By now pretty much every news outlet has reported or commented on the bombshell New York Times story that lit up the sports world today about an FBI investigation into the alleged hacking of the Houston Astros player personnel database.
"Particularly for young people," Thomas Maier noted in a recent essay, "unaware of Masters and Johnson, it's difficult to appreciate how much has changed between the mid-'60s and today. But at the time they were becoming famous, the couples' graphs, charts and photos of human sexual response—learning how the body…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Bill McClellan, noting that the Cardinals Way seems mainly to have to do with big free agent contracts, drug abuse, and pornography addiction, has a message for the Best Fans in Baseball: "Please, stop."
There are bandwagon fans, and then there's this guy. A tipster made us aware of his existence. His rooting interest? All of the teams, everywhere. It's rather impressive, because that's a lot of money to spend on apparel.
Welcome back to Dead Letters, the feature in which we reprint our favorite reader mail. We're devoting this edition to the response generated by Drew Magary's "Why Your Cardinals Suck" post on Thursday. Behold, the best fans in baseball.
We told you earlier how Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Maui'a told ESPN he had met Lennay Kekua, which is rather odd because she doesn't actually exist. But also buried in that report was Kekua's reference to another famous Samoan football player:
When I dropped the six-pack of Coopers Brewery Sparkling Ale on the counter at the liquor store, the clerk immediately began singing its praises, in what sounded like an Australian accent. This was pure happy coincidence, best I could tell.
For nearly two decades, Sports Illustrated has stirred the tea leaves to discern a weekly Sign of the Apocalypse. Deadspin salutes the magazine's ongoing effort to cover the end of times but declines to cede the scoop on the biggest event in world history.
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.
It works out a little too perfectly to be a happy accident, replacing the speedy Victorino for the plodding Howard. Intentionally dropping a ball to get the lead runner is the entire point of the infield fly rule (perhaps turning two), and perhaps that should extend to shallow left.
Dugout genius Tony La Russa is suing Twitter, claiming he "suffered significant emotional distress" and "damage to his reputation" because of a fake La Russa account. Sheesh, can't the man take a few jokes about dead pitchers and drunk driving?