The shattered screen of Mark Sheldon's laptop, from his Twitter feed.
By Mike Harrington
What's about the worst thing that can happen to a reporter in a press box, especially one on deadline? Easy. A laptop crash. We've all had them from time to time and usually a reboot can get you back up and running.
Then there's the issue of a foul ball. No way to get you running if you take a direct hit and MLB.com veteran Mark Sheldon was such a victim Tuesday night in Cincinnati, thanks to Pablo Sandoval of the Giants. You see the picture above that Sheldon tweeted -- and has more than 1,500 RTs and favorites as of early today -- and you can watch the video evidence below.
I feel for the poor guy, but his reaction is priceless. And how about the buddy who asks him if he wants the ball like he's a 10-year-old who got drilled in the hand?!
The Reds won the game, 8-3, to push their winning streak to four and Sheldon filed his story on the game with an assist from an associate who loaned him a laptop. His quick explanation on the laptop troubles is on his MLB.com blog
September 27, 2013 - 5:41 PM
By Mike Harrington
Games 160-161-162 will be played this weekend and there are plenty of things up for grabs. The quick list:
AL East -- The Red Sox have wrapped it up. Their magic number over Oakland to finish with the best record is 2 (Boston is at Baltimore this weekend while Oakland is at Seattle). The A's have the tiebreaker edge.
AL Central/AL West -- The Tigers and A's have already clinched divisions and will meet in the division series for the second straight year if the Red Sox finish with the best record.
AL wild cards -- Tampa Bay (90-69) leads Cleveland (89-70) by a game, with the Rays in Toronto and the Indians in Minnesota. Texas (88-71) is a game back and hosting the Angels.
If Tampa Bay and Cleveland finish tied, the Rays would host the wild card game by virtue of their regular season record. MLB announced the following scenario today if all three teams finish tied: The Indians would host the Rays on Monday, with the winner getting one berth. The losing club would then play Tuesday in Texas, with the winner of that game getting the other wild card.
A big developing story from the Indians is that bedraggled Cleveland closer Chris Perez has apparently lost his job, with reporters in Minneapolis saying former staff ace Justin Masterson said before tonight's game he may be part of a closer-by-committee solution. Manager Terry Francona was non-commital to Perez after the Twins got four ninth-inning runs off him Thursday night. Perez is 1-1 with a 7.52 ERA and three blown saves since Aug. 1
NL divisions: The Braves (94-65) and Dodgers (91-68) have clinched while the Cardinals (94-65) have a magic number of 1 heading into tonight's home game against the Cubs. They would also clinch if the Pirates lose at home against the Reds. Atlanta owns a tiebreaker edge for homefield and it's a huge difference because the Braves enter tonight an MLB-best 54-24 at Turner Field.
NL wild card: The Pirates and Reds are meeting in Tuesday's NL one-game showdown. It's just a question if the game is at PNC Park or Great American Ballpark. The teams are meeting this weekend in Cincinnati and whoever takes two out of three games gets to host the playoff, which will be the Pirates' first postseason game since 1992.