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Wisdom and Links: The Importance of the Black Sox Scandal, College Baseball is underrated…and LINKS!

Despite not having much of an interest in Soccer outside of World Cups, I couldn’t help but be fascinated by the rampant corruption indictments last week that hit FIFA. And it got me to thinking a bit about the Black Sox. And I’ve come to this revelation: The Black Sox scandal may well be the most important thing in the history of American Sports that doesn’t involve race ...
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“Griller Park” is Awesome

It’s an idea so simple, so ingenious…that I can’t believe it took this long for someone to come up with it. Meet “Griller Park”. Yes, I know it’s an inanimate object (more specifically…it’s a charcoal grill designed to look like Miller Park, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers), but it deserved your utmost attention. The grill’s designer? 27-year-old Matt Tyler, an...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco Claims Vegas Casino is Cheating; is Heading Back to the Diamond

Jose Canseco has made a lot of wild claims over the years. Some have been true. Some have been false. And most of them have been more than a little out there. Saturday night, the beleaguered onetime big leaguer hit the Twitters and took aim at Binions Gambling Hall in Las Vegas…claiming their cards were marked. And while no one is ever going to confuse the former American League...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Curry Pops Up on Giants Kiss Cam

With the NBA Finals not starting until Thursday, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has some time to kill. So, Friday night, the league’s Most Valuable Player loaded up the family and took a trip across the Bay to check out the San Francisco Giants take on the Atlanta Braves. Sitting with his mom and dad (Charlotte Hornets all-time leading scorer, Dell Curry), Curry was greeted...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Remember Three Rivers Stadium?

Remember Three Rivers Stadium? Sure you do. Long before all your cool baseball friends heralded PNC Park the greatest and Bane imploded Heinz Field during “The Dark Knight Rises”…Three Rivers Stadium was “the place to be”. And, thanks to the internet, you can still visit the place the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers called home. Kinda. You see, for some...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryne Sandberg is Not Thrilled with the Nationals

Prior to the season, Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen wrote that “Centerfield” by John Fogerty was the song he never wanted to hear again at the ballpark. Something tells me the Philadelphia Phillies would’ve killed for something by the former Creedance Clearwater Revival frontman when they faced the Washington Nationals this weekend. Apparently, the Nats have replaced standard...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Yu Darvish Become The Greatest Ever Japanese Import?

Major League Baseball has had some extremely talented imports from East Asia over the years. Masanori Murakami was the first to feature as part of an exchange in the mid-1960s and, since then (albeit with decades in between), there have been more and more players from Japan who have graced the diamonds of the USA. As the sport continues to grow and produce high-level athletes...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Team to Wear Lando Calrissian Jerseys

So many teams have held “Star Wars” nights that, let’s be honest…it would be easier to do stories (blog posts?) on teams that aren’t honoring the ironic movie. Then there’s the Potomac Nationals. The “P-Nats” have gone and done the impossible. The single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals have made me, the most jaded of “Star Wars Night” fans to take notice...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

For Sale: Dead Commissioner’s Autograph

A. Bartlett Giamatti died September 1, 1989…just eight days after banishing Pete Rose for life. The next year, the Topps Company celebrated the life of Major League Baseball’s seventh commissioner with a card celebrating his brief legacy. And up until recently…you could have owned an autographed copy of it. Wait…what? A. Bartlett Giamatti signed his 1990 @toppscards AFTER...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rookie Breaks Out Batman Cleats

Five years ago, then-San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson was fined $1000 by Major League Baseball for, essentially, his bright orange cleats being “a little too bright, too flashy”. The bearded one broke out a black marker and voila…“Nike Air Sharpies”. Something tells me Lance McCullers Jr. won’t have those same issues as his new cleats suffer from a severe case...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: The Devil’s Baseball Dictionary

I was going to do an article about overrated and underrated players, but, well, then I went and got a better idea: the Devil’s Baseball Dictionary. Some of you are wondering what I’m talking about. I will explain: In 1906, author/journalist Ambrose Bierce released a book called The Devil’s Dictionary, a satirical and irreverent take on dictionaries with such witty but cruel...
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Adam Jones Called Out by WWE Tag Team Champs

Following the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Adam Jones made the quick, five block trip from Camden Yards to Royal Farms Arena to check out WWE Payback. The All-Star outfielder was decked out in his finest Ron Simmons gear and championship belt and was joined ringside by teammates JJ Hardy and Steve Pearce and became part of the storyline when...
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WWE Champ Visits Baltimore Orioles

Before defending his WWE championship belt against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton Sunday night at Payback, Seth Rollins stopped by Camden Yards to compare belts with Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. Got @wwerollins throwing out the first pitch at the game today. Me vs. You, belt for belt tonight at #WWEPayback. I’ll see you later in the squared circle...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball’s Best Fans Set Guinness World Record

As if bestowing the moniker “baseball’s best fans” upon themselves wasn’t bad enough, St. Louis Cardinals faithful are now making up world records. And to make matters worse…they’ve roped in the folks at Guinness to help. At yesterday’s game, 4,296 #STLCards fans set a Guinness World Record for most selfies taken simultaneously. pic.twitter.com/OYCfywrWOD — St. Louis...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco’s Daughter Might End Up in SI’s Swimsuit Issue

We’re nearly nine months away from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and already, the magazine has started looking for its next top model…and they want you to be part of the process. Twice a week, Sports Illustrated will be posting videos of the prospective covergirls. And first up is an 18-year-old with a familiar name. Josie Canseco. The Instagram-loving daughter of former...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pete Rose: “Nobody Can Beat My Record”

Pete Rose has never lacked confidence. During his debut on FOX Sports, baseball’s hit king was open with his thoughts on Alex Rodriguez, his favorite hitter in the game (Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera) and, naturally, whether or not his all-time hits record will ever be broken. His response was to be expected. “No, I don’t want (the record) to be broken,” Rose told...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Portlandia Star Delivers First Pitch Strike

As if the world needed another reason to have a crush on Carrie Brownstein, the “Portlandia” star proved that she’s a force on the baseball diamond as well. Insisting on pitching from mound, the actress (and one-third of the band Sleater-Kinney) showed off her best eephus pitch when she threw out the first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners game Saturday against the Oakland...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Portlandia Star Delivers First Pitch Strike

As if the world needed another reason to have a crush on Carrie Brownstein, the “Portlandia” star proved that she’s a force on the baseball diamond as well. Insisting on pitching from mound, the actress (and one-third of the band Sleater-Kinney) showed off her best eephus pitch when she threw out the first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners game Sunday against the Oakland...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: The Greatest Living Ballplayers

A few days ago, I talked a bit on the Continuum about who I’d select for every one of the “Franchise Fours” that MLB had up for voting until late last week. Well, with one exception: the choice for greatest living ballplayers. I saved that just for you, HOVG fans! First, though, a bit of a detour: It is said that Joe DiMaggio, throughout his retired life, stipulated that he...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper and Paul Pierce Send Fans Home Happy

After hitting five home runs in his previous two games, all eyes were on Bryce Harper Saturday afternoon. Then, with the score tied in the ninth inning and a man on base…it happened. That’s right, the 22-year-old Washington wunderkind went deep off Cody Martin to win it for the Nationals and, in the process, making him the first player to hit six home runs in three games since...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

John Axford’s Son Throws Out First Pitch

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that there weren’t many dry eyes in the Mile High City Friday night. Before the Colorado Rockies played host to the Los Angeles Dodgers, John Axford’s son Jameson threw out the first pitch. The two-year-old was bitten twice on his right foot by a rattlesnake during Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona. He’d end up spending four...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Topps To Issue Will Ferrell Baseball Cards

We all knew this was coming, right? Proving (once again) they just don’t know when to quit…the Topps company is releasing ten different cards featuring Will Ferrell, as well as autographed versions, as part of its upcoming Topps Archives collection. In case you were under a rock, the comedic actor hit the field March 12 for ten different teams in five different cities.  Now...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

John Axford’s Son to Throw Out First Pitch

John Axford recently assumed the role of closer for the Colorado Rockies and while there is no guarantee that he’ll hit the field during the team’s upcoming series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, one Axford will. John’s son Jameson. During Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona, the two-year-old was bitten twice on his right foot by a rattlesnake and ended up spending four...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams Trade Verbal Jabs

For three seasons (1991-1993), Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams were teammates, playing for the Philadelphia Phillies. At the recent Philly Sports Roast, the 1993 National League champs were anything but cordial. The evening was supposed to be a laugh-filled night benefiting the Darren Daulton Foundation, but once the drinks started flowing and both Dykstra and Williams were given...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Embrace Mustached Lifestyle

They’ve got a long way to go before anyone will confuse them with the 1972 Oakland A’s, but if the New York Yankees keep winning…we might have to start referring to them as the second coming of “The Mustache Gang”. During a mid-April series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Brett Gardner stopped shaving his upper lip. And as the wins started adding up (the Yankees are currently...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss
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