time for nitpicking

Posted on April 15, 2013

I'll just get right to it: why make me skim past posts about football on the official site of Major League Baseball? Of the many things that annoy me about the decisions MLB makes, this is pretty far down on the list, but I still find it irksome.


In the same vein, the grammar on does not always comply with my lofty standards. Take, for instance, the headline, "Roy Halladay won his first game of 2013 and the 200th of his storied career." To the baseball layman (why would he be on, this could mean that Halladay just pitched in his first game of 2013 and won it. Further, it could mean that this was the 200th game in which Halladay pitched, and he just happened to win it. Actually, Halladay has pitched in three games this season and has now pitched in 406 games in his career. He didn't win his first game of this year, because the Braves beat him up...

And how 'bout those Braves? An 11-1 start, winning 9 straight with a Major League-best 1.82 ERA and 20 homers (good for 2nd in the majors). If they can keep up this pace, I'll be able to withstand all the football posts and poor grammar can possibly throw at me.

Posted by scwtte

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  1. See, the thing about this is

  • Ahhh. Well, look who it is. HACKMAN. My mortal enemy.

    You know that CHOPPING is better than HACKING.

  • Hackin and choppin all over this place. Lets settle this.

    While hacking has the advantage of speed, chopping has the connotation of more precision. And when I need something or someone felled, I tend toward precision. So my vote goes for Chopman.

    Besides, that breadfish thing was obnoxious.

  • You remember when we wanted to be obnoxious in comp sci class, wed play snippets of Like Humans Do on the computer?

    Thats what the breadfish reminds me of. And I laff evry tim.

  • I still remember every word to that stinking song.

  • Annoying rule change alert: it is now a balk if you fake a pick-off attempt to third and first. But not second. Nope. Second is ok. Third used to be ok. Now it is RIGHT OUT!

    Of course this begs the question Dont umps have anything better to do than dream up new balk rules in the off season? My guess is in order to remain necessary the ump schools pay MLB to change the rules periodically. Follow the money.

  • The complaint about that fake-to-third-throw-to-first play, I believe, was that it should have always been a balk, but was never called. Now theyre just enforcing the rule. Not sure about faking to second first, but Im also not sure Ive ever seen thatnot very easy to pull that off unless you set up on the mound quite strangely.

    Having said that, I hate umpires.

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