Pedro Martinez is even interesting when he’s reading a grocery list


— Rick James B (@NolesCG) October 10, 2015

During Friday’s night Cubs Cardinals pregame coverage,  Pedro Martinez did one viewer the honor of reading a grocery list out loud.

Did you hear that music floating through his lips? It was beautiful.

The MLB playoffs, where dreams do come true.

@45PedroMartinez thank you so much for reading a grocery list on air in honor of my tweet. You made my day.

— Shawn McFarland (@McFarland_Shawn) October 10, 2015

The USA Presidents Cup team is now rubbing Phil Mickelson's belly for good luck

Here’s another reason why these annual team competitions are a wonderful change from the individual week-to-week grind on Tour.

Phil Mickelson has become the team leader and mascot on the American side of these recent match play events. This year is no different, as he lit up the International side late Friday night by taunting two of their best players and continues to be a father figure force in the team room. He’s sitting on the bench Saturday morning but that doesn’t mean he’s not involved in all the matches out on the course.

It seems he’s providing a little bit of luck out on the course and letting everyone, caddies too, rub his belly for good luck. And it’s working.

Phil standing on 5 tee having US players rub his belly for luck. Both groups won the hole. Then I think he went in for waffles and omelets.

— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) October 10, 2015

Rickie Fowler and Pat Reed had to go back for more in the clip above, rubbing the belly again as they made the turn and Phil practiced on the putting green. Moments later, Matt Kuchar and Bill Haas performed the ritual.

There’s plenty of luck to go around.

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 10, 2015

Whatever it takes.

Mike Commodore tweets he hopes Mike Babcock 'gets hit by a truck"

Mike Commodore’s grudge against his old coach is still strong.

You might have heard that Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock returned to Detroit on Thursday, where he spent the previous decade winning a Stanley Cup and helming one of the most successful NHL teams in the last ten years.

You know who else heard that? Mike Commodore, former NHL defenseman and noted Mike Babcock hater. Now that he’s retired, Commodore has lots of time to watch hockey and tweet really mean things like this:

What’s happening here?

— Travis Hughes (@TravisSBN) October 10, 2015

On the surface, those seem kind of harmless. Maybe even funny. But then Commodore kept going….

uh what

— Pat Iversen (@Pat_Iversen) October 10, 2015

……and leaped over the line. But at least he doesn’t think Babcock likes Hitler!

When it comes to Mike Babcock, Mike Commodore draws the line at Hitler. BUT….

— Pat Iversen (@Pat_Iversen) October 10, 2015

You’d expect normal angry people online to delete these kinds of tweets, but something tells me Mike Commodore is not that kind of person.

This probably needs some context. Commodore holds a grudge from his one year in Detroit a few years back, mainly due to a lack of ice time. Probably not worth wishing Babcock to get hit by a truck though. (Definitely not.)

After all this you might be wondering one question.

No. RT @Tantzak: Is @commie22 drunk

— Mike Commodore (@commie22) October 10, 2015

Brandon Dubinsky makes sweet pass while falling to set up goal

Upper-body strength is important.

Leave it to the speedy and entertaining Blue Jackets to score their first goal of the season in a pretty awesome way.

Columbus trailed the New York Rangers in the second period on Friday when Rangers forward Derick Brassard whiffed on a pass at his own blue line and fell down. For a moment it looked like the Rangers were still in luck, because Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky collected the puck but started to fall down too.

Then the comedy of errors turned into a fairly cool play.

Dubinsky pass leading to the goal

— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 10, 2015

That was Cam Atkinson streaking through center ice to pick up Dubinsky’s pass and slip it past Henrik Lundqvist at the other end. The ironic part of this play? Brassard and Dubinsky were traded for each other by the Rangers and Jackets in 2012 as part of New York’s trade for Rick Nash. Small world!

Red Wings fans give former coach Mike Babcock standing ovation

And he was nonplussed.

Mike Babcock will go down as one of the best coaches in Detroit Red Wings history, which is saying a lot for that storied franchise. His departure from the team after 10 seasons this summer for the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs was not unexpected, but it wasn’t easy either.

So when he returned to Detroit on Thursday behind the Toronto bench, you just knew the Red Wings fans and organization would take the time to recognize him and thank him for his decade of service. They wasted no time, giving Babcock a standing ovation in the first period.

And in typical Babcockian fashion, the legendary coach looked pretty unaffected by it all.

In 10 years with the Red Wings, Babcock won 458 games while winning one Stanley Cup in two appearances. The Wings also made the playoffs in each year of his tenure.

The Blue Jays just learned instant replay can't stop baseball from being cruel

The Rangers shouldn’t have won in the 14th inning, unless they totally should have.

The Blue Jays won 11 straight games after the trade deadline. They won six in a row heading into the last week of the regular season, and they’ve won three in a row against the Rangers this year. They can win three games again.

But, yeah. This isn’t going well. Baseball giveth, baseball taketh away, baseball flushes the toilet when you’re taking a shower, and baseball steals your credit card information just because it can. The Blue Jays are down 0-2 in the ALDS to a team that was supposed to lose 90 games this year, and all of that post-deadline momentum might be a pile of ash before Monday. And the worst part is that it might all be because of a blown call.

I mean, maybe. Here, you look:

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With two outs, Rougned Odor rounded second base aggressively. He got back in time, but his foot came off the bag. Unless it didn’t. Unless, of course it did, what are we talking about? It’s so obvious that … actually, maybe it’s not obvious. A moving image that automatically repeats:

You see it, right? The foot comes off, and then it jerks back to the bag. Unless he’s pushed by the glove. Or unless there’s exactly one cleat electron touching a second base electron the entire time.

Alternate angles are of no help.

That’s the farthest off the bag that Odor’s foot was. The motion of the leg sure made it look like he came off, but at no point did we see the tan of the dirt or the green of the turf behind him in any shot.

My personal opinion is a two-parter:

  1. He probably came off the bag and should have been out.
  2. There is no way you can overturn that.

Just no way. Odor was called safe, the call was understandably upheld, and he came in to score the winning run. Instead of the Blue Jays heading to the 14th inning (or 15th or 16th or …) in a tie game, they were down. And now they’re either perfect for the rest of the ALDS or crushed for the rest of the offseason.

You knew this was coming. After a week of video review, we all saw what it looked like for a play to be too close to overturn. With most of them, we knew why it was too close to overturn, even if we had a sneaking suspicion it should be overturned. It was a part of replay. Better than the alternatives! Even then, though, one of my first thoughts was what if that happens in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series?

This wasn’t Game 7 of the World Series. But it was pretty damned important to the Blue Jays’ season. An overturned call, and they might still be playing. An upheld call, and they might be going to Texas needing to sweep the rest of the series. We have a hunch that they got jobbed. But we understand why they were.

So here’s your reminder that instant replay is imperfect, and that it will always be a struggle to catch up with physics and real life. My crystal ball shows at least two columns about the base-sensors that will be installed in six years, with four columns about the base-lasers in 2020. If I’m still employed. Which, well, regardless, it will forever be an arms race to catch up with reality. Robot umps are a beautiful dream until they murder us all, and even then, it’s going to be nearly impossible to get everything right when it needs to be.

The sort-of-questionable-but-maybe-the-garbage-camera-angle-was-the-real-problem strike zone? That’s a different story. For now, know that the Blue Jays got screwed after waiting Carlos Correa’s entire lifetime to get here, unless they were beaten fair and square because the tip of a cleat touched a fiber of a base. We’ll never know. And six seconds into Sunday, the Blue Jays won’t care. Or can’t care. Same thing.

As long as we agree that baseball is awful.

MLB playoffs 2015: Bracket, schedule, scores and more

Keep track of every game for 30 days in October and November.

Thanks to the Wild Card round, we lost the Yankees and the Pirates in one night. The Cubs and the Astros advanced, though, and their victories set upthe Division Series we’re currently watching (on various networks) (with broadcasters of varying talents).

The Astros are taking on the Royals, and that series is now tied at one game a piece. The Rangers had success in Canada against the Blue Jays, winning twice in two games, giving them a 2-0 lead before they even went back to Texas. Granted, they’re going to throw lefties against a lefty-dominating lineup in Arlington, but that’s okay: At least they’ve built a cushion and backed Toronto into a corner they didn’t want to be in.

As for the NL side of things, that all got going on Friday, with the Cubs hosting the Cardinals in the first-ever postseason match-up between the two teams in the Route 66 rivalry. The Cubs are depressingly behind the Cards in this head-to-head contest as far as postseason accolades go, but they can close that gap with an NLDS victory. The Mets and Dodgers are also facing off, and the two have gone without a World Series championship for roughly the same amount of time — the Mets since 1986, the Dodgers since 1988. Only one of the two can advance and have an opportunity to end the drought, which is basically the story for everyone in the postseason except the Cardinals, who won the World Series as recently as 2011.

Get ready to live, eat and sleep baseball, because MLB structures this whole endeavor to happen basically every day until the World Series.

MLB bracket

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Schedule (all times ET)

Tuesday, Oct. 6

American League Wild Card Game: Astros 3, Yankees 0

Wednesday, Oct. 7

National League Wild Card Game: Cubs 4, Pirates 0

Thursday, Oct. 8

ALDS Game 1: Rangers 5, Blue Jays 3 (Texas leads 1-0)
ALDS Game 1: Astros 5, Royals 2 (Houston leads 1-0)

Friday, Oct. 9

ALDS Game 2: Rangers 6, Blue Jays 4 (Texas leads 2-0)
ALDS Game 2: Royals 5, Astros 4 (series tied 1-1)
NLDS Game 1: Cubs at Cardinals, 6:45 p.m. (TBS)
NLDS Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45 p.m. (TBS)

Saturday, Oct. 10

NLDS Game 2: Cubs at Cardinals, 5:37 p.m. (TBS)
NLDS Game 2: Mets at Dodgers, 9:07 p.m. (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 11

ALDS Game 3: Royals at Astros, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
ALDS Game 3: Blue Jays at Rangers, 8:10 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Monday, Oct. 12

ALDS Game 4: Royals at Astros, 1:07 p.m. (Fox or Fox Sports 1)*
ALDS Game 4: Blue Jays at Rangers, 4:07 p.m. if 4 games, 1:07 p.m. if 3 games (Fox or Fox Sports 1)*
NLDS Game 3: Cardinals at Cubs, 6:07 p.m. if 4 games, 4:37 p.m. if 3 games (TBS)
NLDS Game 3: Dodgers at Mets, 8:07 p.m. if 4 games, 8:37 p.m. if 3 games (TBS)

Tuesday, Oct. 13

NLDS Game 4: Cardinals at Cubs, 4:37 p.m. (8:07 p.m. if only game) (TBS)*
NLDS Game 4: Dodgers at Mets, 8:07 p.m. (TBS)*

Wednesday, Oct. 14

ALDS Game 5: Rangers at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. (8:07 p.m. if only game) (Fox or Fox Sports 1)*
ALDS Game 5: Astros at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (Fox or Fox Sports 1)*

Thursday, Oct. 15

NLDS Game 5: Cubs at Cardinals, 4:37 p.m. (8:07 p.m. if only game) (TBS)*
NLDS Game 5: Mets at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS)*

Friday, Oct. 16

ALCS Game 1 (Fox or Fox Sports 1)

Saturday, Oct. 17

ALCS Game 2 (Fox or Fox Sports 1)
NLCS Game 1 (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 18

NLCS Game 2 (TBS)

Monday, Oct. 19

ALCS Game 3 (Fox or Fox Sports 1)

Tuesday, Oct. 20

NLCS Game 3 (TBS)
ALCS Game 4 (Fox or Fox Sports 1)

Wednesday, Oct. 21

ALCS Game 5 (Fox or Fox Sports 1)*
NLCS Game 4 (TBS)

Thursday, Oct. 22

NLCS Game 5 (TBS)*

Friday, Oct. 23

ALCS Game 6 (Fox or Fox Sports 1)*

Saturday, Oct. 24

NLCS Game 6 (TBS)*
ALCS Game 7 (Fox or Fox Sports 1)*

Sunday, Oct. 25

NLCS Game 7 (TBS)*

Tuesday, Oct. 27

World Series Game 1: National League at American League (Fox)

Wednesday, Oct. 28

World Series Game 2: National League at American League (Fox)

Friday, Oct. 30

World Series Game 3: American League at National League (Fox)

Saturday, Oct. 31

World Series Game 4: American League at National League (Fox)

Sunday, Nov. 1

World Series Game 5: American League at National League (Fox)*

Tuesday, Nov. 3

World Series Game 6: National League at American League (Fox)*

Wednesday, Nov. 4

World Series Game 7: National League at American League (Fox)*

*if necessary

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