Baseball’s GM meetings are happening this week, and agent Scott Boras has been doing his typically excellent job of talking up his clients’ value as he calls for them to get paid. Here are some of the metaphors he made today, ranked.
It’s now been a week since Roy Halladay was killed flying a small plane over the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the public eulogizing that’s come pouring out over the last several days has centered on his incredible talent—and how can it not, when someone could pitch like that—but today offered some more intimate testimony,…
Here’s a little refresher on the myth of Sisyphus, for all those in need of one: King Sisyphus was greedy and a generally terrible guy, one whose terribleness peaked with a plot to murder his brother and seduce his niece. He finally met his downfall when he spilled one of Zeus’s secrets for his own personal benefit,…
Carlos Beltran announced today on the Players’ Tribune that he is retiring from baseball. This ends a 20-year career in which Beltran made nine All-Star games, hit 435 homers, stole 312 bases, and accumulated 69.8 WAR. Thanks to his position as an elder statesman on this year’s Astros, he’s also finally a world…
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts on Sunday bowled a perfect game at the World Series of Bowling, a Professional Bowlers Association tour event. The two-time All Star—who ESPN called a “bowling aficionado”—told ESPN he’d estimated it was his 10th perfect game in his life (but his first at a PBA event).
“Look at the dumb thing this idiot tweeted” feels like a very circa-2013 blogging approach, but there are times to make exceptions. So look at the dumb thing Aubrey Huff tweeted:
Former World Series MVP Josh Beckett was reportedly arrested in Texas after he jumped on stage and flattened the lead singer of a country band at an open-mic night performance, according to TMZ:
My memory is vivid. Okay, it’s only been seven years. But if I close my eyes I can see us sitting there at the bar: Upstairs at Jose Pistola’s, the place that inspired the Dallas Sucks beer, cheering on the Phillies in the first game of the 2010 playoffs.
Here’s some news about Royals manager Ned Yost:
Philadelphia media is awash with remembrances this morning of Roy Halladay, and rightly so. The late pitcher spent four of his 16 big league seasons in Philadelphia, including two incredible ones in 2010 and 2011. He’s a beloved member of the Phillies.
Watching Roy Halladay pitch made me feel like a child, even though I wasn’t. That is, watching him pitch gave me the sense of uncontextualized awe that I had otherwise left behind in sports. So many years did I watch him as a Blue Jay mow down my favorite team—he was unhittable, even though, logically, I saw them get…
Former major league pitcher Roy Halladay has died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico today; the Pasco sheriff’s department confirmed the death. He was the only person on board. Halladay was 40.
Nearly two weeks after the Yankees decided to let manager Joe Girardi walk, nothing has emerged to make their decision seem any less confusing than it did at the time. Some fresh commentary on the situation from general manager Brian Cashman did nothing to clear it up.
Tony Romo dropped a minor burn on Deion Sanders during the CBS broadcast yesterday, noting that Kansas City’s Marcus Peters “makes Deion Sanders looks good at tackling.” Sanders responded on TV with a Stephen-A.-inspired monologue.
In September, we published a blog about Rockies reliever and avid baseball memorabilia collector Pat Neshek being miffed that Zack Greinke would not sign autographs for him. It ended with this line:
The narrative of Clayton Kershaw’s playoff failure was always something bigger and more intense than it had any logical right to be. It conveniently ignored key context of managerial decisions and bullpen strength, not to mention brushed aside the number of perfectly fine and even good postseason starts that he has …
The Phillies held a press conference today to introduce Gabe Kapler as the team’s new manager. It was Kapler’s first time speaking to the assembled Philadelphia media, and he got a good introduction into a major part of his new job.
When now-former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to bring attention to injustice, he may have lost his career simply by speaking out.
There’s always a postmortem. Where did they go wrong? What should they have done differently? Analyzing a game—a baseball game, a World Series Game 7—is like dwelling on any other thing in the past: It’s in a fixed state. It happened, it’s not changing, and at some point you swallow it and move on.