Thursday, May 31, 2012

Believe it or not

I'm rooting for the Cubs (and my cuñado Andrew).  They are playing the Red Sox at Timberview Middle School.  Let's go Cubbies!
Andrew at the bat, drawing a walk.

Andrew ready to go first to third.

Today's free baseball-themed fragrance sample of the day

UPDATE: the free samples are all gone.

New York Yankees:
Hurry, only 6997 samples remain, as of press time.

"The hardest three outs"

Take note Bizarro Royals, the Seattle Mariners might have found their new closer.

Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images
Last night, with the game in the balance, M's skipper Eric Wedge turned to Hisashi Iwakuma to slam the door and secure a series win against division rival Texas.  Despite giving up three runs, Iwakuma rose to the occasion and recorded the save.  Not only did he record "the hardest three outs," (not really) but he also recorded six others.  That's right, Hisashi Iwakuma earned a save in the Mariner's nail-biting 21-8 win over the Texas Rangers.  Check out the must-see highlights of his dominating performance here

That's why closers are so important, because they get the hardest three (or nine, or one, or what have you) outs--even if the leverage index of those outs are microscopic.  That's why saves are worth 8 points in the PFBL.  That's why saves are the one way to subvert the IP maximum in the PFBL.  That's why every MLB closer must be owned in the PFBL.

That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?

Thor's Day Thoughts

Three HR in three consecutive AB?  This calls for

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Jay!

Our faithful and fearless Commish turns thirty-something today!  This year, as always, he continues to do an awesome job as commissioner of the best fantasy baseball league in existence.  Have an awesome day and keep up the great work!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Fathomings

I know that the Mets tanking is an annual tradition, but this is ridiculous!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Interesting facts about the 2012 Colorado Rockies

1) The Colorado Rockies have a good offense.  They have scored 195 runs entering play on Tuesday 5/22/2012.  Only two teams in the National League have scored more: St. Louis (221), and Atlanta (217).  However, both of those teams have played more games (42 and 43, respectively) than the Rockies (41).  Both of those other teams occupy first place in their respective divisions.

2) The Colorado Rockies do not have good pitching/defense.  They have allowed 225 runs against entering play on Tuesday 5/22/2012.  Minnesota has also allowed 225 runs, but no MLB team has allowed more runs.  Both Colorado and Minnesota occupy last place in their respective divisions.

To wit:

Tuesday Two-seam

Hey Blue, you got your shoes on?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday Shuuto

The Rays have great defense, on and off the field!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Fathomings

Well, like my Pappy always used to say, even the blind hog finds the occasional acorn.

Two hands, Dante!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thor's Day Thoughts

Kerry Wood should also throw his 1998 Rookie of the Year award to its rightful owner . . . but then, that might land him on the DL again.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Two-seam

I don't think an Humberto Quintero HR ball is worth taking the plunge, but maybe that guy was just his biggest fan or something.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Minutiæ

Question: if a pitcher is in the middle of a no-hitter, and the broadcast booth loses their audio feed, and the color analyst writes on the telestrator that the pitcher has given up no hits, does it still count as a jinx even though he didn't say it out loud?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Future's So Bright? —Better Wear Shades

Bryce Harper will probably have a very promising MLB career. If he can quit hitting himself in the face with the bat after each time he pops out. Had to be replaced in the 7th. C'mon Rook!

Saturday Shuuto

What can you say about Giants fans?
They're all a bunch of...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Despite the strong start

There is no Washington Nationals gear for sale in the C/D concourse of Dulles International Airport...

Thor's Day Thoughts

Things might be a bit automatic for a while, as I will be in the basement watching my new favorite show:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

There's a 1st for everything & Looking back at the PFBL draft

The "I homered before Albert Pujols" club closed it's door to new membership on Sunday afternoon with 272 players homering ahead of Pujols this season (according to Perhaps the best part of the 2-run dinger was the the Angels dugout celebration.

Only the Bizarro Royals can hope that this means bright days ahead for the Halos slugger, as the first round pick had only 34 points heading into Sunday. However, Pujols was not alone in the "I'm a first round pick and I've only scored 34 points so far this year" club. He's joined by Colorado Tumbleweed's Cliff Lee. Though Lee has somewhat more of a solid alibi having been sidelined  on the DL for the last few weeks. After the jump we'll take a deeper look back at breaking down the PFBL draft just over a month into the season.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thor's Day Thoughts

Please tell me that Walgreens will not be selling these.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

OSITF Odyssey - Week 1

The sons of Jerry have all been eliminated, but Matt and Basil are still picking.

D.C. Nats: softball team?

This video is everywhere now, but if you haven't seen Bryce Harper playing softball at the Washington Monument on his first off-day in The Show, here it is:

"You gotta hustle, rookie!"

Tuesday Two-seam

MLB The Show is incredible. If I had a late-night talk show, this is probably all I would do: