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Here's To Ernie Pantusso

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 10/15/2013 6:56:00 AM

Something is getting lost in this year’s MLB post-season amongst grand slam comebacks and and Championship series pitching.  It isn’t a collection of wild and crazy, must-see moments, but it’s worth mentioning.

Shane Victorino of the Red Sox has become the new Ernie Pantusso of Boston.  Remember Ernie?  Coach?  From Cheers?

Now, he never actually played, but will always be known as the Red Sox player who was hit by a pitch more times than anyone else.  It had a wee bit of an effect on his character during the show.

Now, neither one is the former or the next Craig Biggio, but Victorino is a great example of something.

If you look at the grind that the playoffs become in a sport like hockey, it is easy to make the argument that baseball playoffs are a breeze.  The schedule actually slows down.   It’s less of a grind in October.  ...

Within Reason

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 10/10/2013 8:33:00 AM

“Within reason” is a phrase we hear a whole lot.

I’m willing to accept any salary, “within reason.”

I’m willing to drive any distance to see you, “within reason.”

I’m willing to pay any price, “within reason.”

But what does it actually mean?

It’s your own personal out clause.  It’s how to look good while doing what you want.

The New York Yankees have just grabbed onto the phrase and thrown it out into the public realm as a means to protect themselves in what could be a messy situation this off-season with Robinson Cano.

Hal Steinbrenner made comments this week on WFAN in New York that said, “We want (Cano) back. He knows that. Within reason we're going to do everything we can to make sure that happens. But time will tell.”

Cano has made it pretty clear that he wants A-Rod money.  Imagine the chill down the spine ...

Those Poor Houston Astros

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 9/23/2013 3:26:00 PM

What do you do if you are the Houston Astros?

They have problems.  The least of which is that they aren’t very good.  As the Major League Baseball season is winding down and the Astros are 42 games out of first place in the American League’s West Division.  That means that the Oakland A’s, who don’t even have the best record in baseball at the moment have been 42 games better than the Astros.  Houston has lost 105 times.  That’s very bad.

But it gets worse.

In life, we get used to being graded.  We get used to report cards.  They start coming home in junior kindergarten and they really don’t ever stop.

You might not see the piece of paper anymore, but your performance comes in your salary or an actual review at work.  The report cards are there.

For sports teams, the report card is usually the number ...

The Paradisiacal Pirates

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 9/10/2013 1:11:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates deserve some perspective.  Their win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night guaranteed that they will finish above .500 for the first time since 1992.

It’s one thing to not have won a Championship since 1992.  That’s 21 years.  That’s awhile.

But the Pirates have failed to even get enough wins to call them mediocre for 21 years.  They have been less than average to very poor for more than two decades.

The average marriage lasts seven to nine years.

The average roof lasts about fifteen years.

Willie Stargell, Robin Yount, Mickey Mantle and thousands of others had careers that were actually shorter than the Pirates streak of poor play.

Fans who might have begun to follow the Pirates at the age of nine are now celebrating (if they hung in that long) at the age of 30.

In 1992 when this last happened, you had never ...

Video: Jason Heyward Of Braves Hit In Face By Pitch

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 8/22/2013 6:53:00 AM

The Atalanta Braves' season had been going very well... and then this happened.