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

Let’s… Go… Bankrupt!

Overheard at Monday night’s Giants-Dodgers game (won, inevitably, by the forces of good): fans chanting “Let’s go bankrupt!”

Geez, I hope Vin Scully didn’t hear them. (It’s catchy, though. I wonder if the dozens of fans remaining in Chavez Ravine will pick it up and make it their own. That is, before leaving their seats in the 7th inning and steeling themselves to the harrying journey through the lawless Thunderdome that is the Dodger Stadium parking lot.)

Still, cheer up, both of you Dodger fans! On Wednesday the inevitable happened. The world-champion, first-place Giants lost a game to the lowly Dodgers. After winning six straight against the Bums, the Giants finally gave one back when a line-up made up largely of Giants injury replacements couldn’t score off of Clayton Kershaw, one of the Dodgers’ few remaining decent players.

Such is life in a pennant race.

(Note to Dodger fans: a “pennant race” is what happens when it’s late summer and your team isn’t yet focused on its off-season plans.)

[Photo Credit: TMZ.com image of Dodger owner Frank McCourt. Seems like a nice fellow. Why is TMZ hassling him?]


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