Craig Calcaterra

Members of the Boston Red Sox stretch before a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Another postponement: Red Sox and Indians bumped until tomorrow

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Mother Nature simply isn’t cooperating with baseball today. A second game — the Red Sox vs. the Indians in Cleveland — was just postponed until tomorrow due to the cold and the wet.

I know a lot of people ask why they bother scheduling games in places like Cleveland and New York for Opening Day, but it’s not as simple as merely putting all of the games from the first week or two in domes or down south or out west. Opening Day is usually a guaranteed sellout, so the teams in the north and east want their crack at that too. It’s also the case that teams in better weather cities don’t want to host an inordinate number of games in April, as — Opening Day aside — you can usually count on better crowds in the summer months, and they’d be deprived of that if they got all the April games.

On balance, you get more good days than bad in places like Cleveland and the northeast during this week. It just so happens that this is a bad week. It happens.

Ian Desmond is thankful for his underwear

Texas Rangers' Ian Desmond tosses a baseball to a fan before a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Men don’t think too much about their underwear. It’s functional, for the most part, but not particularly interesting. And we take that functionality for granted. Really, there’s a lot of bad men’s underwear out there. Underwear that impedes free movement of all of the, um, parts that should not be impeded.

And you can go too far the other way! Some underwear — I’m lookin’ at you, boxer shorts — are just too free. Some level of containment is important. But not too much!

You have to figure that this problem is far worse for professional athletes who have to move way more than us couch schlubs. They have to move but other parts have to remain stabilized, but not too stabilized. And that’s before we get into the highly-complicated relationship between an athlete and and his athletic supporter and cup, which is another layer of complication on an already complicated subject.

Athletes, like the rest of us, probably take a lot of this for granted too. But not Ian Desmond. Desmond is thankful for his underwear:

 

Gotta love the name “SAXX” for men’s underwear. It’s to the point. They have a long story about their corporate philosophy, but really, it’s all in the name, isn’t it?

The Royals are sorry they made the Mets watch their pregame flag-raising ceremony

The 2015 World Series Championship banner flies next the the 1985 banner before a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, April 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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When the schedule came out showing the Mets visiting the Royals for Opening Day, everyone knew it would be weird that the very same Mets the Royals vanquished in the World Series would be forced to stand on the third base line and watch the World Series flag being raised. And the video montages and all of the other celebratory stuff that came with it.

Some folks thought it was kind of delicious. The morning after, however, the Royals regret that it went down that way. Ned Yost:

“It was just strange, the pregame ceremony . . .[it was] a bit like sending your ex pictures of your honeymoon . . . I think I would have enjoyed it more if we played another team.”

Yost didn’t plan that ceremony you can understand his awkwardness about it. He could probably imagine what it was like to be on the other side of it. All in all, that’s pretty nice of him to say.

For what it’s worth, the Mets don’t have any hard feelings. Here’s David Wright:

“They’re the champs,” Wright said. “They should celebrate it. If the outcome would have been a little different and we won, I’m sure we would have played a nice video as well. They’re the champs. They deserve it.”

Jeez, guys. This is some pretty fertile ground for a media-fueled controversy about an esoteric area of the unwritten rules (i.e. how to celebrate a championship properly). And here you all are acting REASONABLY and RATIONALLY. Where the heck is the fun in that?