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grum@work
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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: April 23, 2017

grum@work has posted 210 links and 8778 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

Mike Ilitch, owner of the Tigers and Red Wings, passes away at 87.:
As an owner, he was one of the few that legitimately seemed to put winning ahead of profiting as an owner. He had no problem spending money to help his teams get better.

posted by grum@work to hockey at 08:18 PM on February 10 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

You can cross off anyone that has any Penguins, Blue Jackets, Flames, Ducks, Hawks, or Predators that aren't Malkin, Crosby, or Kessel.

posted by grum@work at 10:18 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh lordy.

Duncan Keith blows up Viktor Arvidsson.

posted by grum@work at 10:30 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

MLB's new baseball magnet: Josh Harrison

posted by grum@work at 09:02 AM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Attention all baseball fans!

CB Bucknor gave a demonstration tonight (in the Nationals/Braves game) of what would happen if an umpire closed his eyes on every pitch and just guessed (by sound) if it was a ball or a strike.

From Twitter: Seven individual calls by CB Bucknor that home plate umpires across the league make "0%" of the time.

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Here is a map of every called pitch (no swings). Red ones are called strikes (they should be inside the boxes), green ones are called balls (they should be outside the boxes).

Jason Werth struck out in this at-bat without swinging his bat even once.

This was called a "foul-tip" by Bucknor.

The winning team's radio play-by-play guy tears into Bucknor's calling ability.

posted by grum@work at 12:19 AM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Listen, I've seen some amazing goals scored by some great players, but this one by Radulov is next-level insane.

Undressing a HOF-bound goalie, with one hand, while holding off a defender with the other...come on. If someone did that in NHL'17, I'd be pissed that they used a cheat code against me.

posted by grum@work at 11:14 PM on April 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Today

CLE in 5 - LeBron
TOR in 6 - Derozan
SAS in 5 - Kawhi
LAC in 5 - Hayward
WAS in 4 - Wall
GSW in 4 - Curry
BOS in 4 - Thomas
HOU in 6 - Westbrook

posted by grum@work at 12:16 PM on April 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Ottawa in 7 +1

Pittsburgh in 5 +2

Edmonton in 6 +2

Montreal in 5

St. Louis in 7 +1

Toronto in 7

Calgary in 6

Chicago in 4

Points: Matthews

I BE-LEAF!

posted by grum@work at 02:21 PM on April 12

What if Barry Bonds had played without a bat?

There are very few writers on the internet that I'd pay money to read, but if Jon Bois said "I'm going solo and producing a new article/video every week." I'd pony up the money pretty quickly.

The closest I've come to passing out from laughter was reading a bunch of his "Breaking Madden" (and other video game articles) in a row.

posted by grum@work at 10:29 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That's the most balkingest balk that ever balked.

posted by grum@work at 09:19 PM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

An American crowd chanting "SER-GI-O!"?

It sounded great.

posted by grum@work at 07:39 PM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Getting to the playoffs was NOT expected this season, especially since they blew 3rd period leads in 4 of their first 5 games of the season.

Of course, Matthews scoring 40 goals as a rookie was also not expected, as well as having three rookies score over 60 points (Matthews, Marner, Nylander).

Naturally, the dream scenario* is that Toronto gets at least a point in the final game and then faces Ottawa in the first round.

Otherwise they will have to face the Capitals steamroller in the first round.

* A dream scenario four ways:

  1. Toronto faces a team they've beaten 4 straight times in the playoffs.
  2. Ottawa gets a chance to redeem themselves against a fresh-faced-untested squad, thus ending their playoff nightmares.
  3. Sportsnet gets a ratings bonanza by having the two Ontario teams with history play each other.
  4. If Toronto should prevail, then there opens up the possibility of them facing the Montreal Canadiens in the next round of the playoffs, thus creating a possible 100% ratings on Canadian television...

    posted by grum@work at 09:28 AM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"Nice home run, son!"

"Thanks, daddy!"

Aaron Judge (6'7") greets teammate Ronald Torreyes (5'8") at home plate.

posted by grum@work at 01:24 PM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The universe does not like Stephen Piscotty.

Bonus: Video done with Scott Sterling commentary.

posted by grum@work at 10:38 AM on April 05

Bruce Bochy takes medical leave, Barry Bonds interim manager for San Francisco Giants

Chronicle beat reporter Daryl Polsafio reports that:

Bochy's medical leave of absence is so he may be tested for "early onset dementia". The rumours are that Giants officials became worried when Bochy insisted in multiple interviews and discussions that "last year's bullpen wasn't that bad", so they confronted Bochy directly and requested he be tested.

The columnist, April Slaydofo, adds:

When asked about managing the team, Bonds says that he'll be a hands-off manager, but he will insist that everyone take the health supplements provided before each game by the team's new dietician and trainer, Greg Anderson.

posted by grum@work at 01:41 AM on April 01

Bruce Bochy takes medical leave, Barry Bonds interim manager for San Francisco Giants

It looks like my link is messed up in the post title. I guess there is a bad character in the web page, or I pasted it incorrectly, but it's chopped off the end of it. I'm not sure how to fix it.

posted by grum@work at 01:38 AM on April 01