Thursday, June 28, 2012

Old Poll(s)

Thor's Day Thoughts

Rather than creating an "flying pitch man," I would be more impressed if these guys made a cyborg umpire.  At least it backed up home plate at 3:40.  Also, what's up with the lack of foul territory at 4:23?

Hat tip: Flip Flop Fly Ballin'

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Game over man!

Final score 11-5.  Rox lose again.

Spotted in the wild

A welshman.  11-1 Nats in the 8th.

A Coors Field sunset

Footlong bratwurst

A thing of beauty!

The 3rd inning just ended

And already some kids are trying to start the wave.  Ugh.

Welcome to the Show

Edwar pulled after 2+ IP, 6 runs, 3 HR, 3 BB, and 65 pitches.  Oy.

Great seats, eh buddy?

6-0 Nats after another HR.

Reboot the umps!

They have already blown two calls.  Both went in the Nats favor.  If I were in Tracy's shoes I would have already been ejected.

Did Jay get Harper's autograph?

That's a clown question, bro.

Sticking out like a sore thumb...

Guess which one is the Commish, I dare you.

Odin's Day Oddity

Congrats to the 'Cats!

I remember seeing a UofA game at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. That was before they moved their home games to Hi Corbett Field.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rox find pitching coach of the future?

This afternoon, Bob Apodaca stepped down from his duties as pitching coach for the Colorado Rockies.  Shortly before tonight's game against the Washington Nationals, OSITF obtained this photo of a mysterious arrival at Coors Field.  As of press time, OSITF has not been able to confirm that this photo shows the Rockies pitching coach of the future, but our investigation team will pass along any updates as they become available.

Tuesday Two-seam

The following video features Angels' OF Torii Hunter interviewing astronaut Joe Acaba, about many topics, including: baseball, extra-terrestrials, and how one evacuates in zero gravity.

Hat tip: SB Nation.

Monday, June 25, 2012


Photo via
Kip Wells is back!  Sic 'em Bears!!!  Buried in some closet, I have a bobblehead of him.  Might be time to break it out again!

Monday Minutiæ

Apparently, Between Two Palm Trees is the Doyers' less-funny version of Spill the Beans.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday SIERA

Now, I know you might be asking yourself a few questions:
1) Does Bill Murray really own the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League?
2) Has Bill Murray really been inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame?
3) Isn't there another minor league team called the River Cats?
4) Speaking of minor league teams with cat mascots, isn't there also the Fisher Cats, the Rock Cats, the Mudcats, and the ValleyCats?
5) The South Atlantic League, isn't that the league that

Friday, June 22, 2012

Basketball is over!

Apparently, some jerk's team became champion of basketball last night.  Unlike many others, I am content with this development, not that I like the team/players that won--which I don't--but instead because this now means basketball is over.  Baseball no longer has any significant competition on the landscape of American Sports.  Now when I have dinner at the local sports bar, I hopefully won't have to make a special request to put the Rockies game on just one of the fifty TVs they have.  Honestly, is anyone here really watching that offseason edition of NFL Live?  Without any audio?

Can you spot the baseball game?  I know it's difficult with that hottie in the picture.
I know what you're thinking, and yes, I realize that the Rockies aren't any good this year, and that the end of the basketball playoffs doesn't mean that interest in the Rockies is suddenly going skyrocket.  Any dedicated reader of this blog already knows that I am well aware of how bad the Rox are.  Still, baseball is now at center stage.  Maybe the Rockies game won't be prominent at the watering hole, but most likely a different baseball game will be.  Baseball is the national pastime, and for a few months it will have it's rightful place as the main focus of dignified sports media.  

Enjoy it, America.  Just don't order the Carolina Burger.  It's description makes it sound great, but the last time I ordered it, it made me sick.  Twice.

Go Rockies.

Friday Fathomings

This is cool:

Baseball broadcasts need to do this more!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jim Tracy has gone off the deep end.

This is not going to end well.

Those are the rules for the Little League World Series, right?  I guess Tracy is trying to go out with a bang.  Insanity.

Tuesday Two-seam

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the Roger Clemens perjury trial was a bigger waste of public time/resources than the debacle I handled yesterday.

Monday, June 18, 2012

You win some, you lose some...

And sometimes you go down in flames (perhaps in more ways than one).

Monday Minutiæ

The next time I find myself in Arlington, TX, with $26 to spare, I will take on The Boomstick.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Here's to all you dad's out there, and all the sacrifices you have made for your children.

Sunday SIERA

We all know and love this classic baseball photo:

Well, recently Carlos Santana--not this guy, but rather the C/1B for the Cleveland Indians--did his best reenactment of the above scene.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tulo on the mend!

A few minutes ago, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox started an early afternoon game against the Reno Aces.  Besides the interesting Drew Pomeranz v. Trevor Bauer pitching matchup, this game is notable because SS Troy Tulowitzki will be in the Sky Sox starting lineup as part of a minor league rehab assignment.  Sadly, I cannot attend the game due to work obligations.  But I've been there before.  

I attended the June 17, 2008 Sky Sox game against the Salt Lake Bees.  It was another rehab assignment for Tulo and also the first AAA game in his career.  He went 2 for 4 with an RBI double as the Sox beat the Bees 4-2.  After the game, he stayed for a long time to sign autographs for the fans, including a ball on the sweet spot for me.  Troy Tulowitzki is a class act.  This season has been rough for Rockies fans, but players like Tulo can keep even the most lousy season interesting and fun for the fans.

Odin's Day Oddity

Bryce Harper is great.  Not only did he vaporize a baseball last night in Toronto, but he also had an epic retort to a reporter's question about whether he would celebrate by taking advantage of Canada's lower drinking age.  See for yourself:

You can already buy the t-shirt online.  He crushes it on the field and keeps it clean off the field.  Is Bryce Harper baseball's Tim Tebow?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Crooked number

Perhaps it's best that this photo is blurry.  The actual scoreboard is a bit depressing.  Leading 6-2 entering the top of the 6th, the Sky Sox blew the lead in spectacular fashion.  The Aces scored 10 runs and now lead 12-6.  Ugh!

Pitching change

They are playing music from Mario Bros. while the new hurler warms up.

Buy me some peanuts and candy apples...

"Best baseball food ever!"  On Tuesdays, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at Security Service Field sells candy apples for $2 off, so we decided to get two and skip the peanuts.

Spotted in the wild

Or at least spotted at the Reno Aces @ Colorado Sky Sox game, a gentleman wearing a Kansas City Royals Bo Jackson jersey/jacket.

Middle 1st, no score

Three up, three down in the first.  Tyler Chatwood retired all three batters on ground balls.  Go Sky Sox!

Tuesday Two-seam

Outstanding in the Field is now on Twitter!

Don't forget to also follow the PFBL members that are on Twitter:

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Minutiæ

Puh-leeeze!!!  Photo by The Associated Press
Your tweets of the day come courtesy of Washington Nationals LHP Gio González:

Gio, however, appears to be rather picky...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday Shuuto

Also, let's not forget that Joe D'Bart owns a Labradoodle.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Old Polls

Be sure to vote in the new poll on the right sidebar ---------------------------------------------------->
If you're interested in the results of the old polls we have had, check out the rest of this post.

How many games will the Colorado Rockies lose this season?


Even though the MLB draft was just held this week, the Colorado Rockies have already signed their first round pick...
From 2002, that is. 

PFBL Standings 6/8/12

As always, click to enlarge.

Friday Fathomings

Which is worse:


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Recent PFBL transactions - 6/7/12

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Emphasis added to highlight this guy.

Tweet of the Year

Courtesy of Chris Pérez, closer for the Cleveland Indians:

Thor's Day Thoughts

Of course this means that the Colorado Rockies will win the World Series, right?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

3.1 IP, 7 ER


Odin's Day Oddity

"This is a home run. I think so."

Behold, soccer players (a/k/a footballers) from English team Chelsea FC, champions of Europe, attempting to play American sports, including base-ball:

My exhaustive internet research tells me that the video features David Luiz, Petr Cech, and Branislav Ivanovic, footballers all.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesday Two-seam

No, Cholly, I don't know what a "Fortune got wild" is either.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday Minutiæ

This is evil--funny, but evil.


Heath Bell #21 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the Houston Astros at Marlins Park on April 14, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

2012 has certainly been a volatile season for closers.  It is the year of the blown save.  Probably more than any other factor, this has led to the movement to change the PFBL's roster format.  Now some (Jefe) might argue that this season is just an aberration and therefore we shouldn't change anything.  That logic seems a bit shallow to me.  No, this turbulent year has exposed a rare flaw in the PFBL--the disparity of closers available on waivers.   Rather than ignore the writing on the wall (not to mention the majority of league sentiment) and plod ahead using an imperfect system, the PFBL should take this opportunity to adapt, to better itself.  I believe it was William Wallace who said, "those who do not learn from the History Channel are doomed to repeat the History Channel."

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Third Time's a Charm

The Colorado Rockies have finally won a game that I have attended!  It only took three tries, but I suppose that is to be expected when they have a .434 winning percentage.  We actually witnessed a pitcher's duel at Coors Field as the Rox defeated the Los Angeles Doyers 3-2.  It was a very hot day, but an umbrella helped us make it to the shaded late innings.  Mrs. JT and I met the Parents at the game since we weren't able to celebrate Mother's Day together.  It was hot, but fun to see the good guys win.

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Sunday SIERA

Hall of Famer Tommy McCarthy of the Boston Reds tags out a baserunner.  Either that or he just murdered him.  Photo by Gray, G.E. -- Photographer,  The A. G. Spalding Baseball Collection via the New York Public Library.
The New York Public Library has a vast collection of old-timey base ball daguerreotypes, some of which are quite strange.  Enjoy.

Hat tip: io9.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Once again...

I am rooting for the Cubs.  That is Andrew, my cuñado, playing centerfield at Focus West.  Sadly, the Cubbies were beaten soundly by the White Sox.  But the tournament is double-elimination, so they will play again Monday.

Saturday Shuuto


That is former MLB pitcher Chan Ho Park rapping in a commercial for Korea Life Insurance.  Catchy isn't it?  Certainly not the worst thing I've ever heard.