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April 18, 2014
We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?
A secret service agent • Warning Mr. Met—the mascot of the New York Mets—not to get close to President Clinton during a 1997 baseball game in which Clinton spoke. AJ Mass, the man inside the suit at the time, wrote about this experience in a new book, because who wouldn’t?
9:58 // 5 months ago
January 11, 2014
17:48 // 8 months ago
November 22, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 22, 2013

In Latvia, a massive building collapse at a supermarket in the country’s capitol, Riga, has killed at least 51. Dozens more remain trapped in the rubble. “There were torrents of water coming down off the roof. We headed into the back of the supermarket, the aisles were covered in produce and concrete and people lying on the floor,” one eyewitness said of the scene.

A sad tale from the world of baseball: On Thursday, Michael Weiner, the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, died at 51. Weiner suffered from inoperable brain cancer, but notably stayed on the job despite his very visible condition.

In case you’re curious about what 3,700-year-old wine tastes like, go to Israel and get a taste of some stuff that predates Jesus. (EDIT: Take that back; the wine’s evaporated, but the recipe still lives.)

The problem with wind energy is that the giant blades kill golden eagles.

Spotify has a ton of money.

21:12 // 10 months ago
August 20, 2013
They witnessed a young man run by on the street. Chose him as the target.
Duncan, Oklahoma Police Chief Danny Ford • Discussing the shooting death of Australian college baseball player Christopher Lane, who was shot and killed apparently at random by three teenage suspects—suspects who apparently were bored, so they decided to kill somebody. Ford was a student at nearby East Central University on a baseball scholarship. ”He’s left his mark as we know, and you know there’s not going to be any good come out of this, because it was just so senseless,” said Lane’s father, Peter, who was grieving from half a world away. ”It’s happened. It’s wrong, and we’re just trying and deal with it the best we can.”
15:50 // 1 year ago
April 27, 2013
Because baseball games are no longer used to settle land disputes and damages from horse collisions, they’ve become the battleground for deciding which U.S. city will be the first to move to the moon. Catch a nation-changing showdown with this GrouponLive deal.

The above is an actual quote from a Groupon deal for Mets tickets at Citi Field against the Phillies, White Sox, Pirates, and Reds. Yeah, i have no idea either.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the link to the Groupon deal. 

(via amandarykoff)

A virtuoso study in up-selling? Although if baseball games decided issues of moon colonization you’d probably have to pay more than $8 for a ticket.

(via sportsnetny)

19:39 // 1 year ago
January 10, 2013
usatoday:

The front of today’s New York Times Sports section.

The NYT is just throwing negative space and reverse boxes all over the place these days. Also, this tiny paper already beat them to this trick.

usatoday:

The front of today’s New York Times Sports section.

The NYT is just throwing negative space and reverse boxes all over the place these days. Also, this tiny paper already beat them to this trick.

8:42 // 1 year ago
November 27, 2012
Former Major League Baseball Players’ Association chief Marvin Miller died today, aged 95. A union organizer by nature, Miller became the head of the MLBPA all the way back in 1966, despite never having been involved with baseball as a sport or business before. Over the course of his subsequent 16-year leadership, he won major victories for the players’ union, perhaps none more significant than the abolishment of the reserve clause in 1975. In place for a staggering 94 years, the clause stripped players of autonomy in terms of where they played, forcing them to re-up with the same team that employed them the previous year, or stop playing altogether. Nowadays, thanks in large part to Miller, players get to sign where they please — “free agency,” as it’s called. source

Former Major League Baseball Players’ Association chief Marvin Miller died today, aged 95. A union organizer by nature, Miller became the head of the MLBPA all the way back in 1966, despite never having been involved with baseball as a sport or business before. Over the course of his subsequent 16-year leadership, he won major victories for the players’ union, perhaps none more significant than the abolishment of the reserve clause in 1975. In place for a staggering 94 years, the clause stripped players of autonomy in terms of where they played, forcing them to re-up with the same team that employed them the previous year, or stop playing altogether. Nowadays, thanks in large part to Miller, players get to sign where they please — “free agency,” as it’s called. source

21:13 // 1 year ago
August 25, 2012
Roger Clemens, minor leaguer: Five long, controversy-filled years after leaving the major leagues, legendary pitcher Roger Clemens took to the mound Saturday, throwing 3 and 1/3 innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters. He didn’t do half-bad, either, considering he’s been away for half a decade — he allowed just one hit and threw 24 strikes, at points throwing 80mph+ heat. Not bad for a 50-year-old on the comeback trail. (photo by David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

Roger Clemens, minor leaguer: Five long, controversy-filled years after leaving the major leagues, legendary pitcher Roger Clemens took to the mound Saturday, throwing 3 and 1/3 innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters. He didn’t do half-bad, either, considering he’s been away for half a decade — he allowed just one hit and threw 24 strikes, at points throwing 80mph+ heat. Not bad for a 50-year-old on the comeback trail. (photo by David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

23:49 // 2 years ago
August 19, 2012
16:25 // 2 years ago
June 19, 2012

Harry Reid tries to co-opt “clown question, bro”: Only days after The Daily Caller tried to take Bryce Harper as their own, the Senate Majority Leader is getting in on the Bryce Harper action. But that’s not the only reason why. Harper is a Las Vegas native, giving him a tie to Reid’s home state of Nevada, and the Senator is apparently a huge fan (his spokesman claims to have spent “literally zero minutes” convincing Reid to use the line). In classic Reid fashion, he hardly cracks a smile. Either way, it’s gonna be funny when the Washington Nationals star rookie reveals himself to be an anarcho-socialist. source

16:27 // 2 years ago