The judges enjoyed the spirited yet respectful debates that sprouted all around the blog this past week. Whether it was the notion of "choking," or team expenditures vs. revenues, or who should be addressing young players, the regulars engaged heartily.
So, without further ado, the medals please...
The bronze goes to NaOH, who managed to touch on many of the blog's buzzwords and phrases in one short comment:
The silver goes to Islander505, who offered a characteristically wacky rip job of one of his favorite targets:
There was actually a Red Sox player who reached base safely FOUR TIMES that second day of October in 1978.
6-year-old Jason Varitek.
While playing in a pre-season Winter T-Ball League game for the Rochester (MI..Go Blue) Intangible Assets and Acting Services against their in-state rival, Huron Drugs and Pharmacy, Jason was walked, hit by a pitch, reached first due to catcher indifference on a called 3rd strike, and was awarded 1st base after catcher's interference on a checked swing.
And he might have made first base a fifth time, had his mother not taken him out of the game to iron a "C" decal onto his jock strap.
And the gold goes to Bob Tufts, for this music/baseball analogy:
--Here's the column I wrote on the Mets, in light of the Jose Reyes news. FWIW, I really don't think the Mets deserve much blame, if any, for how this Reyes situation came to be. They announced on Tuesday that Reyes had an overactive thyroid and that he would undergo more tests, and then he underwent the tests.
Peter Greenberg, Reyes' agent, took full accountability yesterday for spreadin the word (on Tuesday) that Reyes was going to be all right and back in action shortly. The Mets can't control what Greenberg does. Greenberg isn't their employee.
Also FWIW, I think it's apparent Greenberg wanted that "two-to-eight weeks" figure out there to give Reyes some leeway, since Reyes received so much flack last year for not coming back.
--Derek Jeter is ill. The Yankees were rained out again today, their second straight cancellation. That means less game time for the lesser pitchers, as the veterans need to cram in their work tomorrow and Sunday (assuming the weather clears).