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Losing by Winning

September 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sunday afternoon, embattled starter A.J. Burnett, with his postseason life largely on the line, toed the rubber against the freefalling Boston Red Sox. Seven and two-thirds of an inning later, Burnett moseyed toward the Yankees dugout, having struck out six, allowed but two earned runs, and driven another nail into the quickly closing coffin surrounding the Red Sox season. With the capacity crowd on its feet loudly cheering his name, Burnett ambled to the bench with all the alacrity of Mo Vaughn heading to a salad bar, clearly trying his hardest to make that moment last forever.

The Yankees had clinched everything they possibly could, they had the Sox under their boots, and the quixotic Burnett had thrown a gem.

Unfortunately, for Joe Girardi, that’s the worst thing that could have happened.

A Haunting in the Bronx

May 7, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Call the Fantastic Four!  Call the Ghostbusters!  Hell, somebody at least get in touch with those meddlesome kids who travel around in a van with their dog.  (Just tell them to leave Scrappy Doo at home.) Ghosts are haunting Yankee Stadium! The Curse of the Bambino—Babe Ruth’s posthumous revenge for Harry Frazee’s decision to sell […]

Joba, I’m Going to Need You to Stay After Class

March 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Professional athletes are like high school girls.  “I get older, they stay the same age.”

Check Yes or No

January 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The difficulties sportswriters seem to have with multiple-choice questions after the jump.

Cleaning up the Desktop

November 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A rundown of some of the recent goings-on in baseball as soon as they calculate my VoRP. It’s been over a month since I last filed a piece for Seamheads.  To answer the question on the minds of all my loyal fans—yes, the three of you—I haven’t posted on Seamheads.com, because I have been serving […]

The Yankees Answer the Bell in Game One

October 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A look at the toughness of the Yankees just as soon as Smithers brings me my vest made from real gorilla chest.  After the jump.

Subplots of the 2010 Postseason

October 9, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Taking a look at two worrying subplots of the 2010 MLB Postseason after the jump…

Joe Girardi: The Perfect Modern Manager?

September 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In our culture, villains are meticulous and cunning. Heroes jump off buildings and yell “yippee-kay-yay, mother-@#$%er!”

Who’s the Alpha?

September 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The battle over who’s the alpha dog of the American League East has commenced, and the Tampa Bay Rays drew first blood.

Late Summer Concerns of a Yankee Fan

September 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This summer, I’ve finished up a master’s degree and changed my relationship status to “married.”  I haven’t had a ton of time to watch my beloved Yankees, but I have observed as they’ve compiled the best record in the majors, along with the best run-differential in the league.  They’re in first place in the AL […]

What Happens When the Little League World Series Ends?

August 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Recently, ESPN has been airing the Little League World Series.  I normally love watching the LLWS.  You see more true emotion and love for the game in two innings of between the teams from Toms River, NJ and Korea than you might in an entire three game series between the Yankees and Orioles.  The coaches […]

Do the Hats Really Have to Be Red, White, and Blue?

July 6, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.  They’re the holy trinity of American summer holidays.  The triumvirate of patriotic celebrations.  The mention of these three days evokes the image of American flags planted at the heads of lawns, the scent of charcoal slowly burning to its embers, and the mild droning of baseball games playing […]

Are Innings Limits Here to Stay?

June 22, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

If Hamlet had been a modern general manager in Major League Baseball instead of the tragic heir to the Danish throne, the doomed Dane would have morosely uncovered the reports on his young talented pitchers and mournfully deliberated: “To cap or not to cap, that is the question.” Innings limits have become ubiquitous as front […]

Time Marches On

June 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day ~William Shakespeare Time.  There’s no stopping it, no slowing it.  Whether you’re a Hall-of-Fame outfielder, a back-up infielder, or a middle school teacher, time inevitably marches on.  It slows us down, humbles us, and erodes away our natural athletic gifts. The […]

That’s Just Me, I Like to Get the Question Right

June 3, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Armando Galarraga should have pitched a perfect game.  He should have retired twenty-seven batters in a row.  He should have joined the twenty other pitchers in Major League history to have accomplished this feat. He didn’t.  Instead he got screwed.  This was a once-in-a-lifetime, overwhelmingly improbable, shockingly emotional screw-job comparable to when Vince McMahon and […]

Senate Bill 1070 and Baseball’s Role in the Coming Storm

May 3, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

There’s a storm brewing in the southwest.  It doesn’t matter how strong the retractable roof that intermittently hangs over Chase Field might be, this tempest will flood baseball in Arizona.  This inclement weather threatens to do more than delay a first pitch or wash out a baseball game.  Instead, we’re talking about a new definition […]

I Told You So… or How Javier Vazquez Almost Broke My Leg

May 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

He’s not trying to get outs and win baseball games. He’s trying to avoid being on the back page of the Daily News, his hat pulled down over his eyes, his head tilted downward, walking off the mound as manager Joe Girardi waits to hand the ball to reliever Sergio Mitre.

Live It, Love it

April 17, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

For a few weeks now, things have been a little different for me.  I’ve had a spring in my step, a twinkle in my eyes, and a smile curling from the corner of my lips.  The grass has been greener, the sun shining brighter, and the pollen count off the charts. I’m in love, you […]

Welcome Back

April 4, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

A hearty and healthy “Welcome Back” to all the details of Major League Baseball. I love the digital age. At exactly 8:23 Sunday evening, I knew baseball season had officially returned.  Granted, I had arranged my Sunday around baseball’s opening night.  I had spent the late afternoon and early evening grilling cheeseburgers with sides of […]

Baseball: Over the Counter

January 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

MLB Owners used Mark McGwire and steroids to rejuvenate baseball. Why couldn’t we use pharmaceuticals to fix all of baseball’s concerns?

Where’s Robbie?

January 7, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

“Roberto Alomar, arguably one of the greatest second basemen to ever play the game didn’t garner the necessary 75% of voters needed. I don’t get it.”

World Series for Sale

December 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

 What do Bud Selig, Bill Veeck, the Hot Stove, and Joseph Heller have in common?  More than you might think…

Derek, Lou, and Me

September 12, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

On Friday night, Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig as the all-time New York Yankee hits leader. Josh Deitch was there.

The Joba Rules…What?

September 2, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

After spending a few weeks out of the country, Josh Deitch returned to find his Yankees at the top of the AL East, but the airwaves buzzing with angry condemnations of the organization’s handling of Joba Chamberlain.

Let’s Hear Some Chatter Did Not Test Positive for Steroids

August 5, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

After the “revelation” that David Ortiz appeared as one of the 104 players on the 2003 list of positive tests for use of performance enhancing drugs, I transcribed the following conversation from a talk-radio show on ESPN Radio in New York.

All You Need Is Love

July 30, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Amidst the chaos that is the New York Mets, there’s always something about baseball to love.

An Afternoon with David Cone

July 22, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Where were you when…?  It’s a common question.  Where were you when Kennedy was shot?  Where were you when man first walked on the moon?  Where were you when Bobby Thompson hit the shot heard round the world? I never lived through the assassination of an American president, the space race, or the historic comeback […]

Questions for the Second Half

July 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The worst part about the All-Star break is that there’s no baseball.  An obvious point I know, but one worth mentioning.  Without baseball, my summer evenings are empty.  My mind wanders, and all my questions are left unanswered.  So, I figured I’d try to answer some of the questions about the second half of the […]

Mid-Season Awards, Part 2

July 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Without further ado, here are the “24” Day 7 mid-season awards for Major League Baseball in 2009.  To see Part 1 of the awards, click here.

Mid-Season Awards, Part 1

July 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve reached the halfway point of the season and it’s time to dole out some awards.  Jack Bauer and the rest of “24″ help the writer out.

Hot Times, Summer in St. Louis

June 29, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Did you hear about this?  Prior to Friday night’s game between the Cardinals and Twins at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, a fan fell almost a story from the upper deck to the lower concourse.

A Look Back at LSU vs. Texas, Game 1

June 23, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

In case you missed it, LSU and Texas played an 11-inning gem on Monday night that featured power, pitching, clutch performances, and Orel Hershiser.

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

“Can you imagine that?  An American boy refusing to have a catch with his father?”—Ray Kinsella 

Where Is the Love?

June 12, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

After returning from almost two weeks disconnected from professional sports to find his Yankees winless against the Red Sox, Josh Deitch desperately reminds himself why he loves baseball.

The Impact of a Big Mac on the Big Unit

May 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Randy Johnson is one of the most accomplished pitchers of the Steroid Era.  What does that say about him?  More importantly, what does it say about us?

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