30 Results for month: 06/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 6/18/14

We're roughly 70 games into the 2014 MLB season, and there are only two teams currently owning winning percentages above. 600. The two Bay Area entries are in the penthouse right now, as the Athletics and Giants are each sitting at 43-28. The fact we're seeing just a pair of entries barely over .600 is good news for fans of big September games. There's a ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 6/17/14

There isn't really anything I can add to what has already been spoken and written about Tony Gwynn. He was one of the true all-time greats on and off the field. It's a shame we won't have him around for what should have been another few decades to talk baseball and to be one of the game's most admired ambassadors. I didn't really know Tony Gwynn, other than ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 6/16/14

It's not easy to admit this, but now that I've hit my 60's and am no longer out of the house looking for entertainment virtually every night, I think I've morphed into what might be permanent residence in Nerdville, USA. I arrived at this conclusion when I realized I'd just spent an inordinate amount of time studying Matt Kemp's charts at fangraphs.com. The ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 6/15/14

I'll have a rooting interest in today's final round of the US Open. I'm not talking about a wager, this is strictly cheering for a guy who has about as much "heart" as anyone you're likely to hear about. Erik Compton is tied for second right now, five strokes behind frontrunner Martin Kaymer. If Compton finds a way to win this event, it's one of the most ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 6/14/14

Congratulations are in order for the Los Angeles Kings. That's two Stanley Cups in three seasons for the Kings, and their playoff route to the title this season was really pretty remarkable. Three Game Seven road wins, and a 4-1 edge in the climactic series with the Rangers that was much tougher than it will look on paper. These games were sensational, and ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 6/13/14

I usually try and avoid falling into that best or worst ever trap. It's generally not really the case either way. That said, I think I can make a real argument that the 2014 San Diego Padres are the worst hitting team I've ever seen. I watch virtually every Padres game and it's actually getting painful to view these players futilely attempt to get ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 6/12/14

The Minnesota Twins are in last place in the AL Central. But they're only a couple games below .500 and there's a good energy surrounding this team right now. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to forecast a playoff berth for the Twins just yet. But some good things are starting to happen for this franchise, and it's becoming apparent they're not going to be ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 6/11/14

So let's see if I've got this straight. Manny Machado instigates a bench-clearing incident by completely overreacting to a tag on the bases by A's 3B Josh Donaldson. Then, in the series windup, he cracks the Oakland catcher twice with backswings, then after getting thrown at in an almost mandatory retaliation attempt by A's lefty Fernando Abad, Machado ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 6/10/14

With all the big money superstars on the Dodgers roster, Scott Van Slyke is easy to overlook. But the versatile Van Slyke was the big story on Monday night as the Dodgers rolled to a 6-2 win at Cincinnati. Van Slyke proved to not only be a force with the bat, he won lots of friends among animal lovers along the way. Van Slyke had a huge night with the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 6/9/14

And that was about as good as it gets. Regardless of which side you're pulling for, or even if you don't care one way or the other, the first two games of the NBA Finals have been incredible. Most analysts and fans alike felt going in that this return match from last season might be something special. But there are so many occasions where the rematch ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 6/8/14

Prior to yesterday's Belmont Stakes, I was pulling hard for California Chrome to become the 12th Triple Crown winner. I liked everything about this story, particularly the blue collar angle. Not that I believed for one second that a win would "save racing" or any of that hype, but it was feel good material all the way. So I was a little disappointed when ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 6/7/14

The Chicago Cubs once thought highly enough of Josh Donaldson to make him the 48th overall draft pick back in 2007. He wasn't in that organization very long, as Donaldson was one of a quartet of players shipped to Oakland in the summer of 2008 in a trade that sent Rich Harden to the Cubs. It's funny how things work out. The early consensus on that deal ... More