Okay. I have to admit this is a little bit lame, but you have to admit it’s a little bit about baseball. Hank’s a stray that somehow wandered in to the Milwaukee Brewers baseball scene. Now he’s not only the team mascot but recently got his own Bobblehead. ! I couldn’t resist ~ Scroll down through the pic’s and you’ll see what I mean. Only a few more weeks folks:))
Originally posted on The Baseball Continuum:
In 30 Teams, 30 Posts, I write a post about every MLB team in some way in the lead-up to the beginning of the 2015 season. Previous installments can be found here. Today, a cute dog.
I could write about the Brewers, but why do that when I now have a perfect excuse to have pictures of Hank, the cute little stray pup who was adopted as a unofficial mascot by the Brewers last season and found it’s way into America’s heart?
I mean, look at this fella:
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Tampa Bay Rays wear “Socks Up” to honor Grant Balfour’s father, David.
I review 50-100 baseball blogs and articles, photos, etc., on a weekly basis and this is the one that caught my attention this morning. I’m not sure why I have an affinity for the ballplayers who choose to wear their socks up during the games. I even use it as a home page photo for this blog. Maybe it has to do with the old-timers, the guys who started it all. You know, tradition ….. the real thing. At least that’s how I see it in my mind.
So the picture caught my attention and that lead to the article. It’s about Tampa Bay’s relief pitcher, Grant Balfour and his father, David who died last week from a long bout with pancreatic cancer. David was the original owner and General Manager of the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian League. He retired in 2013 due to his illness.
I don’t know if the Sydney Blues all wear their socks up or not. Maybe it’s an Australian thing. Not so much here in America. But in my mind, it’s just a real classy look. And it’s a real classy thing the Rays did for Grant Balfour on his return to the ballpark this week.
It’s an inspiring story. You can read it here at Big League Stew, by Mark Townsend. To Grant Balfour ~ welcome home to spring training. It’s obvious how much the Rays appreciate having you on board, and that’s always a good thing.
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The Churro Dog
OMG! The Arizona Diamondbacks have come up with something that might be just as good as garlic fries. And only 1,117 Calories! If I ever make it to Chase Field I’ll sure give it a try.
Here ~ Take a look at the article. Churros, Diamondback Style!
Courtesy of Sportress of Blogitude.
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 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 :))
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.
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!