Okay, maybe things were a little slow here today. I mean there’s still a few more months until Spring Training and the football menu’s been a little lean since Green Bay and the Niners clinched their divisions, at least here at our house. I spent way too much time looking at YouTube this afternoon, but did come up with a few little ditties to share with you. Honestly, this stuff is addictive. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.
Geez! They must have a really wide strike zone in Japan.
Ouch! Don’t try this at home kids.
I see a great career as a majorette if this doesn’t work out!
Seriously, this guy belongs on a football field. Is there such a position as “baseball tackle”?
Note: This is the end of my video selection. If you are seeing an advertisement, my apologies. It has been placed here without my permission. ~ Ronni, GFBB
“Voice of Ron Santo Broadcasting”
I’ve spent most of the day researching Ron Santo and all I can say is I wish I could have known him. What a character! At least that seems to be the consensus of all who knew him. A wonderful wacky yet sentimental man whose playing career ended in 1974, but is known more by the younger crowd of Chicago Cub fans for his career in the WGN broadcast booth as a color commentator. Wikipedia has done an excellent job with a four page article that spans his birth in 1940 in Seattle, Washington to his death on December 3, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona and includes his legacy and election into the Hall of Fame today.
Here’s a worthwhile commentary on Ron Santo’s Hall of Fame selection today by D. J. Short, Hardball Talk, 12/5/11
“The Veterans’ Committee just announced that the late Ron Santo has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Continue reading
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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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I thought you might enjoy this little filler video while the rains come down in St. Louis, postponing tonight’s game. This one’s courtesy of Sooze over at Babes Love Baseball. I especially got a little chuckle out of her last comment. Oh to be young again with so much energy …..
“In case you somehow missed this video of an absolutely adorable member of the Rangers Ballpark grounds crew randomly busting a move between the sixth and seventh innings of Game 4… please do enjoy. Ian Kinsler was not impressed, but we totally are. (Call me when you turn 18!)
Update: We were just informed that this guy is 28. He just became like a billion times more attractive.”
As only Sooze can say it!
I love this stuff. What a fun way to reminisce about baseball. I’d almost forgotten about the Pilots since in my mind I considered them more of a minor league team than the majors. I can’t help but wonder what the Seattle old-timers feel about Bud Selig and the Milwaukee Brewers now. I mean do you think they’re cheering for the Brewers this postseason? It’d be interesting to talk today with the man on the street in downtown Seattle about the subject.
I found these two great back-to-back You Tube videos from a fellow blogger at the “Pasttime Post“. So Seattle Mariner fans and anyone else from the Pacific Northwest who remembers ….. get yourself a beer, pop, whatever, and grab some garlic fries. This one’s for you! (Note: Contains “colorful language”!)
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Tagged BASEBALL, Leagues, Minor League, new york yankees, Pasttime Post Blog, Seattle, seattle mariners, Seattle Pilots, Sports
Well, okay. Maybe it’s not your ordinary triple play in the true sense of the word but you gotta admit it’s pretty darn unusual! “Triple ka-thud” as Krukow puts it.
Cody Ross of the San Francisco Giants gets hit with a pitch thrown by Clayton Mortensen of the Rockies, and the ball pinballs off Ross’s arm, catcher Jose Morales’ helmet, and umpire Tim Tschida’s face mask. From the Giants-Rockies game May 16th, 2011. SF Giants announcers Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper on the broadcast. YouTube Uploaded by “hat301” on May 17, 2011.
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Tagged Cody Ross, Colorado Rockies, Duane Kuiper, Jose Morales, Mike Krukow, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants, Tim Tschida
British Fife and Drum
I know, you probably think I’m being a little giddy, perhaps dwelling too much on the last Cardinal/Phillies game. But I just couldn’t resist the urge to share this post. For one thing it references a previous post with an outlandish video spoof “Too Much Money Ball” . It includes a 7th Inning stretch video “Take Me out to the Ballgame – Old Skool” as only a Brit could do.
Written by Steve Busfield for “The Guardian” in the U.K., this gives a good argument that the British are not totally limited to knowledge of soccer and cricket. Here are some excerpts from the post:
Money ball Yankees Style:
“My hilarious colleague David Lengel, who was on live blogging duty last night, is now live tweeting this game to me. This is his description of Molina’s appearance in the top of the 4th:
‘God strolls to the plate. Oh, God gets a base hit. Surprise. God steals a base. God is let down by his people. This happens.’
Did you see the squirrel interrupt play in game four? (“like a tiny streaker in a fur coat,”
Seventh inning stretch: Take Me Out To The Ballgame: old skool:
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