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    Let's talk about this ballclub.

    If that's your way of saying that the Sox have a tough 3+ years ahead of them, then I think we're in agreement.
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    Ron Darling says Dysktra directed racist Tirade at Oil Can, Dykstra sues

    I agree. Even if you're going to send Schiraldi out for a third inning in that situation, you better have someone else ready from the get-go just in case. There's plenty of blame to go around but between that and Stapleton being on the bench, McNamara will always be my scapegoat.
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    HI - sorry not to reply sooner. I just saw this. Thanks so much for reading those posts and taking the time to comment. My initial reactions is that assessing what Rajai cost them with his glove requires two pieces of information: how much impact did the play have, and to what degree did...
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    Great imagery - now instead of simply despising the Yankees, I'll always imagine the franchise as the Johnny Appleseed of baseball, spreading joy far and wide across the land! (The midges crack was not lost on me either - well played!)
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    A conversation with Reggie Jefferson

    Gold, Jerry. Pure gold. Thanks for the link. I do miss the BSG
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    So true. Of all games, they uncover complete footage of what some consider "The Best Game Ever", also the title of Jim Reisler's meticulous and enjoyable book that covers practically every play by the way. It's a great read and only made better when you realize that he wrote it before that...
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    I guess it's there's no good time to be named Hal Smith
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    That's an interesting quote from Mickey. But it's pretty clear from the film that Kubek is trying to convince Casey to let him stay in the game. Casey is the one who decides to take him out.
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    Well yes, but the commercial breaks were edited out. Still the official box score showed the full game (8.5+ innings) lasting 2 hours and 36 minutes. And if memory serves there were 7 pitching changes. You can really sense the pace when you watch the film. Pitchers get the sign and throw the ball.
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    Sorry Ted. Bob called the first 4-1/2 innings, then introduced Mel and handled the mic over in the Pirates' half of the 5th. It's clear on the recording of the game. EDIT: As noted above, the entire game broadcast (minus commercial breaks) is available here. The top of the fifth ends at 0:54:45...
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    Yes. Strange to have two guys with the same name playing the same position at the same time. FWIW this other Hal Smith died in 2014.
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    Kubek wanted to stay in the game. Stengel took him off the field. He walked off under his own power. This is clear in the film of the game. EDIT: The entire game broadcast is available here. Virdon's grounder happens at 1:45:40. Casey finally convinces Kubek to walk to the dugout at 1:48:00. As...
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    That's the thing. Some of those plays only get big when seen in retrospect. Roberts' steal only increased the chances that the Red Sox win that series by 1.4%. Papi's walkoff over Sheffield a few innings later only added 3.5%. They get huge when you realize that if they don't happen there's no...
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    Yes, I have vague memories of those kinds of calls back then. With no replay and no appeals to the base umps it was probably less risky/confrontational for an umpire to make the lazy no-call than to insert himself. There's a similar instance of umpire indifference in that same 1960 WS game 7...
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    An Homage to Hal Smith

    Thanks for reading and that's an insightful observation. I still think Mickey's better play was to continue toward second as the run-down would have given MacDougald ample time to score, and trying to evade Nelson sure seemed risky (it was a very close play in any event). But it all depends on...