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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 see quite a...
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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 to play...
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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 Smith...
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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

Wade Boggs Verifies Fake Autograph for Superfan

Wade Boggs superfan Richard Davis already has a lot of stuff signed by the Hall of Famer. Like…a lot of stuff. So, when Davis (whose collection already includes a number of autographed jerseys, caps, bats and even shower shoes) happened upon a ball signed by Boggs and his fellow 2005 inductee Ryne Sandberg…dude reached out to the twelve-time All-Star directly. I mean, why not? ...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Best Unlicensed/Unofficial Baseball T-Shirts on the Internet

If you look hard enough online (as in…Google “T-Shirts”), you can find sites that sell unlicensed and unofficial t-shirts. These T-shirts feature designs created by fans and basically only are allowed to exist because they are fairly small-scale operations- the equivalent of those random guys outside of a stadium- and no company is willing to sue them to oblivion because of the bad...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada Were Gay for Each Other?

We’ve all got skeletons in our closet and, according to former New York Yankees assistant equipment manager Paul Priore, the team has enough to fill all three Yankee Stadiums and, for good measure, the Polo Grounds as well. Until his dismissal from the team in 1997 (Priore claims he was fired because he revealed he was HIV positive), the author of Abused by the New York Yankees had...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Paul Heyman: I Would’ve Gotten Rid of Derek Jeter

Paul Heyman is, without a doubt, the wrestling world’s most New York of New Yorkers. So, it would make sense that the outspoken mouthpiece for Brock Lesnar would reference his beloved Yankees when discussing the talent in the WWE, right? When asked recently by wrestling podcaster Sam Roberts who, if anyone, from NXT (WWE’s developmental system) he would pick as the next big thing...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and: Link-A-Palooza

Okay, it’s time to get ALL of those nice juicy links from the last few weeks on here. The Cal Ripken Cavalcade: It’s been 20 years since Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record, and as arguably the most important baseball moment of the 1990s (especially as the home run races have been steroid-infused in retrospect), it’s not surprising that there have been a ton...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Larry King Confirms What We’ve Already Been Told

Larry King went Twitter crazy Sunday night, rattling off more than two dozen tweets in a matter of minutes. Included among the octogenarian’s #itsmy2cents barrage was this nugget regarding baseball’s self-proclaimed “best fans”. I love LA, but St. Louis is the best baseball town in America.… #itsmy2cents — Larry King (@kingsthings) September 7, 2015 Naturally, there were the responses...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Dwight Gooden blasts Matt Harvey

Saturday afternoon, Matt Harvey upset and confused baseball fans when it was revealed that he would be adhering to a strict, (supposed) doctor-imposed 180 innings limit heading into the New York Mets stretch run. A day later, the pitcher hit the interwebs and recanted. Sorta. “You’ve heard about the 180-185 innings cap,” Harvey communicated via The Players Tribune. “That seems...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds congratulates Tom Brady on Deflategate decision

Thursday, Tom Brady had his four-game suspension overturned by a New York judge. And it didn’t take long for Twitter to explode with comments…both congratulatory and otherwise. Among the tweet barrage that made its way to the New England Patriots quarterback was from baseball’s home run king himself. Congratulations to #TomBrady on today's decision. Best of luck this season,...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockford Peaches honored at site of old stadium

It’s been more than 60 years since the Rockford Peaches took the field at Beyer Stadium, but for a few hours this past weekend…it felt like home again. Saturday, hundreds of fans checked out the newly re-vamped park onthe corner of 15th Ave. and Seminary Street in Rockford during the field’s official re-dedication. Incidentally, this was the latest in a series of dedications for...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Curtis Granderson…Moon Landing Truther

In professional sports, it doesn’t take much nowadays to be labeled a “nice guy”…just stay out of the papers and don’t make headlines. To that end, Curtis Granderson is a member of the “nice guy” fraternity. He’s kept his nose clean and a couple years ago, even helped fund a baseball stadium being built in Chicago. So, when asked about his nice guy image, the New York Mets right...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Shoeless Joe to Remain Banned from Baseball

It’s been more than 94 years since “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was banned for life by then-commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis following his perceived involvement in throwing the 1919 World Series. Monday, current commish Rob Manfred decided to uphold that ban. “I began my interest in Shoeless Joe in 1997 when I worked for the mayor of Greenville (South Carolina),” Arlene Marcley, president...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: The Five Biggest Future Stories In Baseball (and when they’ll happen)

I once wrote a post about the biggest stories in baseball that haven’t happened yet. You can consider this something of a special edition of that. It is…. the biggest baseball stories that haven’t happened yet… and when they will happen: Vin Scully Retirement As sad as it is, the end is near for the Vin Scully era of baseball, AKA the era of baseball in which everybody born since...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta rocks mustache onesie at press conference

Jake Arrieta threw the season’s sixth no-hitter Sunday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it didn’t take long for that to be overshadowed. And I’m guessing he made a lot of new fans in the process. You see, the flight back to Chicago was to be a Joe Maddon-sanctioned “pajama party” (for some reason) and the Cubs pitcher decided to hit the postgame presser in his bedtime...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Fact: Wrigley Field is on the North Side of Chicago

I guess if there’s a reason ESPN doesn’t brand itself “the worldwide leader in geography”…it’s this. During “SportsCenter” on Wednesday, the network put up the graphic “Coming Up: South Side Surge” and included a Chicago Cubs logo. ESPN places the Cubs on the ‘South Side.’ http://t.co/QJKrzqOj0O pic.twitter.com/hjBcHPoS2n — Sun-Times Sports (@suntimes_sports) August 26, 2015 Naturally...
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August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Ken Griffey Jr. Goes Downtown With Macklemore

Fun fact: rapper Macklemore is from Seattle and, news flash, he really, really loves the Emerald City. And, it would appear, the Mariners love him right back. A couple of years ago, the team adopted one of the Grammy Award winner’s songs as their unofficial anthem and, later, honored him with his own bobblehead night. While I’m assuming most Mariners fans already dig Macklemore as...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Windy City Honors The First Lady of Chicago Baseball

Walk through downtown Chicago and you’d be lucky to make it a block or two without noticing the all-too familiar brown and white honorary street signs. Matter of fact, since they were introduced, close to two thousand of the things have been dedicated to the people who, seemingly, make the Windy City tick. Some are named after famous residents past and present (Hugh M. Hefner Way...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

“LaTroy Hawkins is So Old…”

If you’re following LaTroy Hawkins on Twitter, surely you’ve noticed that it has started to resemble a “Match Game” transcript more than his regular feed. And playing the role of Gene Rayburn, it would seem, Hawkins’ Toronto Blue Jays teammate…David Price. Haha everyone please send @LaTroyHawkins32 some old jokes! The ones thus far are very comical! — David Price (@DAVIDprice14...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs to Add Toyota Logo to Iconic Marquee

Welp…this might piss off some people in Wrigleyville. In the past couple of years, the Chicago Cubs home has welcomed its fair share of advertisers, all to the chagrin of the Wrigley Field faithful. Which, to digress, cracks me up considering the stadium (which was initially called “Weeghman Park” and, later “Cubs Park”) re-named itself after a chewing gum manufacturer. Years ago...
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August 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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