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.

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New York Yankees

Jorge Posada, Winding Down

Last night. The Yankees are down 4-2 against the Rays in the top of the 8th. Left-hander Cesar Ramos is on the mound. Robinson Cano leads off with a broken-bat bloop single to center. Nick Swisher follows with a walk….

Start Them Young

We cleaned out the garage today and I found my son’s school journal from 2001-02 when he was eight years old. Almost every journal entry is devoted to sports. This one is just evidence that us Yankee fans learn how…

An Embarrassment of Riches

I’m a Yankee fan. I’ve been a Yankee fan my entire life. I’m used to the team being in the spotlight, for good or for bad. It’s New York. It’s The Yankees. But this? Even I think this is…

A Partial List of People Who Decided Not to Show Up for Work Today Even as So Many Americans Wish They Had Jobs


No All-Star Game for You, Sleepy Head

“Heroes rise to the occasion.” — John Gruber, July 9, 2011 “… unless they are sleepy or have better things to do that day.” — Derek Jeter, July 12, 2011 Source: Jeter criticized for skipping All-Star festivities [Pictured: Dramatic…

A Baseball Story

I know. I’m supposed to be writing about hockey. But the hockey off-season is full of lulls in the action and no one wants to listen to me reminisce once again about how great hockey was in the 80s….

This Is What Derek Jeter Did Yesterday

This is what Derek Jeter did yesterday. He woke up with 2,998 hits, an aging superstar in decline. He started a game at Yankee Stadium on a beautiful afternoon, the stadium filled to capacity with fans expecting to see…

No Need to Argue

“Congratulations to Derek Jeter,” a social networking acquaintance of mine said Saturday, not entirely unreasonably, before veering off into the land of nonsensical statements. “Agruably the greatest all-around shortstop of all time.” Crucial qualifier there, “arguably.” It would seem…

Heroes Rise to the Occasion

(Photo: Suzy Allman, for the NYT.)…

Knobby’s Yips

Regarding the start of Roger Clemens’s perjury trial, I was looking for an article that makes it clear how Clemens dug his own hole — how his testimony to Congress was volunteered. He wanted to tell what appear to be…

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