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Phillie Phanatic Gets in on Players Weekend Excitement

From “Mr. Miami” to “Unicorn”, the names on the backs of players during Major League Baseball’s inaugural Players Weekend were, ummm…interesting. Never one to be left out, the Philadelphia Phillies mascot even got in on the action. The Phanatic, or ‘NATIC, had his own custom jersey during the team’s weekend tilt against the Chicago Cubs. At least The Phanatic was able to actually...
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August 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Curt Schilling spoils Game of Thrones finale

***SPOILERS***People hate spoilers. Curt Schilling spoiled the “Game of Thrones” finale. Therefore…people must hate Curt Schilling.It’s a pretty easy leap to make if you took any sort of Logic class or…if you follow the former pitcher on Twitter.Sunday night, almost immediately after the popular HBO show’s season finale, Schilling took to the internet and, without warning, tweeted...
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August 28, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 23

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1936 – The Indians seventeen year-old rookie pitcher, Bob Feller, makes his first Major League start, striking out the first eight batters he faces. ‘Rapid Robert’ will finish the game with 15 strikeouts, one shy of the AL record, as Cleveland beats the Browns, 4-1. 1998 – Barry Bonds becomes the first player in Major League history...
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August 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig Totally Won the Eclipse

Monday’s total solar eclipse left plenty in awe. Included…Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. Before Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the slugger was on the field, glasses on, with his head tilted to the sky. After the victory, Puig (along with teammate Justin Turner) became that of which he sought. And while the eclipse might have dominated the headlines (it...
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August 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Frank Pastore was an Eating Machine

Frank Pastore played eight years in the Majors and made it to the playoffs just once. And while some might speculate that his crowning achievement as a big leaguer were those seven innings of two-run ball back in the 1979 NLCS, others know it was something else. For nearly a decade, he was host of one of Christian talk radio’s most popular programs, but not even that compares to...
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August 21, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 19

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1951 – Forty-three inch tall Eddie Gaedel walks on four pitches in his only major league appearance. Bill Veeck’s idea of playing the midget was legal at the time but is later outlawed. 1997 – Wade Boggs makes his pitching debut, throwing 16 knuckleballs and one fastball in a 12-4 loss to the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. The Yankee third...
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August 19, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 18

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1967 – Tony Conigliaro’s left cheekbone is shattered by a fastball thrown by Angels’ hurler Jack Hamilton. The 22 year-old Red Sox slugger will miss the rest of 1967 and all next year, and will never come close to the Hall of Fame potential displayed during his first three seasons. 1982 – At the Astrodome, Pete Rose becomes the all-time...
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August 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Signed Carlton Fisk jersey stolen from bar

Dumb question, but we’ve all been to that sports bar that has framed jerseys on the walls, right? Well…the Salt hill Pub was one of those places.Until recently.You see, up until a couple of weeks ago, the Hanover, New Hampshire, pub had a framed Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox jersey on display, but, well…you guessed it. The jersey, roughly 2½ by 3 feet in size, hung about six feet up...
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August 17, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 16

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1948 – In the age 53, with his wife Claire and his two adopted daughters at his side, Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at Memorial Hospital in New York City. The Bambino made his final public appearance at the premiere of The Babe Ruth Story three weeks ago in New York. 1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated is available at the...
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August 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Aaron Judge Rocks Korean Elbow Pad

If you blinked…you missed it. During this past weekend’s series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, some eagle-eyed fans noticed Aaron Judge stepping to the plate with a little Asian-inspired flair. The Bombers super rookie broke out a new elbow guard that said, of all things, “Super Rookie Judge”. While there’s no story out there (yet) about the “how” and “why” surrounding...
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August 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Two Phillies denied Players Weekend uniform requests

Players Weekend is just around the corner and, by now, you’ve sorted out the good from the bad and picked your favorites.Unfortunately for two members of the Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t get their nicknames on the back of their jerseys and had to opt for less imaginative ones.According to Philly.com, pitchers Zach Eflin and Hoby Milner requested to be known simply as “Led Zeflin...
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August 13, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 12

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime1984 – Former Dodgers Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese, along with Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, American League hurler Rick Ferrell and perennial All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. 1984 – When the first pitch of the game, thrown by Braves hurler Pascual Perez, hits Padres leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins...
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August 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco calls out Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge had a first half the likes of which we haven’t seen in a while. Since the All-Star break? Not so much.Thankfully, Jose Canseco is here to remind us that, yes, the New York Yankees rookie can hit the ball a long way. Late Thursday night, the former slugger hit Twitter, basically challenging the should-be Rookie of the Year Judge to a home run hitting contest. Canseco is...
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August 11, 2017  |  Discuss

The Best Players Weekend Jerseys

By now, you’ve certainly heard all about the inaugural Players Weekend August 25-27. If not, Major League Baseball is allowing players to wear nicknames on the back of their bright, colorful jerseys as well as a patch with the name of someone who helped get them to where they are. Then…the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth...
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August 11, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 10

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1929 – At League Park in Cleveland, Babe Ruth hits Willis Hudlin’s first delivery in the second inning over the right field fence to record his 500th career home run. The Bambino has more than twice the number of round-trippers than the Phillies’ Cy Williams, who is number two on the all-time list with 237. 1991 – In only his second...
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August 11, 2017  |  Discuss

A’s and Giants Introduce Battle of the Bay Trophy

In 2010, Chicago Cubs and White Sox introduced the Crosstown Cup…an actual trophy that is awarded to the club that wins the annual matchup between the two teams. Sadly(?), no one really cares…much less, knows it even exists. “I honestly thought it was just kind of like bragging rights,” Sox catcher Kevan Smith said prior to the 2017 series. “I didn’t realize there was a cup. Let...
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August 09, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 4

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1982 – After driving in the winning run in the Mets 7-4 victory over the Cubs, Joel Youngblood, who is traded to the Expos during the game, flies to Philadelphia and singles for Montreal to become the first player to have a hit for two different teams on the same day in different cities. The 30 year-old All-Star collects his two historic...
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August 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Golf Digest Shows Off its Own Bat Flips

Alright. This is pretty awesome. Over on Twitter, the guys from Golf Digest ask the age-old question…what if golf had bat flips? The answer is pretty remarkable. Move over Batting Stance Guy…you’ve got some competition.
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August 03, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 31

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1981 – The fifty-day old baseball strike is settled when the owners and players agree on a pooling system for the compensation of free agents. The All-Star game will mark the end of baseball’s first ever mid-season work stoppage. 1990 – At County Stadium, Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan gets his 300th victory, defeating the Brewers,...
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July 31, 2017  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs to present 2016 World Series ring to Steve Bartman

The sentiment is nice and all, but…why?According to WGN, the Chicago Cubs will be presenting Steve Bartman with his own 2016 World Series Championship ring.“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the Cubs told WGN in a statement. “We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter...
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July 31, 2017  |  Discuss

The Strangest Finds at The National: 2017 Edition

For generations, fathers have shared their love of baseball with their kids. In my house, it’s the same…but with a twist. You see, every other year, The National Sports Collectors Convention hits Rosemont, IL, and, again, my 13-year-old son (who is NOT a sports fan) will be in tow. “It’s like Comic-Con for sports nerds,” I tell him every year, “but this year…Jose Canseco will be...
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July 31, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 30

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1968 – In a 10-1 loss to the Indians, Senator shortstop Ron Hansen becomes the eighth major leaguer, and the first since 1927, to execute an unassisted triple play. All five American League unassisted triple killings have included a Cleveland player. 1973 – Jim Bibby, a 28 year-old Vietnam veteran, becomes the 14th rookie to throw a...
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July 30, 2017  |  Discuss

Shin-Soo Choo Honors Ivan Rodriguez

Nolan Ryan might be wearing a “T” cap on his Hall of Fame plaque, but Ivan Rodriguez is probably the first Texas Rangers player in the museum. So on the eve of Pudge’s induction, current Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo honored the team’s longtime catcher by changing up his hosiery. That’s right…that’s Choo wearing Pudge Rodriguez knee-high socks…and you can too thanks to Stance.
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July 30, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 29

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1988 – After his request for time-out isn’t granted by the home plate umpire Mike Reilly, Bo Jackson, despite not being set in the batter box when the pitch is delivered, recovers in time to hit a home run. The Royals left fielder’s fourth-inning three-run poke off Jeff Ballard contributes to Kansas City’s 6-3 victory over Baltimore...
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July 29, 2017  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 28

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1991 – Expos Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game, defeating Los Angeles 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Ron Hassey becomes the first backstop to ever catch two perfect games as he also was behind the plate on May 15, 1981 when Indian hurler Len Barker faced 27 batters beating the Blue Jays, 3-0. 2001 – Orioles outfielder Melvin Mora’s wife...
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July 28, 2017  |  Discuss
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