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

First Lightning, Now Deer Glands

Musk deer

The saga of the North Korean women’s soccer team, already suffering from an epidemic of lightning strikes, has gotten weirder: Five of the team’s players have tested positive for steroids.

Now you’re saying to yourself, how much bad luck can one team have? But, shockingly, these two events are not unrelated. It turns out—according to North Korean officials—that the players were using medicine from the glands of the Asian musk deer to treat the effects of the lightning.

It is unclear if the musk deer itself contains a gland that generates anabolic steroids, if musk deer gland secretions were mixed with steroids and then given to the team as medicine, if musk deer gland secretions can be mistaken for steroids, or if there’s rampant abuse of steroids in the musk deer population due to the intransigence of the commissioner of Musk Deer League Baseball. (I hear MDLB attendance is way up, though. But that’s purely anecdotal.)

“The gland in question comes from musk deer living in a large swath of Asia from Siberia to North Korea,” reports the Associated Press. “The hairy gland is usually cut open to extract a liquid that is used for medical purposes.”

Lance Armstrong declined to comment.

[Photo: Musk deer by Dan Coulter/Flickr]


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