Tough As Nails

29 Oct

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has an interesting piece on the “quick hook” philosophy both World Series teams’ managers have with their starting pitchers, and how they use their bullpen arms to prevent, rather than smother, rallies and runs.  The piece includes this unusual phrase common in baseball by Dodgers’ pitcher Alex Wood: […]

Juicy Topic

27 Oct

With a record eight HRs in one game, including another record five after the first nine innings, there is much talk about juiced baseballs in the World Series, including a barbed comment by Astros’ hurler Dallas Keuchel.  It is curious that players who hardly hit HRs are hitting dingers left and right.  Can it just […]

His Words Never Fail

23 Oct

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has a thoughtful, engaging style in his sportswriting.  In his profile of Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts whose famous running play doomed the New York Yankees’ playoff dreams years ago, he sets the tone with this opening paragraph: He could have lived a legend’s life. Dave Roberts knew this. When […]

Maddonfreude Madness

19 Oct

After the Cubs eked out a victory against the LA Dodgers, Cubs manager Joe Maddon uncorked a wild statement, noting that the “Cubs have to be more offensive.” Sorry, but how could that be possible?!

The Yankees Win!

12 Oct

After a crushing mistake by NYY manager, Joe Girardi, almost doomed the pinstripes, they rallied and rebounded to take the ALDS from heavily-favored Cleveland.  New York Times sportswriter Tyler Kepner had a nice synopsis of the series today in which he wrote: The Yankees have under-promised and overdelivered. They are a pinstriped underdog in the year […]

Nats So Fast

8 Oct

A stirring comeback by Mr. Hair Toss (Bryce Harper) and a wall-scraping HR by original Nats member Ryan Zimmerman put the Washington team on the board with a win against the Cubs.  Washington Post baseball writer Thomas Boswell, one of the best at his craft, talked about how the crowd came alive and cheered as […]

Joe G Culpa

7 Oct

NYY skipper Joe Girardi sat through an uncomfortable press conference this afternoon in which he was repeatedly and pointedly asked if 1/ he’d made a mistake and how that happened; and 2/ whether he trusts his catcher, Gary Sanchez, who repeatedly yelled “foul” to get the coaching staff to revisit a ball that supposedly hit […]

Marwin the Knife

5 Oct

It is always a pleasure to listen to Bob Costas and Jim Kaat cover MLB as they are the opening game between the ‘Stros and the Red Sox.  When Astros star Marwin Gonzalez took his first turn at bat, Costas remarked that he can play–and has played–every position in his career, except pitcher and catcher. […]

More Maddonfreude

2 Oct

Joe Maddon, AKA Mr. Snarky, has reemerged after his Cubs mounted a furious drive over the last two months of the season to recapture the NL Central.  Here is his latest quip on how the Cubs may fare, as reported by ESPN.com: “Underdogs or overdogs, I don’t listen to that crap.”

Eat This

5 Sep

New York Yankees’ reliever Chad Green has been notching Ks in his last two appearances, including 7 of 8 hitters he faced against Cleveland.  Catcher Austin Romine had an unusual way of describing his fastball movement, as reported in today’s New York Daily News: “We’re all looking for an answer. His fastball just kind of […]