A man paid to write about sports for a living calls the Giants “boring”

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This came out before last night’s instant-history game, but it’s not like the 2014 playoffs just got exciting last night. They’ve been a thrill ride. Often an experience in head-smacking insanity — “why is he doing THAT NOW?” — but never, ever boring. Indeed, so far this may be the most exciting postseason in several years.

Don’t tell that to Tom Van Riper of Forbes, though:

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He uses his column to say that the matchups are all ho-hum, an assessment which is filtered entirely through TV ratings and, it would appear, the absence of east coast teams like the Yankees and Red Sox. Why on Earth would anyone want to watch these playoffs, he seems to say, given that large corporations aren’t profiting off of them as much as they may otherwise do?

I get that he’s a business writer first (his actual baseball opinions are probably left untouched, because oh my God are they terrible), but this is simply ridiculous. Ratings do matter to the companies which broadcast games and to the bottom line of the leagues. But to assert, in the middle of a crazy-good playoff season that this is all “boring” because that extremely small segment of the universe may be displeased is not just missing the forest for the trees, it’s saying “hey, let’s just not go to the country anyway. Trees are overrated. Let’s go walk around downtown.”

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.