Archive for October 2009

Jeff Pearlman brings the Mark McGwire sanctimony: Worst of all, however, McGwire was a baseball thief. At the very moment his 341-foot home run landed behind the outfield fence, he robbed Roger Maris of the most important record in professional sports. He robbed the Maris family of future income from 61-related merchandising and events. He […]

Reader and Dodger fan Josh Fisher has found his bloggy calling. It’s called Dodger Divorce. But allow Josh to explain it: Greetings, Dodger fans, and a pleasant afternoon to you, wherever you may be. Welcome to Dodger Divorce, a blog designed to be your one-stop shop for news and insight into the McCourt divorce and […]

As brushes with celebrity go, this is pretty good. Not as good as that time I was at the urinal next to a totally wasted Marshall Faulk at the Bellagio during the Rams’ bye-week in the 2001-02 playoffs, put pretty good. Yankee Stadium has been quiet . . . too quiet [arrow flies into back; […]

How to watch the World Series when your team isn’t in the Fall Classic.

Yankees 3, Phillies 1: The Empire Strikes Back. Sorry, that was totally hacky. I haven’t looked, but I’m guessing that line is being used by no less than two dozen outlets this morning. Anyone that can find them and make a note of it in the comments gets bonus points. Anyway: In the copious back […]

A continuing search for common ground between the Yankees and Phillies lands Bruce Markusen in the land of “The Big O.”

Other than Adam Jones’ injuries, nothing scary for Halloween, as we review several good AL players and their 2010 outlooks.

This week, we look at a Cy Young candidate and two young sluggers coming off wrist injuries to speculate on their immediate and long-term futures.

You may remember The Baseball Project, which was a supergroup of sorts (R.E.M.’s Peter Buck being the biggest name) that put out an album of baseball-related songs last year called “Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails.” I had it in my “must acquire and listen to” file but lost track of it. MooseinOhio had his ears […]

Ya gotta believe: The last time the Philadelphia Phillies brought a World Series title back to the City of Brotherly Love, the nation’s financial sector was in complete ruin, the cost of a gallon of milk was only $2.74, fans watched the Fall Classic while huddled around their slightly-less-streamlined high-definition television sets, and Philadelphia slugger […]

A 5-0 Phillies lead has Mayor Bloomberg snoozing, Bernie Williams happy.

A big products liability award for the family of a dead American Legion pitcher and against the maker of an aluminum bat company: Attorneys for Hillerich & Bradsby Co. argued any other bat would not have hit the ball differently; in fact, they said, most bats on the market at the time would have struck […]

Columbus, Ohio has the highly annoying habit of scheduling trick-or-treating on nights other than Halloween. They call it “beggar’s night” and after 18 years in this town, I’ve still never heard an adequate explanation for why kids can’t go door-to-door on the 31st. Some have suggested non-interference with high school or college football, but they […]

Those of you who recall an era when game strories weren’t mere regurgitations of the box score will enjoy Josh Levin’s game story over at Slate: On this night, the slim Phillie’s casual brilliance outshines the grunting effort of his hefty ex-Indians teammate CC Sabathia. Despite a recurrent inability to spot his pitches, the Yankees […]

Or: How the Angels (almost) won the pennant

Oct. 31 is Halloween, the day when people everywhere dress up and head out to trick-or-treat and maybe put a scare into their neighbors. Richard looks back at the men born on this day and what might scare them.

It’s the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox once again. Which team has the better minor league system?

TUCK! toons goodness right here, every Thursday!

Phillies 6, Yankees 1: Cliff Lee looked like Neo on top of the building at the end of the Matrix. Like the game slowed down just for him and he could see everything in ten different ways while the Yankees were stuck in their little three dimension world. With the exception of a couple of […]

After watching Game One, Corey is more sure than ever that the Phillies will win the World Series. Click through to find out why.