Giants Win! Giants Win!

21 Jun

The SF Giants are in the cellar of the NL West and have had a dismal season.  So, when they actually won a game against Atlanta, the Chronicle had some fun with the headline: Giants beat Braves; not a misprint

Bring Up the Cliches

20 Jun

The St. Louis Cardinals have had an ugly string of games for more than a month, during which time fingers were pointed and coaching staff were replaced.  Now, it’s time for the cliches, like these by infielder Tommy Pham in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Believe that the guy behind you is going […]

Remy of the People

8 Jun

Former Red Sox IF Jerry Remy is one of the most grating announcers around.  The Sox sacked the regular play-by-play guy, Don Orsillo, and kept this nincompoop for no clear reason. On Tuesday, he lambasted MLB for allowing NYY starter Masahiro Tanaka to have his Japanese translator with him when pitching coach Larry Rothschild paid […]

No Other Way to Say It…Sweep

5 Jun

The St. Louis Cardinals went to Wrigley Field to meet the Cubs and it ended poorly with a string of losses. The Cards had a chance to keep the Cubs at bay and they didn’t.  Here’s what Cards’ OF Dexter Fowler (who was with the Cubs last year) said in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “We’ve […]

McCarver Wisdom

2 Jun

It’s always a pleasure to hear Tim McCarver, now doing color on some St. Louis Cardinals’ telecasts.  His pearl for today: To be a good hitter, get in the mind of the pitcher.

Nobody’s Hiro

1 Jun

The knives are out for NYY pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the annointed ace, who had another lousy effort last night giving up big blasts to the Baltimore Orioles. Here is how beat writer George King of the New York Post described it in his story today: Masahiro Tanaka’s exit velocity from staff ace to cement shoes […]

Worth Reading

27 May

Each week, New York Times sportswriter Tyler Kepner puts together a thoughtful and incisive look at MLB teams in his column, Extra Bases.  It’s always worth reading.  In this week’s piece on the Minnesota Twins, Kepner starts with this fine lede that echoes other great baseball writers, such as Tom Boswell of the Washington Post: […]

Meek the Mets

17 May

With mounting pitching woes and batting slumps, the Mets are moving farther away from the top in the NL East.  After the team’s latest loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, here’s what the skipper said, as reported in today’s New York Times: “When things aren’t going good, nothing goes good,” said Mets Manager Terry Collins.

Icing on the Cake

15 May

That’s the phrase Derek Jeter uttered over and over in what must have been an emotional day seeing his number retired at Yankee Stadium.  He always wanted to play for the Yankees, but having #2 retired seemed to be an unexpected treat. Now we can all relax and go back to our regular baseball programming. […]

We Try Less

15 May

Baltimore Orioles’ skipper Buck Showalter is legendary for his succinct, direct assessments of games.  After his team was swept by the Royals in KC, he mused about his starter coughing up a huge lead at Kauffman Stadium as reported in the Baltimore Sun: “Sometimes you’ve got to try a little less.”