Hanser? I don't even know her! So say the 2020 BALTIMORE ORIOLES

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Great, gritty pair of games against the floundering Red Sox. I like this nutso team!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:30 (two months ago) link

16-20. This team is not exactly good but what a pleasure, after the last few years, to feel we're competing to win every game. I wonder what's wrong with John Means. I wonder if Anthony Santander is actually good. I wonder who the Players To Be Named Later are.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:29 (one month ago) link

MLB has about 10 pieces up this morning commemorating the 25th anniversary of Ripken's streak. (A pursuit I wasn't particularly excited about at the time.) Found this interesting:


So Lenn Sakata was involved in history twice--he was also the emergency catcher when Tippy Martinez picked off three consecutive Blue Jays in 1983, a game I remember well, which I think is the only time that's ever been done. We were a little anxious to steal second on Sakata...he also hit the game-winning HR in the bottom of the 10th.

clemenza, Sunday, 6 September 2020 15:34 (one month ago) link

Team WAR leader Anthony Santander out for the season. On the other hand, Keegan Akin pitched a great game and we'll get a look at Dean Kremer today. 39 games in and we're down to two of the original pitchers in the starting rotation, and that's if you call what John Means is doing right now "pitching."

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:00 (one month ago) link

Always loved Sakata, the definition of "scrappy" for 80s O's fans

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:00 (one month ago) link

Clem: why didn’t you care all that much about Ripken’s streak?! It was a huge feat!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:48 (one month ago) link

Dean Kremer didn't look half bad today!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 6 September 2020 21:00 (one month ago) link

(xpost) I guess because he didn't seem to be the same player he had been, and he was forcing the issue a bit? I had to check back: he was in decline in '92/3/5 (after a phenomenal season in '91; he was good in the strike year). It wasn't drastic or anything--not a Pujols situation--but between that and all the hype, it felt somewhat manufactured. Clearly, it's an impressive record.

The punchline is that I used to jokingly call myself the Cal Ripken of grade-school teachers. I didn't take a sick day in 20 years, and there were a number of days I had no business coming in and wasn't much use to anybody.

clemenza, Sunday, 6 September 2020 21:17 (one month ago) link

The backdrop, of course, was the '94 strike. Not Ripken's doing, but MLB seemed to be desperately using the record to magically erase fan anger over 1994.

clemenza, Sunday, 6 September 2020 21:24 (one month ago) link

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