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Yogi Berra’s Funeral to be Televised

The YES Network has decided to televise the funeral of Hall of Famer Yogi Berra live beginning at 10am EST Tuesday. “In response to the tremendous outpouring of love and condolences from Yogi’s friends and fans, the Berra family has decided to have his funeral services broadcast live exclusively by the YES network,” the Yogi Berra Museum posted on its website. The longtime...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Better Names For The Kid Born At Petco Park, Links and even more Links

As you know, a child was born at Petco Park during a Padres game earlier this week. The child was named Levi. LEVI! I have many better names for this child born at Petco Park. Like… Tony. Trevor. Dave. Buzzie. Jerry. Benito. Randy. Steve. Odrisamer. Yangervis. Yonder. Quackenbush. Dick. Famous (as in Chicken). And, really, why wouldn’t you go with names of such legendary Padres...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Klay Thompson Overshadows Tim Hudson and Barry Zito

Twelve years ago, Saturday’s Tim Hudson-Barry Zito matchup would’ve been pretty cool. But in 2015…watching the pair of aging pitchers was just painful. How painful? They were overshadowed by the dude throwing out the first pitch. First pitches on radar guns: Barry Zito 85 mph, Tim Hudson 87 mph, Klay Thompson 89 mph. #sfgiants #athletics #warriors — John Shea (@JohnSheaHey...
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September 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Berkman Attacks Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance

Oh, Lance Berkman…please leave your intolerance to guys like Torii Hunter. On November 3, Houston residents will be voting on the city’s recently proposed Equal Rights Ordinance which will allow, among other things, transgendered people to use public bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Makes sense, right? Wrong. So what does this have to do with Berkman? The former...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Hollywood to remake Major League?

If life has taught me anything, it’s this: sometimes Hollywood really just needs to leave well enough alone. Allow me to explain. Morgan Creek Productions has put their film library on the block, but according to reports, the company is hoping to retain the remake rights to, quite possibly, the most random assortment of movies…“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, “ Young Guns”...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The AP Might’ve Gotten Yogi Berra’s Death Wrong

Get your stuff together, Associated Press…Yogi Berra was a national treasure. Now, while it’s bad enough that the AP made the gaffe…it’s worse that other news outlets didn’t pick up on it and went with the same headlines, right? Way to go, Las Vegas Sun. Or was it deliberate? Las Vegas Sun – http://t.co/hMUeiQZa0o pic.twitter.com/3774yc524w — Mark Loundy (@MarkLoundy...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Play a Yogi Berra: 'Who said it?' game

I’m pretty sure my fascination with baseball had everything to do with the love my grandfather and his son (my uncle) had for the sport. And, somehow, Yogi Berra tied into it. Allow me to explain. My grandfather and uncle both had soft spots for the New York Yankees and even though they spent a majority of their formative years in north central Wisconsin, I never questioned it...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Kobayashi and Crew Attempt to Reverse Cubs Curse by Eating Goat

During the 1945 World Series, the owner of Chicago’s famed Billy Goat Tavern put a curse on the Cubs because, naturally, they wouldn’t let him bring his goat into Wrigley Field. Monday night, a group of competitive eaters (naturally) have banded together in hopes of breaking the decades long curse and 107 year championship drought by, you guessed it…eating a goat. And this...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Jake Peavy Joins Band for Some Grateful Dead Covers

Jake Peavy is used to pitching in front of big crowds and Friday night was no different. The San Francisco Giants hurler took advantage of some time off to join the team’s former third base coach, Tim Flannery, and his band Lunatic Fringe on stage in front of a packed house. Their jam of choice? “Friend Of The Devil” by one of the Bay Area’s favorite bands…the Grateful...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon blames AC/DC concert for Cubs' sloppy play

Even though the Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last ten at home, the team has been a little sloppy in the field … and skipper Joe Maddon thinks he knows why. Joe Maddon blames Starlin Castro's error on AC/DC concert at Wrigley: "They have totally messed up our infield." — Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) September 22, 2015 During their victory Monday night, the Cubs committed...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Screenwriter: Chicago’s Back to the Future II Win All a Joke

As we inch closer and closer to the postseason, plenty will be made about “Back to the Future II” predicting a Chicago Cubs 2015 World Series victory. Sure, it also predicted an American League team out of Miami as the World Series losers, but that’s beside the point…we want to talk about how/why the Cubs were chosen as the victors in the 1989 time traveling comedy. Turns...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Extreme Ballparks!

NOTE: Parts of the following article were originally published on the Baseball Continuum on November 26, 2013. today, we’re doing a little bit of a geography lesson, finding the most extreme baseball fields in the United States! No, I don’t mean that they are “extreme” as in “radical”, I’m talking extreme as in geographical: the highest, lowest, northernmost, etc. Northernmost...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers fan vents about Miller Park's 'circus-like atmosphere'

If the Milwaukee Brewers ever want to climb out of the cellar in the National League Central, they might want to reconsider the way they encourage fans to cheer on their team. Or at least that’s what one disgruntled fan of the Brew Crew thinks. FYI The organist at Miller Park encourages opponents to get hits. pic.twitter.com/OmEbx5MNUV — Sam Oehler (@samoehler) September...
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September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Macho Man’s ghost announces presidential bid

Oooh yeah! “Macho Man” Randy Savage is continuing to have a pretty great year. In March, the former WWE Superstar was (finally) inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. A few months later, his brief minor league baseball career was recognized and celebrated by The Hall of Very Good. And, now, he’s taking a stab at running for president. Well, almost. Wednesday, the Statement...
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September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Kent turns down a second chance at "Survivor"

When the latest season of “Survivor” kicks off September 23, the show (now in its 31st season!) will feature 20 contestants that were selected by public vote. One contestant that didn’t make the trip to Cambodia to take part in “Survivor: Second Chance” is longtime Major Leaguer Jeff Kent. You might recall the 2000 National League MVP took part in “Survivor: Philippines”…finishing...
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September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Palmeiro stages a comeback alongside son

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Rafael Palmeiro. Matter of fact, the former big leaguer has been virtually invisible since he last swung the lumber in the Majors a little more than ten years ago. Until now. Thursday, the Sugar Land Skeeters announced that the 50-year-old slugger would be joining the team for their final three games of the season. Palmeiro’s son Patrick...
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September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins Notch Up Yet Another Losing Season

Defeat at the hands of the Washington Nationals on Sunday finally saw the Miami Marlins confirm what the vast majority of baseball fans across the world had long been suspecting: that they have extended their run of consecutive losing seasons to the unenviable total of seven. At the end of that loss, the franchise’s losing record continued to rise, and with just a matter of...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

For Sale: Jose Canseco’s 1988 American League Championship Ring

From the “what do you get the guy who has everything” department…comes this find. That’s right, for a cool $100K, you your friend could be the proud owner of, no, not Jose Canseco’s 1989 World Series ring, but, rather, the former MVP’s American League Championship ring from the year before. Did you even know they made such things? I didn’t. And get this, this one comes...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

John Axford to return to Milwaukee for film festival

It’s hella cliché, but…heeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny! Current Colorado Rockies reliever John Axford is heading back to Beertown, but not as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, but as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival. “I’ve been a part of the Milwaukee Film Festival the last four years and the last three years there’s been a John Axford Presents in there, so I do get to...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Ferrell Takes The Field

Although many people probably forgot about it between College Football and September MLB action, on Saturday night HBO aired “Ferrell Takes The Field”, the documentary/comedy special on Will Ferrell’s quest to play for ten teams at ten positions during spring training as a way of raising awareness and money for charity and to honor Bert “Campy” Campaneris, the first player...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

J.P. Arencibia is Still (for Some Reason) a Real American

Rarely, while watching a game on television, do you notice the walk up music used by the players as they head to the plate and unless you’re at the game, you typically have no idea who is using what. Saturday night as the Tampa Bay Rays squared off against the Boston Red Sox, J.P. Arencibia’s choice of music was, for some reason, loud and clear during the NESN broadcast. Yikes...
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September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

10 cool facts about David Ortiz's 500 home runs

With a fifth inning home run off Tampa Ray Rays pitcher Matt Moore on Saturday,  Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz became the 27th player with 500 regular season home runs. Here are ten things you might not have known about Big Papi’s 500 home runs. 2002 After every home run David Ortiz hits, the slugger looks to the heavens and points, honoring his mother, Angela Rosa Arias...
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September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Kaat and Lee Smith Cement Their Hall of Very Good Credentials in Careers Simulated With Out of the Park Baseball

The Hall of Very Good™ serves as a place to honor those players who weren’t quite good enough for the Hall of Fame. They’re the guys who often linger around the middle of the Hall ballot for a while before dropping down the list and falling off, usually producing a series of debates about their worthiness along the way. This year’s HOVG inductees, pitchers Jim Kaat and Lee...
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September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox Catcher Channels Ferris Bueller

Catcher Rob Brantly got called up to the big leagues by the Chicago White Sox when rosters expanded on September 1 and has been busy ever since. He even hit a three-run home run in his fifth at bat for his new team. So, when given his first chance to explore his new city…he did what just about any tourist would do. Thursday, Brantly awarded himself a day off, Ferris Bueller-style...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston bans chewing tobacco at Fenway Park

The city of Boston has had a citywide ban on public smoking for close to two years, and now city officials are targeting other forms of tobacco as well. Wednesday, the Boston City Council voted unanimously to ban smokeless tobacco at all professional and amateur sports venues (including Fenway Park) beginning April 1, 2016. Meaning, when the Red Sox open the 2016 season at home...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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