The Morning After: September 15, 2011

As the MLB regular season winds down, only a couple of things remain undecided as far as the playoffs are concerned.  The most compelling story is the little baseball team that could, the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Red Sox have a 4 game lead on them in the wild card standings, and the magic number to clinch is 11.  No offense to Big D, but I would absolutely love it if Tampa was able to track down the mighty Boston Moneybags and earn a playoff spot.  That would be another blow to the already dead and decaying argument that baseball is in need of a salary cap to ensure parity.  Building a successful baseball organization has a lot more to do with being smart than spending large amounts of money.  Just ask the nearest Cubs and Mets fans you can find.  So here’s to the little team that could, and to a strong finish.  Links and such after the jump.

 

 

Reasons to hate Derek Dooley. (Scott Van Pelt’s favorite blog)

People who hate sabermetrics will not acknowledge that this was ever written. (Evil stat mafia nerd blog)

On the disappearance and possible reemergence of the “Packer Sweep”. (Grantland’s best hire)

Two doses of medicine from the good doctor. (One and two)

Prince Fielder: officially done in Milwaukee after this season. (Hardball Talk)

Mets sale falls through, and Frank McCourt declines a billion dollar offer. (The Hardball Times)

JP had a video from this band on Monday, so if you liked that one, you might dig this one as well.

  • Trey

    Reasons to hate Derek Dooley

    Tougher than Fulmer or Kiffin, but I’ve been able to find some there.

  • Trey

    People who hate sabermetrics will not acknowledge that this was ever written.

    I don’t hate SABR. I just hate when people use it as the end all/be all.

  • Trey

    Two doses of medicine from the good doctor. (One and two)

    That read like a professional Bleacher Report article. Both topics are incredibly DUH.

  • Trey

    Prince Fielder: officially done in Milwaukee after this season.

    Anaheim? Chicago White Sox?

  • Trey

    The USA beat Russia in the Rugby World Cup (is Russia good?)

  • Johnny

    No offense to Big D, but I would absolutely love it if Tampa was able to track down the mighty Boston Moneybags and earn a playoff spot.

    yeah it’s not happening

  • cycledan

    (is Russia good?)

    No and I had the game DVR’ed and now you ruined it.
    Actually there are 5 teams so 4 games each in pool play. The USA is not going to beat Australia. Actually they will lose by 30-40 at least. They got beat by Ireland and really had no chance of beating them. There is a real outside shot they beat Italy but the game they were trying to win was this one against Russia. They play rugby in Russia about as much as they do here.

  • cycledan

    That would be another blow to the already dead and decaying argument that baseball is in need of a salary cap to ensure parity.

    As a Yankee fan who wants to keep seeing his team win, I whole heartedly agree.

    Small market teams will win on occasion and big spending big market teams like the Mets and Dodgers can be mismanaged into being bad teams but in general, it is a huge advantage to be able to go out and buy whatever free agents you want.

  • Trey

    I had the game DVR’ed and now you ruined it.

    I’m sorry Dan, I though it was long over.

  • http://enjoyorhire.blogspot.com/ Vez

    cannot believe fielder is talking about this as the playoffs come up. everyone may have known, but him saying it again means a new round of media wanking about it

    that’s not a leader

  • http://enjoyorhire.blogspot.com/ Vez

    interesting music, too falsetto-y and B96-ish for me

  • Johnny
  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Big D

    A Fudgesicle is a frozen, ice cream-like snack.

    I like that Yahoo News felt the need to define what a Fudgesicle is.

  • http://enjoyorhire.blogspot.com/ Vez

    i would rather not click that and just wonder if the man used the fudgesicle to wake Cage or if it was just describing the man

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jpmanahan

    Tampa Sked:

    4 @ Bos
    4 @ NY
    3 vs Tor
    3 vs NY

    Boston Sked:

    4 vs TB
    4 vs Bal
    3 @ NY
    3 @ Bal

    It could still happen.

  • Johnny

    If Boston plays 500 ball Tampa has to go 11-3. There is no margin for error. It’s not going to happen

  • marcomarco

    That song sucked, but the video was awesome.

    /lurker’d

  • cycledan

    I’m sorry Dan, I though it was long over.

    heheehe. No problem. Figured I would see it somewhere online. Still going to watch it.