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How Eric Sogard Made History

How Eric Sogard Made History

Photo credit: Keith Allison Last Saturday’s Athletics vs. Twins game turned out just about as everyone expected, with Oakland winning the game 9-4 in what was a noncompetitive contest after the 5th inning. Minnesota chose to debut their #8 prospect, starting pitcher Trevor May, in a road game during a lost season against a team...
Sonny Gray, Perfecting What Works

Sonny Gray, Perfecting What Works

Tip: Click on any acronyms for an explanation in the FanGraphs glossary of terms. With his final turn in the rotation for July completed, we’ve now had almost exactly one full year of Sonny Gray – one year of the 24-year-old starting pitcher, the up-and-coming staff ace, the dueler of Playoff Verlanders. In that year,...
Josh Donaldson vs. The Elite

Josh Donaldson vs. The Elite

Photo Adapted from Keith Allison Tip: Don’t understand an acronym? Just click on it and it will take you to the corresponding Fangraphs glossary of terms. Watching the final game of the Yankees – A’s series last week, which featured one of the game’s finest pitchers in Masahiro Tanaka, I had a thought during Josh Donaldson’s...
The Mission

The Mission

The Clown Show cares about sports outside of baseball and football, which is why we’ve ponied up the cash to send two correspondents to Brazil for the World Cup – absolutely no airfare, hotel, or expense paid. We mean these two are getting all of our non-existent resources for the month. Nothing is too small...
Down Under Thunder

Down Under Thunder

(Photo Credit: Guillaume P. Boppe) How Stan Wawrinka Stepped Out of the Shadow of the Big Four, & Why It’s (Probably) Not a Fluke Following Stanislas Wawrinka’s four set wrecking ball of an Australian Open Final victory, there was the usual cavalcade of talking heads putting asterisks and disclaimers on the underdog’s unlikely win. Nadal...
Dear America, Shut Up About Sportsmanship

Dear America, Shut Up About Sportsmanship

 (Photo credit: Mark Runyon | Pro Football Schedules) It’s time to stop lying about what football represents. In Sunday’s NFC Championship game, after Colin Kaepernick completed a 16 yard pass to Michael Crabtree to put the 49ers on the Seahawk’s 29 yard line down six points with 0:55 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, I...
Giants Fan is Inadvertently a Horrible Racist, Proving Once Again That Giants Fans Are The Worst

Giants Fan is Inadvertently a Horrible Racist, Proving Once Again That Giants Fans Are The Worst

Adam Jones had a big old Sunday, capping a 4 RBI day with a 3 run shot in the ninth inning against the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco. He probably trotted out to the outfield in the bottom of the ninth feeling pretty alright with the world, knowing that his team is in...
The Only Thing I Like About Dan Shaughnessy Is That I've Been Granted the Free Will to Not Read His Articles

The Only Thing I Like About Dan Shaughnessy Is That I’ve Been Granted the Free Will to Not Read His Articles

I was just on vacation around Boston taking some much needed time off from the monotony of moonlighting as a hack journalist, which, due to all of this baseless trash talking, is exhausting. I originally wrote this on my phone, probably while drunk; nevertheless, I was compelled to do so after looking at the front...
Melky Makes Worst Throw of the Year, Lands on DL of Shame

Melky Makes Worst Throw of the Year, Lands on DL of Shame

In case you didn’t know, Melky Cabrera is not that good at baseball without the aid of steroids. Remember when he had a super quick bat despite that dumb, loopy swing? Not so much anymore. I’m not going to comment on the ethics of steroid use, but I will say that the All Star Game...
Johnny and the Fallacy of Football Tradition

Johnny and the Fallacy of Football Tradition

Disclaimer: this is not a baseball post. But it is about Johnny Football, who, aside from Jason Kipnis, is Ricky and I’s favorite person in the world. Sorry, family members. Since poor ‘ol Johnny Manziel walked in late to Archie Manning’s center for the advancement of kids-who-throw-footballs-good, dehydrated or hungover, there has been the classic...
God Help Us All, It's the Home Run Derby

God Help Us All, It’s the Home Run Derby

COMMENCE DERBYIN’! (As narrated by Chris Berman <— CLICK ON THIS) WE GOT PITBULL ON THE STAGE, PEOPLE! Everyone knows that Pitbull is the perfect artist to open the spectacle that only 12 year olds and people who don’t understand baseball love. I think I’ve heard this song he’s “singing”, in a bud light commercial or...
Don't Get Too Excited, But the Giants Totally, Really Suck

Don’t Get Too Excited, But the Giants Totally, Really Suck

Sometimes I forget to check the standings for a week or so, or I just forget to look at the NL West standings, because I generally assume that all teams in that division are below .500. Think I’m joking? I thought I was too, but it turns out I’m wrong: HOLD THE PHONE AND BAILAMOS!...