Author: Craig Calcaterra


“The Beltway Series” would be geographically incorrect, but they’ll call it that anyway


If the Orioles and Nationals both make the World Series, it will almost certainly be called “The Beltway” series. As someone who lived in D.C. for a few years this irks me a little bit, because technically speaking it would not be a “Beltway Series.”

The Royals and Cardinals played an “I-70” World Series, as I-70 connects those two cities. The Yankees and Mets played a “Subway Series” because you can take the subway from one park to another. If the Angels and Dodgers meet, it will be a “Freeway Series” for the same reason. Obviously the Cardinals and Royals took charter planes from city to city and obviously the Mets and Yankees didn’t actually take the Subway to get to the ballpark. But one could, if one wished, take the mode of transportation mentioned in the name from one ballpark to another.

Not so the Beltway. There are two of them, actually. The Capital Beltway, which is I-495 (and in parts, just 495/95) and the Baltimore Beltway, which is I-695. They don’t meet. They merely encircle their respective cities. Navigationally speaking, you’d be better served calling a Marlins-Tigers World Series “The I-75 Series” than you would using either Beltway as a signifier. If you tried to take the Beltway from D.C. to Baltimore, you’d forever be traveling in a circle, except when you’re at a complete stop near Tysons Corner.

Of course, this is one of those deals where it doesn’t matter what is correct. They’re going to call it the Beltway Series if it happens, even if it’d be better to call it the DC/MD-295/B-W Parkway Series. That’s because it’s way harder to put “DC/MD-295/B-W Parkway Series” on a T-shirt.

The Orioles call up Christian Walker

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With Chris Davis taking a 25-game powder, the Orioles needed a corner infielder to help out. They just called one up: Christian Walker.

An interesting move, in part because they now will put Walker on the 40-man roster, starting his service clock. Also interesting because Walker himself could be an interesting player. A fourth round pick out of South Carolina a couple of years back, Walker has a lot of raw power — he’s hit 26 homers across two levels this summer — and can hit lefties, which may be pretty useful.

Umpire Joe West suspended for one game for his part in the Jonathan Papelbon incident

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Major League Baseball announced today that Joe West has been suspended for one game without pay for grabbing Jonathan Papelbon’s jersey during his game-ending display on Sunday. Joe Torre’s comment:

“Joe West handled himself appropriately in ejecting Papelbon after the player’s lewd gesture to the fans.  I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the situation.  However, Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire.  I spoke to Joe about the incident, and he admitted that there was a better way to handle the situation.  I consider this matter closed.”


He’ll serve his suspension tonight. He was slated to work the Yankees-Rays game.

Hanley Ramirez to miss today’s game

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Hanley Ramirez is out for another day today, missing another day due to a bum elbow. Ramirez was able to pinch-hit yesterday, but shortstop duties belong to Miguel Rojas today.

Ramirez has hit well this year when he’s played, but he has missed time on a number of occasions. His health could have a lot to do with how far the Dodgers go in the playoffs.