Jim Thome Blasts 600th Home Run

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

World's Greatest Living Peorian Jim Thome (apologies to Joe Girardi) moved up in baseball's record books on Monday night by becoming the eighth player in big-league history to hit his 600th career home run. There will be no HBO special to capture the chase to this accomplishment (as far as ...

The Houston Astros Are Unfathomably Bad

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

How bad are the Houston Astros? We're glad you asked. After Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, Houston dropped to 40 games below .500 for the season. The Astros would have to go on a 43-3 tear in order to break even in 2011. Obviously that would be one of the unlikeliest scenarios ...

We’re Really Having This Debate?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

All across TV Land and the Forest of the Internets, people have spent much of Monday castigating Yankees fan Christian Lopez for his rather innocent decision to return Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit to Jeter rather than selling it off to the highest bidder. Surely this attitude must be a joke, I ...

Prince Fielder To The Washington Nationals?

Monday, June 20th, 2011

One of the most underrated elements of free agency in baseball is the involvement of a player's agent. Obviously agents negotiate the deals, but they also use their influence to steer players towards certain teams. If an agent has a solid prior relationship with a team, the likelihood that he ...

Why Baseball is Better Than Soccer, Part One Million

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The World Cup is great. Really is. But it's still got nothing on baseball. Yesterday, when the Netherlands scored to make it 3-1 in the second half, the commentators conceded that it was all but over and the Dutch were headed to the final. And this was with a good 20 ...

Link Dump!

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Meet Phillips and many other blog luminaries in person at Blogs With Balls 3 in Chicago this weekend! - BWB LeBron is planning a Stones-like world tour before he picks a team - Fanhouse Not to celebrate an injury, which I'm not, I swear, but this ought to help team USA's chances ...

You Just Never Know Who You’ll Run Into At The Ballpark

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

My roommate’s birthday was last week and as a supplementary gift his mom gave him two suite tickets for Monday’s Indianapolis Indians game. It's 5:30 p.m. He walks into my room asking if I’d like to make a 7 p.m. first pitch. I figure it’s a Monday night, the tickets provide ...

Would Yankees Fans Boo Themselves For Sucking?

Friday, April 16th, 2010

There's been a minor hubbub about Yankees' fans treatment of Javier Vazquez in his first start at Yankee Stadium this year. Vazquez didn't pitch very well, but he wasn't awful either (5.1 IP, four runs, six hits). But depending on the which account you read, he either ...