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

Football, Fútbol, Tomayto, Tomahto

The Dodgers may be bankrupt, the Lakers and the Clippers may have had their season cancelled, the Kings may be… whatever the Kings are. But there is one bright spot on the Los Angeles sports scene: the Galaxy!

No, seriously, look it up. The Los Angeles Galaxy. They’re an MLS franchise.

MLS. Major League Soccer. It is too a real thing.

The Los Angeles Galaxy won the MLS championship yesterday, 1-0, over the Houston Dynamo1.

Goddammit, yes, Dynamo. Like “Oilers” was any better. What the hell is wrong with you, Houston?

The point — you were totally expecting a plural there, weren’t you? — came an hour and a quarter into the game, when someone apparently kicked the ball into a net or something. Someone probably did that “Goooooooal!” thing and the players probably ran around a bit, like there hadn’t been enough of that nonsense over the previous 72 minutes.

Soccer may be the most popular sport in the world, but saying “American Soccer” is a lot like saying “Croatian Basketball.”

To me, as a suburban white guy who was last interested in soccer twenty-five years ago when I played AYSO, the end of the MLS season means two things:

It means that David Beckham will be leaving L.A. Beckham is a soccer player who last made news five years ago when, um, he came to L.A. Oh, sure, he’s also Mr. Sporty Spice, a model and the reason that Keira Knightley exists, but ultimately the loss of a one rich, chiseled guy in Los Angeles isn’t statistically significant.

More importantly, it means that L.A. has a championship, and it’s for a game that’s pronounced “football” more often than not. We may not have a football team, but we’ve got a football championship.

Suck it, Green Bay.

  1. It has been brought to my attention that the name of the MLS team in Houston is “Dynamo,” not “Dynamos,” and the article has been corrected. My assumption was that “the Houston Dynamo” was part of the civil infrastructure, and not a sports team. The article also makes the assumption that “soccer” is an actual sport, and that claim is currently being researched.
[Image courtesy of latino.foxnews.com, because I couldn’t find a decent picture in the Gringo press.]

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