Author: Craig Calcaterra

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Ned Yost says his players tried too hard in front of large crowds


The Royals best win of the season came on Tuesday night. But because there were only 13,000 people there, Ned Yost took it upon himself to call out the fans for not showing up, saying that the Royals needed their support:

“I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game? . . . We’re in a pennant race, yeah . . . there’s a real need for our fans to be a part of this. We had a great crowd last night, and I was kind of hoping we’d have another great crowd tonight, and we really didn’t.”

So over the weekend, Royals fans came to Kaufman Stadium en masse, selling the place out. Here’s Yost last night:

“The crowds have been fantastic,” Yost said. “I think it’s got them juiced up. They want to really perform for them. And that never works. You’ve got to stay disciplined.”

Maybe Yost should just tell Royals fans the exact number of people he needs in the seats for his team to play at its best.


Video: Bob Melvin calls the Athletics’ play “Embarrassing. Pathetic.”

Bob Melvin

The Angels swept the Athletics and took a five-game lead in the AL West. Quite a fall for the A’s who, until quite recently, were the best team in baseball. What say you, Bob Melvin?

For those who can’t watch the video:

What can you say? It was embarrassing. Pathetic. We don’t play like that. The last three games here are the worst I’ve seen this team play in… I can’t remember how long. I feel bad for our fans to have to watch that . . . The reason I’m upset is because that’s not who we are. That’s not who we’ve been for three years. And for the last… I don’t know how long, it’s mounted. It’s been frustrating. But that last three games for us is just not who we are. At all. And it’s embarrassing. They all should be embarrassed.

I’m done. Thank you.

The A’s went scoreless for 29 straight innings at one point. In a series that lasted 37 total innings. Yeah, not a great weekend.

Wanna buy Ernie Harwell’s house?

Harwell House

Finally a sports legend’s house that isn’t filled with gaudy and ornate furniture in room after room you know no one ever used. Finally a sports legend’s house that most of us can actually afford.

Although, being honest, I think most of us may pass on this one and continue to search for our formerly-owned-by-a-sports-legend-dream house. Our Jon Voight’s Chrysler LeBaron, as it were:




Ernie Harwell, a legendary sportscaster for the Detroit Tigers for 42 years, passed away in 2010. Apparently he also used to be a resident of the Grandmont/Rosedale area, and now you can buy a home he used to live in for $38,500. It is a two bedroom with just over 1,000 square feet.

It’s a foreclosure (details and more pics here). And I’m pretty certain that Harwell didn’t live there for a long, long time before his death in 2010. It’s actually less than a mile from the house my grandmother lived in until she died in the late 80s, in more or less the same neighborhood. My grandmother was a weird holdout, though. For the most part, people who lived in that part of Detroit started to leave following the riots in 1967 and were more or less gone by the end of the 70s. Harwell was said to live in Farmington Hills later in his life.

Anyway: roof looks new!


Settling the Score: Sunday’s results — and a reminder of what Labor Day is all about


I decided to allow myself to sleep in a bit rather than do a full-blown ATH. It’s Labor Day, after all.

While we’re on the subject of Labor Day, allow me to remind everyone — as I have several times in the past, so forgive me if I repeat myself — that while Major League Baseball can see fit to honor Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Earth Day and cancer awareness with special hats or some other on-the-field shoutout,it has never seen fit to give Labor Day similar due. No special caps. No moments of silence. Nothing particularly special to honor the folks who did nothing short of build this country from the ground up and continue to do the hard work that keeps us functioning as a society.

Sadly, this is a reflection of where we are now as a society. Organized labor makes up a smaller portion of the workforce than it ever has. Even a great many of the people who do the working in this country have bought in to the notion — propogated by those who profit from labor — that unions are tools of the communists. Most people believe that giving any lip service to the rights of workers is a suspect and even un-American pursuit.

But viewing labor — and, by extension, Labor Day — in such narrow terms is a mistake. Sure, there is an obvious political overtone to any conversation about labor. But people have died in the name of worker’s rights.  People continue to die on the job to bring you goods and services and to make our society function, and they always will.  Against that backdrop, to reduce Labor Day to an extra day off and to divorce it from its original purposes is just as much a mistake as doing so with Memorial Day or any other holiday which has at its heart a noble and reverent inspiration.

Red white and blue caps aren’t terribly important in the grand scheme of things. But I wish that Major League Baseball — a sport that, as we currently know and experience and understand it, is largely a product of organized labor itself — would mark the occasion. Maybe they will someday.

Enjoy your Labor Day, everyone.  But remember why we have a Labor Day to begin with.

And now, your scores:

Mariners 5, Nationals 3
Braves 1, Marlins 0
Angels 8, Athletics 1
Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 2
Astros 3, Rangers 2
Dodgers 7, Padres 1
White Sox 6, Tigers 2
Giants 15, Brewers 5
Red Sox 3, Rays 0
Cardinals 9, Cubs 6
Orioles 12, Twins 8
Reds 3, Pirates 2
Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3
Mets 6, Phillies 5
Indians vs. Royals — SUSPENDED DUE TO RAIN, with the Indians leading 4-2 heading into the bottom of 10th. Which has at least delayed yet another loss for Kansas City.

The Cardinals activate Yadier Molina

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A big, big part of the Cardinals is back tonight: Yadier Molina has been activated and is in the lineup.

Molina went 5 for 6 with three doubles in two rehab games, so he’s ready to go. Tonight he’s catching and batting sixth against the Cubs. To make room for him, Tony Cruz was sent down. A.J. Pierzynski will serve as the backup.

Molina’s last game was July 9. At the time he was hitting .287/.341/.409 with seven homers and 30 RBI.