Ronni’s Comment:Well this helped lift my spirits a little after last night’s Giant vs Rockies fiasco. You can always count on the Dodger’s Yasiel Puig for entertainment, one way or another.
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Even Vin Scully called this “ridiculous.” And not in that good, “redonkulous” sense. More in the “Jeez, kid, shape up, will ya?” sense.
Note: This is a repost of my 2010 Veteran’s Day Blog.
Arlington National Cemetery
“But the mainstay of the big leagues was the reservoir of 4-Fs – males of draft age who had been rejected on physical grounds by the Armed Forces. Not since harem attendants had gone out of style were men’s physical deficiencies so highly prized. Ulcers, hearing defects, and torn cartilages were coveted by team owners.” – Frank Graham, Jr. in Farewell to Heroes (1981)
This and the following list of Hall of Fame Members Courtesy of Baseball Almanac.
|Baseball Hall of Fame Members who Served in the Armed Forces.
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Here’s the response courtesy of Fox Sports.com by Sam Gardner. It reads:
“Dear Mr. Kaplan,
Thank you very much for your letter regarding the potential demise of baseball. Some have suggested it was a rhetorical squeeze play or a hit and run since the letter was posted online before it was actually mailed to me. Of course, it could be languishing in the post office. Sometimes, it’s hard to know when the mail service is open or closed.
I agree with you that Republicans and the Braves have much in common. You could say that the Republicans “Bravely” take on tough issues such as defunding Obamacare and trying to curtail runaway spending. And we don’t mind clearing the dugout for a good brawl. We also agree that Dodgers is a fitting name for the Democrats as they often “Dodge” serious issues such as balancing the budget or cutting spending.
Where we disagree is the game itself. If Uribe had decent bunting skills, he would have simply tied the score. Thus, the game would have continued. In such a situation, neither the Dodgers nor the Braves would have walked off the field crying “I will not ‘negotiate’ or, in this case, bat.” No, they would have stayed engaged and slugged it out. But, alas, Uribe can’t bunt — so game over.
On the bright side, winning the pennant doesn’t guarantee world peace. In fact, there are other glimmers of hope in the universe. Did you see the UGA-Tennessee game? Obviously, there is a God in Heaven. Or as we say in Athens: How ‘bout them Dawgs?
Member of Congress“
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Braves fan Paul Kaplan was quite upset that the Braves lost in the NLDS last night. So upset that he wrote his congressman about it.
I have to say, I never would have considered this, but if this logic applies in baseball, I may very well be willing to reassess how I feel about it when it comes to government.
(thanks to reader David L. for the heads up)
UPDATE: The Congressman responds!
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Tagged Atlanta Braves, baseball and politics, Braves, Congressmen, craig calcaterra, Dodge, Dodger, Foxsports.com, Jack Kingston, Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers, Sam Gardner, Tennessee
Okay, so Division play is winding down and most of the Playoff teams have been decided . If your team isn’t one of them who you gonna cheer for? I mean, what’s a girl to do? Personally, I’m going to be hollering for the Los Angeles Dodgers. I know, I know, I’m a Giants fan and I said I wouldn’t. Go figure. But hear me out because there’s some logic to it.
If your team is beaten by another team and that team makes the Playoff’s, what happens if they’re knocked out early? It probably means that your team “really” sucked. If, what if, on the other hand, the team that beat the socks out of you for the Division, goes on to win the Pennant? It means that you were probably beaten by a really good team, a team that’s better than 14 other teams. So now your team isn’t looking so bad.
And what if, by some miracle of a chance, that team goes on to win the World Series. Then you can stand up really proud and say you were beaten by the best team in baseball this year. And really, there’s some honor in that don’t you think?
But, if the Dodgers get whacked out of post season early we can always blame it on that little pipsqueak, Yasiel Puig, and not on the fact they’re a better team than we are. I know Puig’s good, well, really good, but he IS just a rookie and a bit of a smart aleck at that. And if they don’t do well, maybe we could also attribute it to Brian Wilson’s whining (think Larry Baer). Or to another 19-3 thrashing. I mean think of the options available if the Dodgers don’t produce in post-season. Just saying …..any way you look at it the Giants still come out smelling like a rose!
And you’ve got to hand it to the kids. They managed to stay out of the cellar (depending on the final three games to be determined) and at the end of a grueling, injury-filled season they’re wearing their last year’s World Series rings with smiles on their faces realizing the irony of it all. Baseball. You gotta love it.
Posted in A1 Baseball, General, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants
Tagged Brian Wilson, Dodger, Larry Baer, Los Angeles Dodger, Playoffs, San Francisco, World Series, Yasiel Puig
Golly Geez! I try really hard to play fair on my blog, but sometimes,when it comes to the Giants, the devil makes me do it. So in spite of all the setbacks this year, the Giants are back in the playoffs for the 2nd time in three years. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Buster Posey was here the first year, gone the second, and back the third.
But everyone knows it’s a team effort and for that we Giants fans applaud our San Francisco Giants ~ 2012 National League West Champions!
And a special thanks to niece Tammy for sharing the “dogs” from Lamont & Tonelli’s FB Page!
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Tagged 2012 mlb playoffs, 2012 mlb postseason, 2012 Playoffs, BASEBALL, BUSTER POSEY, division champions, dodger dogs, Giants, giants hot dogs, National League West, october baseball, Playoffs, San Diego Padres, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants
2012 All Star Game Photo
Here’s the 2012 update to our 2011 listing published August 27, 2011. This comes to us compliments of USA Today. If you’ll click the individual teams, you can access the individual players salaries. It will be interesting to note the annual salaries of the teams that make the playoffs; in other words, did they get what they paid for? For example; the Washington Nationals have the best record in the Majors this year, but have the 11th Lowest Salary out of 30 Teams. Salary Chart Linked Here
|2012 MLB Salaries
|New York Yankees
|Boston Red Sox
|Los Angeles Angels
|San Francisco Giants
|St. Louis Cardinals
|Chicago White Sox
|Los Angeles Dodgers
|New York Mets
|Toronto Blue Jays
|Tampa Bay Rays
|Kansas City Royals
|San Diego Padres
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Some of the above pictures courtesy of Fox Sports MLB’s Best Food List.
I just found out I’m going to the Oakland A’s – Detroit Tigers game on Mother’s Day so I went online to find out what’s for dinner! My search found this great website with such tantalizing food pictures I think I’ll conjure up some ballpark food for dinner tonight!
One of my favorite ballpark foods is the Primanti Brothers Sandwich at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. When I was there the fans were lined up around the block for this one. The special sandwich (pictured above) includes not only the roast beef, but also the salad and french fries stacked high and part of the sandwich.
And someday I’m going to try those Rocky Mountain Oysters at Coors Stadium. Or maybe I’ll watch someone else try them but it’ll still be an experience.
And for dessert it’s a toss-up between those yummy looking cupcakes at Safeco Field in Seattle and the funnel cakes at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
If you don’t have plans for your mom, your kid’s mom or someone else that’s really special on Mother’s Day why not consider taking her to dinner at the Ballpark! You’ll get to enjoy the camaraderie of some the greatest fans in all of sports, hopefully a great game and some really terrific food.
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Tagged AT&T Park, cupcakes at safeco, DETROIT TIGERS, funnel cakes AT&T park, GARLIC FRIES, Mothers Day, mothers day at ballpark, mothers day dinner, Oakland Athletics, PNC Park, primanti bros sandwich, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Safeco Field, San Francisco