Topic: MLB

January 31, 2014

Baseball could use a Richard Sherman-type star and the noisy drama he'd bring. But even loosening up a little bit would be a nice start.

December 27, 2013

This year's Padres aren't a very good baseball team. But what's been truly bad and sad about them in recent years, and the reason they've lost a fan base that seemed ready to love them, has less to do with baseball than how business gets done in San Diego.

December 13, 2013

Late nights, strange feelings, general ambivalence, and also, very early in the mornings, a wheelchair-bound, tentatively rapping Drake. If it's strange to watch someone you watched on television grow up to become a star, it's not much stranger than growing up, yourself.

November 19, 2013

After an 86-year drought, the Boston Red Sox have won a league-best three World Series in the past decade. The club’s reversal of fortune can be traced to their sale, in 2002, to a group headed by John W. Henry. But what would have happened if James Dolan's 11th-hour bid had been accepted instead? 

November 18, 2013

The 1984 San Diego Padres were the best and most interesting team in franchise history. Which is sort of the same thing as saying they were too interesting to fit into an '80s-style highlight video, even one this heavy on Ray Parker Jr.

October 11, 2013

We are nearly out of baseball teams, and baseball season. To make the most of the (honestly kind of wearyingly predictable) teams left, let's look to the weird Corgi-shaped sluggers and try to ignore Tony La Russa's scowling ghost. Let's at least try.

October 10, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates season had to end eventually, and it ended on Wednesday night with the team helpless before Adam Wainright in St. Louis. At least it ends in, and with, some real hope. That's not a small thing after twenty years of nothing but hope.

October 3, 2013

A look at the disco-soundtracked, Al Michaels-narrated, endearingly batshit highlight video of the not-very-good 1980 San Francisco Giants. Part of an occasional series, hopefully.

October 2, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates won a game in the playoffs for the first time since 1992. It all felt a lot more natural than it should've. Let's try to be cool about this, somehow.

October 1, 2013

... it's a nice idea, and easy to get excited about with baseball's playoffs coming up, but that's about it. And yes, we have charts.