Dear Mike Rizzo, I am so disgusted with the handling of Operation Shutdown. As a baseball fan, Stephen Strasburg is one of the great reasons to watch the game. His overpowering fastball, devastating slider, change-up, and wicked curveball make him a marvel to witness. The Nationals will not win the World Series without their ace right-hander. [...]
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.
Call the Fantastic Four!Â Call the Ghostbusters!Â Hell, somebody at least get in touch with those meddlesome kids who travel around in a van with their dog.Â (Just tell them to leave Scrappy Doo at home.) Ghosts are haunting Yankee Stadium! The Curse of the Bambinoâ€”Babe Ruthâ€™s posthumous revenge for Harry Frazeeâ€™s decision to sell [...]
Professional athletes are like high school girls.Â â€œI get older, they stay the same age.â€
Last week my wife, Martha, and I came across the word atavism and neither of us knew the meaning. I suggested that it meant “possessing the qualities of an ata.” That was wrong. We looked it up and discovered that it actually means “the tendency to revert to ancestral type.” Kind of like what Brady [...]
The difficulties sportswriters seem to have with multiple-choice questions after the jump.
A rundown of some of the recent goings-on in baseball as soon as they calculate my VoRP. Itâ€™s been over a month since I last filed a piece for Seamheads.Â To answer the question on the minds of all my loyal fansâ€”yes, the three of youâ€”I havenâ€™t posted on Seamheads.com, because I have been serving [...]
A look at the toughness of the Yankees just as soon as Smithers brings me my vest made from real gorilla chest.Â After the jump.
Taking a look at two worrying subplots of the 2010 MLB Postseason after the jump…
In our culture, villains are meticulous and cunning. Heroes jump off buildings and yell â€œyippee-kay-yay, mother-@#$%er!â€
The battle over who’s the alpha dog of the American League East has commenced, and the Tampa Bay Rays drew first blood.
The original posting of this piece can be found here. The National League West race is getting better every day. Â While the Rockies refuse to concede anything, much will be determined over the next four days, as the Padres host the Giants for four games starting tonight at 10:05 ET. Â As they say in San [...]
This summer, Iâ€™ve finished up a masterâ€™s degree and changed my relationship status to â€œmarried.â€Â I havenâ€™t had a ton of time to watch my beloved Yankees, but I have observed as theyâ€™ve compiled the best record in the majors, along with the best run-differential in the league.Â Theyâ€™re in first place in the AL [...]
Recently, ESPN has been airing the Little League World Series.Â I normally love watching the LLWS.Â 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.Â The coaches [...]
Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.Â They’re the holy trinity of American summer holidays.Â The triumvirate of patriotic celebrations.Â 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 [...]
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: â€œTo cap or not to cap, that is the question.â€ Innings limits have become ubiquitous as front [...]
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day ~William Shakespeare Time.Â Thereâ€™s no stopping it, no slowing it.Â Whether youâ€™re a Hall-of-Fame outfielder, a back-up infielder, or a middle school teacher, time inevitably marches on.Â It slows us down, humbles us, and erodes away our natural athletic gifts. The [...]
Armando Galarraga should have pitched a perfect game.Â He should have retired twenty-seven batters in a row.Â He should have joined the twenty other pitchers in Major League history to have accomplished this feat. He didnâ€™t.Â Instead he got screwed.Â This was a once-in-a-lifetime, overwhelmingly improbable, shockingly emotional screw-job comparable to when Vince McMahon and [...]
Thereâ€™s a storm brewing in the southwest.Â It doesnâ€™t matter how strong the retractable roof that intermittently hangs over Chase Field might be, this tempest will flood baseball in Arizona.Â This inclement weather threatens to do more than delay a first pitch or wash out a baseball game.Â Instead, weâ€™re talking about a new definition [...]
Heâ€™s not trying to get outs and win baseball games. Heâ€™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.
For a few weeks now, things have been a little different for me.Â Iâ€™ve had a spring in my step, a twinkle in my eyes, and a smile curling from the corner of my lips.Â The grass has been greener, the sun shining brighter, and the pollen count off the charts. Iâ€™m in love, you [...]
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.Â Granted, I had arranged my Sunday around baseballâ€™s opening night. Â I had spent the late afternoon and early evening grilling cheeseburgers with sides of [...]
MLB Owners used Mark McGwire and steroids to rejuvenate baseball. Why couldnâ€™t we use pharmaceuticals to fix all of baseballâ€™s concerns?
“Roberto Alomar, arguably one of the greatest second basemen to ever play the game didnâ€™t garner the necessary 75% of voters needed. I donâ€™t get it.”
Â What do Bud Selig, Bill Veeck, the Hot Stove, and Joseph Heller have in common?Â More than you might think…
On Friday night, Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig as the all-time New York Yankee hits leader.Â Josh Deitch was there.
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 organizationâ€™s handling of Joba Chamberlain.
After the â€œrevelationâ€ 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.
Amidst the chaos that is the New York Mets, thereâ€™s always something about baseball to love.
Where were you whenâ€¦?Â Itâ€™s a common question.Â Where were you when Kennedy was shot?Â Where were you when man first walked on the moon?Â 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 [...]
The worst part about the All-Star break is that thereâ€™s no baseball.Â An obvious point I know, but one worth mentioning.Â Without baseball, my summer evenings are empty.Â My mind wanders, and all my questions are left unanswered.Â So, I figured Iâ€™d try to answer some of the questions about the second half of the [...]
Without further ado, here are the â€œ24â€ Day 7 mid-season awards for Major League Baseball in 2009.Â To see Part 1 of the awards, click here.
We’ve reached the halfway point of the season and it’s time to dole out some awards.Â Jack Bauer and the rest of “24″ help the writer out.
Did you hear about this?Â Prior to Friday nightâ€™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.
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.