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

Now Is The Time, Because It’s a Commercial — Be Right Back

Los Angeles is a city of ten million souls, each of them living and working and playing and every once in a while just desperately wanting to kick off their shoes and unbuckled their belts and plant themselves in front of the TV and watch local professional athletes play with their balls.

But, in a twin failure of civic responsibility and market exploitation, they can’t. There are no local professional athletes playing right now. With baseball over and basketball in danger of having its entire season cancelled and football long gone, there’s nothing to…

OK, yeah, I guess there’s hockey. But, come on. It’s hockey. You might was well say, “There’s soccer.”

(Little known fact: Hockey was invented when confused Canadian’s tried to play soccer.)

In a city of legendary (if not always legendarily successful) sports teams, hockey has always played a weak fourth-string to the Dodgers and the Lakers and whichever football team has happened to stop in for a few years. (Even without a football team in town, hockey is still fourth-string; they leave the third spot empty in case the Chargers show up.) The Kings haven’t grabbed any sort of attention since Wayne Gretzky was in town. The last notable thing the Kings did was unveil the Gretzky staute in front of Staples Center.

But they clearly sense that with the big boys bankrupt or locked out or just plan gone, it’s hockey’s time. In fact, the team’s slogan for the season — popping up on billboards all over the city — is “The Time Is Now.” They tactfully omit the “Because What Else Are You Going to Watch? Soccer?”

The billboards also emphasize individual players, apparently on the theory that some drive time glances are the only thing that separate shaggy-haired white guys on skates from Kobe-level recognition. And it’s a dandy plan, if you don’t actually look at the names on the Kings roster.

Dotted around Los Angeles, high on wall-sized billboards, the team proudly declares:

In my house, saying “It’s Brown Time” means something totally different.


C o m m e n t s

I’m totally saying this from now on when I need to go to the can.

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