Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Derek Jeter has been described in a variety of ways during his career.
Joe Namath brought something new Monday.
“Knowing the scrutiny that he’s had over the years,” the Jets Hall of Famer said at Yankees camp, “I can’t imagine how the guy could be an angel like this over the years. He’s to be respected for every phase of his life, it seems.” ...
“Over the years, I’ve learned to respect what teammates and coaches have to say about the guys they work with, and I’ve only heard wonderful compliments about him,” Namath said. “And then we get to see him in person or on the television and how he conducts himself away from the game or off the field . . . Many of us fell short with some of that, but you learn to bounce back. It’s human to error, and I know about that. We do our best to come back. Derek hasn’t made many errors that I’ve been able to witness.”
Told of Namath’s “angel” description, Jeter smiled.
“Puts a lot of pressure on me,” he said…
Despite his status as a New York legend, Namath said he cannot relate to Jeter.
“Only if I had a big enough head to try to,” Namath said. “No, he’s special, I can’t relate to him. Some of the things that athletes, people in the public eye [go through], I can relate to a bit. But his career and where he’s been, what he’s done, I can’t relate to all that.
“We accomplished a goal when I was a part of a couple of teams in my career and we won championships. Well, he’s done quite a bit more. So no, I don’t relate to what he’s been able to do.”
Monday, March 03, 2014
And down the Shooty Babitt hole we go…
The new replay system for the 2014 season is being used in spring training games. Monday, there were two reviews within just a few minutes of each other, marking the first uses of the new system.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged the on-field call that the runner was safe due to the first baseman’s foot being off the bag. The review took around two minutes—per a Twins beat writer—and upheld the on-field ruling of the runner being safe.
Minutes later, there was a review in the Diamondbacks-Angels game on a caught stealing call. Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged it and again the ruling on the field stood. This one again sounded quick:
...The overwhelming majority of the complaints about expanded replay seem to be because some think it’ll drastically slow down the game. The two replays Monday seem to indicate it won’t take too long and we also have to keep in mind that these were the first two uses. As the season progresses, familiarity should probably make things speedier.
Posted: March 03, 2014 at 04:15 PM | 39 comment(s)
Monday, February 03, 2014
8 points in the superbowl…i had 8 rbi in one inning
Sweet slams bro.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Plaschke likes it. Lasorda hates it. Now I’m really ####### torn.
And, of course, if there had been instant replay, Reggie Jackson’s hip check of Bill Russell’s throw in Game 4 of the 1978 World Series is successfully challenged by Tom Lasorda, and maybe the Yankees don’t come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the game and tie a series they eventually won.
“Missed call, terrible call,” Lasorda remembered Thursday. ‘‘But you know something? Our team messed up some things in that World Series too.”
It should only figure that one of the greatest umpire debaters in baseball history is not thrilled with a full instant replay system that should end those debates.
“That’s right, I don’t like what they did with instant replay; baseball should just leave it alone,” Lasorda said. “Baseball tries to get too fancy. The umpires miss, what, one call every three or four games? So they’re human. We’re all human. What’s wrong with that?”
There undoubtedly will be many voices that echo Lasorda, traditionalists understandably complaining that replay will remove the human element that makes baseball so special while making a sometimes agonizingly slow sport even slower.
This column was to be one of those voices. But watching bad calls in big games taunt us from the video highlights changed this opinion.
...On Thursday this most stubborn of sports should be applauded for moving into the video era, finally unafraid to allow their insulated of world of ERA and RBI to be influenced by the far more powerful initials of HD.
Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:47 PM | 44 comment(s)
Monday, October 28, 2013
Game 4 of the World Series drew an average of 15.4 million viewers, while the Sunday Night Football game on NBC drew an average of 14.9 million. The NFL still lead in the key 18-49 year old demographic, with a 5.6/13 rating/share to MLB’s 4.4/11. The previous weeks Sunday Night Football game had a 9.5 rating in that demographic. The World Series was up 10% among the demo from last year’s game 4.
These are the preliminary ratings, so the end numbers might shift, but I think based on this it’s pretty likely that game 5 tonight will handily top Monday Night Football’s Seattle/St. Louis match.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Connect any two NBA, NFL, and MLB athletes in history—even if they played different sports.
Silly but fun—it’s more interesting because it crosses sports. So Deion, Bo Knows, and Drew Henson are important nodes for football-baseball crossover, and Gene Conley and DeBuscherre for NBA-MLB
JIM BROWN (FOOTBALL) played on the 1965 Cleveland Browns with ...
Walter Johnson, who played on the 1977 Cincinnati Bengals with ...
Chris Bahr, who played on the 1987 Los Angeles Raiders with ...
Bo Jackson, who played on the 1994 California Angels with ...
Greg Myers, who played on the 2003 Toronto Blue Jays with ...
Mark Hendrickson, who played on the 1997-98 Sacramento Kings with ...
Michael Stewart, who played on the 2003-04 Cleveland Cavaliers with ...
TY COBB played on the 1913 Detroit Tigers with ...
Wally Pipp, who played on the 1928 Cincinnati Reds with ...
Si Johnson, who played on the 1946 Boston Braves with ...
Warren Spahn, who played on the 1964 Milwaukee Braves with ...
Phil Niekro, who played on the 1987 Toronto Blue Jays with ...
David Wells, who played on the 2002 New York Yankees with ...
Drew Henson, who played on the 2004 Dallas Cowboys with ...
Billy Cundiff, who played on the 2012 Washington Redskins with ...
ROBERT GRIFFIN III
Friday, September 13, 2013
Concussions have been a major concern in Major League Baseball this season. About a dozen catchers have been placed on the seven-day concussion list because of head injuries, including former MVP Joe Mauer, who has not returned to the Minnesota Twins after almost a month on the sidelines.
Plus, it appears MLB is dealing with the same concussion culture that the NFL has been trying to change.
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