Category Baseball

Tito Leaves Boston

Someone had to go. The Red Sox just completed the biggest September collapse in baseball history. Reports over the last few weeks highlighted the growing rift between manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein. Additional reports said Francona had lost the clubhouse. Francona put an end to speculation about his future Friday. He walked […]

Red Sox Collapse Complete

“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.” -Bart Giamatti   […]

Kung Fu Panda Hits For Cycle

  The San Francisco Chronicle writes: With the Giants all but finished in the postseason hunt, it was hard to imagine them accomplishing anything at Coors Field on Thursday night to upstage all of the intrigue in the executive suite back home. Then Pablo Sandoval did it. In the sixth inning of an 8-5 Giants victory, their […]

Justin Verlander’s Amazing Season

The calendar has turned to September. Tigers pitcher already has 20 wins and has singlehandedly kept his club in the AL Central race. He’s having one of those dominant seasons pitchers dream about. Think Pedro in 1999. Clemens in 1986. Gibson in 1968. He has no-hit stuff every time out. This May he recorded his […]

Mets Thoughts

The Mets are a mess, again. As we enter Memorial Day weekend, the team sits at 23-27, 8.5 games behind the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies. People would normally point to the team’s high payroll, and call them a bunch of over-paid underachievers. But these aren’t normal times: the team’s owner, Fred Wilpon, was the subject of […]

Appreciating Aaron

Great ballplayers have an iconic moment, an image fans immediately recall when hearing the player’s name. Ted Williams homering in his final at bat; Willie Mays’ catch off Vic Wertz in Game One of the 1954 World Series; Babe Ruth calling his shot at Wrigley Field. Hank Aaron’s moment came on April 8, 1974, when […]

Opening Day

What a strange start to the baseball season. It sure didn’t look like baseball weather at noon central time, when the Yankees and Tigers kicked off the season. The weather was cold and dreary. C.C. Sabathia threw the first pitch in front of hundred (thousands?) of empty seats at Yankee Stadium. The fans who cheered […]