Jered Weaver will not make his final start of the year because he doesn’t care about your H2H team.  Weaver ends the season with a line of 18-8/2.41/1.01/198.  If you throw out three bad starts, his ERA would’ve been 1.72 in 220 innings, but if if’s and but’s were candy and nuts no one would ever leave the bathroom.  Verlander’s gonna win the Cy Young, shizz is foregone.  Put it in an envelope and hand it to your mail carrier so he can steam it open and check it for cash.  Either way, let’s look at what Weaver did this year.  Mullet over, if you will.  Weaver was better last year.  Blunt is as blunt does right there.  His K-rate, xFIP and hair were all better.  His K-rate this year was right in line with past rates, if you exclude 2010.  For now, last year looks like the outlier for Ks.  Also, batters made contact with his pitches inside the strike zone at a higher rate than last year and hitters weren’t as fooled by pitches outside the strike zone.  In the end, he’s not going to be terrible in 2012; it’s just a repeat of 2011 seems unlikely, unless Superman circles the earth a few hundred times.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Zimmerman – Sitting out the last two games with a sore hamstring.  What’s this, the last few days of senior year and he’s already going to his safety school?  Play the games!

Alex Gonzalez – Left the game after aggravating his calf.  That’s the last time he says he likes his hamstring better.

Jose Reyes – 3-for-6 as he hit two homers yesterday.  That hit the spot in one of my leagues.  It was like the Kool-Aid man crashing through your wall and yelling “Oh, yeah!” then spackling the hole over because no one wants a giant hole in their wall.

Chris Capuano – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Ended the season with a 4.55 ERA.  Crapuano was pretttay, pretttay mediocre.

Jeanmar Gomez – 4 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  Watching this game yesterday I felt like everyone screaming at Rocky to throw in the towel to save Apollo’s life.  Jesus effin’ Montero, they had to let Gomez give up eight earned with no lifeline?  Throw him a freakin’ bone and pull him from the G-d damn game!  Fantasy baseball:  When real life stress isn’t enough.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Done for the year.  Back date this to last Thursday when I thought he was done for the year.

Prince Fielder – 3-for-3, 5 RBIs and 3 homers.  Then the soon-to-be free agent, Prince, changed his name to a symbol — $.

Howie Kendrick – Left the game with a sprained wrist.  He’s day-to–Oh, yeah, today’s the last day.  Didn’t the season just start?  I’m sad.

Matt Joyce – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Member when he was the meow’s cat early in the season?  Oh, those were the days.  It was warm out!  You had more hair!  Okay, now for another friendly reminder — grab everyone on the Braves, Cardinals, Rays and Red Sox.  If there’s a one game playoff, you want to be the one with these guys, not the schmohawk you’re trying to beat.

Matt Holliday – Pulled from the game because of his injured middle finger.  Some of his owners might have a healthy middle finger for him.

Allen Craig – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and a homer as he replaced Holliday.  Yeah, I’d even grab Craig for that potential one day playoff game.

Tyler Flowers – Hit two homers in the last two games.  It’s too late for this year, but please, White Sox, do the right thing and give him a chance to play.  I’m begging here.

Adam Dunn – 0-for-3 with 3 Ks, bringing his average to .159.  Elias Sports Bureau said there’s never been a player that hit less than half his weight until Adam Dunn.  Actually, they didn’t say that, but something that was heard around the Elias Sports Bureau compound, “Terry, in Human Resources, broke the previous record of seventeen with how many times someone’s blamed a fart on a ceiling fan.”

Justin Upton – After being hit in the head by a pitch on Sunday, he returned to the lineup yesterday and was hit in the face by a fly ball.  In the playoffs, Upton will wear a glove on his head.

Jarrod Parker – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K.  Okay, start the hype machine for next year.

Mike Morse – For his 30th homer on Monday, Livan bought him a bottle of Cristal.  Yesterday, Morse hit his 31st homer.  For that, Livan gave him a lap dance.

Mike Napoli – Two homers yesterday vs. his old club, and specifically his old manager who never played him.  That revenge had to feel sweet for Napoli.  Remember, never get involved in a land war in Asia and never go against Napoli when pride is on the line.  He takes 28 homers, and even more remarkably, a .317 average into the final game of the season.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-5 with a slam & legs to finally get him to 30/30.  This quest for 30/30 reminded me of an actor doing a movie for a paycheck.  30/30 is Kinsler’s Little Fockers.

Josh Willingham – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and a home run.  That gives him 29 homers and 98 RBIs on the year.  This blew Rudy’s mind yesterday on IM.  “You see Willingham’s almost at 30/100?”  “Yeah, I saw.” “I have nothing else to say about that.”  “Neither do I.”

Ryan Lavarnway – With Salty and Varitek banged up, Lavarnway got the start and hit two homers yesterday.  Similarly to Tyler Flowers, I’d love to see Lavarnway get a starting job next year.  Do it for all of Ryan’s fans.  You know, the Lavarnwayians.  Who are not related to Damon, Marlon, Kim, Keenan, Elvira, Michael, Kyla, Bella, Shawn, Damien (have I mentioned Damien yet?), Daphne, Jolie, Bella, Nadia, Shawn Howell, Chaunté and Craig.

Marco Scutaro – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, home run, hitting near .400 in September.  What-what?!  Actually the what-what was what I just mentioned.

Chris Parmelee – 2-for-4 with a homer and in the same game Tosoni hit a grand slam.  Parmelee and Tosoni?  Sounds like rejected cast members of The Jersey Shore.

Delmon Young – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  I feel like every year drafting Delmon is like falling for the ol’ banana-in-the-tailpipe.

Anthony Bass – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Sweet… if I didn’t start Jeanmar and Blake Beavan.

Javier Vazquez – 9 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  He only pitched this well to end the season because I dropped him in all of my leagues three months ago.  Oh, and I blame Steve Bartman too.

Emilio Bonifacio – 2-for-3 with his 40th steal.  I’m in the process of writing up top 20 recaps that will be on the site next week.  You wanna know one guy that really surprised me?  Steve Lombardozzi.  No, Random Italicized Voice, not Steve LombardozziEmilio Bonifacio.  Didn’t realize what a great year he ended up having.  I mean, I should.  I only wrote 1500 words a day about fantasy baseball for the last 6 months.  Imagine I wrote all of that in a spiral notebook.  You’d have me committed.  It’s all about the medium!

Jimmy Rollins – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs, 2 runs and a slam & legs.  Now has 16 homers and 30 steals.  You know, you could’ve done worse at shortstop.  Hanley comes to mind.  He would’ve been worse.  On a side note, I wonder if the Phils don’t want the Braves in the playoffs or they’re just doing the honorable thing by playing their regulars.  I’m guessing it’s the latter.

Joe Blanton – Will start the season finale for the Phillies, which will set up their rotation perfectly for Blanton to return to pitch Game 6 of the NLDS.

  1. Shawn Williams says:

    Hey Grey I currently have a 7-3 lead in H2H, but the lead is quite narrow as I am only winning by 4 runs, 1 SB, .004 for avg, 1 save and lost my lead in ERA to losing by 0.04, and am leading WHIP by 0.01. So I can possibly lose it all on my last day. My opponent has Rick Porcello starting tomorrow and I have Stephen Strasburg. Should I gamble to retake ERA or should I let him start Porcello and leave it to chance he won’t have an amazing game?

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks for another season, Grey. This is the second time I have fantasy baseballed (more of a fantasy basketballer) and I’m happy to report I’m taking down my work league (pride only) and one of my two cbs public leagues (some pride, mostly money). Only site I read all season was this here razzball, and I’ll be back next year. Have a good off-season, razzballers.

  3. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    After months of anticipation, I can’t believe it’s finally here… the premiere of The Real World: San Diego at 10 PM EST!

    Thanks for another fun season, gents. Off the top of my head, the title that sticks in my mind most is “All A Fire Lind Loves Taters.” And I never even owned Lind for a minute! Looking forward to the end of season awards.

  4. MrHappyTime says:

    Dempster, Harrison, Chen or Leblanc for today? Need a win..

  5. chata says:

    remember to pitch hamels today .
    more likely to get the win than blanton .

  6. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    I really think all h2h leagues should end the wk before the last wk of real baseball.One of my leagues did and it worked out real nice.All these players sitting for no good reason sucks.

    Willingham was actually available on waivers in two 10 team leagues THIS wk….and he’ll probably be drafted in the 21st rd next yr

  7. Mike Adamson says:

    Best article title ever!

  8. Kilgore Trout says:

    Excellent stuff today(Prince changing his name to $)-Perfect! Thanks for all the info this year. This is the one site that I read everyday.

  9. SpecialFNK says:

    thanks for all the help this season. your site is one of the best for fantasy baseball. it’s awesome that every day you are here to help people.

    might be late for this as it’s the last day and no more pitchers can be picked up. but I know at least in yahoo if you’re close to your IP max you can still start everyone and go over and still have all the pitching stats count. there’s no way for yahoo to know which IP to count, so they all do. I have 9 IP left but 6 starters going today.

    I’m in 1st place with a 4 point lead, but there are still areas I could lose in, like W. I need the wins.

    I have these 6 starters going in the available spots..
    Myers vs Cardinals, LeBlanc vs Cubs, Strasberg vs Nationals, Volstad vs Marlins, Harrison vs Angels, Volquez vs Mets.
    I’m not really worried about ERA/WHIP. I’m 1st in both of those categories.
    my ERA/WHIP- 3.00/1.12. the next closest are 3.25/1.17. I know I’m safe in WHIP, but not sure even on a bad day if 3.00 could become close to 3.25.

    that leaves me with 2 RP spots for 4 closers.
    which 2 of these 4 closers should I use today hoping for a SV?
    Rivera – Yankees(undecided) vs Rays(Price?)
    Bell – Padres(LeBlanc) vs Cubs(Dempster)
    Axford – Brewers(Greinke?) vs Pittsburgh(Locke)
    Guerra – Dodgers(Lilly) vs Diamonbacks(Saunders)

  10. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Poor Bartman.

  11. Duck'sPants says:

    I had to lower the requirements to 100 AB in a season but here’s a list of players to finish with an AVG less than half of their listed weight – all of them pitchers

    Dave DavenportP 1915 130 220 0.092
    Red Donahue P 1902 118 187 0.093
    Art Fromme P 1912 103 178 0.087
    Ned Garvin P 1903 106 160 0.075
    Lefty Grove P 1933 105 190 0.086
    Randy Jones P 1976 103 178 0.058
    Tim Keefe P 1892 117 185 0.085
    Sandy Koufax P 1963 110 210 0.064
    Sandy Koufax P 1966 118 210 0.076
    Dutch Leonard P 1917 104 185 0.087

  12. Steakstreak says:

    After harvesting Hanley, Hanson, Pedroia and Weaver for their sweet sweet draft picks, which three coagulate to form the best young nucleus in 2012?

    Strasburg and Hosmer are probably locks in the 20th and 21st.
    Then I’m looking at: Bumgarner (14), Beachy (22), Shields (21), LoMo (18)

    I’m betting about 1/2 of my league gives up early picks, (one has Agon, Tulo, and Bautista 1,2,3), so there’s a chance that the draft will be very kind to me. I won’t be a goat until next season but for now, how can I become a hero?

  13. Steakstreak says:

    Oh, and should I grab Harper, just for kicks?

  14. Three True Outcomes says:

    Starting Line-up question – tied for runs, rbis. Do I start rasmus and/or dunn over holliday? Anyone know matt’s status? Need bodies for counting stats and rasmus and dunn play early afternoon. Would hate to start those bums only to find out Holliday will play. Or vice versa – bench those tards watch them have a decent game and lose on holliday tonight. Any thoughts/update on holliday?

  15. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    I had Javy for his first month of resurgence, then hatedropped him after he and Nolasco fartbombed against in consecutive days against the Padres.

    Clearly should have dropped Nolasco, not Vazquez.

  16. cj says:

    Thanks much for the help all season.

    Question on one-game playoffs: will ESPN allow us to set rosters for tomorrow’s potential games, or will we only get points if the player is in our active lineup? I ask because there’s currently no date tab for Thursday’s games.

  17. MrHappyTime says:

    Thanks again for all the great advice this season Grey. Its lead me to my first Fantasy Baseball Championship. Can’t wait to do it again next year. Best of luck to you as well fine sir..

  18. Steakstreak says:

    @Grey: The latter group. I’m ditching the stars.

  19. Frank Rizzo says:

    I only have 10 innings of pitching left today and am tied for the lead with another guy in W’s. He has no one going today but I need to pick 1 guy out of the following….

    Harrison @ LA Angels
    Saunders Vs LA Dodgers
    B Chen @ Minnesota
    Pavano vs KC

    Who would you roll with? I currently have Harrison starting and the others sitting.

  20. Race to the Gold says:

    Currently tied 5 to 5 in H2H. I win on the Championship on a tie.

    He has 10 Wins / 122K / 3.26 ERA / 1.00 WHIP
    I have 8 Wins 112K / 2.67 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

    He Starts: Myers and Saunders
    I Can Potentially Start: LeBlanc / Volstad / Porcello / Humber

    I am only up 3 in RBIs so I can still loose that cat also. Do I take the risk at pitcher or back off and hope he doesn’t catch me anywhere else? If I risk it who should I roll with?

  21. mhfella says:

    Falling victim to one of the classic blunders… Ha, that Vizzini scene is priceless. As is your advice (lame segue, I know). Last few weeks have totally benched Bautista, Morse and Konerko and replaced with Ben Revere, Dee Gordon and De Aza because I stood to gain way more in steals and average than I could lose in homers and rbi. Couldn’t gain anything in homers and rbi, in fact. This drastic benching move has put me over the top. You showed me the path with something you wrote not long before the trade deadline about not being afraid to deal your studs if they could no longer help you. Hello league-mates. My name is Inigo Montoya….

  22. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Thanks to Razzball (with an assist to Scioscia) my team will win my H2H league tonight. Appreciate all of the hard work by you and your team and the responses to all of the commenter’s questions which also help immensely. Looking forward to your 2012 projections!

  23. OaktownSteve says:

    Dude…how sweet was that triple play. Dang I love baseball.

    Didn’t know much about Willingham coming into the season, but I’m a believer. He’s really strong. Hits a lot of no doubters. Has what I call a modern swing. Keeps the hands back a long time through the zone and then accelerates the top hand through impact. Weight is already out on the front foot. Gets huge extension. He’s pretty legit. Also won a lot MLB good guy awards this year for his foundation.

  24. birrrdy! says:

    I’m the guy in people’s leagues that picked up Vazquez after his last bad start. Great run. Got Leake off the waiver wire too.

    The karma is that I also dropped Bonifacio right before his 30 game hit streak and him going gonzo on stolen bases.

    Im coming in second in my league due to a shortfall of 5 SBs which would have put me in first.

    ugh. The drop of Bonifacio was the sole reason I lost this year. Go figure. Couldn’t even trade him right before the drop as no one wanted him.

  25. Jake says:

    Wow, here’s why I hate the Mets. Reyes leads off with a bunt single and I get all excited because I need steals and was hoping he would go for it. What do those brilliant Mets do??? They pull Reyes for the day. Seriously, 1AB why start him then?

  26. @Grey: Long time. Just wanted to drop an update from the darkened cave of my edit session. Even working 24/7 to get a show out the door, the fantasy gods smiled upon me long enough to fuel a magical playoff run.

    Down to the wire, do or die backs against the wall, fill in the blank sports euphemism for losing… The dynasty is on the line as “Coffee Is For Closers” tries to make it back to back to back titles. Down 9-3, but close in enough categories that I can still pull this off. Back later for an update.

    Tonight we dine in heck!

  27. chata says:

    ralph kiner calls the reyes move … “playing chicken” .

  28. dsimon says:

    Ok longish question here. 18 category (I know. Gross) H2H league. I’m winning 9-6-3. We are tied in triples, steals, and complete games. I own the tiebreaker.

    I am losing QS 8-6. I’m losing whip 1.25-1.35. He has 6 losses to my 3. He’s killing me in wins.

    Do I start Zack Greinke and Gio Gonzalez tonight in the hopes i lessen my WHIP and pick up some QS? He’s throwing out Hudson, Myers, and Matt Harrison so it seems like he’ll get at least 1 QS and I should just hold off and hope for the best from my offense.

    We’re super close on HR and RBI (i’m up by 1 on both). I will say this – Jose Reyes getting lifted after his first at bat is AWESOME for me (opponent has him).

  29. dsimon says:

    Actually I did the math. I won’t catch him on whip unless his pitchers blow up like the Lusitania. I’m just gonna let it ride on my hitters.

    Thanks for another great year Grey!

  30. Nick says:

    Grey, thanks for the great season. Keep up your great work and don’t change a darn thing!

  31. chata says:

    batista throws a 2 hitter against cincy , and the clowns in the stands
    @ shea are chanting … jose reyes … jose reyes .

  32. Wake Up says:

    Thanks for another season of news, facts and laughs. I am sipping an appletini, celebrating my Razzy league victory. I bought it for me, but poured some out for you. Well, I kinda spilled it while holding it with my pinky pointed out, you know really douchey, but in hindsight, I feel like it was subconsciously in your general direction, homey. Anyway, thanks again.

  33. chris says:

    ahhh, nothing like not starting miggy batista and he throws a CGSO that would have sealed my league….lets go bruce chen/alfredo simon….

  34. Rabbit says:

    I watched much of Catching Hell (swtched to catch certain points of the Sawx and Yankees games). That was pretty compelling stuff. Between the footage and first-hand accounts you get a real feel for just how ugly that crowd was toward Bartman, and how he could have real easily ended up beaten to a pulp that night–even with the security detail around him, it seemed like he was in real danger. I found this documentary compelling because I am fascinated by why and how sports can inflame such passions in us (and I lump myself in here too) that we will do wholly irrational things in response to the outcome of a game with arbitrary rules played by professional millionaires with little to no connection to us or the community for whom they play. And these millionaires will often openly admit that they have no connection to a particular team and “it’s all just business.” But it is clearly not all business to us fans–it’s not even a little bit business; it’s all personal. But why do we feel such affiliation to “our” teams? What basic, primitive need is our sports affiliation fulfilling? Put another way, if the Phillies meet the Yankees in the World Series, why will I feel that the world is a more just a better place if the Phillie millionaires beat the Yankee millionaires?

  35. daniel says:

    which side ya got for next season? 20 teams 10 keepers h2h
    a: bautista
    b: zimmerman and weeks
    also how much regression are you expecting for bautista next season?

  36. chata says:

    alou would have caught that ball even without a glove .

    remember , he used to pizz on his hands to toughen them up .

  37. chata says:

    in the post-game interview of today’s mets game , manager terry collins
    said that reyes told him he was going to bunt and that , if successful , he
    wanted to be pulled from the game .

    to the reporters , reyes said collins wanted to take him out of the game .
    and ,
    a) he wanted to play for the fans ,
    and ,
    b) he didn’t care what the fans thought of his decision to exit the game .

    ultimately , he was very occupied with becoming a free agent , and
    what a batting title would mean to him …. (he repeated this) .

  38. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    I watched the Bartman doc and what bothered me was people(like Bob Costas) kept saying “the poor guy just made a mistake”….

    It seems to me that he was just doing exactly what fans have been doing for more than a century,right?

    If it was a “mistake”,then I guess fans near the field stick their hands in their pockets when a foul ball comes near them at Wrigley nowadays?

    The people who have the most to be embarassed about are the reporters and random media types who stalked the guy and plastered his name and adress all over tv and internet.

    just my 2cents.

    btw….why is Costas treated like some sort of broadcasting legend?….dude seems really full of himself.

  39. Steve says:

    I don;t think I really had a chance of winning the Al K/Hippo keeper, but Myers is in the process of removing all doubt…

  40. Steve says:

    Um, Joe Smith is not helping here.

  41. Wilsonian says:

    Need an answer in the next 10 minutes. I’m losing ERA 2.90 to 2.94. I’m winning WHIP 1.01 to 1.06. He’s got Dempster pitching right now, I’ve got Lilly scheduled to pitch. Do I bench Lilly?

  42. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:

    Poor Kimbrel. That’s what happens when you get treated like an old dish rag. Black n Yellow!

  43. McBainus says:

    @Grey: It’s truly sad the things you wish for while watching StatTracker on the last day of the season. Rooting for/against basically everyone that comes to bat and getting more excited than I’ve been in weeks because of a Miguel Batista CG Shutout…

    I just need Samardzija and Marshall NOT to pitch today…or if they do, to not have clean innings!!! I hate myself!

  44. McBainus says:

    @Grey: Looking at the Yankees/Rays pitchers for today…who do you think gets credit for the win assuming they hang on? Laffey or Hughes? I hate the “most effective” rule…I need objectivity!!!

  45. McBainus says:

    @Grey: They went up 5-0 in the second inning , but pulled the starter after 2 innings. Then used a variety of relief pitchers. Looking at the stats, it could be Hughes or Laffey. You’d have to look at the Box Score to really see.
    Although now that it is 7-6, this conversation could be moot…

  46. McBainus says:

    @Grey: Wow, I feel bad for anyone that started Dempster today and needed to lower their ratios…

  47. chunk says:

    12 team H2H 5×5 championship

    His lineup:

    VS mine:

    I own Ks, ERA, and whip while we are tied for wins :) your daquiris are comin soon, grey, thanks for a great year

  48. Wilsonian says:

    Holy shit, Longo and Napoli just won me my league. I was losing 11-2 going into today’s action. I just won 9-4. Hell yea!

    Unless Lilly gives up 200 runs in the next two innings, and the game somehow goes 20 innings and Kemp goes 0-12.

  49. McBainus says:

    @Wilsonian: The only guy who can catch me has Longo and Napoli…and Jennings and BJ Upton and Farnsworth. Extra innings in this Yankees/Rays game is about to cost me my league if one of those guys does something…I am a nervous wreck right now.

  50. Terrence Mann says:

    As long as Miguel Olivo doesn’t go yard five times tonight, you’ve got more drinks coming. I drafted Crawford in 2, Soo Choo in 3, Dunn in 4, Werth in 5, and Rios in 6. I picked up Espinosa, Hosmer, Lawrie, Gordon, Presley, Bourjos, Motte, Luebke, and Valencia over the season. Somehow climbed into 2nd and $$. :bows:

  51. Eddy says:

    Wow. I love this sport.

    Probably the first day this season where I’m genuinely invested in games because of how insane they are, and not because I own a player in the game.

  52. Drkness says:

    First year following this blog, loved every minute of it, great sense of humor and great info.

    I would like to make a suggestion though. When Matt Stairs retired, the old post about his intensity from the “Razzball Hall of Fame” was priceless. I would like to see an actual razzball hall of fame with the funniest comments from this site

  53. McBainus says:

    Walk Longo!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. Terrence Mann says:

    I did almost blow it by streaming down the stretch. Picking between Lincoln and Huff, I ran with both. Hence, my glossary suggestion:

    Shell Game – Choosing between two low end starters (generally while streaming), which always somehow ends up a losing proposition. “Picking between Huff and Lincoln wasn’t easy, so it made sense to start them both. I had no idea they’d both get shelled. Fmfbbl.”

  55. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Nice night for those that streamed both sides of the KC – Minn game. 17 scoreless innings.

  56. Steve says:

    Feel like I’m missing all the fun. Going to Sydney for the weekend so sitting in an airport.
    A vacay that doesn’t interfere with baseball is a rare thing for me.

  57. Steve says:

    Jesus. Hot girls everywhere.

  58. chata says:

    what a collapse by the braves .

    curse of the bambino ?

  59. McBainus says:

    @Grey: Big bad Matt [email protected]#$in’ Kemp! If Gio holds on for the win that is two leagues I came from behind to win on the last day. This might go down as the single greatest combined real baseball/fantasy baseball day EVER. I can’t think of another one to top it.

  60. McBainus says:

    And I insist you make your Daquiri a double, good sir.

  61. chata says:

    absolutely GREAT move by johnson (orioles rp) .
    almost picked ellsbury off 3rd base .
    hope you saw it .
    a move that will , undoubtedly , be mimicked .

  62. Terrence Mann says:

    Only a matter of a few hours until we hear pleas for Bobby Cocks to come out of retirement.

  63. chata says:

    mets tv , earlier today , announced that jose reyes told them that he was
    having a “ryan braun watch” party at his place tonight .

    braun ended up 0 for 4 .

    hope reyes’ guests got drunk and puked all over his expensive rugs .

  64. chata says:

    with lavarnway stepping up these last few games ,
    we may be witnessing the end to varitek’s career .
    this kid has caught well enough in some important games and deserves to serve as salty’s back-up … imo .

  65. Steve says:

    None of them as hot as Matt Kemp though.

  66. chata says:

    all of new england is wearing down the batteries in their clicker
    at this very moment .

  67. chata says:


  68. chata says:

    my gawd …. the sawx are dead in the water .

  69. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    This Yankee fan has never wanted to see his team lose this badly in his life. Let’s go Rays!

  70. Eddy says:


    WHAT A DAY!!!

    Greatest day of baseball in an extremely long time. How amazing!!!!

  71. chata says:


  72. McBainus says:

    Oh MY God, that was the sickest 2 minute span between Andino and Longo…DEFINITELY the best last day ever.

  73. Steve says:

    Just about to board but holy crap.

  74. Terrence Mann says:

    Awesome. Im pretty sure if the BoSox ever played Iran, I’d root for Iran. This is a great day in American history.

  75. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    I don’t know which I’m happier about right now… that Papelbon choked and ended the Sawx season, or that there won’t be any games tomorrow so stats will end tonight, meaning I won my league! What a way to end the season!

  76. McBainus says:

    OK, I could lose one if Goldschmidt hits a dinger…otherwise I’m good. Too much information, I know, but this is literally the final call…

  77. chata says:

    maybe now the sawx will realize that instead of over-paying a
    slow-footed , over-weight , dominican , who whines at every umpires’ called strike , and is an embarrassment to the general red sox fan base , and all
    of new england , as a whole ,
    that , maybe , they should invest in a pitching staff deserving of it’s
    200+ million payroll , and quit fooling around with bums like lackey
    and dice k .

    theo should be fired for his “misappropriation of funds” .
    and i’m not even a sawx fan .
    cust kayin’ .

  78. Eddy says:


    I was walking away from SunLife stadium today, wishing I could attend a crazy world series game where the Marlins would be in it.

    Don’t know when that would happen, but this has got to be the next best thing.

    Baseball>>>>>>>football, hockey, basketball, polo, discus, ANY DAMN SPORT.

  79. sean says:

    Entered 5 CBS cash leagues. Took down first in three of them!

    Grey, thanks for the tireless news, notes and commentary.

  80. chata says:

    have to agree with others .

    a most exciting finish to the playoff situation .

    now , excuse me while i go see if the A’s can wrap up win #74 .
    green and gold .

  81. chata says:

    am getting reports from the commissioner of my roto league
    that stat-tracker (yahoo) has been “off” (i.e. screwed up) since
    early this afternoon .

    our league leader picked up 5.5 points on a 6 for 38 night !
    apparently , we’ll have to wait until tomorrow and hope yahoo
    figures thing out by then .

    sort of reminds me of political races of yore .

  82. Hans says:

    @Grey thanks for everything this year man, I really appreciate it. I just came back from a rays like deficit over the last two days and my main man Mike Crapoli led the charge. My Tuesday/Wednesday stats were: 17 runs, 11 Home Runs and 26 RBIs to take all 3 of those categories and eek out a championship…..I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!!

  83. McBainus says:

    @Chata…Which is worse 9 games from September 1 (Rays/Red Sox) or 8.5 games from September 6 (Braves/Cardinals)

    It’s a toss up, where the coin is a giant turd…lol

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