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Catchfire Catchfire's picture
It's almost baseball season

 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Beisebol and curling are the only pro sports I give the time of day to. In my youth, I was a good hitter, not such a good catcher. I gave up the game because one time the bat slipped out of my hands and hit the catcher who wasn't wearing protective gear. He was okay, but the episode freaked me out. I was a curler for the RA Club in Ottawa when I worked for the feds, and earlier when my parents worked for the feds also.

RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

I love listening to Jerry Howarth and Alan Ashby whilst working outside.

 

"Humanties & Culture"

 

Brings a chuckle to my mind.  Perhaps I shouldn't have pointed it out.

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Ha! Thanks for the catch, RP. I'll fix it.

RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

It's supposed to be HA! Cf.  Thanx 4 de fix.

 

Farrell called Diaz and a "John McDonald clone" after the walk-off for the Jays first win of the spring.

welder welder's picture

Yes sir!!!!

 

Go Sox Go!!!

 

The REAL Sox...The Chicago White Sox!!!!

al-Qa'bong

Baseball should be banned; it's too violent.
Arizona Little Leaguer Killed When Pitch Hits Chest

Quote:

 
A 13-year-old Arizona boy was killed in a freak accident after a baseball hit him over the heart as he tried to bunt, officials in his Little League said Friday.

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al-Qa'bong wrote:
Baseball should be banned; it's too violent.

Speaking of violence... according to Catchfire's chart I'm inclined to punch people in the face if they look at me the wrong way.

Caissa

The Chicago Cubs hope they've drafted a Great One.

Trevor Gretzky, the baseball-playing son of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, was selected in the seventh round Tuesday during the second day of the amateur draft.

The younger Gretzky knocks in runs - not goals - as a left-handed, power-hitting, California high school first baseman.

And the jersey number he wore? Well, No. 99, of course.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/story/2011/06/08/sp-mlb-cubs-gretzky.html#ixzz1Oh73Aax1

Caissa

Incredibly tragic. I am surprised it doesn't happen more often.

CBC wrote:

TV replays showed the man falling head-first and landing behind a 4.2-metre-high wall supporting a video board for replays and scores. The area where the man fell is out of sight from the field.

It is the second fatal fall at a MLB ballpark this season. In May, a 27-year-old man died after he fell about six metres and struck his head on concrete during the seventh inning of a Colorado Rockies game. Witnesses told police that the man had been trying to slide down a staircase railing at Coors Field and lost his balance during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The accident in Texas occurred in the second inning after Oakland's Conor Jackson hit a foul ball that ricocheted into left field. Josh Hamilton, the reigning AL MVP, retrieved the ball and tossed it into the stands. Replays on Oakland's television broadcast show the man reaching for the ball and apparently catching it before tumbling.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/story/2011/07/07/sp-fanfalls.html#ixzz1RW5DwsA5

Caissa

The judge declared a mistrial Thursday in baseball star Roger Clemens's perjury trial after prosecutors showed to jurors evidence that he had ruled would be out of bounds in the case.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Clemens could not be assured a fair trial after prosecutors showed jurors evidence against his orders in the second day of testimony in Washington, D.C.

Walton scheduled a Sept. 2 hearing to determine whether to hold a new trial. He told jurors he was sorry to have wasted their time and spent so much taxpayer money, only to call off the case.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/story/2011/07/14/sp-clemens-mistrial-judge.html#ixzz1S6YWKlNu

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

I went to see the Vancouver Canadians last night, the Single-A Affiliate of the Blue Jays (Kelly Gruber Day was last week). They beat the Boise Hawks 4-2. The winning run was scored off a wild pitch. In other news, I ate a hot dog, a pretzel and half a bag of mini-donuts.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

I played softball yesterday for the first time in 18 years. First up to bat, I hit it past third base and was safe at first. Second up to bat, the ump spaced out and called me out after 2 balls, 2 strikes. Surprised More importantly, I can walk today.

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Umpires? What kind of professional softball league are you playing in, laine? The league I play in can't even afford a real diamond. We pace out the bases and play on a grass rugby practice field.

Oh, and your ump is not alone:

Umpire's flub lets batter walk on 3 balls

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Each team provides their own umpire, Catchfire. So yeah, my own freaking left fielder called me out.Frown

The baseball park we played in North End, Winnipeg has 6 diamonds - pretty impressive.

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Catchfire wrote:

I went to see the Vancouver Canadians last night, the Single-A Affiliate of the Blue Jays (Kelly Gruber Day was last week). They beat the Boise Hawks 4-2. The winning run was scored off a wild pitch. In other news, I ate a hot dog, a pretzel and half a bag of mini-donuts.

 

Sounds like a wonderfully chill way to celebrate a birthday. Smile

 

Taking in a game at Nat Bailey is still on my to-do list when I'm in Vancouver.

RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

Nice to see the Jays rebrand, I fell for it...

Ozzie Guillen got taken out of context about Fidel Castro and had to pay the price. I haven't seen anything about it here, but there's a decent analysis by a sportswriter(gasp) here:

http://blogs.thescore.com/mlb/2012/04/10/ozzie-guillen-and-the-culture-o...

A bit of decent discussion in the commentary too.

Sometimes I wonder if us sport-loving rubes aren't as luddite as I thought.

autoworker autoworker's picture

I was an Expos fan since their first season with Bill 'no hit' Stoneman. Now, I root for the Tigers (by default, since they're across the river), although I dislike the DH rule.

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al-Qa'bong wrote:
Baseball should be banned; it's too violent.

Arizona Little Leaguer Killed When Pitch Hits Chest

Quote:

 
A 13-year-old Arizona boy was killed in a freak accident after a baseball hit him over the heart as he tried to bunt, officials in his Little League said Friday.


One of my great grandfathers died after being hit with a baseball during a Fourth of July game back in 1886 (he was only 25 years old).

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RevolutionPlease wrote:

Nice to see the Jays rebrand, I fell for it... Ozzie Guillen got taken out of context about Fidel Castro and had to pay the price. I haven't seen anything about it here, but there's a decent analysis by a sportswriter(gasp) here: http://blogs.thescore.com/mlb/2012/04/10/ozzie-guillen-and-the-culture-o... A bit of decent discussion in the commentary too. Sometimes I wonder if us sport-loving rubes aren't as luddite as I thought.

 

Thanks for that, RP. Good stuff!

Here's Zirin's piece on it: [url=http://www.thenation.com/blog/167303/big-trouble-little-havana-perilous-... Trouble in Little Havana: The Perilous Politics of Ozzie Guillen[/url]

 

 

autoworker wrote:

Now, I root for the Tigers

 

Me too. 4-0!

Caissa

Guillen should sue the Marlins for violating his First Amendment rights. It would be hard to prove that political opinions expressed have any relationship to his job as manager.

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[url=http://www.progressive.org/ozzie_guillen_and_free_speech.html]Ozzie Guillen and Free Speech[/url]

Dave Zirin wrote:

I know that there are those who will rush to say that the First Amendment has nothing whatsoever to do with Ozzie Guillen’s case. They will point out correctly that the First Amendment is about the government not being able to pass laws abridging freedom of speech. They will also say that that as soon as we enter our private workplaces and whenever we represent our employer, the Bill of Rights isn’t worth more than tissue paper. Yes, democracy in the streets and dictatorship on the job is as American as apple pie.

But please consider this: The Miami Marlins and their new stadium would not exist without billions of dollars in taxpayer commitments. While legally it is a private entity, it is in all but name an entirely public funded operation. Shouldn’t that loosen the awful restrictions placed on Guillen and all pro athletes who are scared to speak out for fear of having to suffer a similar fate? As long as sports teams take public funds, the people who play them should be entitled to see their playing field as a public square with all the First Amendment protections implied.

DaveW

a huge huge Expos fan, and waiting for the day they revive, Jets-Nordiques-like:

 http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=295&f=2371&t=7700064

 

in the meantime, I enjoy being a free-agent baseball fan, and only suffering when I choose to; this season, go Angels, Phillies, and for some heartburn, the Cubs; may even get to ex-SkyDome for a few games

 

 

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Phil Humber, who on Friday had a career record of 11-10 (after being taken 3rd overall by the Mets in 2004), pitched a perfect game yesterday against the Seattle Mariners. It's only the 21st perfect game in Major League history.

Maybe there's hope for us yet.

NorthReport
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Go Kansas City Go! Laughing

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Go San Fran Go!

1-1 now

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Oh no double play

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Giants now lead NL series 3-1. Sweet! Smile

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That first inning ruined my appetite for supper today. Frown 

It's 7-1, the bottom of the 9th - do or die for my dream team, the KC Royals.

I heard a sports commentator on CBC radio say today the KC Royals will be the Giants 2 years from now. He called for San Fran to win in 6. I'm afraid he may be correct.

It definitely is a manager's game, and the Giants Manager already has 2 World Series under his belt. 

If I were the KC Royals' Manager I would have pulled the first pitcher after the Giants second hit.

Experience wins these things.

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Go Frisco!

I'm not invested in the World Series or baseball but San Francisco is my kind of town..KC is an armpit.

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Laughing

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Sweet!

Giants’ Bochy’s best-laid plans come undone in the sixth inning of Game 2

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/on-baseball-giants-bochys...

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KC does it again, now lead 2-1 in Series.  Smile

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Fear of Football: The Logic Behind the World Series Schedule

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-10-24/the-royals-giants-world-...

KenS

Is there any way to get free livestreaming?

As far as I can see Fox and MLB have it sewed up well enough you have to pay for it.

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Not sure I want to know the scientific odds, as perhaps it takes some of the fun out of it. Or maybe I am just biased as my team lost the last game. Laughing

 

The Royals May Come To Regret Everything That Happened After This Moment

 

 

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Sure are a lot of armchair quarterbacks, er....managers, eh!

Kansas City Royals’ Ned Yost Exposed in Horrible Mismanagement of Game 5

http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2014/10/27/kansas-city-royals-ned-yost-exp...

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Kansas City Royals Need Alex Gordon’s Bat To Keep World Series Run Alive

http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2014/10/27/kansas-city-royals-need-alex-go...

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Sweet!

Never say never.

KC lead 1-0, none out, 2 on base.

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Bottom of 2nd, 2 nothin Royals & still bases loaded, only one out, bye, bye Giant pitcher Peavy

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4-0, 2 on base, still only one out

Amazin'

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6-0

Just saw a sign in the stands sayin:

"We know how this ends. David beats Goliath" Laughing

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7-0

Incredible

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More SF batters warmin' up in the bullpen.

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Petit in trouble - More SF pitchers warmin' up in the bullpen.

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Double play and now bottom of third. Whew! Smile

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KC double - they just keep on hittin' that ball!

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3rd Giant pitcher now

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