Right?!?2:46 PM, Aug 27, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Boston Red Sox are nearing the end of a woeful season, running last in their division, thirteen-and-a-half out of first, leaving the taste of wormwood and gall in the mouth of every member of Red Sox nation.
All over New England, they have taken to watching something other than the broadcast of games on NESN. Masochism has its limits, even for Red Sox fans.
So management evidently decided drastic steps were in order and earlier this week made a dramatic move. The play-by-play announcer was fired.
As Chad Finn reports in the Boston Globe
Don Orsillo, the affable and popular play-by-play voice on NESN’s Red Sox telecasts since 2001, will not return next year, according to multiple industry sources.
For the faithful, the move came as a shock and resulted in the usual online petitions in support of Orsillo, who gamely managed to keep his own enthusiasm going this season even as the players, and many fans, seemed to have entirely lost theirs.
One wonders if the high priced, underperforming Red Sox expect that the teevee ratings will go up next year if the team’s won/lost percentage does not.
Ah, well, nice to be reminded from time to time that it is a business and that loyalty does not figure in. Not when you are dead last, thirteen-and-a-half out, and running out the string.
2:59 PM, Aug 21, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Yankees’s C.C. Sabathia is not having a stellar season. With a 4-9 record and a 5.24 ERA he could be forgiven for feeling a sense of frustration. Even one serious enough to get him into a near brawl with fans in, of all places, Toronto.
10:33 AM, Aug 21, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Washington Nationals’s winning streak ended Thursday night in Colorado. After two games. But when recent performance includes a six game losing streak that helped the team fall from first place, by 4 and a half games in their division, to trailing the Mets by four, then you take what you can get. With the loss last night putting an end to a 3-7 road trip, the Nats are plainly a team that is not hitting on all cylinders.
1:36 PM, Jul 6, 2015 • By WILL BREWBAKER
Another big-headed candidate is running for president. And no, this one isn’t vying for the GOP nomination.
Instead, this new candidate raced along the warning track at Nationals Park last Friday night, competing against the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William Howard Taft, and Theodore Roosevelt in the Presidents Race.
4:04 PM, Jul 4, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
One of the great July 4th speeches was delivered by a shy man who played baseball for a living. Lou Gehrig played every day, never took a game off, until he was told, at age 35, that he was dying. More than 60,000 fans and former teammates came out to Yankee Stadium to honor him. Between the two games of the doubleheader, he came out of the Yankee’s dugout and stood, listening as former teammates spoke into the microphones that had been set up behind home plate. He was embarrassed enough by their words that he teared up.
2:55 PM, Apr 28, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Baltimore Orioles will play tomorrow's baseball game at an empty stadium. It will be closed to the public due to ongoing riots in Baltimore.
The baseball team announced the unusual move in a press release:
The Orioles tweeted out the announcement:
Nov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Most of us at The Weekly Standard are baseball fans. Like all human institutions we are imperfect, so we have a few colleagues who superciliously disdain sports, and a few others who vulgarly prefer football or basketball. But we ignore the naysayers and carpers in our midst. We’re proud to endorse the words of baseball pioneer Albert Goodwill Spalding:
October baseball notebook.7:38 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Gregg Ritchie, head coach at George Washington University, says that the Royals have more of their game-changers going into tonight’s game than the Giants do. With pitching, as my former GW teammate explains, the two clubs are basically even. Royals’ starter Jeremy Guthrie and his Giants counterpart Tim Hudson are pretty similar—right-handers whose top velocity is 90-92 mph, and who, as Ritchie says, change speeds up and down, making them plus-and-minus pitchers, rather than power pitchers.
October baseball notebook.5:34 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
The fact that the Royals and the Giants have pushed the World Series to a game seven is evidence the two clubs are very evenly matched. Even tonight’s probable starters, Tim Hudson for the Giants and Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals, are similar style pitchers. Top velocity for both is around 90-92 miles per hour. They’re not power pitchers, but plus-and-minus pitchers, meaning they change speeds, up and down, to keep hitters off balance.
October baseball notebook.7:23 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Last week Gregg Ritchie, head baseball coach at George Washington University, was talking about what happens when a baseball team strikes out more than seven times in a game. The more you whiff the less chance you have of winning, explained Ritchie. Sunday night’s game showed just how accurate that theory is: The Royals struck out eight times against Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner, meaning that for nearly three full innings the Royals failed to put the ball in play and force the Giants to make plays. “You have to make your own chances against a front-line pitcher like Bumgarner,” says Ritchie. And when you don’t, chances are that you’ll lose.
October baseball notebook.4:15 PM, Oct 24, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Now with the Royals tying the World Series Wednesday night 1-1, things are really getting hot: Two San Francisco radio stations have removed the song “Royals” from their play lists.
October baseball notebook.12:10 PM, Oct 21, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
With the World Series opening tonight in Kansas City, the Giants are no doubt feeling their oats. They’re coming off of a three-homerun performance in their game five win over the St. Louis Cardinals, which landed them their third World Series appearance in five years. However, the Giants should be wary, for power is a fickle friend.
2:40 PM, Oct 17, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Don’t be surprised if the Giants-Royals World Series is decided by 90 feet. After all, baseball is a series of contests for 90 feet—the distance from home to first, first to second, second to third, and third to home again. The two teams are bidding for the same property for nine innings, both when they’re at bat and in the field.
Oct 27, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 07 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Baseball heals. That’s the only way The Scrapbook can explain Keith Olbermann’s transformation. How else did Bush Derangement Syndrome’s patient zero wind up complimenting the 43rd president? After nearly a decade of insulting George W. Bush, Olbermann now says he’s a fan. Actually his praise was more specific. The onetime MSNBC commentator wasn’t recanting all his nastiness—he was just saying, as a baseball guy, that Bush knows his baseball, too.
The Kansas City Royals are not a team of destiny—they just execute team fundamentals.
4:14 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
The Kansas City Royals are hot. With eight straight wins in the postseason, the Royals have the air of a team of destiny. The reality of course is much less magical. The Kansas City club moved on to the World Series for the first time in 29 years not because of divine intervention but because they’re executing team fundamentals. They’re playing superior baseball. The Royals’ 2-1 victory Tuesday night was made possible by twice scoring runners from third with less than two outs. Last night’s 2-1 clincher was won in the first inning with a sacrifice bunt and a grounder to the right side of the infield.