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“BLUE SOCKS UP!” A Tribute to David Balfour

Blue socks upTampa 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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Dodgers Maintain MLB Lead (with a little help from their friends) ~

"The bunt that started it all"

Last night the Dodgers beat the Padres 5-4 with an incredulous triple play that ended the game.  The particulars of that triple play are what’s in question here.  I watched the video over and over again and there’s no doubt in my mind the plate umpire ruled a bunt ball as “out-of-bounds” wherein the Padres ceased play, went back to their bases, and play should have resumed with another pitch.  But that’s not what happened.  Instead, the Dodgers kept playing as though nothing had happened, as though no call had been made, as the Padres went back to their business in disbelief because, according to their version, and what I saw on the video, it should have been a dead ball, and the batter should have returned to the plate to take another pitch.

Now, I’m as happy as the next guy to see something good finally happen to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This team’s been run through the mill these past few years and now it looks like they’re finally getting their act together.  I mean the last time the Dodgers got off to a start like this they ended up winning the World Series.  Here’s the article, video included, that has everyone (well, almost everyone) in a stew.  See what you think!

San Diego Padres Cry foul over Triple Play Call.