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Name: Gary
Location: Pensacola, Fl
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Gender: Well the men don't know, but the little girls understand...
Member since: January 23, 2002
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justgary has posted 458 links and 3,496 comments to SportsFilter and 13 links and 380 comments to the Locker Room and 4 columns.

Sports Bio

Number 8...just like yaz. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. Its been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But, baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and could be again. Terence Mann

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Beware the $100 Million MLB Man: If thereís any enduring lesson from Pujolsís increasingly scary-looking contract, itís that teams would do well to build farm systems so flush with talent that those teams donít need to even consider breaking the bank for aging stars whoíll likely disappoint.

posted by justgary to baseball at 08:55 AM on June 16, 2013 - 0 comments

The Evolution of World Series Celebrations: After the final strikeout of the 1950 World Series, the Yankees immediately run off the field; the catcher initially goes toward the dugout, then veers slightly toward the pitcher, who runs right past him into the dugout. The rest of the team, along with some non-uniformed humans, follow them toward the dugout. Players navigate past assorted ragamuffins and besuited gentlemen to reach the dugout. "We won, now get me into this doggone dugout!" they all shout excitedly.

posted by justgary to baseball at 01:29 AM on March 15, 2013 - 3 comments

Giants Sweep Tigers to Win World Series: Marco Scutaro knocked in the winning run with two outs in the 10th giving the Giants a 4-3 win and their second championship in three years. Pablo Sandoval was voted World Series MVP.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:22 AM on October 29, 2012 - 14 comments

With small ball, Giants win 2-0 for 2-0 WS lead: And everything seems to be going their way.

posted by justgary to baseball at 10:50 AM on October 26, 2012 - 1 comment

Giants Reach World Series: The San Francisco Giants, once down 3 games to 1 to the St. Louis Cardinals, take decided game 7 to win the National League pennant. They face the Detroit Tigers in game one of the World Series Wednesday night.

posted by justgary to baseball at 07:49 AM on October 23, 2012 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

The Single Worst Recorded Umpire Call in Organized Baseball History

Sorry Grum. Accidentally deleted your comment. Hopefully rcade can bring it back.

posted by justgary at 12:22 PM on July 20, 2018

Vin Scully recites the speech about baseball from "Field of Dreams".


posted by justgary at 01:02 PM on May 29, 2016

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

But he just has never invoked the "don't let him have the ball or we're done" fear that opponents had when facing Montana.

I think one reason people may feel that way about Montana is the last drive against dallas in 'I'm too lazy to look up the year'. One game that is so storied it pushes him into rarified air, but probably creates a bias among quite a few fans.

posted by justgary at 09:04 PM on February 03, 2015

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Surely if Trout or Harper played for the Yankees or the Red Sox he'd be real famous instead of baseball famous.

Sounds like a plan.

posted by justgary at 10:44 PM on August 31, 2014

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Also, I wonder how Trout or Harper would fare if they played for the Yankees. Definitely would help any player become more recognizable.

posted by justgary at 04:45 PM on August 31, 2014

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Harper is a great comparison to Trout. He seems to enjoy attention, and has had some commercial success, and is even a similar styled player, but he hasn't lived up to expectations lately.

Give Harper Trout's stats and you might have something. I have no doubt there's less MLB player posters on kids walls than the NBA or NFL. Not sure how to fix that.

posted by justgary at 04:43 PM on August 31, 2014

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

You'd recognize Trout if he was treated like Reggie Jackson was in the '70s, with commercials and TV guest appearances and candy bars and the like. Everyone recognizes the top NFL and NBA stars.

I don't think it's really a fair comparison, though. Reggie was a personality. Does Trout want to go that route? Maybe those opportunities aren't there, and that does say something. I don't know. Was Jackson that recognizable and famous after 4 years? He wasn't a Yankee until his 11 year in the league.

But I'd recognize plenty of other baseball players. And there are plenty of football players that I wouldn't recognize in street clothes. Basketball players are different (extreme height, fewer players, lot of face time).

And I agree, baseball could become hockey. I just don't find the Trout example convincing. I'd recognize Josh Hamilton, Pujols, but Trout just seems pretty nondescript.

posted by justgary at 04:14 PM on August 31, 2014

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

The Trout angle seems really weak. I watch quite a few Angel games, and I watch Trout highlights often. I recognize him when he comes up to bat. I recognize him in his uniform.

But if he walked into a bar I doubt very seriously I'd recognize him. And that proves... really not much.

The 'baseball isn't our national pastime' story has been going on for years. No, it will probably never be as popular as the NFL unless the NFL folds, but I have confidence it'll be just fine unless those in charge fuck it up, which could happen.

In general, I agree with Howard. Choices are everywhere. The world is far different than when baseball was our pastime.

posted by justgary at 08:45 AM on August 31, 2014

Red Sox owner Tom Werner has become a dark horse candidate to be baseball's next commissioner

Werner's ideas of making the Red Sox a prime sports attraction have little to do with making the team better.

86 years without a World Series victory, then 3 in 10 years. The Red Sox have, more than any time in recent history, been spectacularly 'better'. There's really no argument to the contrary. And to be a 'prime sports attraction', you must also win. To claim he's trying to do one without the other simply defies logic.

Rather, his ideas are all about "game presentation", the myth of Fenway Park's historical value

I completely understand and even sympathize with those that believe Fenway should be torn down and a new state of the art park with leg room and home plate facing seats be built, but to many, Fenway does have 'historical value'. There's nothing mythic about it. It's not like everyone hated Fenway and then Werner convinced them otherwise.

"and selling the idea of coming to Fenway as an "in thing" to the pink hat group."

I think the whole 'pink hats' things has been over done and for the most part is silly, but I've learned not to argue about it. But if anyone in charge of an MLB team is not marketing to every type of fan, including those that might not live for baseball, in a world with so many entertainment choices, they are not doing their job (and shouldn't be considered for commissioner).

2013 was supposed to be a year during which the young talent developed in the minors while a few established stars (Pedroia, Ortiz, Ellsbury, Lester) gave the team enough cachet to keep the turnstiles moving. Somehow, the rest of the roster had career years, the AL East was weak, and the accident happened.

I've heard this a lot recently, that somehow the Red Sox got lucky. If you condemn ownership when they lose, you've got to give them credit when their choices work.

The AL East was weak? Still had to make it through the rest of the playoffs and World Series. And a good team takes advantage of a week division.

the rest of the roster had career years

Here's the 2013 Red Sox lineup. Saltalamacchia had a good year. I guess you could call it career. He also wasn't the starting catcher by the time the World Series was over. Napoli career year? Nope. Pedroia? Nope. Drew? Middlebrooks? Gomes? Ellsbury? Victorino? Nope. Ortiz had a great year, but not career.

Pitching? No starting pitcher had a career year except Buchholz, who also missed much of the season. Uehara had a career year as a closer. They deserve credit for picking him up (the Red Sox 3rd closer after the first two were injured for the year).

The 2013 Red Sox team was deep, and talented up and down the lineup. The could beat you several ways. But they weren't a team of career years by any stretch. Lucky? Of course luck played a part. As it does to any team that wins the World Series.

During the off-season, the decision was made to try to go "on the cheap" for 2014.

Who should they have given big contracts to?

Rather than keep Ellsbury, albeit at a high price, they let him go

A smart move in my eyes, and one I still support. Put Ellsbury's current stats in this lineup and the Red Sox are still going nowhere.

Lester was offered an insult for a contract, the ensuing negotiations were a sham, and Lester was traded. They got a good piece for him in Cespedes, but how long will he be kept?

I don't know that it was the insult you believe it was, but regardless, power is in short supply. I don't really have a problem with this trade, but even if it was a mistake, way too early to point at it as a mistake by the front office.

Nelson Cruz was available at a good price

34. Don't give sluggers half way to 40 big contracts unless you're David Ortiz.

but Grady Sizemore was on the bargain rack. The results are obvious.

Yeah, didn't work out. Didn't lose much either though. Besides, if we're going to blame the front office when low risk deals don't work, we need to give them credit when they do, as they did multiple times in 2013.

I honestly have no idea of Tom Werner will make a good commissioner or not, and if I'm coming off as a huge fan of his, I'm not. But I fail to see how anything he did with the Red Sox would point to no, and Selig has set the bar so low I can only see him being an improvement.

There's a segment of Red Sox fans that are nostalgic for the days Fenway was filled with die hard fans and empty seats and a lot of 'get 'em next year'. I'm not one of those fans. The last 10 years has been pretty awesome, and for whatever hand Werner had during that time, I'm thankful.

The biggest mistake by the current front office was the Carl Crawford contract (which I approved of when it happened -- what do I know), which they thankfully solved by finding a sucker to take him off their hands.

posted by justgary at 11:37 PM on August 11, 2014

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The problem I have specifically is that someone is letting her throw a curve ball at age 13. That's how you mess up an elbow/arm at that age.

I heard this growing up from about 8 until 13 (when my pitching career ended), and once I was older I realized the weekend coaches that preached this knew very little about baseball. It was just something repeated and accepted because it was so often repeated and accepted, similar to the using only 10 percent of your brain myth.

It seems even when studies don't support the results we have a hard time believing it might not be true:

Like a pitcher and a catcher disagreeing on pitch selection, the opposing sides in the debate could not be more closely allied. Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon to many athletes, is a founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute and has written with Fleisig some of the studies that have failed to prove that curveballs are hazardous to young arms. It has not stopped Andrews from challenging the results.

And I'm not saying curveballs can't be dangerous. But I'm betting that arm fatigue, especially on young arms, is much more dangerous than pitch selection (and maybe even more so when throwing curveballs).

posted by justgary at 07:31 PM on August 11, 2014

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Daniel Bard released by Texas Rangers

Ahh, so he was. One pretty dominant season. Kind of unbelievable how badly things fell apart.

posted by justgary at 07:04 PM on July 30, 2014

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Daniel Bard, now in low minors, is still having extreme control problems

18 batters faced

nine walks

seven hit batters

two outs (one strikeout, one ground out back to the pitcher)

175.50 ERA and 13.43 WHIP

Over a month old link, but yeah, "problems" might not be the right word.

posted by justgary at 04:58 PM on July 30, 2014

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Red Sox just need to sign Johnny Damon:

Johnny Damon: 'Ready' for comeback

"When you feel you can still outhit at least half the league and you don't get that call, it's rough," Damon told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday.

posted by justgary at 05:48 PM on July 08, 2014

Tim Lincecum Throws 2nd No-Hitter Against Padres

Lince gets a few Smoltz points for doing well out of the bullpen.

I would guess that the bullpen is where Lincecum could get back on a HoF track, but he's got a very long way to go.

posted by justgary at 11:35 AM on June 26, 2014

Tim Lincecum Throws 2nd No-Hitter Against Padres

Over the past 2 and a half years he's 25 and 34 with an ERA of 4.82 and the fastball is no longer special.

If Lincecum does turn himself int a HoFamer over the next decade he's going to deserve a hell of a lot of credit for a pretty amazing turnaround.

posted by justgary at 12:23 AM on June 26, 2014