Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 30

Swing and a Miss – May 29, 2013

Random thoughts on a Wednesday night… No Need to Harp on It.  Last week in San Francisco, Bryce Harper misplayed another ball in right field.   As Harper pursued a well-struck fly ball by Gregor Blanco in the ninth inning, Harper appeared to flinch and pull up even though he was still multiple feet short of […]

May 15

Bryce Harper’s Collision With the Wall is Not an Example of His Passionate Play

From his controlled-rage of a swing to his aggressiveness on the base paths, Bryce Harper plays the game of baseball with an intensity that most fans normally associate with football . . . or mixed martial arts.  For this reason, Harper is often described as “gritty” and “hard-nosed” and any number of other adjectives usually reserved for […]

May 13

The Actual Reason Why the Ratings for Yankee Broadcasts in 2013 are Down

Apparently, through 28 Yankee games on the YES Network this season, the ratings are down 39% compared to the same time span in 2012.   Bob Raissman of the Daily News hypothesized that the main reason for the decline in ratings is the lack of star players, such as Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, in the […]

May 10

Get a Kluwe: Punter’s Release Leads to Irresponsible Journalism

“Yellow journalism” is a term that originated in the late Nineteenth Century during the newspaper wars between William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer and refers to journalism that “exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers.”   A characteristic of this type of journalism is an article that uses eye catching or […]

May 09

Sorry Buster, Selig Should Not Overturn the Botched Home Run Call

Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the ninth inning last night against the Indians, Adam Rosales hit a fly ball deep to left field that was initially ruled as a double.  Oakland’s manager Bob Melvin requested a review and after reviewing the play on instant replay, the umpires determined that the correct call had been made […]

May 01

Welcome Back, Wang?

Pop quiz hotshot:   Name the pitcher who (a) had the most wins in the major leagues from 2006 to 2007; (b) finished second to Johan Santana in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award in 2006; and (c) was chosen over potential Hall-of-Famers Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte as the Yankees’ opening day […]