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

Rivals: Opening Day Edition

Greg: Hey, guys! You watchin’ the game?

Mike S.: yes!

Greg: You guys should really be watchin’ the game. It’s a good one.

Jason: Sorry Greg, I can’t hear you over the sound of my World Champions pennant. Yes, it makes noise. In my mind.

Greg: Does the noise sound like this? “Booooooo!”

Jason: it does when the Dodgers are playing. Or when divorce-court proceedings are taking place.

Greg: No, no, no. The sound it makes when the Dodgers are playing is a squishy thud, like the Giants hitting the bottom of the NL West.

Jason: Oh noooooo we’re one game out! How will we make it up?

Jason: By the way, the ring ceremony is next Thursday, in case you want to come up and see what it’s like to root for a winner.

Greg: I saw what it was like to root for a winner a few hours ago.

Jason: It’s gonna be very sad when Jamie McCourt takes Kershaw’s left arm in the divorce.

Jason: On the other hand, Mattingly didn’t get his closer taken out by accidentally visiting the mound twice! A good night for him.

Jason: Chances are good you’ll see it 75 more times this year, too. Enjoy!

Greg: You forgot a “1” in front of the “75.” (I’m counting the playoffs!)

Jason: Best Dodgers can hope to go is 173-0. Sorry, chum. Some dreams die hard… Though I realize most Dodger fans are unaware of how the modern playoff system works. It’s three rounds. Five, seven, seven.

Greg: Broxton is dead to me since the Dodgers/Yankees game last season.

Jason: Here’s a picture for you. http://twitpic.com/4fkl84 Think blue!

Greg: It’s so cute the way it’s sitting there, all by itself. Lonely, almost. The guy is showing how many good teams have.

Jason: Timely! People born after Gibson’s HR can legally drink. And if they are Dodger fans, presumably they do so heavily.

Greg: And people born after the previous time the Giants won the Series are starting to look forward to their retirement.

Jason: You’re running out of steam now. Win a championship, or even a pennant, in this millennium and we’ll talk.

Greg: And the best the Giants can hope to go is 172-1. They’ve lost every game so far this season, y’know.

Jason: That will make the ring ceremony so bittersweet. :-(

Greg: First to worst, baby. First to worst.

Jason: I hear Duke Snider was great. And Jackie Robinson! Also, what’s Vietnam, grandpa?

Jason: But the dodgers are in first, so you’re predicting their fall… Still, cheer up. The Diamondbacks are there to break the fall.

Greg: Viet Nam was a conflict in which many errors were committed by one side, just like tonight’s game.

Steve the Padre Fan: You guys root for teams that have won the Series? Pfft… Lame.

Greg: Every need to stop a conversation dead in its tacks? Try this: “So! How ‘bout them Padres?”


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