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Umpire Dutch Rennert Has Died, But His Strikeout Call Is Probably Still Echoing  Umpire Dutch Rennert Has Died, But His Strikeout Call Is Probably Still Echoing 

Laurence “Dutch” Rennert, a National League umpire from 1974–1992, has passed away at the age of 88. You might not even know his name! You know his strikeout call:

Barry Trotz Is Stepping Down As Capitals Coach Barry Trotz Is Stepping Down As Capitals Coach

In news that comes as a pretty huge surprise, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz is resigning—not re-signing, but resigning—just 11 days after winning the Stanley Cup. He’s apparently got two pretty good reasons.

These World Cup Teams Are Frauds, In My Opinion These World Cup Teams Are Frauds, In My Opinion

We’re nearly through one full cycle of World Cup group play, which means I have watched more soccer in the past four days than I had in the previous four years. And do I have takes. Here now, the teams that are clearly frauds and some others that might be.

Brewers Pitcher Just Barfs Everywhere Brewers Pitcher Just Barfs Everywhere

Brewers hurler Adrian Houser got recalled from AAA for just his fifth career MLB appearance, was tapped to pitch the top of the eighth inning, finished his warm-up tosses, and then promptly barfed.

Mike Hoffman and fiancée Monika Caryk deny having anything to do with the harassment of Senators teammate Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda, and say they have no idea why they’ve been accused. [Ottawa Citizen]

There's A Lot Of Smoke About A Martavis Bryant Suspension There's A Lot Of Smoke About A Martavis Bryant Suspension

Don’t bother making the joke. Everyone else is gonna make the joke. The headline already is the joke.

Report: EPA Head Scott Pruitt Used His Position To Get 50-Yard-Line Seats For The Rose Bowl Report: EPA Head Scott Pruitt Used His Position To Get 50-Yard-Line Seats For The Rose Bowl

I find myself more impressed than anything by EPA head Scott Pruitt’s venality. Sure, the man is corrupt. But he’s corrupt in ways no one had ever even conceived of before! The man’s unflagging creativity in graft is inspiring, in its gross way, and his drive is something to behold. For the rest of us, there simply…

LeBronWatch: Jeanie Buss Tweeted A Thing That Could Definitely Conceivably Be About LeBron LeBronWatch: Jeanie Buss Tweeted A Thing That Could Definitely Conceivably Be About LeBron

Lakers! No, Knicks! No, Nuggets! No, elsewhere, but definitely not Rockets! The LeBronWatch ‘18 news is coming fast and furious these days, but you can all probably stand down because Lakers owner Jeanie Buss tweeted a cryptic tweet that maybe could if you squint be a clear sign that LeBron James is due to take his…

Achilles The Psychic Cat Picks Russia To Win World Cup Match Because He Knows Where His Mice Are Buttered Achilles The Psychic Cat Picks Russia To Win World Cup Match Because He Knows Where His Mice Are Buttered

Happy World Cup day! The real competition begins today. Not the soccer; the psychic animals.

Juan Soto Is 19 And Crushing It Juan Soto Is 19 And Crushing It

Juan Soto is a boy with a man’s bat. With his two–home run night in the Bronx on Thursday, the 19-year-old Nationals outfielder became the fifth youngest player in baseball’s live-ball era with a multi-homer game, and the list (Danny Murphy, Mel Ott, Ken Griffey Jr., Andruw Jones) puts him in some pretty damned good…

Erik Karlsson's Wife Melinda Accuses Teammate's Girlfriend Of Extended Harassment Campaign Erik Karlsson's Wife Melinda Accuses Teammate's Girlfriend Of Extended Harassment Campaign

Here is an utterly bizarre story from the Ottawa Citizen: Melinda Karlsson, wife of Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, has filed an order of protection against a woman she accuses of harassing her and her husband, including after the death of their stillborn baby. The woman accused is Monika Caryk, the longtime…

Here are the writers’ Conn Smythe ballots, because the PHWA now makes its voting public. Mostly Ovechkin, some healthy support for Kuznetsov, and two lone (but justifiable) third-place votes for Marc-Andre Fleury. [PHWA]

Unwritten Rules Lead To Nine Unanswered Runs Unwritten Rules Lead To Nine Unanswered Runs

The Diamondbacks were toast. Joe Musgrove was dealing for the Pirates, allowing Arizona just four hits through six as Pittsburgh sat on a 5-0 lead. “We were lying flat,” D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo said. And then the Pirates had to go and put a leadoff batter on. Retaliation, you know. Unwritten rules of baseball…

Mat Latos Sparked A Wild Can-Am League Brawl

Former MLBer Mat Latos hasn’t pitched in the bigs since getting released by the Blue Jays in May of last year. He’s now with the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can-Am league, and on Saturday he was right in the middle of a bench-clearing brawl. That’s Latos in the GIF above, hoisting an opponent for what looks…

Did Justify Have Another Horse Blocking For Him In His Belmont Stakes Win? Did Justify Have Another Horse Blocking For Him In His Belmont Stakes Win?

On Saturday, Justify became the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown (and the second in the last four years, which explains the general lack of excitement—these Belmont Stakes drew the lowest ratings for a Triple Crown bid since NBC began broadcasting the race in 2001). Justify is obviously a great horse—but…

Alex Ovechkin's Face Said It All Alex Ovechkin's Face Said It All

“This moment...” Alexander Ovechkin started, flanked at the podium by the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy. He never once that I saw looked at the latter, but he kept glancing toward the big one, the one he had kissed and lofted and screamed into and shared with every single one of his teammates and coworkers.…

The Game Clock Broke In Vegas And Caused Total Chaos The Game Clock Broke In Vegas And Caused Total Chaos

If ever you need confirmation of the theory of general relativity, just watch your team in a Stanley Cup clincher. After Lars Eller scored the go-ahead (and soon to be Cup-winning) goal with 7:37 left, time started doing funny things, depending on who you were rooting for. While those final minutes and seconds ticked…

The Capitals Are Finally Champions The Capitals Are Finally Champions

This year was different. The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions.

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