Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
That was pretty epic yesterday, wasn't it? #longmayitcontinue.
Price vs Dickey. Battle of the Cy and the return of the much-loved Price. The crowd will probably give Price a warm welcome and they should.
After that, let's pound him! He's a lefty, after all. Remember when we used to eat those for lunch?
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
These assholes again?
Yup, it's the team that Buck and Dan and Jerry could not shut up about.
Kelly vs Sanchez. Sanchez was held back specifically for this lineup so hopefully we'll see some slicing and dicing. Maybe the batters will remember Kelly sucks?
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Now that was more like it! #LongMayItLast
A stupid 4pm start to completely mess up today's posting schedule. Thanks for nothing, NY.
Happ vs Sabathia. Sanchez is getting pushed back to take advantage of Fenway and keep him away from the lefty-heavy Yankee lineup. And of course, Happ is a lefty. Go get 'em!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Thanks for the gif, Warren.
I'm working on a magic show so I thought to look into any connection between the worlds of baseball and magic. I ran into a lot of "baseball is magic" writing but no interaction between the two.
However I did run into a sociology paper titled Baseball Magic by George Gmelch.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Target Field has been very kind to our hitters in the past. May it help them find their mojo now.
Estrada vs Santana. Estrada was really good last year at stopping losing streaks. Hopefully he can spread some of that magic around tonight.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
So we need to have some fun. Fowl suggested a post on the best baseball nicknames. Lunchbox added: The Penguin, Le Grand Orange, The Capital Punisher, The Mad Hungarian and The Human Rain Delay.
What are yours?
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Since ya'll liked the SF post so much I've doing it for other teams we face this year excepting the AL East teams. (Familiarity does breed contempt.) Sadly, unlike the SF blogs, there aren't any cool post titles or webcomics. There is some good writing though.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
So we're going into San Fran for 3. We know the Giants for their annoying tendency to win the WS in an even year. And guess what this is?
Turns out that they have quite the robust online communities. Here's a guide to the best:
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
The Jays have been struggling offensively this year, of that there is no argument. They are averaging ten K's a game, the power is way down and the team batting average is woeful. If you average 180 in darts then there's a train of English ladies that will be lining up to sample your spotted dick. Average 180 in baseball and you're getting dangerously close to getting sold to the Yomiuri Giants.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Finally, the end of this damn series. They won't be darkening our doorstep for a while. Wouldn't it be nice to win it?
Holland vs Happ. Didn't we used to beat up on Holland? Would be good to see an old fashioned blow out.
Andrew wrote yesterday in Toronto Life that Retroontario had found the original 1993 version of the famous "Catch da taste" Alomar commercial. Somehow he forgot to mention that they had also uploaded the French version. And since I need content, here it is:
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Game 2 of the best of ... wait, wrong Rangers series.
Perez vs Estrada (I think the ACE thing was creating bad mojo). He's had an extra day of rest so hopefully all the freaking out about him rubbing his shoulder will disappear.
Chapter 9: Trying to Regain Favour
Heroism is often a transient state of being. There are heroes of the moment, heroes of a season and heroes of an era. Only very rarely, and it usually requires that you also be very dead, can a mere mortal be a hero for all eternity. Even then, with revisionist historians sifting through the bones of one's legacy, the skeletons are apt to come clattering out of the closet.
We love our heroes. But many is the time that we build them up only to tear them down. This is called empowerment of the people. Our admiration is on loan and can be recalled at any time. We extend to individuals all the perqs of idolatry, elevate them to dizzying heights, mount them on plinths of devotion. But woe betide the man or woman who is untrue to our expectations, who lets us down. Or maybe just starts to believe his own press clippings.
The public can be remorseless in its disdain of those who have betrayed our trust.
For athletes who fall down to earth, the shock of it can be overwhelming. It can happen in the blink of an eye or the slip of a tongue; it can occur slowly, in excruciating increments over the course of a season from hell. A handful, those with insight and a willingness for self-examination, can perhaps make sense of it all. But most, raised from their first childish flashes of brilliance in the comforting knowledge that they are better than all the rest, are ill-equipped to deal with failure - even in a sport like baseball, which is more about striking out than hitting home runs.Some, unfit to handle the whims of public sentiment, will become inconsolable. Others grow hard and niggardly with their feelings, distancing themselves from the disapprobation of the crowd. They will hurt you as you have hurt them. And some just keep stumbling and bumbling along, trying to regain your favour.
This chapter talks about Kelly Gruber but in the wake of so many players struggling and Colabello's PED ban, this quote feels really relevant to me. Discuss.