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Kaitlin Olson as Randy Johnson is Everything

Fact…for as long as there has been TV, there have been Halloween-themed shows. That said, Tuesday night’s episode of “The Mick” knocked the trope out of the park. Yes, that is the always hilarious Kaitlin Olson, donning her best mustache and mullet, dressed as Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. But, more impressive, is Olson’s co-star Carla Jimenez as fellow lefty Fernando Valenzuela...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bat missing from Ken Griffey Jr. statue

Throughout his 22-year big league career, pitchers did everything they could to try and get the bat out of Ken Griffey Junior’s hands.Little did they know, all it would take is a hacksaw.Tuesday, Seattle Mariners fans noticed something odd…the bigger-than-life statue of their bigger-than-life superstar was missing the bat that helped him hit 630 home runs. Junior was inducted into...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Fans want Red Sox to replace 'Sweet Caroline'

After the Houston Astros ended the Boston Red Sox's season, fans of the American League East champs started calling for change.First, it was a cry for the team to get rid of manager John Farrell. Boston obliged a couple days later. Now, fans want their beloved BoSox to give their unofficial anthem the boot. That’s right: Following the Red Sox's loss last Monday, a petition surfaced...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Fan Starts GoFundMe to Remove Tattoo

I’m sure it seemed like a good thing at the time, but, as the saying goes…all good things must come to an end. Inspired by the Cleveland Indians sixth-straight failed effort to close out a playoff game, Tribe fan David Allen is asking for help in getting rid of his Chief Wahoo tattoo. Following Cleveland’s loss Wednesday night, Allen started an online fundraiser, hoping to raise...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Not in the Hall of Fame: Dave Parker

They called Dave Parker “The Cobra” and the nickname fit.  He could strike with his bat, his legs and his throwing arm and during the last half of the 1970’s he could arguably make a claim as the best player in the league; in fact he did make that claim.The stats agree with Mr. Parker.  He was the most dangerous player at the plate and if he wasn’t aiming for the fences,  he would...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Hall of Very Good™ Adds Four

What do you get when you combine a cobra, a home run king and a baseball pioneer? The Hall of Very Good™ Class of 2017. This year, The Hall has again opens its proverbial doors to three former players…slugger DAVE PARKER, former home run king ROGER MARIS and baseball’s resident queen of the diamond, ILA BORDERS. Also being enshrined is this year’s celebrity inductee, TRACY REINER...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: October 1

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1961 – Roger Maris, breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season home run mark, hits his historic 61st blast off Tracy Stallard when the Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 1-0. On this date, exactly two years later, a baby named Mark McGwire will be born in Pomona, CA. 1978 – On the last day of the season at Jack Murphy Stadium, Ozzie Smith does his...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: September 30

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1972 – Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente doubles off Mets pitcher Jon Matlack to become the 11th Major Leaguer to collect 3000 hits. The two-bagger, sadly, will be his last hit as he will die in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve. 1984 – On the final day of the season, Mike Witt uses only 97 pitches to retire 27 consecutive hitters. The...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Murray to play Joe Maddon in movie about Cubs?

So, ummm … this is something.Remember back in March when news started circulating that David Ross’s book "Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages" was going to be made into a movie? Well, it now has a director (some Aussie filmmaker named Shane Abbess) and has apparently attracted the interest of Bill Murray.That’s right, the Chicago Cubs super fan has “been...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Lenny Dykstra Eulogizes Hugh Hefner (Kinda)

Wednesday, Playboy founder (and all-around gross dude) Hugh Hefner died in his Los Angeles home. Thursday, former Major Leaguer Lenny Dykstra eulogized the late-nonagenarian the only way he knows how. Crudely. WARNING: Dykstra’s language is, as the kids say…not safe for work.
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: September 24

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1956 – At Memorial Stadium in a 5-4 loss to the Birds, Tigers outfielder Al Kaline gets his 3000th hit. The milestone hit is given up by Orioles hurler Dave McNally, a two-bagger down the right-field line. 2001 – Former American major leaguer Tuffy Rhodes ties the Japanese record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 when he takes fireballer Daisuke...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Fans Are Getting Good at Trolling

When it comes to cheering for your favorite team, there’s a typically a pretty fine line between being obnoxious and being clever. The following falls under the latter. If you don’t get the reference, first off…welcome to the planet Earth. Next, the “LWLLWWW” is a not so subtle reminder that, last October, the Chicago Cubs became the first team since the 1985 Kansas City Royals...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Pat Neshek: Zack Greinke is a 'turd'

Pat Neshek has a career ERA below 2.80 and two All-Star appearances to his credit, but unless he just got traded to your team (he’s played for eight in 11 seasons), you might not have heard of him.However, if you’re a baseball card collector, you know who the dude is… and it has nothing to do with whether or not he just popped up in the last pack you bought.Turns out, the journeyman...
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September 20, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: September 18

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1976 – Cleveland Indians player-manager Frank Robinson, in his final Major League at-bat, strokes a pinch-hit single in a 4-3 loss to Baltimore at Cleveland Stadium. The 41 year-old future Hall of Famer ends his 21-year playing career with a batting average of .294 and 586 home runs, the fourth-best in baseball history at the time of...
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September 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Eddie Vedder Performs Outside Wrigley Field Following Game

Earlier this summer, Anthony Rizzo joined an exclusive post-Deadball Era club when became one of only two (Don Mattingly is the other) left-handed players to spend time at first, second and third base.Add to that the stint the Chicago Cubs slugger had batting leadoff for Joe Maddon’s club and you’ve got one of the more versatile guys on the northside.That is…until Eddie Vedder comes...
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September 18, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: September 15

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1996 – Frank Thomas slams his 215th career home run in a White Sox uniform to surpass Carlton Fisk as the franchise all-time leader. The Big Hurt’s historic homer is the first of three round trippers he hits in a 9-8 loss to the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park. 1996 – The Rangers retire their first number in franchise history when they...
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September 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Bryant lauded for thank you notes, teammate Schwarber criticized over charity

How does the old Jerry Reed song go?When you’re hot, you’re hot. And when you’re not…you get s*** on for raising close to $300K for first responders on the 17th anniversary of the largest attack on American soil.Something like that, right?First…the “hot”.Back in January, Kris Bryant married his longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp and, as is customary, the couple sent out “Thank You...
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September 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury Sets Untouchable Record

Baseball is a game of numbers. 755. 61. 56. 42. 30. Each one conjures up a memory…an image in your mind as to what they mean or who they stand for. Now, regardless whether or not you believe some of them need to be accompanied by an asterisk…wait. Hold on. 30? What in the world does 30 represent?!? This. That’s right, thanks to a fourth inning flub by Wilson Ramos of the Tampa Bay...
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September 12, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: September 10

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1980 – Bill Gullickson whiffs 18 batters, the most strikeouts ever recorded by a rookie in a Major League game. The Expos right-hander throws a complete-game four-hitter, beating Chicago at Olympic Stadium, 4-2. 1997 – In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes only the second player in Major League history to hit 50...
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September 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Significant MLB Injuries in the Stretch Run

Baseball is measured by balls and strikes, but a team’s fate is often determined by the health of its players. A major injury this late in the season can send a franchise into a tailspin and turn a contender into a pretender. Here are five key injuries you should keep an eye on along with each team’s odds of winning the World Series. This web site has several odds and props on...
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September 07, 2017  |  Discuss

LaTroy Hawkins puts up speed bike for sale

LaTroy Hawkins made an estimated $47 million during his 21-year big leaguer, but dude is about to get a little richer.That is, of course, if someone pays big money for his crotch rocket.Now, now, get your mind out of the gutter…the longtime reliever is selling his 2012 Kawasaki Ninja. That’s right, for $5,500, you can own a sweet sport bike with a mere 1004 miles of use. And, yeah...
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September 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf’s Son to Play College Baseball

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf combined for close to 200(!) tennis titles throughout their careers, so it makes sense that their oldest son got some of their athletic prowess, right? You know…apples not falling far from trees and all. But, Jaden Agassi isn’t about to hit the court…dude is a pitcher. And Monday, news broke that the high school sophomore has verbally committed to play...
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September 05, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: September 4

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime1927 – Pirates teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner become the first pair of brothers to both homer in the same game when they go deep in the team’s 8-4 victory over Cincinnati at Redland Field. The siblings, who will also accomplish the feat in 1929 and 1938, each hit a bounce round-tripper.1993 – Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, no...
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September 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Cubs take to the gridiron for road trip

After winning six of seven at home, the Chicago Cubs hit the road Sunday and Joe Maddon was up to his old tricks.The skipper allowed the team to forgo their normal travel wear and, instead…wear football jerseys.From Tom Brady to Roger Staubach, all the gridiron greats (past and present) were represented. And, because Chicago, Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers and Mike Singletary jerseys were...
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September 04, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL September 3

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1928 – A’s player-manager Ty Cobb collects the last hit of his career when he doubles off right-hander Bump Hadley in the team’s 6-1 loss to Washington at Griffith Stadium. The 41 year-old ‘Georgia Peach’ will end his playing days, establishing the Major League record for hits with 4,191, a mark that will not be broken until 1985, when...
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September 03, 2017  |  Discuss
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