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  1. bob burda

    4/22 vs Mariners

    I long for the old days when the only reliable metrics were on offense and we could all be blithely in denial about how bad defensive play could cost you ballgames.
  2. bob burda

    4/20 - Let's do it again

    Many people on the board probably know this, but Kubrick asked Scott to give completely "over the top" performances in rehearsal takes, and then substituted those takes for the ones he has said he was going to use in the final cut. Scott never spoke to him again.
  3. bob burda

    Best Non-HOF NFL Players

    A soft spot for my old Rams teams in the 70s, but there are articles out there providing pretty good support for these two: - Harold Jackson - Isaiah Robertson
  4. bob burda

    Thank you, Petey: Dustin Pedroia announces his retirement

    My favorite anecdote, from Pat Murphy - his manager at Ariz.St.: "Oh my God ... when we were facing a pretty good pitcher from Wichita State or Duke or something he'd lead off the game and hit a line drive and come running past the pitcher yelling 'you better get used to it ... I'm going to be...
  5. bob burda

    An early look at the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

    I'm sure someone in SABR or at Baseball Prospectus etc. must have done a study on the worst MLB contracts of all time, using modern metrics for performance, and some adjustments for inflation and present value with the money. That would be a fascinating read.
  6. bob burda

    Hank Aaron has passed away

    There's an interesting vignette in Bill James' 2nd Historical Abstract with Aaron saying that even after he changed he would still occasionally grab a bat and grip it cross-handed when if first got into his hands - like an old reflex. I don't know how long that lasted.
  7. bob burda

    Most exciting plays in Red Sox history (for the Casual Fan)

    Koji's pick off of Wong, G4 2013 WS. The cameras totally turn it into a WTF moment, but that was a tense bottom of the 9th with a notorious clutch terror in Beltran at the plate - and >>poof<< the Cardinals go up in a cloud of smoke. I like Hendu's HR here too - Carbo's HR (as a 12 yr...
  8. bob burda

    Down 3-0, 2004 vs. 2020 comp

    I absolutely hate "intangible" explanations too, but Keith Foulke was also exhausted and pitched quite well. Tom Gordon made 21 relief appearances in his career in post-season, and gave up runs in 12 of them, with a 7.06 ERA, and with WHIP over 1.5. In 21.2 post-season innings he gave up 6...
  9. bob burda

    MVP of 2004 Postseason

    It's an interesting subject that could be devoted to another thread. What makes Schilling unique is the way he relentlessly did things to destroy his legacy, not just a single episode (though yes, I know Hernandez likely was murdering people for a 2nd time during his football life). It's...
  10. bob burda

    RIP Tom Seaver

    Carlton was an altogether strange person, and even his chief apologist McCarver had some difficulty defending him. This article suggests that some crazy comments made after retirement were reflective of his overall personality, and not a one-off. In today's "paranoid personality disorder is...
  11. bob burda

    RIP Tom Seaver

    My absolute favorite non-Red Sox player as a 9-12 yr old little league runt in the early/mid 70s. I still think Game 1 of the 1973 NLCS is one of the more heroic pitching performances in playoff history (it included Seaver doubling in the Mets' only run). It was like one guy taking on the...
  12. bob burda

    The Old(e) Town(e) Team

    I really only know of this term through Gammons' use of it - and I want to say he uses it as a reference point in "Beyond the Sixth Game" for that above quoted idea, the Red Sox having a special relationship as the "team" of every village in New England (at least the part of of it that does not...
  13. bob burda

    RIP Eddie Kasko

    My recollection is that Kasko kind of lost the team late in '73, his final year. They were not going to catch the Orioles, but then they lost 9 of 14 in mid Sept. They played well the last week, but I think Kasko was a dead man walking by then. The Sox farm system was in the process of...
  14. bob burda

    It never gets old - reflections on Oct 17-20, 2004

    In that series: 2 GS, 3.1 IP, 9H, 4BB, 2HRs and a 21.60 ERA. He was so bad as to be comical. In the history of post-season baseball, you wonder if there were ever 2 games started with performance this bad.
  15. bob burda

    Favorite Brady Game

    I love this game. It is early period Brady, but he was showing the same incredible poise from that 1st Super Bowl the year before. There is a YouTube video of it, and the pass he throws to Patten in back of the end zone after escaping pressure is just unreal in its perfection. I remember...
  16. bob burda

    Whose Departure From the Sox Devastated You Most?

    Your youth must have insulated you from the way "insult was added to injury" with Fisk's departure. The Lynn/Burleson trades were mostly a fiasco, but at least there had been some return (a good young player in Lansford, some other useful parts - the earlier estimate of Tanana up thread is...
  17. bob burda

    Pedroia has "significant setback with his left knee"

    This is one of my favorites, from his rookie year, and still makes me laugh - his post game comment after a brawl with ejections that started with Daniel Cabrera trying to bean Pedroia in retaliation for Coco Crisp causing him to balk: "I was upset they took him out of the game. He's good to...
  18. bob burda

    2020 AFC/NFC Championship Games Thread

    KC has really fast receivers along with a quarterback who can reliably throw lasers over the defensive secondary's heads.
  19. bob burda

    2019 WS - Nationals vs. Astros - Gamethread

    Upthread I'd said this could be the big nut punch loss for this franchise even when compared to 1986, but the ones vs. the Phillies in '80 are probably worse. This was at least #2. Two-thirds of this game was spent with the Nationals looking like they were toast. Then Kendrick, on a good...
  20. bob burda

    2019 WS - Nationals vs. Astros - Gamethread

    Answered already, but I think the closest he got was the '09 Angels team that beat the Sox but lost to the MFYs in the ALCS. I really feel good for Scherzer, who was tremendous against the Sox in '13 and seems to leave his heart on the mound, both then and now - just a great competitor. Edit...