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

The Sittin’ Hawaiian

The result of that big fight between the Giants and the Phillies?

It’s a three-game suspension for Shane Victorino!

The Flyin’ Hawaiian walked toward the mound after being hit by a pitch, then later wrestled with umpire Mike Muchlinski. I’m guessing that rasslin’ with a man in blue is not appreciated by the powers that be.

Not suspended: Ramon Ramirez, who hit Victorino with the pitch; Eli Whiteside, who stepped between Victorino and Ramirez; and Placido Polanco, who ran in from second base to throw gasoline on the fire.

(Correcting what Mike wrote earlier this week: Jimmy Rollins store second with a six-run lead, not a four-run lead. To this year’s Giants offense, a six-run lead is about as insurmountable as it gets, and the unwritten rules of baseball say that you don’t steal in that situation. But this whole “unwritten rules of baseball” stuff is nonsense. If you can steal a base, and they can’t stop you, I don’t care if you do it. But if you piss the other team off, you might regret it later. That’s what Rollins should’ve kept in mind: That he’d be giving motivation to the team that beat the Phillies in the playoffs last year, not that he’d be breaking some nonexistent rule.)


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