"Motherfuckin' Shit! Take Your Ass Home!" Or, Why The Baltimore Orioles…

The best night of the 2011 baseball season in Baltimore was the final one. For once, for the first time in years, the whole country was watching. And what it saw was a thing of joy. There were the Boston Red Sox, all $161 million worth of them, one out away from a 3-2 victory and, at worst, a one-game playoff for the… » 4/06/12 3:11pm 4/06/12 3:11pm

Pitchers Hooked On Beer, Fried Chicken, And Video Games! Francona On…

It took two weeks, but the Boston Globe has produced the definitive grisly autopsy of the 2011 Boston Red Sox meltdown, and it's lurid, all right. (You'll recall that the team collapsed in epic fashion and missed the playoffs.) The Globe's story is full of drink and drugs and player grousing, but the story's existence… » 10/12/11 2:40am 10/12/11 2:40am

Read This Ode To Baltimore's Valiant Last Stand And Boston's Unexpected…

Our friends at Et tu, Mr. Destructo have composed the best reaction to the chaos of the final week of the MLB regular season. You should go read it. A snippet, from the prelude: "The only time a Bill James almanac should come out over seven games is if you find your chair leg wobbling as you lean back and watch. Great… » 10/07/11 2:10pm 10/07/11 2:10pm

Dear Joe Posnanski: Baseball Is Not Like Life

In our weekly excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, noted author and occasional NFL roundtabler Stefan Fatsis wants to quibble with those writers who took last week's two-hour-long orgasm that ended the baseball regular season, and turned it into some kind of metaphor for life. In particular, he takes issue… » 10/05/11 3:20pm 10/05/11 3:20pm

All The Baseball Announcers' Big, Joyous Calls Last Night (And Then One …

Lots of exciting things happened on Wednesday, and for the most part our baseball broadcasters were up to the task. Above, we've compiled their calls of last night's biggest moments. Below, well, listen for yourself. » 9/29/11 12:30pm 9/29/11 12:30pm

Dan Shaughnessy, At Approximately 10 P.M. Wednesday: "The Red Sox…

Here's Dan Shaughnessy, during last night's rain delay, with the Sox leading the Orioles 3-2 and the Yankees leading the Rays 7-0: "I think the Rays are not going to win tonight. I think that's the one thing that we've eliminated tonight is that the Red Sox season is not going to end tonight. They live to play another… » 9/29/11 11:08am 9/29/11 11:08am