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The sports world reacts to Barack Obama's marriage support and North Carolina vote

Political news of the last 48 hours, from the vote to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina to President Barack Obama's vocal support of same-sex marriage, has crept into the sports world with...

Choose Your Own Outrage

Choose Your Own Outrage: Scuffing the ball is not as bad as steroids because...?

Most Memorable Home Runs

Craig Calcaterra tries his hand at this memory game. No Tony Pena or Tony Fernandez for the Tribe, though until you get to the comments.

Mets Fans: A Balanced Load?

Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra says Mets fans have "a balanced take on things." Is he right?

Bruce Chen? Really? In the same season the Royals ran Horacio Ramirez out there? What, was Terrell...

Bruce Chen? Really? In the same season the Royals ran Horacio Ramirez out there? What, was Terrell Wade not available? Jung Bong won't return your calls, Dayton? Aw, don't look at me like that, whaddaya gonna do, ban me or someth----

ShysterBall

I'm still trying to get my brain around this. I mean, the Royals organization obviously reads Rany,...

I'm still trying to get my brain around this. I mean, the Royals organization obviously reads Rany, or else they wouldn't have gotten mad at what he wrote. However, if they do read Rany, surely they realize that he's one of the best fans in the history of fandom. For years and years he has been optimistic about the Royals, giving them way more benefit of the doubt than they were probably ever entitled. No, it's never been blind faith -- Rany is not some mindless fanboy -- but he has long avoided the cynicism and hopelessness that tends to take over your more critically-minded followers of historically poor performing teams. More importantly, Rany is one of the team's most high-profile fans. In that capacity he gives voice to what many thousands of fans are thinking.... Call him a sonofabitch in the privacy of the team office and make it clear to anyone who matters (i.e. the trainer Rany went after) that he has the team's support and no one cares what this blogger thinks.... But they didn't do that. They got defensive and pissy in a very public way. And by doing that, the Royals sent a signal to an important segment of their fan base -- the plugged-in segment -- that they can't tolerate reasoned criticism. And if one can't tolerate reasoned criticism, one isn't going to act on it. Which raises the question: In light of this, why on Earth would anyone with a brain continue to be a Royals fan?

Shysterball.

The legend goes that Zack Greinke fell in love with an Earth woman. Deciding that he wanted to be...

The legend goes that Zack Greinke fell in love with an Earth woman. Deciding that he wanted to be with her, he chose to undergo the irreversible process of immersing himself in the red Kyptonian sunlight, stripping him of his super powers. After three or four weeks of being mortal, however, he realized that he needed to trek back to the Fortress of Solitude to see if he couldn't get his powers back. It all worked out in the end, as Greinke returned to Planet Houston and defeated his enemies in impressive style (8 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 5K). Only hitch: Brian Bannister still knew his secret identity when it was all over, so they had to engage in a very awkward kiss to set everything back the way it was.

ShysterBall (the kiss should have been with Olivo, though)

Shin Soo Choo hit a single off a freakin' seagull in the 10th, driving in the winning run. Learning...

Shin Soo Choo hit a single off a freakin' seagull in the 10th, driving in the winning run. Learning to play the seagull carom in Progressive Field is one of those things visiting defenders just don't have time to master in a short series. Oh, and now that the memories of the Royals' early-season friskiness have long since passed, can we just get to the end game on Trey Hillman and save everyone a lot of hassle?

ShysterBall.

Indians 8, Royals 3: Game story "Greinke handed a 3-2 lead to Horacio Ramirez starting the seventh...

Indians 8, Royals 3: Game story "Greinke handed a 3-2 lead to Horacio Ramirez starting the seventh and the left-hander immediately got in trouble." There's no part of that sentence -- Greinke having a lead, Ramirez immediately getting into trouble upon entering the game -- that wasn't 100% predictable when we all woke up yesterday morning. I'd have been less surprised if Ramirez had been magically transformed into a right-hander before the game than I would have been if he had come in and actually held the lead.

ShysterBall, who also happens to be a Braves fan.

Francisco Liriano should probably team up with [Scott] Kazmir to find out who's responsible for...

Francisco Liriano should probably team up with [Scott] Kazmir to find out who's responsible for their struggles. It could be like some 1980s buddy cop show called "Kaz and Frank" or something like that. One of them would be a bad boy who lives on a house boat. The other is a Vietnam veteran with scores to settle. Old scores. Maybe they both dated the same woman once years ago, but put aside their differences in service of the mission. Oooh! And the woman would be their boss! Quick -- someone get me Stepfanie Kramer's phone number!

ShysterBall
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