Tag: Baseball

Ernie Johnson

Jonah Keri makes his elevator pitch to three-time Emmy Award winning host and play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson of Turner Sports about his father Ernie Sr., MLB pitcher and broadcaster; EJ’s one season playing college baseball; his start in…

Indians Get Life Back in Right Bats at the Right Time, Now Blue Jays Need the Same

The most popular entrance music for MLB relief pitchers, by far, is Johnny Cash’s rendition of God’s Gonna Cut You Down. Joe Beimel used it pitching for the Mariners in 2007. Drew Storen and Glen Perkins have used it for years. The two best relievers who’ve used it are Indians right-hander Cody Allen, who typically jogs in from the pen to pitch the ninth, and Andrew Miller, the Tribe’s unhittable ace reliever, who shelved the song after coming over in a deadline deal with the Yankees, but is just as terrifying on the mound as the message the song conveys.

Heidi Watney

Jonah Keri hears it through the grapevine from Heidi Watney, host of Quick Pitch on MLB Network, about progressing from coach’s daughter to beauty pageants to sideline reporting; the value of smiling; seeking adventure; reporting on the Red So…

Indians-Blue Jays ALCS: Tomlin Unhittable, Miller Not Human, Indians Speed Pays Off

Three thoughts on the Indians’ 2-1 victory in ALCS Game 2, while pondering how a sellout crowd can chant “Cody! Cody!” and not have it sound absurd…

This is not the Josh Tomlin you were looking for.

Glance at Josh Tomlin’s career numbers (4.48 ERA, 4.48 FIP, 1.6 homers per 9 innings) or even his full-year 2016 numbers (4.40 ERA, 4.88 FIP, 1.9 homers per 9 innings), you wouldn’t expect much.

Here Are the Three People Critical to Deciding Dodgers-Nationals NLDS Game 5

Dodgers. Nationals. One game for … well, some of the marbles.

Here are three factors to watch in the deciding Game 5 of this National League Division Series matchup.

The Nats have their ace going, while the Dodgers don’t.

Advantage … Dodgers?!

Some of the debate regarding whether or not the Dodgers should use Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 4 revolved around what a potential Game 5 matchup would look like.

Why Josh Tomlin’s Performance vs. Red Sox One of the Greatest We’ve Seen in a While

The Indians were supposed to be outgunned. The Red Sox boasted the most potent offense in baseball, surging down the stretch to win the AL East handily, and peaking heading into October. Meanwhile, two of Cleveland’s top three starters got hurt, suffering injuries that knocked them out of the ALDS and leaving the club’s pitching staff seemingly too shorthanded to hang with the best teams in the American League.

Bruce Arthur

Jonah Keri and his doppelgänger Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star and TSN discuss sports tragedies; reconciling the pluses and minuses of the Olympics; #sticktosports; athlete activism; controlling the message; “I’m all about love”; Jays, Raptors, and Leafs; the state of Canadian and American media; the secrets to success in journalism or any industry; and Bruce’s Life Tip.