Thursday, February 22, 2018

…So what you’re saying is Dave Roberts is black???

When I listen to TV on the Radio or The Roots I don’t think these are black bands. I think, these are good bands. Apparently that’s not yet the case in baseball, or maybe even in life. By Andrew Pridgen Forty years ago when Frank Robinson became the second Robinson to break baseball’s color barrier as its first black manager, it...

Hey Papi, just walk off

Farewell tours are never good. See: KISS. But what's worse than a bad farewell tour (every farewell tour) is a preordained one for sport. Just a bad fit for something that honors men and women explicitly for skills they have for a very finite period of time in their young, but developed lives. Here Kyle Magin discusses the dark...

When willing yourself to win isn’t enough to overcome those who’ve already decided the outcome

Kansas City knew how it would end Sunday. How? Because they saw it play out the same way with opposite results last year. By Andrew Pridgen Matt Harvey called out into the near distance with his stare. Called out to the void. The top two buttons of his blue jersey flapped open. In a laundry heap of white pinstriped pants and...

These ain’t your father’s underdog Mets

New York City never sleeps--because without three jobs how would you afford to live there? I’m glad the denizens of that coastal hovel will get a chance to revel in the Mets’ glory in between shifts at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and the cold call desk at Bernie Madoff’s retirement services firm. By Kyle Magin After the last out of their...

Salvador Perez is sentenced to a (short) life of catching

Watching Salvador Perez break is a lot more fun than knowing he will break. Written by Kyle Magin Salvador Perez, the lovable, goofy 6’5” Kansas City Royals backstop is 25 and already well on his way to his baseball dotage. The amiable Venezuelan takes foul balls, the ends of bats and wild pitches off his face, chest, arms, hands and fingers...

Cubs fans hold year heads high. You are the reason Chicago is America’s last great city

Because it's not about winning or losing. It's about staying true to who you are. By Andrew Pridgen Cubs fans, I love you. I love your town. I love that Chicago has managed to remain a city that’s inclusive; that it hasn't mega-billionaire-vacancy'd nor Airbnb’d its way to uniform misery. In Chicago, you’re always just a hot dog or a haircut away...

Watch Chase Utley slide through a river of media shit and came out clean on the other side

The two-game suspension will be overturned and the court of public opinion will help Chase Utley's image heal a lot faster than the leg of Ruben Tejada. Why? Because the slide was clean. By Kyle Magin Baseball is a dirty game played by dirty men contesting vast fortunes in literal dirt. The sooner you accept that as a premise for anything...

Why the Mets are the playoffs’ most lovable team …to hate

Young team. A contender once more. Greatest city in the world. What's not to love about those Mets? Turns out, a lot. By Kyle Magin I really, really don’t want to hate the Mets. Their existence just makes it so hard not to. Look, this is a young, exciting team. Most of its talent is home-grown, more than any other playoff team....

Here are 5 things I will miss about Jeremy Affeldt

Baseball’s final weekend is full of implications and the most-anticipated Wild Card matchups...ever may not be determined until the season’s last out is recorded. But before we get to all that, a fond farewell to one of the all-time postseason greats, Jeremy Affeldt. By Andrew Pridgen Jeremy Affeldt was the current former San Francisco Giant I liked most. Could have...

MLB’s wildcard has teams dying to avoid it

Why wildcard entrants in a one-game system instead of a series is baseball’s best idea. By Kyle Magin Stephen Piscotty almost died trying to avoid the MLB wildcard game by expressly not avoiding his teammate. The Cardinals outfielder dove into fellow outfielder Peter Borjous’ knee in an attempt to corral a Pittsburgh Pirates’ pop-fly on Monday and went down in a...