James McDonald and the Case of the Missing Strike Zone

In today’s game against the Phillies, James McDonald went from worthy opponent of Roy Halladay’s to experiencing an extreme case of Steve Blass disease. In his 4+ innings, McDonald gave up 3 hits, 5 walks, struck out 3, and was charged with three runs. Updated: Oh yeah, and he was charged with two wild pitches (though some of that is on Dusty Brown’s shoulders) and he did Raul Ibanez’s sub-.300 OBP a favor by hitting him with a pitch. (thanks to Seminary Dan for the catch.)

Still, look at this little breakdown: 

Innings 1-2: 27 pitches, 20 strikes.

Innings 3-5: 52 pitches, 21 strikes. 

Was he getting squeezed? Absolutely not. From Brooks Baseball


The Giants' Matt Cain threw a complete game 1-hitter.

The only hit was off the bat of the Pirates’ starting pitcher James McDonald.

According to the unwritten rules of baseball Cain may now have McDonald killed. I could be wrong.

(On a serious note: How often has that happened? A one-hitter with the only hit by a pitcher. Someone find that out.)

UPDATE: He’s the first Giant since Hooks Wiltse in 1908 to be separated from a perfect game by just one hit to the opposing pitcher. The last major leaguer with such a game was the Padres’ Jimmy Jones, who gave up just a triple to Houston’s Bob Knepper on Sept. 21, 1986.  Courtesy of Trent McCrotter, SABR

(h/t to Hunting Cows)


All these options and they chose to whitewash.
Because of the non-diverse, non-inclusive, whitewashed casting of POC, we have decided to dreamcast a brand new production of The Prince of Egypt!

Moses- Adam Jacobs

Ramses- Christopher Jackson

Tziporrah- Cynthia Erivo

Aaron- Daveed Diggs

Miriam- Alysha Deslorieux

Huy- Aziz Ansari

Hotep- James Monroe Iglehart

Yocheved- Ciara Renee

Pharaoh- Norm Lewis

Queen Tuya- Audra McDonald

There. You see? Brilliant and talented actors who can play these parts wonderfully! And guess what? This cast isn’t whitewashed! If the Broadway powers that be would just open their eyes, the theatre world would be a brighter place!

“In every generation, there are those who resist the sweeping tide of proscription and conformity. For New York based artist Gio Black Peter, such a reaction comes naturally. Through his work, he is able to break through the hardening shell of uniformity and tap into something more honest. While undeniably modern in his approach—often utilizing technology to offer a multimedia-fueled commentary on current issues—the artistic results are irrevocably rooted to the past.

In his bold use of color and shape, Peter’s work is perhaps most reminiscent of the French post-impressionists. Sensual and emotive, he has a Paul Gauguin style primitiveness to his art, where the everyday and the natural are fused with an almost dreamlike sense of the fantastic. Picking up from where Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat left off in the 1980s, Peter is steering the downtown New York art scene back to the unapologetic celebration of life-outside-the-mainstream that it was before complacency began to take hold.

At its core, Peter’s art is a provocation and, whether addressing issues of violence or oppression, alienation or love, it seeks to spark a reaction in its audience. While that reaction may be visceral and dejected, or ecstatic and inspired, the ultimate aim is to fuel awareness, both of the self and society. In that, Peter’s art is a mirror of his own life—the two are, at times, indistinguishable.

Like Jean Genet, there is a bit of an outlaw in Peter, a bit of a fighter—he doesn’t back away from the demands of his artistic expression. Equally willing to strip down on camera for a blood soaked orgy as he is to work through sleepless nights when in the grip of inspiration, Peter breathes a life unfettered by shame, unencumbered by fleeting notions of morality. His work is a testament to the belief that it is possible to celebrate life without being bound to the form most common. He reveals the truth that unexpected beauty and unanticipated vitality can be found by challenging the norm, by pushing past our collective comfort.” - James McDonald 2015

Jily + coming out

  • James is confused about a lot of things. Sexuality is one of them. Girls are nice, but Sirius’s brother is nice too, and so are the Weasley twins. Everyone is just pretty nice, you know? But he’s never actually attracted to any people until it’s the one, someone special to him. When Remus comes out as bi, James listens. He listens to all the things Remus says about his feelings, asks him questions, but it still doesn’t feel right to him. At this point he’s pretty sure he’s not straight or gay, and he’s almost sure he’s not bi either. He is even more confused and he talks about it with Sirius who stays quiet for a moment and suggests, “Pan, maybe?” James snorts and responds, “Oh, right, what if I told you to check out a bowl every time you came to me gushing about Remus?” Sirius rolls his eyes, “Pansexual, idiot.” This is when The Great Research starts. His mum looks surprised when he spends hours with books on queer studies on holidays, but doesn’t say anything. His dad borrows the books to educate himself, as he says. When he actually settles on pansexuality (which happens two or so years later), he only tells it to Sirius, Remus, Peter and Lily, because he doesn’t think it’s anyone’s business and doesn’t want to stick to labels.
  • Lily never questioned her sexuality, she knew she liked girls as well as boys, but she didn’t feel like she should name it. She was comfortable with that. She knew she had a huge crush on Mary in the fourth year, and then Potter stopped acting like an idiot, and he became pretty likable too. Even if she didn’t feel the need to come out, she started to call herself bisexual in her head. The first people to know were Marlene, Dorcas, Alice and Mary. Marlene and Dorcas announced their relationship and Dorcas was like, “I’m bi, though girls are much nicer,” and Lily just went, “I’m too.” Gossiping about every person in the castle was her and Dorcas’s favorite thing to do since then. It never even crossed her mind to tell her parents and sister, she didn’t want any more troubles with them. But when she started dating James, Lily felt she needed to tell him because she wanted to trust him with all of her personality and she wanted to be sure none of her personality would make him like her less. They were walking around the castle when she pointed at some girl with, “She’s very pretty.” James looked up and nodded, “Yeah, she is.” Lily continued, “Girls are very pretty in general.” James nodded again, “Yeah, they are.” Lily shrugged casually, “I like girls. As in non friends way.” James frowned for a moment and asked, “Boys too though?” Lily shot him a look, “James, we’re dating, you know? Yes.” James smiled, “Always good to check. Good then.” She said Remus, Sirius and Peter later, and somehow all Hogwarts knew even if she didn’t bother to tell anyone else.

You should go and check out my Wolfstar + coming out post as well if you liked this one!