Part four of our annual preview series. This year, we present for each team a 60-word-or-so takeaway from 2020, a 162-word-or-so preview for the 2021 season, a win prediction, and a song to represent the… Read more »
Posts by Alex Crisafulli
2019 was supposed to be a big year for the Phillies. They acquired Bryce Harper, the biggest free agent of the offseason. They further solidified an already-promising lineup with other new faces, including an aging… Read more »
A song to play while you’re reading about the Cardinals: “The Glory of Man” by Minutemen. This song is track 20 on the 1989 CD release of Double Nickels on the Dime, and in 2019… Read more »
The 2018 season is over. On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox put the final touches on what was one of the most dominant seasons of the modern era and effortlessly cruised through the playoffs in… Read more »
Herein lies the second installment in which I tried to find the one batter and pitcher who had a slash line which best matched the all-time numbers for the team they played for. (Read Part… Read more »
A week or two ago, one of the Cubs’ beat writers – I don’t remember who – noted on Twitter that Ian Happ had just hit the franchise’s 14,000th home run. Having never really considered… Read more »
On May 20, 2017, Carlos Martinez was scheduled to get the ball against the visiting, scoring-challenged San Francisco Giants. It was good timing. After blanking the Cubs for seven-plus innings on Opening Night, Martinez hit… Read more »
Brandon Lee and Alex Crisafulli talk about Mike Dunn, Mike Dunne, Stephen Piscotty, Yu Darvish, Cubs vs Rays, “this season” vs “last season,” favorite 2017 moments, and SNES sports games, then cap things off.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will be competing in the 2017 version of the World Series, which begins tonight. This much we know. We also know, or can at least reasonably assume that… Read more »
In this all-banter episode of an NL Central Podcast, Eric, Alex, and Brandon predict Eric Thames for the rest of the season, discuss Paul O’Neill kicking a baseball, whether Brandon should worry about the Cubs,… Read more »
Banished to the Pen’s full NL Central Podcast team got together to preview the 2017 National League Central. Alex Crisafulli, Eric Roseberry, Rob Mains, Ross Bukouricz, and Brandon Lee went around the horn to give their takes and answer questions about the Cardinals, Reds, Pirates, Brewers, and Cubs.
Since the turn of the millennium, the Cardinals have won 71 more games than the second best National League team (Dodgers). They have the most postseason wins (65) across the league. And they’ve won 197… Read more »
On the late afternoon of Thursday, April 9, 2015, Tony Wright settled in to his usual seat in the middle of Row B, Section 319 at pleasant Petco Park in San Diego. Section 319 had… Read more »
Banished to the Pen is always looking for new writers. To help convince you that this is a great place to get your work out, we’ve asked a few BTTP alumni to tell you about… Read more »
The Winter Meetings began this week just outside of Washington, D.C., and the one team everyone will be watching is the Chicago White Sox, as it seems as though the market is waiting for the South Siders… Read more »
In the latest episode of An NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, Brandon Lee, and Brandon’s dog Gus bark about the World Champion Chicago Cubs, mostly discussing Brandon’s thoughts on game 7, while also covering which memes do/do not apply to the series.
Ah, the Midwest, my long-lost home, and the exclusive locale for the 2016 World Series. Ken Burns is buying a map as we speak. I missed the mark in last year’s World Series preview by picking the Mets… Read more »
Alex Crisafulli of Viva El Birdos and our NL Central Podcast joins Ryan Sullivan to talk about the four division series, the remaining postseason, attending Game 5 in DC, and evolving bullpen usage, and, in between, wonder about the appeal of drones
Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee check in after an exciting National League Division Series game 5 between the Nationals and the Dodgers. LA will go on to play the Cubs in the NLCS…. Read more »
On the latest episode of an NL Central show, Alex Crisafulli, Eric Roseberry, and Brandon Lee talk about Pitch Talks Chicago, the Cardinals’ Wild Card chances, Vin Scully, Pitch, and the all time single-season WAR… Read more »
On the latest episode of an NL Central Podcast, Alex Crisafulli, Ross Bukouricz, and Brandon Lee discuss the current state of their teams (Cardinals, Brewers, and Cubs respectively) and revisit the concept of the Brewers’ “Timeless Ticket.” The guys also talk about season tickets (including some non-NL Central and non-MLB teams), and reveal their favorite September baseball memories. The episode closes with an NL Cy Young trivia question.
In the final part of our ’94 retrospective, we look at two things from that year that probably have little value in 2016: baseball cards, and Major League II. Also included is a brief anecdote… Read more »
In the gaming portion of our revisit to 1994, we talk about the original 16-bit Griffey title, and break down the references used for the game’s fake player names. Then we take a brief look… Read more »
On the latest NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee talk about the plural forms of breakfast foods, cross-country roadtrips, music festival fashion, hats, and baseball. Baseball topics include but are not… Read more »
Anthony Lorenzo and Scott Kushner join Alex Crisafulli for a 3-round draft of favorite “Seinfeld” minor characters, and conclude with discussion on a memorable episodes.
Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Rob Mains talk about Pete Rose, Cardinals baserunning, and whether the Pirates are actually done. Also, Alex also shares how much he hates interleague play, and everyone picks their desert… Read more »
On episode 7 of An NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee talk about the (currently) ongoing Cubs/Cardinals series, including Trevor Rosenthal, the Cubs stream of prospects, and what exactly is “Nuveen.”… Read more »
On the latest episode of An NL Central Podcast (#6), Alex Crisafulli (@alexcards79), Eric Roseberry (@ericdroseberry), and Brandon Lee (@bleeinternets) discuss division roster moves, Rany Jazayerli’s piece on the Cubs for the Ringer, the Cubs… Read more »
An NL Central Podcast strikes back for episode 5: Eric Roseberry is joined by Alex Crisafulli and Rob Mains, discussing Tony LaRussa in the booth, how high the Cubs could go, and Carson Cistulli’s TV broadcaster rankings.
In this episode of an NL Central Podcast (episode 4), Eric Roseberry and Alex Crisafulli put Ross Bukouricz on the spot to judge a 6-year-old bench-clearing fight between the Reds and Cardinals (Cardinals and Reds?). The… Read more »