Please read Roth’s write-up of the NFL labor negotiations.
Via HardballTalk. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. We are Mets fans. But we are not the Mets.
Patrick Flood catches up with one of the Mets’ new front-office minds. Good interview.
If you only read one interview for the rest of your life, read Patrick Flood’s chat with Chris Capuano about Segways.
If you read this site regularly you know I’m generally not one for nostalgia (though I have occasional lapses), but I have a soft spot for the Dodgers of the 40s and 50s. Those were the teams that hooked my grandfather as a baseball fan, and so, indirectly, the reason I grew up watching baseball. Also, that’s a crazy stat — 16 of 20 World Series teams and nine of ten champions. Via Alex Belth.
Every human in Port St. Lucie might have been in the scrum around Beltran, Angel Pagan and Terry Collins, so I won’t bog you down with quotes you’ll inevitably read elsewhere. Plus we’ve got a very Beltran-heavy video diary on the way. The main takeaway from what all three of them said: Carlos Beltran is totally awesome and cool. Collins stressed Beltran’s professionalism, Beltran stressed how he’s doing what’s best for the team (and himself, selfishly), and Pagan stressed how excited he is to be playing adjacent to Beltran in the outfield so he can pick his brain.
Derrick Goold writes an outstanding profile of Bill James, emphasizing a point I often like to bring up: James writes beautifully, something that too often gets ignored by people insisting he has somehow tarnished the game with his insistence on relying on facts. The quote above touches on something we apparently have in common that I’ve tried to get at before, only James, in typical fashion, says it more clearly than I could. Via Repoz.
Whenever I’ve asked, most baseball players (though not all, of course) have insisted they don’t pay attention to their stats. This is a pretty solid fact to present to whichever one does next, no?
Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin, who last week Tweeted that Panda Express made him sick, without realizing that Panda Express and the Padres share an owner.
When my friend Jake sent me this unsourced quote from Anderson’s Wikipedia page, I assumed it was the work of a subtle, hilarious Wikipedia vandal. But, thorough reporter that I am, I Googled it and it and it is apparently legit.