Author: Craig Calcaterra

Hiroki Kuroda

Report: Hiroki Kuroda is going back to Japan


I can’t translate this, but those who can say it means that Hiroki Kuroda is heading back to NPB:

Kuroda turns 40 in February. He was 11-9 with a 3.71 ERA in 2014. He pitched seven years in the majors with the Dodgers and then the Yankees. He’s 79-79 with a 3.45 ERA over that time, good for an ERA+ of 115. He was always reliable and, if he wanted to stay in the U.S., probably could’ve had another one-year deal with the Yankees. But now it’s back home.

Baseball in Uganda? Yes, baseball in Uganda.

Uganda tourism destinations

There’s a neat story in the Wall Street Journal today about a man named George Mukhobe, a Ugandan who was taught baseball when he was a boy. Now he teaches baseball to Ugandans and is a key part of Uganda actually fielding a competitive Little League World Series squad.

WSJ reporter Jonathan Miller paid Mukhobe a visit and watched as he taught the game to young children who had probably first seen a baseball five minutes prior. It’s a good read. Go check it out.

Padres season ticket sales have spiked in the wake of their offseason spending spree


The Padres made a lot of moves in a very short period of time last week. This week those moves are paying off at the box office:

Fans had lined up at the box office before it opened Friday morning, pushing ticket interest to new levels in the midst of an already record-breaking month, Wayne Partello, the Padres’ chief marketing officer, said this week.

Although the Padres declined to reveal specific numbers regarding an uptick in sales this month, business on their six-game holiday packages this weekend alone trumped sales totals from the previous two weeks, Partello said.

Ticket sales often go up after a team wins something. But even before that happens, giving your fans hope after years of teaching them to temper expectations can be a boon at the box office as well.

Curt Schilling goes after Obama, says Ronald Reagan would watch “The Interview”


I hate it when people on Twitter tell me to “stick to baseball!” So I’d never tell anyone else to stick to baseball. Tweet about whatever you want! Especially you, Curt Schilling, because you’ve been endlessly entertaining lately.

Take last night for example when, for whatever reason, Schilling decided that it was irksome that President Obama would not commit to screening the movie “The Interview.” Schilling further decided that such a thing is the litmus test for a good president and let his followers know it:

Hmm. Sure about that, Schill? Because here’s what the White House museum website says:

Ronald Reagan watched very few films at the White House. He and Nancy watched most of their movies on their weekends at Camp David, preferring Jimmy Stewart movies, High Noon (the president’s favorite), and, on special occasions such as the president’s birthday, his own films.

“High Noon” and most Jimmy Stewart movies are really, really good. “The Interview,” despite the fact that it accidentally became a political cause in the past couple of weeks, is likely pretty bad. I feel like Reagan would give it a miss and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” again. And he would be very, very right to do so.

Reagan watching some James Franco movie. As if. Really, Schilling, know your heroes better.