Topic: Major League Baseball

April 1, 2013

It's Opening Day: a day to summon hope where possible and delusion where necessary, bust on Shane Victorino out of reflex, and try not to make eye contact with the Arizona Diamondbacks. A hugely digressive and mostly useless season preview, in dialogue form.

March 7, 2013

Getting loose, jogging through some desultory in-game outfield sprints, finding our arm slots and feeling raw terror at the prospect of a well-armed and irked Kirk "Ted Nugent Is A Friend" Gibson. Spring Training is a time for figuring things out.

October 29, 2012

A dispatch from The D, where a city gets excited about the Tigers, promptly and painfully runs up agains the limits of fan-power, and retires to the casinos.

October 10, 2012

The playoffs are here, which means Bronson Arroyo's singing face, a few extra between-cigarette cigarettes for Jim Leyland, and the freaking Cardinals and Yankees. It's a good thing. Let's talk about it.

October 1, 2012

The United States government has made a habit of seizing the domains of websites that point fans to illegal streams of live sports. But the legal basis for doing so, as well as the extent of professional leagues' complicity in these actions, remains in serious doubt.

September 27, 2012

Keith Hernandez is many things: one of the better first basemen of his era, one of the better Seinfeld guest stars of any era, and an American original. First and foremost, though, Hernandez is a mustachioed man. Or was: before Thursday's game against the Mets, Hernandez shaved his mustache in front of CitiField, for charity. SNY's Ted Berg was there.

September 20, 2012

As a long season closes and the Baltimore Orioles continue to baffle and astound. Two men try to make sense of it all. Not terribly hard, and not terribly successfully. But trying is important, too. Let's all go get some ice cream!

September 11, 2012

When the veteran American League ump Ron Luciano wrote The Umpire Strikes Back in 1982, it was a bestseller as a quintessential Dad Book: a safe, sports-y Father's Day gift. Thirty years later, and 17 years after Luciano died by his own hand, the book looks like something altogether stranger, sadder, and more interesting. This may be the saddest baseball book ever written.

August 25, 2012

There are big trades, and then there is the total team transplant that the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off late Friday night. The multi-star, multi-multi-million dollar deal is not quite official yet, but Yakkin' About Baseball isn't quite worried about that, quite.