In honor of the dearly departed Dr. Joyce Brothers, here’s the baseball bloopers scene from “The Naked Gun” - you can see her left shoulder and part of her hair next to Dick Enberg.
|—||Dennis Eckersley did not take kindly to Jack Morris accusing Clay Buchholz of throwing spitballs.|
Front page of the Chicago Tribune’s sports section
I know it’s more than baseball, but I don’t think it matters much.
“If I had to choose between baseball’s Hall of Fame and first class citizenship for all of my people. I would say first-class citizenship.”
“The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.”
“At the beginning of the World Series of 1947, I experienced a completely new emotion when the National Anthem was played. This time, I thought, it is being played for me, as much as for anyone else.”
“We ask for nothing special. We ask only to be permitted to live as you live, and as our nation’s constitution provides.”
“Money is America’s god and businesspeople can dig black power if it coincides with green power.”
“How much more effective our demands for a piece of the action would be if we were negotiating from the strength or our own self-reliance rather than stating our case in the role of beggar or someone crying out for charity.”
“Next time I go to a movie and see a picture of a little ordinary girl become a great star… I’ll believe it. And whenever I hear my wife read fairy tales to my little boy, I’ll listen. I know now that dreams do come true.”
“I remember even as a small boy, having a lot of pride in my mother. I thought she must have had some kid of magic to be able to do all the things she did, to work so hard and never complain and to make us all feel happy. We had our family squabbles and spats, but we were a well-knit unit.”
“It hadn’t been easy. Some of my own teammates refused to accept me because I was black. I had been forced to live with snubs and rebuffs and rejections.”
“[On Branch Rickey] In a way I feel I was the son he had lost and he was the father I had lost.”
“I don’t owe any living person my soul, my integrity, my freedom of thought and speech.”
“I’m not buying anti-white attitudes. Too many people who are not black have proven to me that being real isn’t qualified by skin color but by character.”
Here are the games for this Wednesday from best to worst:
1) Reds at Cardinals, 12:45 CDT - Best pitching matchup of the day. Homer Bailey (1-0, 0.00) vs. Jake Westbrook (0-1, 0.00).
2) Rays at Rangers, 1:05 CDT - Second best matchup of the day. Matt Moore vs. Derek Holland.
3) Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 EDT - Guaranteed three hours of baseball.
4) Rockies at Giants, 12:45 PDT - A battle for first place in the division - or at least a tie if the Diamondbacks win….okay it was a stretch.
5) A’s at Angels, 7:05 PDT - After seven games in 2012 the Angels were 2-5. After seven games this year, 2-5. So relax Angels fans - oh, wait they didn’t make the playoffs last year. Awkward.
6) White Sox at Nationals, 7:05 CDT - Slug fest last night with the Nats winning 8-7.
7) Blue Jays at Tigers, 1:08 EDT - My son, a Blue Jays fan, when told that the team lost yesterday: “They are not having a good season.” Mark Buehrle tries to stop the slide - with his 10.13 ERA.
Mets at Phillies, 7:05 EDT - Can the Phillies have a starter pitch well who isn’t named Cliff Lee?
Twins at Royals, 7:10 CDT - It’s early but who doesn’t get excited when the opposing pitchers have ERAs of 7.71 and 9.00.
10) Yankees at Indians, 7:05 EDT - The Yankees have scored 35 runs in the last two games versus the Indians. Hard to tell how they’ll handle the stuff thrown by TBD, though.
11) Dodgers at Padres, 7:10 PDT - The Padres are 2-5 but they live in San Diego so it balances.
12) Brewers at Cubs, 7:05 CDT - Will Kyle Lohse succeed in his quest to prove Spring Training meaningless?
13) Pirates at D’backs, 12:40 PDT - It’s enjoyable to watch Wade Miley pitch.
14) Braves at Marlins, 7:10 EDT - Braves home to reach 8-1 after tonight. The Marlins hope to win a second game.
15) Astros at Mariners, 7:10 PDT - The Astros scored 16 on 22 hits last night. Unfortunately they reached their quota in both those categories for the month of April.
I’m sure the broadcasters were glad that the score bug was covering most of this Astros fan’s celebration of Marwin Gonzalez’s hit.
In any language, that gesture means “Eff Yu.” Stay classy, Houston.
I am pleased to announce that next month, I will be joining the staff of Sports On Earth full-time, as a lead writer for the site. I’ve been writing for the site part-time since it launched last fall, but now I’m going to be there every day. It’s going to be my home.
My columns up to this point have been mostly media columns, but this is a more expansive role: I’m basically gonna be writing about everything, traveling all over the place, serving as the face (or one of the faces, anyway) of the site. I will also be hosting a daily podcast and will occasionally contribute for MLB.com, and certain columns will also be running in USA Today. Basically: I’m gonna be all over the place there.
Sadly, this does mean I will be leaving New York magazine. I will still be occasionally be contributing columns and features to the magazine, but no longer on a full-time basis. It is impossible to overstate how much I have learned and improved at New York; the editorial staff is legendary there, and getting to work with Adam Moss, Jon Gluck, Joe DeLessio, Ben Williams and countless others has been a legitimate highlight of my career. It remains my favorite magazine in the world, and I’m thrilled to get to still pop in from time to time.
But this is about Sports On Earth, a site that is evolving into a daily must-read just six months into its existence. (No one with a staff like this can ever truly be called a “lead” anything.) There’s still work to be done, though, and I’m thrilled to have a chance to help make it happen. I’ll still be featured on the site for the next few weeks, but this thing is really gonna kick in on my first day, which is April 15. I can’t wait.
Great writer…HUGE Cardinals fan.
Despite record profits and skyrocketing franchise values, major league baseball owners want to squeeze even more money out of their lowest-paid employees. Owners are planning a vote to eliminate mandatory pensions for “non-uniformed personnel,” meaning scouts, secretaries, and minor league staffers. While baseball executives claim the move will simply give them more “flexibility” in designing a pension plan, they really just want to pay less money. After all, what’s more flexible than making no pension contribution whatsoever?
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf is the most vocal opponent of the change, while anti-pension owners are staying quiet - they never wanted the pension vote to go public in the first place. It’s not clear which owners are pushing to back against pensions, but you can safely assume Jeffrey Loria is one of them.
The “bleacher creatures” doing a roll call that includes Kevin Youkilis as one of their own?? CAN’T WAIT!
I now hate the Giants as much as I hate the Yankees…well, okay, maybe not quite that much, but it’s pretty damn close.
Damn that’s ugly.
And damn I kind of want it…
Orange on St. Patrick’s Day? No, I don’t see how that could go wrong…
In 1927 my Pappy almost got expelled from Notre Dame because, in his words: “This Protestant bastard wore a orange tie to the cafeteria on Saint Patricks Day. We decided to drown him in Saint Mary’s Lake. He was going to hell anyway, why not that day?”
Think the World Baseball Classic is meaningless? Tell that to Team Mexico and their sweet free headphones, hooked up by Sergio “I Just Look Illegal” Romo.