Good morning, campers!
If you are playing catch-up, here are the topics we raised in Right Field over the past seven days:
- How does a team’s record correlate to its payroll?
- Noncontroversial Tweets resulted in a suspension, whereas a DUI arrest has not.
- What do the Mets and the Federal Government have in common?
- Offering discounted beer for the bleacher fans in Wrigley Field is one fine idea.
- Does the Triple Crown still matter?
- Faith played a large role in Branch Rickey’s decision to sign Jackie Robinson.
- A Yankees game took only 2:11 to play.
- Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell made wildly inappropriate comments and gestures to fans in San Francisco.
- The Mets visit to Walter Reed this year was far more uneventful than last year’s.
- Andy Van Slyke claimed that Barry Bonds gave him the “international peace sign” moments before the winning run scored in the 1992 National League Championship Series.
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And here is some other interesting stuff that transpired:
- Bud Selig is the least photogenic public figure ever and is hardly an accomplished speaker, but Will Leitch says he is the most successful professional sports commissioner in North America.
- Eric Seidman has rather lusty feelings for Placido Polanco.
- Lenny Dykstra is in even more hot water, this time over a rather odd job interview.
- Nearly every Joe Posnanski column is worth reading, his latest one on the Royals and a low payroll even more so.
- The Giants and Nationals competed against each other this weekend but both received very bad news about their power-hitting third basemen.
- John Dewan asks, “Does it make sense to ‘waste’ a pitch with a 0-2 count?”
- Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is grabbing the headlines at the moment, but why don’t we learn about the other 29 owners?
- The starting second baseman at St. Cloud State University moonlights as his hometown’s mayor.