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Monday, October 05, 2009
Following up on Jason's news from Friday, Rob announces the team-specific blogs that are now partnered with ESPN. There they are:
• Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox);
• Mack Avenue (Tigers)
• GoHalos.com (Angels);
• Memories of Kevin Malone (Dodgers);
• Nick's Twins Blog; (Colt .45s);
• It's About the Money (Stupid!) (Yankees);
• Crashburn Alley (Phillies);
• Fungoes (Cardinals);
THT's own Evan Brunell runs Fire Brand. Jason, of course, is IIATMS. I also know Bill Baer at Crashburn Alley. Good guys all of them, and I'm assuming there's quality product at the other places too.
And if you disagree? Hey, fair enough. I'm a big fan of bloggy innovation, however, so kudos to ESPN moving away from that "if it didn't appear on ESPN first, it doesn't exist" approach they've historically pursued. There are a lot of great voices out there. It's good to see some of them getting recognized and mainstreamed by a monster like ESPN.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:55pm
It's always a tough competition when disease is not involved:
Chris Carpenter has been voted NL comeback player of the year and Aaron Hill has won the AL award.
Next year's is going to be tough in the N.L., with about 16 Mets all vying for the honor.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 2:07pm
Maury has everything you ever wanted to know about 2009 attendance. Upshot: it was down 6%. While a steep drop, it (a) reflects smaller capacity stadiums in New York; (b) is basically what the owners predicted before the season started and; (c) overall, is still the fifth highest attendance of all time. Given where unemployment sits, that doesn't sound too bad. Hell, I think last March Paul Krugman was predicting that fans -- having starved to death in Depression 2.0 -- were going to turn into zombies and consume actual ballplayers at a higher rate than they'd pay for tickets, so things obviously could have been way worse.
Attendance is not really the most important thing, however. Revenue is. I have no hope of handicapping how that will break out. Sure, the Yankees and Mets may have sucked in more money per butt this year, but it's quite reasonable to assume that people bought fewer beers, pennants, brats and foam fingers.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 3:18pm
It can be heard here. It's not pleasant. None of them are, actually, but Roseangel Cabrera clearly says that Miguel Cabrera hit her.
As Aaron notes, this is beyond baseball at this point.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 3:49pm
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
It's going to take me a while to figure out how the hell to structure my mornings without recaps. I might just link the NBC stuff as it goes live, foregoing the "Exile" post. I may make the mornings more of a series of quick links to other stuff as opposed to full blown posts. Heck, I may just turn this into a blog dedicated to hardcore Whig-party poltical rants (we're coming back, baby, and this time we're electing someone who won't die in office!).
I'll at least start out with option two, and note that Stephen Strasburg made his professional debut yesterday. He gave up a run on three hits in two innings, thowing 25 pitches in Arizona action. Boras immediately demanded that his contract be renegotiated, noting that there are Hall of Famers who averaged more than 12.5 pitches per inning. "If a major league team were to plug Stephen into their rotation tomorrow," Boras said, "they could dispense entirely with the expense of bullpen salaries." The Nats are considering it.
Stay tuned, because later this morning I will be posting a fire-breathing screed regarding the Nullification Crisis and Jackson's actions with respect to the Bank of the United States. No, we haven't forgotten, King Andrew, nor will we ever.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 8:38am
Seems that Miguel Cabrera doing stupid drunk things in suburban bars is nothing new:
During an altercation at a Birmingham bar in August, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera allegedly mocked a teenager about his weight and challenged a man to a fight in an incident that resulted in no criminal charges but prompted Tigers management to order Cabrera to avoid the bar, according to information provided to The Detroit News . . .
It escalated a bit afterwards, with Cabrera making veiled (albeit pathetic) threats that he had a gun out in his car. The Tigers knew about that incident at the time and helped defuse it with the cops.
They also told Cabrera not to go back to that bar. The same bar where he set up shop on Friday night/Saturday morning. To sum up, we have multiple incidents about which the Tigers knew, and Cabrera directly violating a team order to find a different place to hang out. Some folks are wondering whether the Tigers should bench Cabrera tonight. Given that there is nothing they know now that they didn't know on Saturday morning, the Tigers benching Cabrera tonight will be an utterly empty gesture in P.R. (after all, they didn't bench him on Saturday).
My view: the Tigers should play him tonight -- why punish the fans and Cabrera's Tiger teammates because he's a jackass? -- and get Cabrera involved in some sort of alcohol and behavioral program this offseason.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 9:41am
Ted Williams' youngest daughter is "horrified and shocked" by the fact that a judge won't restrain an author from exercising his First Amendment rights. No word on how she feels about lab goons smacking her daddy's frozen brain pan around with a monkey wrench.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:15am
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Twins 6, Tigers 5: You didn't know it you didn't think it could be done in the final end they won the war. After losing every battle.
Greatest game in Metrodome history? With all apologies to Chris I'm inclined to say no, simply because I don't equate high drama with greatness. There were all manner of screwups in this game. They kept things close, but that doesn't define greatness as far as I'm concerned. On the one hand you can say "Wow! What an incredible game!" On the other hand you can say "Man, a lot of sloppy play, a lot of missed opportunities, and hoo-boy a bad call by the ump made a big difference." Though the more I think about it, the more I'm inclined to believe that those things aren't mutually exclusive. Whatever: what an incredible, sloppy game!
From the end of this thing the Twins had 21 hours until the first pitch in the Bronx. After burning though eight pitchers and a hundred different emotions. Against a team who ran the table against them this year. It's hard not to root for Minnesota going forward, but I wouldn't put a ton of money on them.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:02am
1. Play emotionally-draining game;
2. Drink lots of beer and champagne;
3. Immediately board a flight to New York;
4. Arrive at, like, 3 A.M.;
5. Sleep the sleep of the drunk and the red eye air traveller;
6. Play game against the best team in baseball at 6 P.M.
Sounds like a recipe for winning to me!
I know this is late today -- and I apologize for the lack of content -- but the law has been beating me like a rented mule. Besides, the first game just started. You should be watching that instead of reading my scribblings.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 2:46pm
First Brian, now Marcus:
Former Padres second baseman Marcus Giles was arrested early Wednesday morning on charges of domestic battery involving his wife, El Cajon Police Sgt. Fenton Sue said. Sue said police were called to Interstate 8 at Greenfield Drive at 3:20 a.m. by California Highway Patrol officers who were with Giles, 31, and his wife, who were in a vehicle that was pulled over, Sue said. It's unclear if it was the CHP officers who had stopped the car.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:09pm