How about a change-up from a screwball?
Not that you care, but it’s time I shared the method to my growing madness. I compile notes — accent on pile — that I hope are of interest. Then I sort through them and bang on a keyboard.
Today, however, a blind draw. Whatever comes out and in that order. That saves me the stress of thought. Besides, that’s how Dick Young did it in his Sunday “Clubhouse Confidential” columns.
First up, an email from reader Richard T. Monahan, who notes that for $40 the Astros, among many MLB teams, are selling team “Stars and Stripes 4th of July On-Field Fitted Hats.”
They’re actually baseball caps, not hats, and, as Monahan adds, the Astros won’t be “On-Field” the Fourth of July as they’re off the field for the holiday.
Toronto, however, is scheduled to play at home on the Fourth of July, though not a Canadian holiday unless our “We the North” neighbors celebrate the colonists’ victory over The Crown.
Next, we pull the announced attendances from Tuesday’s Mets-Yankees day-night, two-payments doubleheader, both in excess of 41,000 — even if the first game appeared to be played to no more than 20,000.
But Monday’s Mets-Yankees rainout, called at 6:35 for a 7 p.m. start, did allow thousands to pay to travel to the Stadium — 45 bucks to park — and buy overpriced drinks and eats before being told to leave.
Wednesday, after the Blues beat the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup, NBCSN broke this story in a graphic: It was the “Bruins’ first loss in an elimination game this postseason.” Go figure!
But such is TV’s current quality control. Recall those great outfield throws Cody Bellinger made to nail Mets baserunners in L.A. on May 27? The next day, SNY’s “Loud Mouths” tried to show both, but they were hidden behind fat graphics noting Bellinger’s great throws.
Wednesday, the Brewers beat the Astros, 6-3, in 14 innings. Great game? You tell me: 15 hits, 38 strikeouts.
Reader Greg Lewis wonders if Mike Francesa, after tripping and falling, declares, “I meant to do that.”
Monday, in the bottom of the sixth of Game 1 of Mets-Yanks, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier leaped to briefly snag Gary Sanchez’s liner. As Sanchez was called out, the ball fell from Frazier’s glove.
On YES, Michael Kay said Frazier’s throw to first, after Sanchez was declared out, was unnecessary. Ah, but you’re now neither safe nor out until the replay review think-tankers “down in Chelsea” rule you are.
Mike McCarthy — creative, candid and funny president of MSG Network before it fell to the paranoia instilled by Jimmy Dolan — is now GM of the Marquee Sports Network — for which he will oversee, among other things, Cubs telecasts.
If ESPN’s “Keepin’ It Real” Stephen A. Smith is such a big fan of Snoop Dogg — Smith and “my man Snoop” did an on-court chat before Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Smith addressing him as an NBA/Lakers expert — he’d have no trouble reading, on-air, the rapper’s rap sheet and lyrics. Right?
Reader Terry Nicholson wonders why no one asks NHL players if they’re “starters” or bench players.
Last week, in a heated radio exchange in Philadelphia, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler defended Jean Segura for not running hard to first, which led to a run-down that ended in a season-ending injury to Andrew McCutchen.
More than a few current managers, including Mickey Callaway, defend indefensible play rather than insist it be eliminated.
So, Rob Manfred, here’s the question: If managers and players don’t care, why should we, MLB’s paying customers?
They just choose to lose: Chris Sale — among the best, most durable and expensive starters in the game — had it all Monday against the Rangers. After seven, he’d allowed three hits and struck out 10 on 99 pitches. His Red Sox, desperate to stay in it, led, 2-1.
So Alex Cora pulled him for “eighth-inning man” Brandon Workman, who made 1, 2, 3 on 14 pitches.
So Cora pulled him for “closer” Matt Barnes.
Boston lost, 4-3.
Let’s see if we’ve got this right:
Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” is tossed from Yankee Stadium for a racist song she sang nearly 90 years ago.
But vulgar, N-wording, admitted and proud “gangsta” Biggie Smalls, a thug who died a thug’s death — murdered, shot dead — has his name hanging in salute in Barclays Center. And last week a Brooklyn street was named in his honor.
Though Fox 5 News reported the street-naming was to salute Biggie’s “brilliance,” no one at Channel 5 or either ceremony dared recite his “brilliant” lyrics. That would have ruined everything.
Last year, a first-season expansion club, Vegas, played in the Stanley Cup Final. Thus year the Cup was won by St. Louis, which had the NHL’s worst record in January.
So one of Urban Meyer’s star recruits to Florida, Aaron Hernandez, died in prison while doing time for murder. Another, Tony Joiner, captain of one of Meyer’s Florida teams, last week was charged with his wife’s murder.
Meyer remains gainfully employed, now as a Fox analyst and Ohio State instructor of a course, “Character & Leadership.”
Several readers have asked if NBA games would be better if 3-pointers counted for 2 and 2-pointers counted for 3.
Given that Fox’s U.S. Open team Thursday identified Tiger Woods as the only victim of bad lies, shouldn’t he be entitled to free drops? Friday’s early coverage on FS1 focused on how the chilly weather might bother “Tiger” — and only “Tiger.”
Given NBC’s silence on the matter, it’s OK for Mike Milbury to say “scumbag” on the air.
Do they make bobbleheads that point to you while laughing? After selling the Mets career laggard Yoenis Cespedes, wherever he is, for $110 million, Brodie Van Wagenen, the agent, was selected Mets GM then traded for Joginson Cano.
Why did NBC choose Charles Barkley as its first period intermission guest during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final? Because Drake was tied up with the Raptors. Either that or it was National Don’t Forget to Pay Your Prostitute and Casino Debts Day.
The U.S. women’s soccer team will appear in a public service announcement discouraging kids from bullying.
Think another NFL season will begin with TV experts not knowing if the all-important red-zone possession starts on any down, including fourth down, which makes it extremely unimportant? Same here.
Think we’ll be told that all-important red-zone failures often precede game-winning/-ending field goals? Same here.
Reader Ted McBroom suggests that on Father’s Day — I fathered two daughters and still have a tummy to prove it — I end my column with a walk-off period. Here goes: .