Craig Calcaterra

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The Royals may be over the Noah Syndergaard pitch. But are Royals fans?


There was some fun back and forth yesterday regarding the Noah SyndergaardAlcides Escobar pitch from Game 3 of the World Series. A rumor was floated that the Royals are still upset about it and would seek retribution. Ned Yost laughed that off and said that not a single member of the Royals has mentioned it all spring. Fair enough.

Still, there is at least some suggestion that some Royals fans are not over it. For one thing, when I mentioned the rumor yesterday a good number of them were quite eager to get back into the ethics of the Syndergaard pitch with me and seemed to be annoyed about it still. Which, OK, they’re sports fans and sports fans are gonna be like that sometimes.

But even if Royals fans aren’t mad about the pitch, they’re at least still thinking about it to some degree. A lawyer friend of mine in Kansas City was sent this a little bit ago. It’s for a baseball-themed continuing legal education seminar. Skip past the class offerings and check out the pricing:



Imagine what the “Mets fan” and “Noah Syndergaard” pricing would be if the Royals didn’t beat the Mets in five games.

UPDATE: Oh look — they did it last year too. Just a different $1 million victim:

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The New York tabloids are having fun with Matt Harvey’s, um, condition

FILE - In this Sunday, March 13, 2016, New York Mets starter Matt Harvey pitches during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. The Mets are giving the ball to Harvey, who will get another shot at the World Series champions on opening day. Manager Terry Collins announced the decision Thursday, March 17, 2016, for the April 3 game in Kansas City.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
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As a guy who spent a couple of hours on Twitter making pee jokes about the Mets’ number one starter’s health issues yesterday I have no room to act all haughty and superior about how the tabloids are covering the whole story.

Yes, it was probably pretty scary for Harvey to have blood clots in his bladder, but you can’t walk into the clubhouse and immediately say that your ailment was because you don’t pee often enough and NOT expect all of us immature morons to joke about it.

The Post and the Daily News, sadly, hit on the same headline joke. That happens sometimes and they probably hate it when it happens. But it’s a pretty good joke so they have nothing to be ashamed of, really.


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Video: Anthony Rizzo plays “Drops of Jupiter” for his teammates, who all sing along

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a spring training baseball game, Monday, March 28, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Today at Cubs camp, that wacky Joe Maddon started workouts by having the team check out Mozart while they did Tae-Bo followed by a lunch featuring no love pride deep-fried chicken and the best soy lattes that a major league baseball team ever had.

In other news, Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” may be one of the worst songs ever recorded in the history of music:


Legend holds that the Cubs were once cursed for 70+ years over a billy goat. If there’s any justice in the world — at least if the justice is delivered based on one’s musical tastes — the Cubs will now fail to win a World Series until 2045. At the very earliest.