Pitching is such a vital part of the game, as far as winning is concerned.

On most teams the set up man has become more valuable, on others not so valuable.

Something to keep in mind — it’s raining lightly. The infield could be very wet on ground balls.

What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple.

So by guessing right you might have guessed wrong.

Giambi walks too much. He’s always clogging up the bases with all that walking.

As a new day begins in New York, the sun sets in Hawaii.

If football is a game of inches then baseball is a game of inch.

If that ball had more elevation, it would have been a home run.

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, what is a fielder’s choice? An acquaintance?

It’s better to have a fast runner on base than a slow one.

One thing about ground balls. They don’t go out of the ball park.

The reason we call that pitch up and in is because the arms are attached to the shoulder.

He wears his hat like a left hander!

Any ball that goes down is much heavier than any ball that stays on the same plane.

The blood on his sock looks exactly like Oklahoma!

You don't want to use too many statistics. The ones that apply to a July or August game won't be relevant on Saturday.

American McCarver

Tennis, Anyone?

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Hey Dodgers fan*— maybe it’s time to turn to tennis? Here’s some verbiage to get you in the mood for the US Open.

Following on yesterday’s fantastic New York Times Magazine piece by Gerald Marzorati on great tennis rivalries (coupled with photos of Andy Samberg), Byliner’s packaged up ten of their favorite long form pieces on tennis. David Foster Wallace leads with #1 and #2, but there are other greats on the list including Sara Corbett’s wonderful 2003 piece on Venus Williams

Over the last several years, Venus and Serena have been universally treated as a single organism, as twinned souls embarked on a solo mission — one that seems to garner a double dose of competitive bile.

Eight years later, people still think of Venus and Serena as a single organism. (Hint: Serena’s the one to watch, despite the fact that she’s been sidelined most of this year with minor health problems like a pulmonary embolism.)

*There’s only one of you left, right?

Tennis

C o m m e n t s

My children hate you, too.

Also, Tommy Lasorda.

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