Too bad strikeouts don't matter anymore

Too bad strikeouts don't matter anymore
May 2, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Texas pitcher Yu Darvish leads Major League Baseball with 58 strikeouts through one month of the 2013 season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Andrew Bogut, for the postgame win: “I don’t have any glasses I can wear to fit in with the rest of the NBA guys. My apologies.”

He will, however wear a monocle for the second round.

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Major league baseball has managed to have its eight biggest strikeout months in history in their last eight full months of play – including nearly 6,000 strikeouts in April alone, an average of nearly 16 per game. We know sabermetricians say that strikeouts don’t matter any more than any other out, but we didn’t think the hitters would decide that that was permission to do it whenever they wanted.

And it is.

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The Ottawa Sun’s headline from Game 1 of the Senators' series with the Montreal Canadiens was “FIRST BLOOD.” The picture accompanying it was of Canadiens’ player Lars Eller, busted wide open and leaving a sanguinary portrait of the map of Brazil on the ice.

In short, nobody in Canada’s capital finished breakfast Friday morning. Well done, you clever bastards.”

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The NCAA has now delayed recruiting proposals that would allow coaches unlimited electronic communication with recruits. That is, until they get all the coaches to use the new NCAA Recruit-o-matic app, at only 99 cents per tweet, text, e-mail or spambot. Remember, if it doesn’t have a dollar sign on it, it isn’t amateur athletics.

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The Schaumburg Boomers of suburban Chicago have promised to host the Chicago Cubs if they can’t get that Wrigley Field thing to work out. They are also signing Tim Tebow, and offering Derrick Rose the use of their rehab facilities.

It’s minor league baseball. Pandering is what they do.

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David Lee . . . Willis Reed . . . inspiration . . . feh. It looked like a cheap way to juice a Golden State crowd that was already needled well into the red, and a way to get Lee one last big ovation.

Or it was an inspirational decision that can be replicated in the next series against San Antonio. Depends on whether Lee plays at all in Games 1 and 2. Don’t want to waste him in a place that won’t appreciate his miraculous recovery from . . . well, hell, we don’t even know for sure he tore his hip flexor at all. I mean, we never really saw it flex Thursday night, did we?

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Here’s to the Detroit Red Wings, who really know how to tart up a dull game by blowing a three-goal lead and then winning in overtime. May every series last seven games – at least to allow Eller to rebuild those rogue platelets.

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One more Warrior note: Did Reggie Miller really need to give the winners a postgame speech? I mean, what did he do, other than drop an S-bomb while having his arm around Mark Jackson, who withheld his preacher’s sensibility and decided not to cast Miller into hell. Jack’s a sport that way.

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And finally, the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins are tied at 8-21 through one-sixth of the season, and on a pace to each go 45-117. They must play this year, damn it Bud. You make $30 million a year, for God’s sake. Do your job.

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