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Tony Gwynn Gets His Own Highway

For years, Tony Gwynn would travel I-15 to and from the ballpark. Now, more than sixteen months after the Hall of Famer’s death, it was determined that a nearly five-mile stretch of the interstate outside of San Diego would be known as Tony Gwynn Memorial Freeway…and on Monday, it was made official. “This is a tremendous honor for our family,” the longtime San Diego Padres...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Twitter Shoots Down Fan’s Request

Nearly a year ago, a baseball fan in Las Vegas tweeted Kris Bryant about an item he was looking to buy off eBay and was rewarded with a response and, ultimately, a bat autographed by the then-super prospect himself. Sunday, prior to Game Two of the NLCS, Chicago Cubs fan Dakota Turner reached out to the team in hopes of securing himself a Kyle Shwarber, er, Schwarber jersey. And...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Restaurant Introduces Goat Sausage Pizza

To say the City of Chicago is excited about the Cubs still being alive in the Playoffs would be the understatement of all understatements. Seriously. The entire city has lost its collective mind. The latest to join in? Wrigleyville’s Ceres’ Table and their, get this, “Curse of the Goat” pizza. Yup, the Italian eatery is selling a pizza topped with house-made goat sausage...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Kyle Schwarber: Most Likely to Succeed

With every tape measure blast here in the postseason, Kyle Schwarber is solidifying his position as a favorite among Chicago Cubs fans, but, really, it should come as no surprise to anyone. As a senior in high school, dude was named “Most Likely to Succeed” and suffice it to say…the kid has made good on the yearbook superlative. The Middletown, Ohio, native made a name for...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Sports Bar Has Interesting Dilemma

It’s pretty safe to say that if you hit a sports bar in any of the four cities that have teams left playing baseball, the clientele is going to be rooting for their home team, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case with The Fifty/50 in Chicago. They’re torn. And it has nothing to do with the White Sox. You see, upscale sports bar and restaurant counts among its investors...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Doc Brown Wants to Throw Out First Pitch

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christopher-lloyd-id-do-back-832134 The post Doc Brown Wants to Throw Out First Pitch appeared first on Hall of Very Good.
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon joined Mike Ditka for pre-NLCS dinner

Of course he did. If the Chicago Cubs never make it back to the playoffs (and, really, what are the odds of that?)…they sure are making the most out of their fifteen minutes of glory. Before heading to New York to take on the Mets, Joe Maddon managed to carve out some time to sneak in a meal with the legend himself…Mike Ditka. And, man, to be a fly on the wall at that restaurant...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Javier Baez Needs Help Naming His Dog

Players are supposed to be nervous heading into their first postseason, right? Not so for the batch of youngsters suiting up for the Chicago Cubs this October. Hours before the first pitch of Game Four against the St. Louis Cardinals, Javier Baez hit the Twitters with an interesting pre-game request. The 22-year-old wanted to know what to name his dog. Seriously? Idk what to nema...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Ballplayers Are Not Like Us

If the past few weeks have proven anything, it’s that ballplayers are not like us. Oh, sure, they breath our same air, they put their pants on the same way, and may even like the same food and TV shows as we do, but they are not like us when it comes to watching baseball. At least, most of them aren’t. Take Saturday night’s Chase Utley slide, which left Ruben Tejada with a...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Online petition calls for Utley to be suspended

Chase Utley’s hard slide into Ruben Tejada Saturday night did more than just break the New York Mets shortstop’s leg. It ignited a social media firestorm. So much so, one fan created even created an online petition to get the Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman suspended. While it’s unlikely 1500 (and counting) virtual signatures is likely to sway baseball commissioner Rob...
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October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Chase Utley has history of controversial slides

During a seventh inning rally Saturday night, Chase Utley took out Ruben Tejada during what will likely be one of the more controversial plays of the Los Angeles Dodgers-New York Mets series. The Mets shortstop would leave the game with a broken right leg. Utley, for his efforts, was somehow called safe and went on to score what would end up being the winning run. First, the play...
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October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Barack Obama is Rooting for the Cubs

Oh no he didn’t. Ask any Chicago White Sox fan who they’re rooting for this postseason and the answer is likely to be the same…“anyone but the Cubs”. It would appear Barack Obama didn’t get the memo. “With the Sox Out, I’ll be rooting for the Cubs to win the Series,” the longtime Sox fan told the Chicago Tribune. “They’re due. They’ve got great young players...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Of Course @piratescooles Already Exists

Welp…that didn’t take long. After being ejected following a bench-clearing skirmish during the seventh inning of the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game Wednesday night, Sean Rodriguez did what came naturally. He beat the living daylights out of a Gatorade cooler in the dugout. Love a good baseball fight! pic.twitter.com/dYyagSV03Z — Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder parties with Cubs after win

When the Boston Red Sox looked to end their championship drought in 2004, they turned to an unlikely source of inspiration in the form 28-inch-tall Nelson de la Rosa. A dozen years later, former Sox boss Theo Epstein is looking to re-write history with the Chicago Cubs and has brought in his own diminutive good luck charm…Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Eddie Vedder partied...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel gets beard done up by pro before playoff game

If you noticed Dallas Keuchel’s beard during Tuesday night’s American League Wild Card game…you weren’t alone. The Houston Astros ace’s chin curtain seemed to be the talk of Twitter, and much like the pitcher’s performance against the New York Yankees, Keuchel’s beard was on point. And for good reason. #Astros’ Keuchel getting cleaned up earlier today by @monster99com...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links 2015 Playoff Preview: Theme Song Power Rankings

It’s time for the 2015 Wisdom and Links Playoff Preview, where I will look at the postseason in a rather unique way: best theme song. Now, no team in this year’s MLB playoffs has a theme worthy of “Orioles Magic”, AKA the Baseball Team Theme Song By Which All Others Are Judged (or, as I like to call it, the BTTSBWAOAJ), but there are still some damn good team theme songs...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

2015’s Five Longest Home Runs

If chicks still dig the long ball, then I’m going to go out on a limb and guess they adore Kris Bryant. The Chicago Cubs wunderkind hit the scene two weeks into the season and has been turning heads ever since. The biggest head turner came on September 6 when he absolutely crushed a Rubby De La Rosa offering deep into stratosphere on Chicago’s northside. 1.  Kris Bryant, 495...
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October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Biff Tannen: The Cubs Are Going to Win

When the Chicago Cubs backed into the Playoffs last weekend and ended their seven-year postseason drought, it did nothing but add more mystique to the “Back to the Future II” prognostication that the team is going to win the World Series. We’ve all heard it. Thursday, actor/comedian Tom Wilson (with DeLorean in tow), was on WGN and predicted a Cubs victory. And we’ve got...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The New York Yankees Are Feuding

There’s a feud going on in the New York Yankees clubhouse…and it has nothing to do with the team’s current three-game losing streak against their rival Boston Red Sox. Oh, and it isn’t anywhere near the magnitude of the fight that played out between Washington Nationals All-Stars Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper the other day. Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Jon Hamm heard from Ozzie Smith on Emmy win

Jon Hamm loves his St. Louis Cardinals and, it would appear…the team loves the “Mad Men” actor right back. The St. Louis native was a guest on a recent Sklarboro Country podcast and discussed all things Emmys (including his recent win) with the hosts Randy and Jason Sklar. Hamm also shared the volume of congratulatory text messages he received. Included…a certain Hall of...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Jack Perconte: “Why the Baseball Hall of Fame Should Consider Me”

Recently, I read where there have been over two hundred Little League home runs in the history of Major League Baseball. I beg to differ. They are basing that on a batter scoring on his batted ball with at least one error on the play. For it to be a true Little League home run, I believe it should include at least two errors. Just saying. Anyway, I want to keep my pursuit out there...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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 28, 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 27, 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 26, 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
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