Sure, Joe Maddon would appear on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”


Yesterday white dudes between the ages of, say, 30 and 45 got the best news they’ve heard in years as HBO announced that Larry David had agreed to do a ninth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

It was a great show which I liked a lot, but the response was a tad disorienting yesterday. I just get a bit nervous when there is such overwhelmingly positive response to a cultural thing from a narrow demographic. It’s like sportswriters and Springsteen, liberal urbanites with the “Serial” podcast or frat boys in the 90s with the Dave Matthews Band. Hey, I’m glad you like that stuff and I don’t hate the thing you enjoy, but unanimity of view on anything makes me nervous. This is the Internet. We need some acrimony here and when no one is crapping on things it feels . . . off somehow.

Anyway, news of the “Curb” revival made its way to Joe Maddon before yesterday’s Cubs-Nats game. The reason: Jeff Garlin, “Curb” co-star and a big fan of the Cubs, had told Joe Maddon that if the show came back that he’d get Maddon an appearance. A reporter asked Maddon yesterday if he’d be interested. He said “of course” and that he’s in:

“His people have not reached out to my people yet. I have not been contacted yet. I haven’t seen Jeff in a while, so we haven’t communicated. We’re all happy that it’s coming back, man. It’s still the best. It’s absolutely the best . . . If he said he’s going to make it happen, we’ll make it happen.”

“Curb” has touched on baseball in the past, of course. It even helped exonerate a man charged with murder as a result of him being seen in the crowd at a baseball game at which they were filming. I figure that they could have fun with Maddon too.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.