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

Fight! Fight!

Last night’s brawl from the Giants/Phillies game was the first thing I saw when I turned on ESPN this morning. (video here)

When hockey is your favorite sport, fights in any other sport seem lame. Mostly because they are. Especially baseball fights.

Let’s face it, we all have a barbaric side. Even if it’s just a little one. When a fight starts on the ice or the field or the court, there’s a part of you that wants to yell “FIGHT! FIGHT!” and then you hope for some fisticuffs that end with at least a little bit of blood or a few black eyes and maybe even a suspension of your rival’s star player. 

The baseball fight is an awkward ballet where everyone comes off the bench but no one actually does anything. It’s all very reminiscent of the Sharks and Jets, rivals dancing around each other but seeming to enjoy the dance too much to actually get down to the fighting. While the two original fighters have a dance-off in the middle of a circle, the rest of the guys are just jumping up and down to get a better look or having a staring contest with someone on the opposing team. There’s a whole lot of “Come at me, bro!” but very little actual coming at. 

So we spend ten or fifteen minutes watching a bunch of guys posturing and yelling obscenities while the two people who actually started the brawl are being suffocated on the bottom of a pile-up of umpires, third-string players and some coaches trying desperately to keep anyone from getting suspended.  

No blood. No black eyes or missing teeth. Just a few ejected players who may get an invitation to Dancing With the Stars. 

That’s not to say there hasn’t ever been a really good MLB fight. 

This 1984 game between the Braves and the Padres featured included two bench-clearing brawls. Or the 2003 showdown between Pedro Martinez and 72 year old Don Zimmer. Or my personal favorite - a 1973 fight featuring American McCarver poster boy Pete Rose going up against my childhood hero Bud Harrelson. 

If you’re going to have a baseball fight, duke it out like they did. Or leave the fighting to hockey.


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