Boston’s prayers answered

April 22, 2012 | 54 comments | in Featured | by SJK

ESPN Boston:

“I think we’ve hit bottom,” Valentine said. “I told [the team] after the game, ‘You have to sometimes hit bottom.’ If this isn’t bottom, we’ll find some new ends to the earth, I guess.”

They were also something less than stand-up in their response to the debacle, abdicating their leadership roles in favor of making a quick exit.

“I’ve got nothing for you guys,” Dustin Pedroia said as he dressed and hurried out of the clubhouse.

David Ortiz was just as anxious to leave, followed in short order by Adrian Gonzalez. “Not talking today,” Ortiz said as he put his hat on and walked away.

But Ortiz did offer one telling critique. “It’s [expletive] embarrassing. Put it down like that.”

So you’re saying there’s a chance

April 21, 2012 | 64 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Yanks come back from 9 runs down. Youkilis hit by Phelps. Bobby V booed by Fenway Fans.  Does it get any better?

3/6, 1 HR, 6 RBI


April 20, 2012 | 19 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Chavez blasted 2 of the 5 HRs off Laptop Thief

We know their fanbase is diseased, but will any of them really buy this hat?

April 20, 2012 | 31 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

The Red Sox throwback 1912 hat:

And they are on sale for $35. Really.

Binder says: Ibanez vs. the Green Monster

April 20, 2012 | 10 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Per Lohud, the world’s worst outfielder, Raul Ibanez, is getting another start in the field, and will now be facing up the Green Monster in Friday’s series opener versus Boston. Hilarity may ensue.

And don’t forget to head over to our Live Game Chat if you’re stuck behind a computer at work or if you’re at home eating hot pockets that your mom just made.

Celebrate 100 years of beautiful Fenway Park

April 19, 2012 | 27 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Grandy gets 3 dinghies

April 19, 2012 | 23 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Curtis goes 5/5, with 4 RBI, and 14 total bases.

C. Grand sends 3 out of port.

Double whammy: Kuroda rocked, Gardner to DL

April 19, 2012 | 52 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Hiroki Kuroda on Wednesday night: 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 HR

And then after the game we learn this…


The New York Yankees placed left fielder Brett Gardner on the 15-day disabled list due to a bruised left elbow and a strained arm muscle.

“We will have to sit him down for a while,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after his team lost to the Minnesota Twins, 6-5, on Wednesday night. “We’ll try to get him back after 15 days.”

Gardner hurt the elbow while making a sliding catch in the third inning Tuesday night. After the game, he said he slightly injured his wrist, but did not mention the elbow.

With Gardner out, the Yanks will play Andruw Jones and possibly Eduardo Nunez in left. Designated hitter Raul Ibanez can also play the outfield.

Ibanez cannot play the outfield. Please no Ibanez in the outfield.

Chris Stewart pulls a Costanza, retires from baseball

April 17, 2012 | 30 comments | in Featured | by SJK

After driving in a career-high three runs in the Yankees 8-3 victory over the Twins, light-hitting backup catcher Chris Stewart decided to leave on a high note and promptly retire from baseball.

“Alright, that’s it for me!”

Thank you, Tom Verducci

April 17, 2012 | 31 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

It’s not often we give props to a member of the MSM, but Verducci today knocked it out of the park with his article about closers. While the article had more to do about injuries and the specialization of bullpens, this was our favorite part of the piece:

Managers are motivated by the save statistic, throwing three-out save chances to their closer like bones to a dog. The game universally has embraced this idea that a closer can’t come in to a tie game on the roadbetter to lose the game with a lesser pitcher than run your closer out there without a save in hand.

In general, closers are inefficient investments. It’s not just that they break down; Wilson, Soria, Madson, Bailey and Farnsworth will earn $30.2 million combined this year, whether they pitch or not. It’s that paying a guy $12.5 million to throw 60 innings — but, good Lord, not when the game is tied on the road and only when about half the plate appearances against him are truly high leverage — is a waste of a great arm.

Thank you, Tom. The ‘slave to the save’ is probably the most ridiculous thing in baseball, and it’s refereshing to see a member of the MSM call this out. Saving the closer for save situations only is completely idiotic.

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