Letterman on Sandoval

Back in 2011 the Pablo Sandoval reported to Spring Training in Arizona looking much like, well, a Panda Bear,  to the chagrin of the powers that be for the SF Giants.

The Panda belongs to the Boston Red Sox now and is no longer the problem of Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants.  I get that.  But I’ve had so many searches on my blog today looking for for  David Letterman’s Top 10 List on Pablo Sandoval that aired last night,  I had to dig it up and view it myself.

I never personally cared about Pablo’s weight while he was with the Giants because to tell you the truth it didn’t seem to slow him down much.  He wasn’t hitting as well, but he could sure round the bases at top speed when he needed to and he dove and caught most of the in-flight balls and grounders that headed his way towards third base.  He never lost the fan base, they loved him, even though the press rode him pretty hard about it.

So now it appears the Panda’s put on another few pounds and it’s going to be interesting to see how the Red Sox organization deals with it.   I wonder if there’s a “Panda Pounds” clause in his new contract?

Because, honestly, if he keeps his stats and numbers up, who cares?

 

“MCFARLAND, THE MOVIE”

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“McFarland and Costner”

Wow!  I’m surprised  I enjoyed this movie so much. For some unknown reason I had tears running down my face most of the 2 hours; maybe because we have so many good Mexican friends in Mexico and I know they don’t have a lot. By our standards they’re considered poor, probably not so much by their standards because their family is important and it sustains them, at least in the beginning. It’s a true story and maybe that’s what I like so much about it

This movie really touched me. Thumbs up and 4 stars. Please see it for no other reason than it’s just a really good wholesome movie. Yes, they’re still around.

The relation between this movie and a baseball blog?  Oh, I don’t know.  How about Kevin Costner and “Bull Durham” or Costner and “For love of the Game” Upside of Anger, Field of Dreams, or even “Tin Cup”, which isn’t about baseball but you get the idea.  He’s just the ultimate sports type movie guy,  IMHO, of course.

The film’s inspirational and will put you in a good mood at least for the rest of the day and maybe even until baseball season get’s going.  And what could be better than that?  Go see the movie :))

 

Fashion on the Field …… You think?

The Baseball Dress!

The Baseball Dress!

Okay.  I’ve been a little busy these past few months.  Well, really busy.  But when this tweet came across my desk I couldn’t resist.  And you have to admit it has a “little” to do with baseball.   I’ll take time to read the article later because I’m busy, but I’m dying to find out how much the thing weighs.  I’m sure there’s a reason she’s sitting down, with stiletto’s no less!  They’re all New York Mets baseballs, not that the Mets have anything to do with it.

Anyhow, just trying to get through tax season and make it to the start of baseball season.   Thanks for indulging me.  Now back to work.

 

‘Can’t Get Enough of a Good Thing!

A few weeks ago my son, while watching a Seattle Seahawks clip, said “I just can’t get enough of this stuff.”  And that’s exactly how I felt while watching this interview with Madison Bumgarner.   Like a lot of baseball fans who’ve been in a dry spell waiting for Spring Training, I’ve been craving some little tidbit, picture, video, or article about baseball, but especially about Bumgarner.   He was  in the face of the baseball world everywhere, non-stop for weeks and all of a sudden there was ………nothing!

So when I came upon this 10 minute interview I was in my element.  This was ten minutes of Mad Bum responding candidly to questions we’ve all been wanting to ask about him, his family, his feelings, teammates and the game in general.  Good Stuff.

And a special thanks to the KNBR staff for putting this together on You Tube so it can be shared with everyone.  Spring training just around the corner folks …… See you soon!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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A note of thanks and goodwill to everyone.  What a wonderful year it’s been!  Wishing all of you a happy, joyful holiday season.

MADISON BUMGARNER ~ Sudden and Out of Nowhere?

Madison Bumgarner can add another accolade to his growing collection.  Sports Illustrated named him the 2014 Sportsman of the Year and with good reason.   But I’ll disagree with one statement in the article:

……his Sportsman candidacy was so sudden and seemingly out of nowhere ……

Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell H.S. North Carolina

Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell H.S. North Carolina

If you’re a San Francisco Giants fan, you’ll get this.   Affectionately known as “Mad Bum” he’s been on the fans radar since he was drafted  as a 1st round pick back in 2007 where he’d already made a name for himself.

” In his junior season, he had a 12–2 record, an 0.99 earned run average (ERA), and 120 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched as he led his team to a runner-up in the 2006 4A State Championship. Next season, he went 11–2 with a 1.05 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 86 innings while this time helping his team win the 2007 4A State Championship.  He batted .424 with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in. He was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the playoffs and the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year.”  Courtesy of Wikipedia.

One of my favorite quotes was back in 2010 when asked about being a rookie and pitching in his first World Series, Mad Bum said something to the effect “Well, I don’t know, I pitched in the High School State Championships and we won, so I don’t see how it can be much different that that.”  You’ve gotta love the humility and innocence of that statement.

In 2013, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association included him on its “100 To Remember” male athletes list, which included Michael Jordan, Carl Eller,  and Jim Beatty.

And this year Madison Bumgarner hit two grand slam home runs in regular season, and mid-season, at one point, had a batting average better than half of his teammates.  Another argument against the DH rule, in my hunble opinion of course.

Not bad for a country boy from North Carolina, but “sudden and seemingly out of nowhere” isn’t something San Francisco Giants fans would probably use to describe him.

Congratulations Madison Bumgarner!  You wear the honor well.

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta Love those Kansas City Fans!

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World Series 2014 ~ The gift that keeps on giving.  What a wonderful holiday season treat.  And it’s not just the Kansas City Symphony conductor that’s the delight here, but also the music he chose to perform.  Being a former marching band saxophone player I’ve always treasured John Philip Souza’s music,which usually brings me to an emotional state, but somehow I can’t remember hearing this very special piece titled, “The National Game”.  This thoughtful and entertaining YouTube video performance was  brought to my attention by one of my blogroll partners “Fanside’sHaydon Kane”.   Hope you enjoy the video ~ truly one of a kind!