Posts tagged ‘Baseball’

May 18, 2011

The Rivalry Continues…

by Vince

TDW:

Yankees fan Alec Baldwin decks Red Sox fan John Krasinski hard in the latest satisfying installment of New Era’s “Rivals Are Forever” marketing campaign.

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May 14, 2011

Baseball Field Invasion

by Vince

TDW:

An Astros fan invades the field during last night’s match against the Mets, manages to (temporarily) evade the fuzz with some fancy parkour-inspired maneuvers.

April 9, 2011

“God knows what’s best for me” quote of the day

by Vince

“I’m at ease,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com via phone from his home in Miami. “God knows what’s best [for me]. I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man,” says just retired Manny Ramirez. Ramirez failed a second drug test in spring training this year and instead of serving a 100-game suspension, he retired (he told MLB first and then word eventually made it to his team, the Tampa Bay Rays).

God works in mysterious ways, I suppose.

March 31, 2011

A Yankee, A Met, and a Phillie Fan

by Vince

“A Phillies fan, a Mets fan, & a Yankees fan are climbing a mountain & arguing about who loves their team more. The Yankees fan insists he is the most loyal. ”This is for the Yankees,” he yells, & jumps off the mountain. Not to be outdone, the Phillies fan is next to profess his love for his team. He yells “This is for the Phillies!!” & pushes the Mets fan off the mountain.”

H/T: M.B.

March 3, 2011

Picking an MLB Team

by Vince

Click on the image to enlarge. Epic chart.

H/T: WK

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September 4, 2010

Brian Wilson is Burning

by Vince

This was Brian Wilson on Jim Rome is Burning yesterday. It isn’t very often that you have a segment focused on two arrogant jerks. This interview is nuts.

August 10, 2010

Plagiarism: Variances Depending on the Eye of the Beholder

by Vince

Stan Fish ties together Golf, stealing bases in Baseball, and someone at the same college he was a dean at plagiarizing two full pages of his own book:

The rule that you not use words that were first uttered or written by another without due attribution is less like the rule against stealing, which is at least culturally universal, than it is like  the rules of golf.  I choose golf because its rules are so much more severe and therefore so much odder than the rules of other sports.  In baseball you can (and should) steal bases and hide the ball. In football you can (and should) fake a pass or throw your opponent to the ground. In basketball you will be praised for obstructing an opposing player’s view of the court by waving your hands in front of his face. In hockey … well let’s not go there.  But in golf, if you so much as move the ball accidentally while breathing on it far away from anyone who might have seen what you did, you must immediately report yourself and incur the penalty.

Plagiarism is like that; it’s an insider’s obsession.  If you’re a professional journalist, or an academic historian, or a philosopher, or a social scientist or a scientist, the game  you play for a living is underwritten by the assumed value of originality and failure properly to credit the work of others is a big and obvious no-no.  But if you’re a musician or a novelist, the boundary lines are less clear (although there certainly are some) and if you’re a politician it may not occur to you, as it did not at one time to Joe Biden, that you’re doing anything wrong when you appropriate the speech of a revered statesman.

August 6, 2010

The Spiderman Catch!

by Vince

Insane.

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July 13, 2010

RIP George

by Vince

The owner of the team that everyone loves to hate, George Steinbrenner, died today from a heart attack.

July 5, 2010

For Money or Something else?

by Vince

The MLB’s Oakland A’s are selling t-shirts to continue pouring gas on the fire that is burning (not) between Alex Rodriguez and Dallas Braden (who is on the DL!):

In an effort to take advantage of the Braden-Rodriguez controversy that began when Braden objected to A-Rod running across the mound during an April 22 game here, the A’s are selling T-shirts that say, “Get off my mound.”

“It looks like the A’s are making light of the situation,” Braden was quoted saying in Monday’s San Francisco Chronicle. “In some ways, it might keep what happened alive.”

Braden, who is on the disabled list and will not pitch, says he doesn’t plan on going after Rodriguez verbally or physically over the next three days.

July 3, 2010

Mariano Rivera’s Dominance

by Vince

The NYT gives a visual description. Awesome video!

June 21, 2010

Gaga in the Bronx

by Vince

Lady Gaga supposedly made her way past security the other night and into the New York Yankees clubhouse. She was able to schmooze with Robinson Cano and be her usual avant garde self:

Gaga has been making her presence felt in New York baseball. The singer, who says she is a Yankees fan, attended a Mets-Padres game on June 10 at Citi Field and decided to give the finger to Mets fans. This provided not only a treat for photographers but also a marketing opportunity for the Mets; they’ve designated this coming Wednesday’s game vs. the Tigers as “Go Gaga for Wright” night, to campaign for third baseman David Wright‘s election to the National League All-Star team. The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a blue foam hand with the index finger extended — “the best finger,” according to a TV commercial for the promotion — and the words “Make Wright #1” printed on it.

June 10, 2010

Saving our nations baseball team

by Vince

He goes by the name Stephen Strasburg. His next outing is this Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. And he may well give the Tribe their 2nd sell out game of the season.

June 9, 2010

The botched call

by Vince

An interview with Armando Galarraga a week or so after his near-perfect game.

I must be living under a rock after reading this:

Selig also told reporters that he does not see a groundswell of support in baseball circles for greater use of instant replay. While he will continue to hold discussions with his special committee for on-field matters, he expressed doubt that expanded use of replay will take place during the 2010 season.

“It is interesting,” Selig said. “Most baseball people are really against instant replay. There’s no question about that. I could sense that the last three days [in talking to people].

But in the end, some great sportsmanship. This is the stuff we were taught in 3rd grade gym class to emulate:

Joyce apologized for his errant call almost immediately, and Galarraga and Leyland refused to dispense blame after the game. A day after the Tigers’ 3-0 victory, Galarraga brought the lineup card to home plate, and tapped a tearful Joyce on the shoulder. General Motors surprised the pitcher with a 2010 Corvette convertible to help ease the disappointment.

“I don’t want to be trite here, but it really turned out to be a great story,” Selig said. “You had a pitcher who acted just beautifully. You had an umpire who did what a lot of people in life should do. He told the truth — ‘I screwed up’ — and that was it. And I have undying admiration and respect for Jim Joyce, as I have told him.

“You have the Tiger fans who acted well, and Jimmy Leyland could not have acted better. I understand all the sadness around it, but I was really proud of baseball. That’s as good as any sport has ever confronted a difficult situation, and the credit goes to the parties involved.”