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Out With The Crowd: "Be very careful with Chris Sale"
March 28, 2013 – 11:49 AM | No Comment
Out With The Crowd: "Be very careful with Chris Sale"

Out With The Crowd is back for another season, as I get a sense of the fans' feelings about their teams in 2013. With Opening Day not far away, I spoke with longtime ChiSox fan …

World Series 2012: Kung Fu Verlanda
October 24, 2012 – 10:43 PM | 22 Comments
World Series 2012: Kung Fu Verlanda

Didn't call the matchup, but still psyched for it. Fan rants, McCarver rants, let it all out here.

League Championship Serieseses 2012: When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers
October 13, 2012 – 2:30 PM | 44 Comments
League Championship Serieseses 2012: When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers

Detroit vs. New York; St. Louis vs. San Francisco. Not really the results I expected, and I'm not sure how to call these series…I think it's probably Detroit and St. Louis in the Classic, but …

Division Serieseses 2012 Discush: GJN
October 7, 2012 – 1:46 PM | 30 Comments
Division Serieseses 2012 Discush: GJN

…Man. They showed that little patch all the Athletics are wearing to honor Pat Neshek's son, aaaaaaand cue the waterworks. That poor family. And then I'm sitting there all, I know there's a game to …

Out With The Crowd: "The AL East is weird this year"
July 28, 2012 – 11:40 AM | 7 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "The AL East is weird this year"

OWTC celebrates the upcoming trade deadline by talking Yankees baseball with my old friend and lifelong Bombers fan Tim (he's popped up on TN before as "Omega"). We talked about run differentials, reversions to mean, …

Out With The Crowd: "Look, it's hard to count to three, okay?"
June 21, 2012 – 10:04 AM | 10 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "Look, it's hard to count to three, okay?"

With the "Theo agonistes" stories going around the baseball press in the last couple of weeks, it seemed like a good time to chat with a fan of the franchise St. Epstein is expected to …

Out With The Crowd: "Even Giants fans felt bad for us"
June 5, 2012 – 5:00 PM | 10 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "Even Giants fans felt bad for us"

With the Dodgers still in the lead at the beginning of June, it seemed like a good time to talk to a Bums fan about Kemp's DL stint, the end of the McCourt era, and …

Out With The Crowd: "I bet Pudge would come back in a heartbeat"
May 28, 2012 – 8:31 PM | 10 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "I bet Pudge would come back in a heartbeat"

Is it all coming together at last for the Washington Nationals in 2012? It looks that way — if catchers stop dropping like Spinal Tap drummers, at least. Photographer and Nats loyalist Cheryl Nichols talked …

Out With The Crowd: "You're a self-indulgent vulgar slob"
May 21, 2012 – 7:54 PM | 6 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "You're a self-indulgent vulgar slob"

The minute I decided to do the Out With The Crowd series, I wanted to try to get Old Gator to talk to me about the Miami Marlins — or, as he calls them, "the …

Out With The Crowd: "I'm so glad this is his last season"
May 7, 2012 – 2:25 PM | 4 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "I'm so glad this is his last season"

Out With The Crowd ventured into the NL East late last week when I interviewed Lauren, the head rodeo clown at LoveMyBravos.com, about bullpen-management issues, stupid baby names, and J. Hey's new look.
Sarah D. Bunting: …