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Friday, October 07, 2011

A holy dilemma: Phillies playoff on Yom Kippur

Today is the Day of Judgment:

“I have this customer,” begins Zeisler. “He calls his Rabbi and says, ‘Rabbi? I have a problem. I have tickets to the Phillies/St. Louis game and it’s Yom Kippur. What should I do?’”

“No problem,” says the Rabbi. “You can record it!”

“Oh!” the customer cries. “That’s great! I didn’t know you could record Kol Nidre!”

Forgive us, pardon us, grant us a slot in the League Championship Series. ...Read More...

Adam B. Posted: October 07, 2011 at 12:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-7-2011

Providence Evening News, October 7, 1911:

Seats For First Game [of World Series] Completely Sold Out

New York, Oct. 7—Applications for seats to date, 100,000; fans who will try to get in, 250,000…total seats, 55,000.  Income from first game, $90,000; money to be returned because seats can’t be supplied, $150,000; police to handle crowd, 1000.

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One hundred thousand applications for seats at the greatest gladiatorial combat of the greatest show on earth, accompanied by certified checks and ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: October 07, 2011 at 11:24 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

O’Connor: ALDS failures hint we may have seen the last of A-Rod as a dynamic offensive force

O’Connor: Everything That Rises Must Confute.

Only the Yankee fan base shouldn’t come away from this series wondering whether Rodriguez choked (he didn’t), or whether he is doomed to keep treating the postseason the way Greg Norman used to treat Sundays at Augusta National (he won’t).

Rodriguez did win a liberating championship in 2009, and did so as a driver instead of a passenger, and that cannot be taken from him.

But the fan base should be afraid—very, very afraid—that what everyone saw ...

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Repoz Posted: October 07, 2011 at 10:16 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, yankees

MLB.com: With no late magic, Yanks’ season ends

The Yankees’ dreams of a 28th World Series championship were packed into winter hibernation on Thursday, as the Tigers defeated New York, 3-2, in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
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Manager Joe Girardi’s bullpen usage raised eyebrows after starter Ivan Nova was pulled after two innings with right forearm tightness. But the Yankees managed only two runs against four Detroit pitchers, including Doug Fister, who pitched five good innings for the win.

Nova surrendered two ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 07, 2011 at 03:53 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, tigers, yankees

Thursday, October 06, 2011

N.Y. Times: Rosenheck: In Yankees-Tigers Game 5, Best Pitchers Are Not Starting

A call for the game’s managers to turn to their bullpens quickly.

Counting the three relievers and penciling in two innings each for Sabathia and Verlander, both teams could get as many as seven innings out of their bullpens Thursday night. Every one of them is likely to be better-pitched than an inning from Nova or Fister. Whichever manager has the quicker hook is likely to have an edge in the series’ deciding game.

David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 11:41 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Schechter: Hall of Fame Honors Selig With Locked Door

Yet somehow it is perfectly fitting for this occasion and for this commissioner. The largest of the vacated offices will be available for meetings and conferences–but only involving VIPs. Even though the press released mentions photos (of the nine commissioners) and other items on display, it won’t be open to the public, nor will it be part of tours (except for VIPs). There is a skeletal collection of books in the “Center,” duplicates of Hall of Famer bios and so on. There’s nothing ...

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Pop Snyder Posted: October 06, 2011 at 11:38 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

ChicoER: Uncertainty prompts Chico Outlaws to remove Mike Marshall from GM spot

Which Mike Marshall did the Outlaws eject? The sane one.

Mike Marshall, hired on as the team’s vice president of baseball operations and general manager in March of 2010, is out of the front office for the Outlaws per the league’s request, a statement Marshall made Thursday morning and that was confirmed Thursday afternoon by [North American League] commissioner Kevin Outcalt.

The league removed Marshall and his wife Mary, who served as the assistant general manager, from the front office ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 06, 2011 at 11:34 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, minor leagues

Dodger Divorce: Running out of lifelines

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the failure of Frank and Jamie McCourt to settle their differences amicably two years ago. At the heart of one of the most bitter and protracted public sagas to unfold in American sports was the simple failure of two people to realize they had more to lose by fighting than they could possibly gain.

I don’t know what was happening behind closed doors two years ago today. I do know what’s happened in the press and in the courtroom since, though, and I ...

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Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 06, 2011 at 10:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media, television

Rosenbloom: If it’s Starlin for Theo, who really makes that call?

And here I thought the discovery of a lost Jules Dassin film, Kaplan is Captain...was the find of the week.

Presuming Ricketts realizes his limitations, he makes Epstein answer the Castro question. He makes Epstein negotiate that one. He makes Epstein decide whether he thinks the Cubs win a deal in which he trades his new team’s best young player for himself.

And you know what? Epstein would be ripe for a conflict-of-interest charge himself, or at least have his judgment questioned loudly. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 09:58 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fantasy baseball, red sox

Lawsuit claims Giants’ Lincecum trashed San Francisco apartment

Spliff leveled apartments are all the rage! Occupy Now!

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is being sued by his former landlord, who accuses him of stealing and destroying $200,000 worth of household items earlier this year in his furnished San Francisco apartment.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court, landlord Mindy Freile alleged that shortly after Lincecum’s lease expired at 141 Hampshire St., the star pitcher illegally returned to living in the apartment and “broke, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 09:39 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Sullivan: The Saddest Nominees

The HAA-litics of Glory, by Bud Selig. Cameron Maybin, don’t wait by the phone.

If you don’t know what the Hank Aaron Award is, don’t fret - it’s not one of the big ones. It’s not one of the tiny, irrelevant ones, but it’s not one of the big ones. The Hank Aaron Award is given to the top hitter in each league, and it’s voted on by a panel of Hall of Famers, with some consideration given to fan input.

From what pool of players does the panel select two winners? A pool consisting of one nominee ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 06, 2011 at 09:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Robin Ventura Named White Sox Manager

Ventura looks for a different path to whipping Nolan Ryan…

The White Sox announced that they have hired Robin Ventura to be their new manager.

The elusive Robert Denby Posted: October 06, 2011 at 08:51 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

The newest baseball celeb: @BuschSquirrel

Scott Van Pelt speculates: “Cousin of the Honey Badger. Busch stadium squirrel doesn’t give a $*%*”

Whether the “rally squirrel” really helped the St. Louis Cardinals rally Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the National League Division Series is up for debate. But two things are certain: The Cardinals have forced a fifth game in the series, and many Cards fans have adopted the squirrel as a new mascot.

The squirrel first appeared Tuesday night during the bottom of ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 06, 2011 at 07:26 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Terry Francona to be in Fox booth

NEW YORK—Fox analyst Tim McCarver will miss the first two games of the AL Championship Series because of a medical procedure and will be replaced by former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

McCarver will have a “minor heart-related procedure” later this week, the network said Wednesday. He’s expected to rejoin announcer Joe Buck for Game 3 next Tuesday.

Whoever’s got the Voodoo dolls of McCarver and Buck keeps missing by this much ...

(but get well Tim, even if you drive me nuts in ...

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The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 06:16 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers

BBTF Playoff Chats

Just a reminder that BTF’s IRC chat room is open for people who want to live chat during the playoffs.

Dan Werr’s directions after the break.


OT: The Soccer Thread: October 2011

The New York Soccer Gang will be meeting on October 29th at Kinsale’s. Come one, come all!

RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 06:14 PM | 716 comment(s)
  Beats: general

SF Giants: From the desk of Larry Baer

Meh. I’m still waiting for Max Baer Jr. to finally announce the opening of Granny’s Vittles & Hog Jowls Coffee Shop!

To Our Fans,

It’s tough to turn on the television this week and watch other teams competing in the playoffs. We fully expected to be among them, defending our World Championship. After the final out of the Giants’ 2011 season last week, I looked down on the field at the players then up in the stands at the fans. Their faces reflected my own bittersweet feelings: Frustration ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 05:03 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: business, giants, media, sabermetrics

Yankees fan Regis Philbin zings Detroit Tigers

The Fighting Iwish comes to!

“You guys surviving that whipping?!?” laughed Regis Philbin, the iconic “Live with Regis and Kelly” TV host, who talked to the Free Press on Wednesday, less than a day after his beloved New York Yankees spanked the Tigers 10-1 at Comerica Park in Game 4 of the 2011 American League Division Series.

Tonight, the clubs will battle it out in New York’s Yankee Stadium with the winner clinching a berth in the American League Championship Series and the loser ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 04:52 PM | 176 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, tigers, yankees

Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks Create “The Snake”

Move over “Beast Mode.” “The Snake” has arrived.

The Arizona Diamondbacks came home and created a new way to celebrate big hits and now that it has started rolling, there may be no stopping it.

Changing the complexion of the NL division series with a powerful display, the Diamondbacks hit another grand slam among their team-record four homers to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 Wednesday night and force Game 5.

Outgunned by Milwaukee’s “Beast Mode” in the series’ first two games, the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:33 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona

ALDS GAME 5 CHATTER

Tigers (Fister) at Yankees (Nova). 8 PM. TBS.
Two teams enter, one team goes on.

Gamingboy Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:32 PM | 715 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Clint Eastwood To Play An Aging Baseball Scout In ‘Trouble With The Curve’

The Dead Pool Talent Evaluator.

Dirty Harry doesn’t like to sit at home telling kids to stay off his lawn, and so with “J. Edgar” heading to the finish line and getting ready for its premiere next month at AFI, Clint is already looking at what he’ll do next. Nope, he won’t be directing “A Star Is Born”—production is being pushed back as the film’s lead, pop sensation Beyoncé, is pregnant with Jigga‘s kid. So instead of getting behind the camera, Eastwood is eyeing an ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:14 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: media, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

BPP: Any player/Any era: Pee Wee Reese

Still waiting on… Any player/Any error: Don Buddin.

Era he might have thrived in: After 1918 and before 2004, baseball life was one long series of crushing blows for Boston and its fans, purgatory punctuated periodically by close calls. This week’s column looks at if Reese could have made a difference in some of the closest of calls: 1946, 1967, 1975, and 1986. Try and name an elite shortstop from those teams. With a guy like Reese around to provide an upgrade, it seems unlikely the Red Sox ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 10:33 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, red sox, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-6-2011

Toledo News-Bee, October 6, 1911:

Silk O’Loughlin, the American league umpire, is a strong advocate of speed.  He says the games are becoming too slow and he blames the players.  In discussing this fault the diamond judge said the other day:

“Put ginger into any public amusement and you’ll attract and delight patrons who pay their money at the box office.  A lively act in vaudeville or a snappy play will crowd a theater any time.”

I, for one, always head out to the theater when I can see a ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 10:14 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

La Russa insulted about ‘whining’ label give to his players

We will tell no whine before its 4:07 p.m time! (hiccup)

Sensitive to characterizations of his players as “whining” over visibility issues during Game 3 Tuesday afternoon, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa used blunt language to admonish media members for their presentation of the issue.

...Clearly irritated by media blowback, La Russa suggested his players were either baited into their criticism or were wrongly criticized for raising what amounts to a safety issue.

“If you don’t answer the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 09:36 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media

Peter Abraham: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Steve Jobs passed away tonight of cancer and it struck me that this blog has been updated via a MacBook, iPhone and iPad over the last two years.

Virtually every single Red Sox player had an iPad this season along with most of the team executives. Theo Epstein carried his around spring training and was keeping up with e-mail while he watched games.

Darnell McDonald was playing a song at his locker a few weeks ago that I liked. I used the Shazam app on my phone to find out what it was, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 09:29 AM | 515 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, obituaries, red sox

MLB.com: D-backs’ thunder sends series to Game 5

The D-backs are headed back to Milwaukee for a decisive Game 5 after slamming their way past the Brewers, 10-6, on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Chase Field.

The two teams each won both games played on their home fields, and if the D-backs hope to advance to the NL Championship Series, they will have to beat Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo at Miller Park on Friday, something they were unable to do in Game 1.

NTNgod Posted: October 06, 2011 at 05:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, brewers, game recaps

Posnanski: John Clark Made The Right Choice

I have a soft spot for commercials endlessly repeated during the playoffs.  Go fig.

Phil Jackson Audi commercial: This is actually THE BEST commercial in the playoffs, and might be the best sports-commercial performance since the heyday of Peyton Manning… Jackson is in a restaurant, walking by a chef who is yelling at one of his employees.

Chef [to Jackson]: “These people, huh?”
Jackson: “You know, I’ve found that anger is the enemy of instruction.”
Chef [who does not recognize ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 06, 2011 at 03:53 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, television

Brisbee: Game of Shadows

How many google hits for “Jose Reyes” and junk?

ESPN got Jose Reyes to pose nude for them. No, really. It’s right here. It’s part of an artsy series with different nude athletes. Click at your own risk.

The District Attorney Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics

MLB.com: Freese ‘birds: Cards extend NLDS stay

The Cards spotted Roy Oswalt a first-inning lead, but it didn’t matter as the irrepressible Redbirds pulled out yet another comeback win. This time it was hometown hero David Freese leading the charge with four RBIs in a 5-3 win at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals evened their National League Division Series with the Phillies at two games apiece, with a deciding fifth game in Philadelphia on Friday.
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The St. Louis native drilled a two-run double to put the Cardinals ahead in the fourth inning, ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:03 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, phillies

Brennan: Baseball still takes back seat to NFL

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig went to the Milwaukee Brewers playoff game Sunday, which should come as no surprise since he once owned the team. While there, he also found himself doing what most other sports fans were doing over the weekend: keeping an eye on an NFL game.

“We were head to head,” Selig said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I was watching our game at Miller Park, and the Packers game was on all over so I knew what was going on. I was also watching the Yankee-Detroit game. But, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:45 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, television

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