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Wisdom and Links: Well…Just Links This Time

Just links this week! Rob Harms of the NY Times on walk-up music Jack Moore on the upcoming flattening of Tal’s Hill Chris Gigley on the Florida State League A story on Korean baseball fans supporting an American fan and cancer survivor who was looking for an outlet after his brother passed Michael Clair and Jesse Sanchez unearthed the place in the world that has a Bartolo Colon...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Channel Ric Flair Following Victory

Prior to the season, the Chicago Tribune did its best to try and change the Cubs postgame victory celebration from including “Go, Cubs Go” to something else. Perhaps they should’ve just asked the players. According to the Tribune’s Luis Gomez, the team has opted to style and profile following a win…and it all started with admiration for a certain 16-time World Champion and one player...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Octopus No-Sells Boot From Kevin Nash

Not since Ultimate Warrior popped right up following Triple H’s pedigree at WrestleMania XII have we seen someone (or in this case…something) no-sell a wrestler’s finishing move this blatantly. During the Legends of Wrestling event during the Miami Marlins-San Diego Padres game Friday night, former WWE Superstar Kevin Nash emerged from the crowd during the Sea Creature Race and delivered...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Strangest Finds at the National

If you can navigate your way through autograph seekers, vintage card enthusiasts and the dozens (it feels like dozens) of companies doing live case breaks, you never know what you might find at the annual National Sports Collectors Convention. And while that’s not the most flattering lead ever…I love The National. Really…I do. It’s pretty fantastic. So how do you keep a Minecraft...
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August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Seinfeld Wins the Trade Deadline

With the Toronto Blue Jays acquiring Troy Tolowitzki and David Price and the Kansas City Royals trading for Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto, there seems to be a debate as to who “won” at the trade deadline, However. there’s no reason to see how the players perform…there’s already a clear cut winner. New York Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld. Oh my god. @Mets I can’t believe I can actually say...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper’s Hosiery Playing Into His Success

Bryce Harper is finally living up to the Herculean expectations that have been following him since he was a teenager. That’s not to say he hasn’t been good…he has. What I’m saying is that Harper, now in his fourth season, is being that all-world slugger everyone thought he was going to be when he hit the big leagues in 2012. And apparently there’s a reason for that. His socks. That...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Cedar Rapids Kernels CEO: “Jon-Jon is a Fixture at the Ballpark”

Jon Teig and his father, Bob, were at Veterans Memorial Stadium to meet and greet the Cedar Rapids Kernels as they arrived from spring training in Florida this past April. You really didn’t think “Jon-Jon,” as he’s belovedly called, would miss a chance to shake hands with his favorite baseball team, did you? “Hey, Jon, come here a second,” Bob Teig told his son, at one point. “What...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Cedar Rapids Kernels to Honor Jon Teig

Jon Teig has served as bat boy for the Cedar Rapids Kernels since 2000. During his time in the dugout, Jon-Jon (as he’s often referred) has retrieved the bats of 2013 World Series star Mike Napoli, All-Stars Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo and even 2014 unanimous MVP Mike Trout. But here’s the best part…August 7, the team’s longtime bat boy (and this year’s Glenn Burke...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Hall of Very Good™ Announces 2015 Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award Recipient

Monday, The Hall of Very Good™ added three more members when it announced its Class of 2015. Joining Jim Kaat, Lee Smith and celebrity inductee “Macho Man” Randy Savage is this year’s Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award recipient. But, first…about Glenn Burke. From 1976-1979, Burke played parts of four seasons in the Majors, splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Macho Man on the Baseball Diamond

If you subscribe to the WWE Network and enter “Macho Man” or Randy Savage” into their search…you’ll end up with countless hours of matches and promos to choose from. Not inclined to shell out the $9.99 a month to watch the former champ in action in the squared circle? Don’t fret. A quick Google search can hook you up with what WWE says are Savage’s “greatest moments “ and with a...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Trading Cards of “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Long before he was “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Randy Poffo was an aspiring young baseball player. From 1971 to 1974, Randy spent time with farm clubs for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox. It was in 1973 that Savage followed in the footsteps of his father Angelo Poffo and embarked on a career in pro wrestling that would make him a household name by the...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Talkin’ Baseball with “The Genius” Lanny Poffo

Long before Lanny Poffo and his big brother Randy became professional wrestling royalty, they were diehard baseball fans. A couple of years ago, on the eve of what would have been his late brother’s 61st birthday (and long before we considered inducting Randy into The Hall of Very Good), I caught up with “The Genius” and talked their mutual love of baseball and Randy’s career before...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Rare Willie Mays Card Stolen

Attention Willie Mays fans, if you just got a great deal on high-grade Willie Mays 1951 Bowman rookie card…get excited, it probably once belonged to comedian Rob Schneider. Unfortunately…it was probably also stolen. You see, according to TMZ, thieves made off with the former “Saturday Night Live” star’s prized Mays rookie card (valued at roughly $175,000), a pair of other Mays cards...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Why isn’t Lee Smith in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Poor Lee Smith did the worst thing any baseball player can do if he wants to be immortalized in Cooperstown: He stopped playing. And in the eyes of Baseball Hall of Fame voters, he keeps getting worse every year. Considering he’s now 57 and hasn’t played since 1997, it’s hard to see what Smith has done wrong in the eyes of voters. But he went from receiving more than 50 percent of...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Hall of Fame Case for Lee Smith

Full disclosure. I grew up in Illinois and I hate the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field, the little “c” on their hats, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and the fact that they call themselves the “Lovable Losers”…they all get my goat (reference intended). There are some Cubs I have liked however. Nomar (naturally, but I would never consider him a “Cub”), Andre Dawson, Leon Durham and for some reason...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Richard Linklater to Direct Baseball Comedy

Famed director Richard Linklater is heading back to the diamond. Linklater, who brought “Boyhood” to the big screen in 2014 is set to bring his latest offering, a yet-to-be-titled baseball comedy, to theaters April 15, 2016…just in time for Opening Day.  Described as a  “spiritual sequel” to 1993’s “Dazed and Confused”, the movie is said to follow a group of college ballplayers ...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Kaat: Beyond the Numbers

Baseball is a game of numbers and, naturally, new Hall of Very Good inductee Jim Kaat’s lengthy Major League career has been built on there. Here’s a look beyond the numbers of Kaat’s time in baseball. 1960 Following the 1960 season, the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota and renamed themselves the Twins. Along for the ride was Jim Kaat…he’d also became the last member of the...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Baseball Cards of Jim Kaat

Baseball fans have been listening to Jim Kaat for the past thirty years, after watching him pitch for 25 years prior. Hard to believe he was once a fresh-faced rookie way back in the Eisenhower administration. Kaat’s long, distinguished career saw him star not only with his arm but also his glove and bat. In a move that is common now but was very unusual for 1973, Topps showed Kaat...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Talkin’ Baseball with Jim Kaat

Jim Kaat played 25 years in the Majors for six teams, including 15 for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins. Along the way, he would collect 283 wins and 16-straight Gold Gloves. In 1962, Kaat would collect 18 wins for the Twins. It would be the first in a stretch of 15 straight seasons where the pitcher would win ten or more games. Following his quarter-century as a player...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Hall of Very Good™ Adds Three

The Hall of Very Good™ is proud to, once again, open its proverbial doors to three new members…longtime member of the Minnesota Twins Jim Kaat, former all-time saves leader Lee Smith and this year’s celebrity inductee, former minor league outfielder (and recent WWE Hall of Fame inductee) “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Jim Kaat played 25 years in the Majors for six teams, including 15...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and (no) Links: The Hall Of Average

By now you’ve seen stories of some of the new inductees into The Hall of Very Good. I’ve caught a preview…and it’s a fine group. However, this installment of Wisdom and Links is not about that group. It’s not about The Hall of Very Good. It’s about the merely average. Now, sometimes people say “average” as if it’s a slight. But to me, the most “average” Major Leaguer is still better...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Twins Reliever Channels Luke Scott

A few years ago, former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Luke Scott caused a stir when he questioned, among other things, the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Turns out, baseball’s got another birther in the bunch. Prior to the 2015 season, Anthony Swarzak left the Minnesota Twins to sign a deal with Cleveland. After pitching just 13 innings for the Tribe…the 29-year-old...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Unimpressed By Cole Hamels No-Hitter

The Chicago Cubs hadn’t been no-hit since Hall of Famer stymied them on September 9, 1965. So, when soon-to-be-former-Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels threw a hitless gem against the team on Saturday, the baseball world stood up and took notice. Suffice it to say, the “Loveable Losers” were not as impressed. Dexter Fowler walks twice in loss to #Phillies. Recap: http://t.co...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Uh Oh…Did Mr. October Shove a Fan?

Just because a guy can hit a ball over a fence, he’s not obligated to write his name on something for you. Much less twice. When he’s having dinner with friends. All Reggie Jackson wanted to do was eat dinner with some friends, but, Friday night, his feast turned ugly. According to reports, the Hall of Famer was finishing up dining with friends when he was “besieged by autograph...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

John Rocker is Back in Cooperstown, Baby!

The internet world seemingly caught fire last year when pictures of John Rocker signing autographs and raffling off a night of drinking hit the Twitters. This year, everyone’s favorite bigot is back in Cooperstown and, thankfully…he’s got friends. You've reached bottom of the Cooperstown autograph barrel when it's Dykstra, Klesko, wrong Frank Thomas & Rockhead pic.twitter.com...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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