Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pints and Picks: MLB Who to Bet and Who to Forget 2017

Didn’t Kris Bryant just throw the ball that raised a million W flags at once? Looks like we’re back at it to find out which teams will eclipse their win total in 2017. Play Ball! Written by Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen AJ, Until about a month ago, I thought this baseball season was going to be a letdown. Last year...

Don’t Let Weather Delay Opening Day

Snowbirds, you're already living in Scottsdale, so... Written by Kyle Magin Major League Baseball is deft at self-inflicted injuries. From investigating and shaming its own superstars for a decade post-steroid era to letting spazzes run its flagship national team, the sport’s biggest enemy is the guy in the mirror, not Roger Goodell. Not content to let an off-season of goodwill built by...

Donald Trump can’t throw a baseball

It’s a small thing, sure. But it’s also a really big small thing. The president refuses to step up and do the one symbolic thing that presidents have done for more than a century. To be a kid again. To stop and hear the crowd’s collective whisper shiver to a roar. To walk inches above the earth in the...

Team USA Baseball is What’s Wrong With the WBC

Have we taken the joy out of the game from Little League on? Held up to the light of other baseball-loving nations, it certainly appears that way.  Written by Kyle Magin If you give the world fun baseball, the world will love baseball. Give the world the Jew Crew with their Mensch on the Bench and locker-room Seinfeld references and it’ll fall...

Why Would You Want Less Free Baseball?

Sex, love, laughs, money...life itself is fleeting. So why shorten (even more) one of the greatest pleasures of this existence? Written by Kyle Magin Late, late into the evening on July 8, 2000, we could hear the strains of Peter Frampton’s Do You Feel Like I Do? blaring from his live set at Milwaukee’s Summerfest behind us, while a mediocre baseball...

San Diego: A Baseball Town?

With the NFL gone and MLS slow-walking their tire-kick on America’s Finest City, San Diego is going to try its hand at being a baseball town. Written by Kyle Magin (Scene: San Diego, wearing the suit his mother bought him for interviews after college, along with the tie he still has from high school basketball, and that one nice shirt…...

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America falls in lockstep with 2016, sends Commissioner of the Steroid Era to the Hall of Fame

Bud Selig, the hand-wringing commissioner of the strike- and steroid era, will be enshrined. We say he's already got vampire status, so no need for further immortality. By Andrew J. Pridgen A Bud-Selig-getting-sent-to-the-Hall-of-Fame rant on this site is almost too predictable; it’s so horrible and forced and easy to call it feels like that part in The Empire Strikes Back...

For the Cubs Fans I Know

On November 3, 2016 it happened. Written by Kyle Magin More than the players today, who poured their lives into the pursuit of baseball excellence, the Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory belongs to its fans. Why? Why does a victory mean more to a bleacher bums than it does to a bunch of dudes who just put in 162 plus...

Thank you Cubs for blowing up my feed with joy

That was nice. By Andrew J. Pridgen I can’t remember the last time I opened Facebook or Twitter and didn’t cringe. Didn’t want to immediately look away. Didn’t want to do that thing where you know you shouldn’t be reading something but you click on it anyway and then feel that much more awful about yourself, your day, the general state...

Why I am justifiably afraid that if the Cubs win the World Series the world will end

...Deep down, I don’t think any true Cubs fan is wanting to raise that ‘W’ tonight and kick off an identity crisis or the end times either. By Andrew J. Pridgen It It occurred to me over the weekend when visiting my sister and her brood, all of whom—thanks to a recent trip to Chicago and jumping aboard the mighty blue...