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May 21, 2011

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 16 comments

Just discovered this photo and wonder if anyone knows the story . . ?

posted by geekyguy at 10:05 AM on May 21

Is it the guy from the Tiger Woods photo?

posted by wfrazerjr at 12:42 PM on May 21

AFC Wimbledon won their playoff final against Luton Town and now enter the Football League, nine years after being formed in the wake of Wimbledon FC's move to Milton Keynes. Now the two clubs are only a division apart.

posted by etagloh at 01:02 PM on May 21

Well the Lightning came back from a 3 goal deficit in the first period to beat the Bruins. They totally changed the complexion of the game in the second period by putting a ton of pressure on Boston and it paid off. What a game.

posted by insomnyuk at 04:44 PM on May 21

Shackleford wins the Preakness, so the Triple Crown gets to wait another year. Almost Arthurian at this point.

posted by bluemagpie at 07:03 PM on May 21

Aye, I was at a tavern awaiting the proclaimed End of Days under the best possible circumstances.

As the afternoon progressed, it became clear that the Almighty was perhaps going to spare the majority of humanity from the Rapture and instead focus his doomsday resources solely on the icemen of Boston and their followers.

Foolish mortals, skating along with a cozy 3 goal lead on the road, playing against a team named after an act of God.

posted by beaverboard at 07:11 PM on May 21

If Harold Camping had wanted to make a sure-fire prophecy, he should've said that Jose Bautista would hit a homer or two on this day.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:42 PM on May 21

Just discovered this photo and wonder if anyone knows the story . . ?

I don't think there is a real story. It's some random fan that is wearing Uggs in Miami heckling players. He just looks ridiculous and people have noticed.

posted by bperk at 08:50 PM on May 21

Webber stopped The Vettel's pole run today.

posted by Drood at 09:45 PM on May 21

In today's Blue Jays game, Bautista hit a home run (2, actually), stole a base, and got an outfield assist. This is, in my mind, the baseball equivalent of a "Gordie Howe hat trick" (in hockey, that's a goal, assist, and a fight). It shows that the player can hit, run, and field.

I guess we could call it a "Willie Mays hat trick".

I wondered how many of these have happened this season?

Well, it's happened 2 other times:

Adam Jones - April 7th
Ben Zobrist - April 24th

I then wondered if anyone has ever hit for a cycle, drawn a walk, stole a base, and got an outfield assist. This would pretty much be the best it gets for a player.

The answer is, yes:

Kiki Cuyler - June 4, 1925

(side note: the performance is slightly marred by the fact that he was also caught stealing in the same game)

posted by grum@work at 11:27 PM on May 21

Oddly, I believe I read somewhere this year that Gordie Howe never had a Gordie Howe hat trick.

posted by wfrazerjr at 07:34 AM on May 22

I then wondered if anyone has ever hit for a cycle, drawn a walk, stole a base, and got an outfield assist. This would pretty much be the best it gets for a player.

That's awesome. I've often wondered the exact opposite; how bad of a game it could be. Off the top of my head:

- Strikeout - Caught stealing - Ground into DP - Error

Plus, no positive stats (no hits, no steals, no outfield assists). They might get on base through sacrifice or being hit by a pitch, but nothing they earned.

How would one figure that out, Grum? You seem the expert in this sort of scenario building.

posted by dfleming at 08:09 AM on May 22

It's tough to search for fielding results, as that isn't currently organized in the Baseball Reference Play Index. There aren't many things on the web that I pay an annual fee for, but this is one of them.

As for the worst game you can have?
How about an out, double-play, and a triple-play for your three plate appearances? (Ron Wright, check top for the 4th inning for the triple-play)
And what if that's the ONLY GAME YOU EVER PLAY IN THE MAJORS?!

posted by grum@work at 09:35 AM on May 22

As for the K/CS/GIDP/Error combo, it's happened once this season (so far):

John Jaso - May 1 (but he also got two hits)

posted by grum@work at 09:43 AM on May 22

I read somewhere this year that Gordie Howe never had a Gordie Howe hat trick.

A couple weeks back, the announcers on Versus (grain of salt alert) said that he did it once.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:40 PM on May 22

Awesome grum, thanks for that. I've been building some bad games (Alex Gonzalez going 0/6 with 6K, Joe Torre's 0/4 with 4 GIDP and a fielding error) and it's been a rather productive (*cough*) use of my time.

posted by dfleming at 07:44 AM on May 23

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