 4 comments

NHL will not officially release players to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics.:
Some teams (Senators) have announced they will not allow their players to participate, while other teams (Capitals) have said they will release their players to play if they choose to go.

posted by grum@work to olympics at 12:34 AM on April 04 - 1 comment

Bruce Bochy takes medical leave, Barry Bonds interim manager for San Francisco Giants:
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Giants manager Bruce Bochy is taking a leave of absence due to "a medical issue" and that recently-hired-advisor-to-the-CEO Barry Bonds has been tapped to fill in as the interim manager until Bochy is cleared to return.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:38 AM on April 01 - 3 comments

Carter Capps' pitching delivery is illegal and MLB doesn't care.:
If I was an opposing manager, I'd protest every single pitch he made against my team.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:33 PM on February 17 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

111 NFL Brains Examined By Neuropathologist

As someone who has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, I can unequivocally state that this is strictly a statistical fluke, and in no way should anyone be able to infer that playing in the NFL can cause CTE. To do so would be to fly in the face of science and common sense. If anything, the NFL should consider suing this neuropathologist for the potential public relationship nightmare this has opened up for them.

Now, if you'll excuse me I have to go to my bank and cash this outrageously large donation cheque for my I've received for my think tank from a kind citizen named...[reading cheque] "Roger Woodell".

posted by grum@work at 02:00 PM on July 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Freeze Busted by Nutt Law Dog, Phone Log

For that description alone...

posted by grum@work at 11:59 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I've finally gotten around to updating this:

MLB Last Man Standing List

It's a list of the last player to play for every now defunct/moved team in MLB history, and the last player ALIVE for some really old franchises/teams.

Bartolo Colon remains the last Expo standing, and there are only 5 remaining living Boston Braves (1876-1952) players.

posted by grum@work at 01:06 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Jean Segura almost single-handedly saved the Mariners in the 9th inning with just his defense. It may be the greatest single inning of defensive work I've ever watched.

- first out of the inning : if he doesn't make this play, the winning run scores. Difficulty level: 9 out of 10

- second out of the inning : if he doesn't make this play, the winning run scores. Difficulty level: 5 out of 10

- third out of the inning : If he doesn't make this play the winning run scores. Difficulty level: 8 out of 10*

*Side note: If the baserunner going to second had simply run THROUGH the bag (instead of the instinctual slide that everyone is supposed to do), he's (probably) safe and the winning run scores. However, it's anti-intuitive to run through second base and I don't blame him for doing what he did.

posted by grum@work at 01:10 AM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Kind of a rare event in the Jays/BoSox game.

The "win" wasn't given to the pitcher of record.

The Jays led 3-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning in Boston.
Then, the Red Sox scored two runs and had two men on with two out.
The Jays brought in the relief pitcher (Leone).
He threw one pitch, which was hit for a double (tying the game) and also got the 3rd out (runner gunned down at home plate).

The top of the 8th saw the Jays score a run to take the lead back.

The bottom of the 8th saw a different pitcher (Tepera) throw a clean 1-2-3 inning.

Then Osuna gunned the Red Sox down 1-2-3 in the 9th.

Normally, Leone would get the win by being the pitcher of record.
However, the scorer (correctly) determined he was not "effective", and gave the "win" to Tepera.

I can't think of the last time that's happened, but I rarely notice it in box scores when I glance at them.

posted by grum@work at 10:55 PM on July 17

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

LeBron has been in the NBA Finals for seven straight years. It's an incredible feat.

It's the fact he's done it with two different teams during that stretch that makes it amazing.

K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, and Bill Russell went to the finals 8 straight seasons (and won each time) with the Boston Celtics, but LeBron's feat is more impressive to me.

posted by grum@work at 12:36 AM on July 17

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Hello, all the above guys, and hello Mickelson, LeBron, and the Buffalo Bills, among others.

Two of those in your list have won championships multiple times, so the sting of losing is probably offset somewhat.

The Bills, however....

posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on July 16

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Federer, 35, last won in 2012.

And when he won then, everyone talked about how it was his last hurrah.

posted by grum@work at 12:02 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

So, they haven't beaten the Brewers, Astros, Marlins, Rockies, Diamondbacks, or the Nationals/Expos

  • Brewers have been in the NL for only 20 seasons, and have only made the playoffs twice in that time.
  • Astros are no longer in the NL, so that's never going to happen.
  • The Yankees had their chance against the Marlins and blew it, which is amazing since the Marlins have made the playoffs in only twice in 24 seasons.
  • Rocktober is a rare event (3 times in 24 seasons), but the Yankees actually made it to the World Series in one of those times (2009).
  • They were two outs away with the best closer in history, so it's not like the Yankees didn't have their chance against the Diamondbacks.
  • Making it to the World Series at least once should be a requirement to be on this list. We might have had our matchup in 1994 as the Yankees and Expos were far and away the best teams in their leagues at season's end...

posted by grum@work at 10:00 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

By the way, Judge is worth the price of admission until opposing pitchers and scouts find the holes in his swing.

Then they need to talk to young Roberto Osuna (from "Other Team In Yankees' Division"). He's almost 3 years younger than Judge, and the giant is 0-for-5 against him with 4 strikeouts.

posted by grum@work at 09:50 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This ESPN headline is just terrible.

If only Cano was still playing MLB for some other team...

posted by grum@work at 01:15 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I had no idea that Scott Newlands was such a popular choice to sing O Canada at sporting events. I've found ten different performances by him on Youtube.

posted by grum@work at 10:26 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star first baseman shot her a nasty look when she did it.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Judge's teammate Dellin Betances expresses what everyone felt like watching Judge.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Normally the HR derby isn't all that enticing to me.

But, I'm going to admit that I was curious to see how Judge would do.

And...well...holy shit.

He wasn't even trying in the final round, and he won it with 2 minutes to spare and no timeouts.

posted by grum@work at 10:03 PM on July 10