Craig Calcaterra

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The Canadian national anthem singer sorta apologized for his “all lives matter” sign


Last week at the All-Star Game Remigio Pereira, a member of the quartet which sang the Canadian national anthem, created a controversy when he held up a sign which read “all lives matter” and changed the words of the song in order to deliver that message as well. He was immediately suspended from the group and became a reviled figure in both Canada and the United States, either for messing with the anthem, inserting politics into the performance, inserting controversial politics into the performance or some combination of the three.

A week later and Pereira is contrite. In his own way. He recorded an audio clip about it all and posted it on SoundCloud. It’s embedded below if you want to listen to it. For what it’s worth he rambles about how he wasn’t making a political statement and says he has black friends and makes a lot of noises of someone who wants to get past the controversy but maybe doesn’t know how. Probably because he didn’t totally grasp why what he did was controversial in the first place and still really doesn’t.

There’s an old adage about not attributing to evil when stupidity or ignorance is a possible explanation. That doesn’t always hold — there is evil in the world — but this all strikes me as a situation where a guy tried to swim in waters in which he wasn’t even qualified to wade. I sort of feel sorry for him on some odd level. All the more so after hearing how emotional he gets here. Not that that helps his statements.

I’m obviously the last person to tell someone to avoid politics. But when you stray into that during the course of your day job, you have to know what you’re talking about. Because if you don’t, you likely won’t understand the consequences of it when you mess up and hit a wrong note. Ahem.


(Via Vice Sports)

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Mariners 4, White Sox 3: On a day when a lot of bullpens woofed up a lot of leads, the David Robertson and the White Sox get the award for the biggest woof. Leading 3-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Robertson allowed three singles and a walk, making it 3-1 with two outs and two on. Then Adam Lind came in to pinch it. On the second pitch he saw he jacked a three-run homer. Ballgame. It was bad enough that Robertson blew the lead, but it also blew a game in which Chris Sale gave up only one hit in eight shutout innings. He was at 100 pitches even and was on nine days rest from actual work — a game in which he threw only 88 pitches — and five days rest from his one inning of work in the All-Star Game. He had thrown more than 100 pitches in 14 of his other 18 starts this season. I guess hindsight is 20/20 but I also guess that Sale could’ve brought this one home if Robin Ventura was inclined to allow it.

Royals 7, Indians 3: Corey Kluber pitched seven shutout innings. Then Cleveland relievers Bryan Shaw and Jeff Manship gave up seven runs in the eighth. This was the second worst train wreck to affect Cleveland last night. Jarrod Dyson‘s grand slam was the topper that inning. After that Dyson homer Melania Trump said “In a year that has been so improbable the impossible has happened!” She’s so eloquent.

Yankees 2, Orioles 1: An A-Rod homer and a Brian McCann sac fly should not be enough offense to hold up against the Orioles, but it was on this night. Ivan Nova allowed one run over six and the Betances/Miller/Chapman troika did what it was designed to do, tossing three shutout innings. Are they still calling them “No-Run DMC?” Did that ever really stick beyond the first month or so of the season? I don’t feel like your relief corps gets a nickname when two-thirds of it are on the trading block, but if they really want me to call them that I will.

Athletics 7, Astros 4Yonder Alonso drove in three runs, Khris Davis hit his fourth home run in his last three games, Kendall Graveman got his fifth straight win and the A’s won their third game in the past four. Hi, I’m Craig, and I invented the one-sentence game story. You may call it lazy and reductive, but since I call it a “disruptive sportswriting model” and have a Mountain View, California P.O. Box address, the company I formed to market it — SribeEx — is now valued at $3.4 billion. God, people are suckers.

Marlins 3, Phillies 2: The Phillies took a 2-0 lead into the top of the ninth before Christian Yelich doubled in a run and Marcel Ozuna singled in Yelich. In extras Martin Prado hit a 400-foot homer in the 11th and A.J. Ramos locked it down. The Marlins had been 0-40 when trailing after eight innings before this one. There’s still a lot of time to go in the season but they’re starting to take on the air of a ~frisky~ team that could be dangerous if they make the playoffs. BTW: Jose Fernandez struck out 14 in six an a third innings.

Cubs 5, Mets 1: Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer in the third, Jon Lester pitched one-run ball into the eighth and the Mets never really threatened. Steven Matz is 0-5 in his last nine starts.

Tigers 1, Twins 0: Justin Upton‘s homer was the only scoring here as Matt Boyd and three Tigers relievers combined for a shutout. The homer reminded me of a time several years ago when Upton started out hot with the Braves and someone decided to make a Twitter account that did nothing but tweet when Upton homered. After Upton cooled off he stopped doing it so someone else started it up. He gave up after 11 tweets and only got to tweet “yes” once:

That’s not any sort of commitment. That’s what’s wrong with the younger generation, really. They never finish what they

Reds 8, Braves 2: A five-run fourth inning powered by three homers was all the Reds really needed here. Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez each hit two-run shots that frame and Zack Cozart hit a solo homer. Fun fact: Braves reliever Mauricio Cabrera threw a pitch 103.8 mph, according to MLB’s Statcast system. That’s the ninth-fastest pitch in the two-season history of Statcast. 1-8 are all Arolids Chapman pitches.

Cardinals 10, Padres 2: Mike Leake struck out 11 dudes in six innings and didn’t walk anybody. In his last start he struck out 10 dudes and didn’t walk anybody. “He’s able to make big pitches in big situations,” Mike Matheny said, continuing a streak of 10,000 straight player/manager quotes about “making pitches” that are basically completely unilluminating.

Rockies 7, Rays 4: The Rays have lost 11 in a row. Trevor Story hit his 22nd homer. The Rockies bullpen bent a good bit late but never broke.

Angels 9, Rangers 5: The Rangers had a 4-0 lead but the Angels steadily chipped back and took the lead. After the Rangers regained the lead, 5-4, the Angels chipped again, going ahead 6-5 in the seventh. Then Mike Trout provided some insurance with a three-run homer. The bad news: that 4-0 deficit came while Nick Tropeano was on the hill for the Angels. He was just activated from the disabled list July 4, but had to leave two innings and four runs in due to elbow soreness. He’ll undergo an MRI today.

Former Cardinals scouting director sentenced to 46 months in prison for hacking the Astros

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Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced today for hacking into the Astros scouting and analytics database. He’s getting 46 months in prison.

Correa entered a guilty plea to U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes in Houston back in January. The maximum penalty on each of the five counts to which he pleaded was up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and restitution, so he’s getting off relatively lightly. And make no mistake, no matter how many jokes people have made about the hacking scandal, violation of federal laws relating to computer fraud and abuse is some pretty serious legal business.

The hacking incident took place in 2014, but it was unknown that the employee of another team was involved until last year. Correa was relieved of his duties with the Cardinals last July, just prior to his arrest and indictment. When he pleaded guilty in January Correa said that he accessed the Astros database because he suspected the Astros were in possession of Cardinals proprietary information. The Astros denied that. It wouldn’t have mattered even if they did, however, as such facts would not have negated Correa’s own culpability.

Major League Baseball is expected to sanction the Cardinals, possibly by forcing it to forfeit draft picks, at some point in the near future.