Joe Buck and John Smoltz have some bad takes, don’t understand math

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Joe Buck and John Smoltz are in the booth today announcing Game 3 of the Cubs-Nationals series. And while the (usually competent) broadcast team didn't have to work too hard to make the game seem dramatic and important, the pair had a quick aside in the middle of the game ...

Baseball Diplomacy: Hope Comes to Cuba Amid Painful History

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

When Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road was published in 1961, many critics and readers dismissed it as yet another indictment of the American suburbs, a theme which even then had become trite (amazing how some things don't change). For years, the best book of Yates' career was essentially ignored, isolated to a ...

Why Wrigley Field still matters at 100

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Most stadiums are just places to put butts. Like a living organism, it takes time for these inanimate objects to grow into something more meaningful. The majority of Major League ballparks have not yet had this opportunity — 24 of the 30 have been built in my lifetime, and I’m still ...

Cubs Hitting Streak Continues

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Everyone knows the Chicago Cubs own the most embarrassing streak in pro sports -- 104 years without a championship and counting. But it is not until nights like Tuesday that we are reminded the Cubs also own the coolest streak in pro sports -- 7,441 consecutive games with a hit ...

Things Are Getting Weird In Cleveland

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Even in the offseason, the Cleveland Indians are still drawing crowds to Jacobs Progressive Field, home of the least-attended baseball squadron in the league. How, you ask? Apparently, the organization has built something of a winter wonderland on the field in hopes that they'll pull in some offseason revenue. Lord knows ...

A Rumors and Rants History Lesson: Lefty O’Doul

Monday, May 4th, 2009

We’re going to try out a new feature here at Rumors and Rants. You can call it something of a history lesson. In fact, let’s just go ahead and call it “A Rumors and Rants History Lesson.” Our hopes are to bring to light the stories and achievements of past stars ...

How Do You Spell Relief in Japanese?

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Is it really a surprise to anyone that it took a day or two for Major League Baseball’s puppeteers to actually get any work done? Hmm, let me think about this one. Need to get a lot done on a short deadline. I know, we’ll have the Winter Meetings in Las ...