Your MLB Wild-Card Deathmatch Open Thread

Hey everyone, the playoffs start tonight! We've got two do-or-die games to watch: The Cardinals are taking on the Braves at 5:07 p.m. EDT, and the Orioles are squaring off against the Rangers at 8:37 p.m. EDT. That's like, seven straight hours of baseball. » 10/05/12 4:52pm 10/05/12 4:52pm

The Cardinals Put The Rally Squirrel On Their World Series Rings

If being from St. Louis weren't already embarrassing, here's the rally squirrel, immortalized in gaudy jewels and precious metal. The rings, as noted in these consecutively written sentences were presented to the Cardinals yesterday and are meant to encapsulate the entire season. » 4/15/12 2:30pm 4/15/12 2:30pm

"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

Hey, Craig Kimbrel! Don't Worry, The Internet Has Found Your Wallet

According to one reader, Kimbrel's Wednesday night did not get any better after his disastrous meltdown against the Philadelphia Phillies. Let's recap the rookie closer's part in eliminating the Braves from playoff contention:
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Big Yankees Fan Sings And Dances In Celebration Of The Big Red Sox Choke

Well, "Big Yankees Fan" Michael LaPayower didn't even wait 24 hours to stick it to the chokedog Boston Red Sox. And you know what, there's not a damn thing they can do about it. » 9/29/11 10:15pm 9/29/11 10:15pm

Forgive Us For Overlooking The Brewers Fan Drinking Through A Horse…

Some good baseball last night. Hell, even the Milwaukee/Pittsburgh game mattered a little, in the sense that the Brewers now have home field in their NLDS. Tipster Steven F. was there to see it. But, he got distracted in the process of doing so. To wit: » 9/29/11 8:45pm 9/29/11 8:45pm

Last Night's Rays/Red Sox Madness, In Chart Form

Jack Moore acknowledges right from the start that it's impossible to quantify what took place in Baltimore and St. Pete. But he did calculate how the odds for both Boston and Tampa Bay fluctuated throughout the evening, and that snazzy image he created certainly puts it all in perspective. [FanGraphs] » 9/29/11 5:00pm 9/29/11 5:00pm

The Best Four Minutes Of Baseball Last Night, Presented In Split Screen

We've put together a split-screen video syncing up the conclusions of both Yankees-Rays and Red Sox-Orioles that we hope the IP crew at MLB is too hungover today to notice. Enjoy. » 9/29/11 4:20pm 9/29/11 4:20pm

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 Uggla Celebrated His Home Run Last Night By Dong-Bumping David Ross…

Uggla had just hit a two-run homer off Cole Hamels in the bottom of the third to put the Braves ahead, 3-1. There was a playoff spot riding on this game, of course, so there was reason to be excited. But ... what was that? » 9/29/11 11:20am 9/29/11 11:20am

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… » 9/29/11 11:08am 9/29/11 11:08am

Watch Harold Reynolds And Dan Plesac React To Last Night's Baseball…

Your morning roundup for Sept. 29, the day we learned rotting fruit was an aphrodisiac. Video via Midwest Sports Fans. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors. » 9/29/11 10:05am 9/29/11 10:05am

Important Question Of The Night, Answered: Dan Johnson Did Not Go Deep…

This was Dan Johnson's game-tying shot in the ninth against the Yankees, which was briefly the night's most "holy shit" moment and which seemed all the more legendary for having caromed off some guy's balls. Verdict: no nut shot. » 9/29/11 12:30am 9/29/11 12:30am

And Your MLB Wild-Card Teams Are The St. Louis Cardinals And The Tampa…

The Cardinals beat the Astros 8-0 behind Chris Carpenter's complete game two-hitter. Sounds simple. But the rest wasn't. They'd have to wait a while to get all all celebratory in the locker room. » 9/29/11 12:21am 9/29/11 12:21am