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!
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Back in July, as part of a pre-game ceremony, Chicago State Shortstop, Mattingly Romanin, became an unintended consequence of a mishap on the field. As a skydiver was making an approach to the field he landed squarely on the head/shoulders of Mattingly as he was standing near second base watching the performance.
No one was hurt in the incident, but the following day young Mattingly tweeted “I feel like I got kicked in the face yesterday …..” but I’m sure his actual feelings were more like “He tried to hit me with a forklift” which is totally understandable. In any event, the video says it all.
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*Romance defined: …….. emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized.
- “There’s a great article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel today written by one of our favorite sportswriters, Mark Purdy, in which Mark boldly claims that baseball is not romantic. “Cram the Romance” he says.”
No ~ Not that Kind of Romance!
Last night I posted from Youtube my very favorite baseball video that included the lyrics. It started out as a great song written by John Fogerty entitled “Centerfield” and evolved into a video that’s been viewed over one million times. I challenge anyone to view this great ditty, full screen, with volume up, and not relate it to the definition of romance as defined above.
Okay, maybe it’s because it’s opening day and the A’s and Mariners are playing right now, as we speak, followed by the Giants and Dodgers at 1:00PM on the telly and not one darn thing will get done at my house today. At least not in the way of Monday morning chores, that type of thing. As far as romance and my hubby are concerned, it sometimes revolves around baseball. (See you in October sweetie!)♥
Take a look at the Mark Purdy article, “Giants, A’s Could Do it Again”, and see what you think. Great article Mark ~ just happen to disagree with some of it.
GFBB Note: This is a wonderful video! Not even quite sure what it’s about but it’s a nice thought that a disagreement might actually be resolved this way. If this is the same Korean team that is playing in the World Baseball Classic Semi-Finals tomorrow, March 2, 2013, I’d suggest their Dutch team opponent learn the one-foot bunny hop. Just in case I mean …..
YouTube Short from the Walt Disney 1942 Series, “Goofy, How To Play Baseball”
This is a hilarious movie “short” that’s been around since 1942. The scenes showing the pitcher throwing the various balls, i.e., spit, slow, curve, etc., are laugh- out- loud funny! I think it’s probably a good idea to know a little something about baseball before you watch it, or you’re going to be one confused baseball player and/or fan, as the case may be.
“Pitcher Winding Up”
Don’t you kind of miss these old Disney cartoons? We’ve come a long way with technology, but in some ways we haven’t progressed at all. It’s rather sad that the young kids today aren’t experiencing this good old-fashioned wholesome entertainment.
Thanks for the good stuff Mr. Disney. It’s not very sophisticated by today’s standards, but it was sure a lot of fun!
Just killing a little time here before the regular baseball season resumes. Is it Friday yet?
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This video shows a Tim Lincecum fastball and curveball delivery correlated at the release point and superimposed to provide an overlay comparison of the two motions. The two pitches look nearly identical to my untrained eye. This YouTube video uploaded by laflippin on June 18, 2009.
So I’m listening to play-by-play of a game the other day and the announcer says instantly “that was a fastball (curveball, sinker, slider, doesn’t matter … you get the point) and I’m thinking how the hell does he know that? I mean the ball’s traveling at 90-95 mph and he’s up in the announcer booth 200 feet away. I know this announcer used to be a pitcher so I’m pretty sure he knows what he’s talking about, but how is that possible ~ to call the pitch instantly in split-second timing, almost before the ball’s even thrown?
I set out to research this so I might understand the difference between the pitches and how a pitcher might determine which pitch to throw and when to throw it. Continue reading
I intended to blog about the Texas Rangers job opening for an “accountability partner” for Josh Hamilton but had second thoughts. It seems a little heartless to talk about it, maybe even a little sad, so when I found this little ditty out there in YouTube land it was an easy change-over. This is light-hearted good stuff!
So in case you’ve never seen it and even if you have here’s a wonderful version of one of Abbott & Costello’s finest routines. Abbott and Costello performed this classic “Who’s on first?” baseball sketch in their 1945 film “The Naughty Nineties” first performed as part of their stage act. This video now plays continuously on screens at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
In 1999, Time Magazine named the routine the “Best Comedy Sketch of the 20th century. And who’s to argue with them? No matter how many times I’ve seen it, it’s a classic that never gets old.
You can read all about it at Wikipedia, but not on Wednesday, January 21, as they’re having a “black-out” to protest the Freedom of Information Act being proposed in Congress.
“Who’s on First” YouTube Video courtesy of, and uploaded by, Swancourt on Feb 16, 2007.
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