Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

A vendor was hit in the butt with a foul ball last night


The Astros-A’s game had all kinds of highlights. That walkoff single, Coco Crisp’s blunder on the double he thought was a home run, an ice cream vendor being hit in the butt by a foul ball . . .

Wait, what?

Best of all, he shook it off and stayed in the game. Just hope he didn’t shake it THAT hard. Ballgames are a family entertainment.

Trevor Bauer got his drone back with baseballs and fishing line

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On Monday Bill told you about the tragic loss suffered by Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer: he got his drone stuck up in a tree.

You’ll be happy and relieved to learn that Bauer has retrieved his drone. Paul Hoynes shares the details of the daring rescue, which involved fishing line, baseballs and the help of some clubhouse attendants in Kansas City:

“First we were casting up in the trees, but the hook kept getting stuck and we had to cut the line,” said Bauer. “Then we screwed the fishing line into a baseball and were throwing the ball up there at the branch.”

Read the story to learn the stunning conclusion of this saga.

I will report, however, that no one was injured during the rescue. The drone, however, is day-to-day with some dents, but should be alright. It’d be ready to go if this were the playoffs.

Coco Crisp thought he hit a walkoff homer. He didn’t.


As I mentioned in the recaps, the A’s won last night on a walkoff infield single that scored a guy from second base. Not bad! Even better, it made a previous blunder by an A’s player seem more amusing in hindsight as opposed to painful.

The blunder was by Coco Crisp who, in the bottom of the ninth, hit a long double off the right field wall which scored the tying run. The only problem: he thought it was a homer and started to leisurely jog the bases, only to be thrown out between second and third once the relay throw came in. It remained tied 3-3. Watch:

Crisp and many of his teammates later said that he thought the ball was gone. I saw someone on Twitter say that the Coliseum sound system began playing some triumphant, walkoff win music or something and that maybe helped confuse the situation more. Crisp, of course, can’t be in the business of relying on that as opposed to his own eyes and, if his eyes can’t see it, the umpires who do a fun little twirl-their-finger-in-the-air thing when someone hits a homer.

Thankfully for Crisp Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien won the game for the A’s, turning a potential tragedy into an amusing footnote.