The Ball Park, home of the Maine Guides (1984-1988)
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Oh, New England.
As baseball season gets into full swing around the country — and in countries around the globe — we celebrate Yale Joel’s classic photo of New Hampshire Little Leaguers anxious to get out to the diamond.
(Yale Joel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
If you didn’t think of A Prayer for Owen Meany you clearly don’t know me very well.
Giants’ Buster Posey escapes a spray of champagne as the team celebrates in the clubhouse, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 in game five to win the National League Division Series in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday Oct. 11, 2012. (Michael Macor / The Chronicle) via SFGate.com
Buster Posey is as good as advertised. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. It’s not that he’s young, and hip, and plays in a super cool city and has blonde hair and a great tush (which he does), it’s that he’s really this crazy good. He’s a strong defensive catcher, and that .336/.408/.549 line this year, yeah, that may turn out to be career highs only because very few players, especially catchers, ever put up numbers like that twice. All Hail Buster Posey, second greatest Posey of all time (just behind Parker who, until Buster appears in a Christopher Guest film, will always remain number one.)
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Also, all hail Buster Posey, second greatest Buster of all time. Until he stars in a remake of The General that is as good as Keaton’s.
Just FYI I was wearing my Posey shirt in bed last night.
The Mets (48-51) defeated the D-Backs (49-50) by the score of 3-1 tonight in Arizona.The Least You Should Know:
Mets RHP prospect Matt Harvey made his big-league debut and let up no runs in 5.1 innings of work, while striking out 11 and walking three.
Harvey’s 11 strike outs are the most for a Mets pitcher in his big-league debut.
Bobby Parnell walked the lead-off hitter in the ninth, plus another later in the inning, which got the potential winning run to the plate. However, despite facing five batters in the inning, he wiggled through it to close out the win.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.
Matthew Cerrone: Tonight was all about Harvey, who looked incredibly comfortable and confident in his big-league debut. I am most impressed with how he stuck to a plan and seemed to totally stay within himself, especially considering the team’s free-fall entering the game and all the hype surrounding his debut. I give credit here to Johnson, who was his catcher in Triple-A and who was promoted specifically to be his catcher tonight. Also, I’m sure it was a HUGE help taking the hill for the first time ever, already staked to a 2-0 lead. Harvey had terrific command of his fastball and got swings and misses with his breaking stuff, which is what everyone pointed to when criticizing his work in Triple-A. Lastly, I loved how serious he looked on the mound. He was focused and looked like he had been doing this for 10 years…
The Mets and D-Backs play again tomorrow night at 9:40 pm ET, with Jon Niese (7-4, 3.59 ERA) taking on Josh Collmenter (2-2, 3.82 ERA).