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#Blogathon: A Good Time Meeting a Baseball Superstar


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So earlier I told you about a bad time meeting a baseball superstar. Thankfully, most of my experiences are a bit better than that.

I used to go to a few baseball card shows a year that had autog#raph guests. One in particular I liked each year was held at the Arlington Convention Center next to the Ballpark in Arlington.

Over the  years I met a few baseball stars there but one in particular stands out. There weren’t many people there at the time and Don Sutton was signing autographs. So I went and picked up a photo of his and went to get his autograph.

Now I think I’ve established I’m a huge Braves fan and during the great run that the Braves had during the 1990’s and 2000’s he was a broadcaster. I listened to him countless nights call Braves games.

I knew he was a Hall of Fame pitcher who had won over 300 games, but I was a bigger fan of his broadcasting.

So I walk up to him eager to ask him how he thinks John Smoltz will do transitioning to the bullpen (so it must have been 2001?).

I was wearing a Red Sox t-shirt that I had bought that year at Fenway Park, and when I walked up he immediately threw me for a loop asking me about the Red Sox. He was gracious, generous with his time, and very eager to chat with me for a minute.

I was a bit taken back because admittedly I was a bit nervous. He was after all a part of the Braves.

It was fun to chat with him for a few minutes. He was a very nice guy and I was glad to have had the chance to talk to him for a bit. Although I never did ask him about Smoltz.

Next, I’ll tell you about the time I met my all-time favorite player.

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#Blogathon: Greatest Catch to Rob a Home Run?


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Here are three catches that are all pretty extraordinary.

I’d like to know which you think is the best?

#1 Comes to us from Japan

#2 Is from the same team in Japan

#3 Comes to us from sunny Texas and GMJ

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=13118995 (unfortunately not on YouTube due to MLB)

Which one do you think is the best? Is there a better one? Let me know.
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#Blogathon: Amazing Bat Trick Video


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This is one of the most amazing tricks I’ve seen done with a bat. It was a huge YouTube hit a few years back. So much so that it now has over 5 million hits. And another video with over a million more.

While Josh Womack’s career didn’t pan out after being drafted in the 2nd round, he will always have this….

 

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#Blogathon: Host Teams at Little League Tournaments; Why?


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I want to touch on something that I don’t quite understand and maybe a reader out there can better inform me of why this is the way it is.

I am a huge fan of Little League baseball. For one, it helps spread the game that I hold so dearly around the world. The Little League World Series is something that I look forward to each year, and not just the LLWS but the Big League and Senior League as well.

However, when you start getting into the other tournaments you find they differ with Little League in one way. They have host teams.

The Senior League and Big League World Series have a host team that plays in the tournament each year. I just don’t get it. To me this seems to take away from the tournament just a little.

Is that what it takes to have the tournaments in Easley, South Carolina and Bangor, Maine? If that is the case, I’m sure there are two other cities out there that would be happy to host it without a host team playing every year.

I’m not sure why this bothers me so much, but it does.

Take the Senior League World Series. It’s not like it’s a new tournament. It has been around since 1961. Only in the past 10 years has it been held annually in Bangor, Maine.

I know this is nothing new though. When the Big League World Series was held in Ft. Lauderdale, a Broward County All-Star team served as the host team each year.

But why?

Do they feel they need a local team to drive attendance? That is one of the reasons it seems that the Big League tournament moved away from Ft. Lauderdale.

It just seems to go against the principles of Little League baseball, but that may be taking it a bit far. I still don’t like it and not sure I ever will.

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#Blogathon: An Unbreakable Record


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There are a lot of records in baseball that have been deemed “unbreakable”. We all know the numbers 511, 56, and 4,256.

But what about another record that might even be harder to break than those three in today’s game, complete games in a season.

The all-time record sits at 75 by Will White in 1879. Okay what about the modern era record you say? That stands at 48 by Jack Chesbro in 1904.

Even if you take the live ball era (beginning in 1920), you still have what amounts to pretty much an unbreakable record of 33. Both Grover Cleveland Alexander (1920) and Burleigh Grimes (1923) completed 33 games.

Today’s pitchers get 34 starts max in a year. With the way bullpens are used and the way pitchers arms are protected more and more due to the rising salaries, I don’t see this record even being approached again.

There hasn’t been a pitcher who pitched 300 or more innings since Steve Carlton did it in 1980. He got 38 starts that season and even then only completed 19 games.

It just doesn’t seem like it will ever be broken. Not in my lifetime at least.

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#Blogathon: Just a Short Rant


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I’m going to go on a little rant here for a minute.

*Start rant*

I’ve read a lot about players from Japan or Korea or elsewhere and how they shouldn’t be considered for the Rookie of the Year award. The thinking behind this is that they played professionally in another countries highest league.

This is a load of crap.

Let’s take Hyun-jin Ryu for example. Ryu pitched in the KBO before making it to Los Angeles. While the KBO might be the highest league in Korea, its not as deep as the Pacific Coast League. There is a lot of talent in the KBO. But top to bottom, the talent doesn’t quite stack up to the Triple-A level as a whole. So why should someone who pitched in Triple-A for a few years be considered when Ryu shouldn’t?

That’s not a slight to the KBO or Ryu either. It’s a very good league and he’s a very good pitcher. And while I’d love to see him with the NL ROY there is a guy in Miami and perhaps a teammate of his that will have a thing to say about that.

The same goes with players from Japan or Cuba. While they might have played in the highest league in the land, it doesn’t quite always stack up to the leagues in the USA. Of course, Japan is as close to the big leagues as you can get in my opinion, its still not quite equal.

Luckily there aren’t many that make the argument but when I see it it drives me crazy. Now if we could only get people to realize that there is more than one country in Asia that plays baseball we’ll be all set. But that’s a story for another time.

*End rant*

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#Blogathon: Baseball; Where in the World?


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Baseball is a truly international sport being played all over the world. We are all familiar with the major international leagues from Japan, Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Mexico, Venezuela, and so many more.

But what about some of the more obscure places?

Did you know they play baseball in Sri Lanka? or Ukraine? What about Croatia? Belarus, Pakistan, or Latvia?

These leagues may not be as good or as big as the professional leagues in Japan or Mexico, but they are competitive and could be the next place to really grow the game.

There are so many places I’d love to see the game played from all continents.

Would you believe that Thailand is ranked in the Top 25 in the world by the IBAF? Or that Sri Lanka, Croatia, and Indonesia all rank ahead of France?

The game is played in so many places. Honduras, Guam, Peru, Chile, Nepal, New Caledonia to name a few. Honestly, who can even name where New Caledonia is on the map? I don’t think I can.

It is such a worldwide sport, but we over look that because the leagues and foundation isn’t as big as it might be where we live or like to watch the game.

So where would you like to go to see baseball?

Photo: Flag of New Caledonia – an island located in the Pacific east of Australia – I had to look it up.

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#Blogathon: Something I’d Like to Return to Baseball….


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Baseball is missing something that helped make it the biggest sport in the country, barnstorming.

Back in the early 1900’s travel wasn’t as easy as it is today, there was no television, and players were more accessible to the general public perhaps because they didn’t make exponentially more money than the average Joe.

So one of the ways people go to see some of the greats of the game was through the barnstorming teams that were popular for the time.

It’s a shame that barnstorming has gone the way of the horse and carriage. With the right people, it could still be viable today. However, it’s very unlikely that any current stars would partake. There is too much money to lose if something goes wrong.

It wasn’t that long ago that Oil Can Boyd created a barnstorming team with fellow former major leaguers Delino DeShields and Marquis Grissom. They traveled around trying to garner interest in the game from the black community.

I think there are enough characters left that are retired that could drum up enough interest in different areas. Include Bill Lee and you already have some star power that will make things interesting.

I think I lived in the wrong era of baseball. I would have loved to have seen some of the old barnstorming teams of the early 1900’s.

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#Blogathon: Will I Ever Be Able to Forgive Lonnie Smith?


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Trick plays are a part of the game. We all love the hidden ball trick when it works. But it’s rather hard to make a baseball player look foolish with a trick play. Harder than in some other sports at least. Don’t tell that to Lonnie Smith.

Game 7, 1991 World Series

My favorite team has made it to the World Series for the first time in my lifetime after being the laughing stock of baseball for a decade. It’s tied 0-0 in the eighth inning. Lonnie Smith is at first with no outs.

Terry Pendleton then hits what should be, with Lonnie Smith’s speed, a go ahead RBI double. But it doesn’t happen.

As Smith heads for second base, Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblauch fools Smith into thinking he is turning a double play. Smith lost the ball and it cost him. He only wound up at third base because of such poor base running.

The Braves wouldn’t score in the inning and would go on to lose in 10 innings.

I still hold a grudge against Lonnie Smith. You are taught from an early age when you are at first to pick up the third base coach and not try to watch the ball when running. Smith failed at this. Had he been watching the coach, he would have scored and the Braves might have won in nine innings.

But we will never know. It’s a hard one to watch still to this day.

Perhaps one day I will be able to forgive Smith, but not today.

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#Blogathon: Progress After 9 Hours


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So its been 9 hours since the Blogathon began. I’ve got to admit its been a lot of fun for me. I’ve immersed myself into different baseball topics that I’ve thought about a lot lately. What more could I ask for?

But we have only just begun. I have 15 more hours of blogging and then I have quite a few guest posts that will go up and we are only at 30% of our goal.

It doesn’t take much for each of you. $5 here and $5 there will really start to add up. Many of you spend that much on coffee each day.

I’ve got a lot of different ideas yet to write about that I hope you will like. If you read something that interest you, please feel free to share via Twitter, Stumble Upon, Reddit, or wherever  you like so we can get more people to see what we are doing. Hopefully, that will help us reach our goal.

So far:

Cups of coffee: 1

Energy Drinks: 1 (Monster)

Hours of Baseball watched: MLB 3, PBS documentary 4

Slices of pizza eaten: 5

Posts: 19

Feeling: Still feel good, but I know my lack of sleep will catch up to me later

Thoughts: There seem to have been a lot of variations of teams named ‘Giants’ in the old Negro Leagues.

Progress: Just over 30% – remember $5 can go along way.

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#Blogathon: A Historic Baseball Moment Played Out via RBI Baseball


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We just looked at what I think are the Top 5 Baseball Video Games of all-time. From one of those games comes one of the greatest videos of all-time.

From RBI Baseball which featured actual MLB player names and teams comes a video put together with audio from a famous World Series game – Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

Between the voice of the great Vin Scully to the great play-by-play played out via RBI Baseball, this is simply an amazing video. It’s easily one of my all-time favorites.

So without further adieu, and my apologies to Red Sox fans, here is the Buckner game….

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#Blogathon: Top 5 Baseball Video Games


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Now I will admit upfront that I haven’t played every game that has ever come out, but I’ve played quite a few. I grew up in the days of the NES (original Nintendo which I still have to this day) and then moved on to Sega and then Playstation. I missed out on most of the Nintendo systems that followed the original, until the Wii.

But I’ve played quite a few and I have my favorites. Here they are.

5. MVP 06: NCAA Baseball

This was the first college baseball game and was great to play. Choose any college you want and if your college didn’t have a team, no worries, you can create your own. Like I used to do with the University of North Texas.

4. RBI Baseball – NES

There are better games with better graphics but this game had real MLB players, even if they didn’t look like them.

3. MLB: The Show

I have only played 2011 and 2012, but this game was great. I loved how realistic it has gotten and with so many options to make it even more realistic makes it one of the best games of all-time.

2. MVP ’05 – PS2

This was the last EA Sports baseball game for several years and one of the best. You could unlock old jerseys, stadiums, and even players in this classic game. The computer version of the game for years fetched quite a bit of money since there were so many mods including up to date teams and stadiums.

1. Baseball Stars – NES

This was the first baseball game that had a battery back up. This allowed you to create teams and players and save your season progress as the game’s chip saved the stats.

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What was your favorite game?

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#Blogathon: A Pipe Dream to Say the Least


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One thing I have come to really enjoy following international baseball, in Europe in particular, is the system of relegation. It might best be known to many sports fans from soccer, and it is something I would love to see come to MLB. But a pipe dream it will have to be.

I understand that the system of baseball in America is just not set up for relegation. After all, the players on the Omaha Storm Chasers that just won the Triple-A National Championship are all owned by the Kansas City Royals.

But think of the drama and excitement it would bring to both the minors and the major leagues.

Rather than having the Triple-A National Championship be a single game playoff, we could have a best-of-seven series to decide who would play the worst team in the MLB, which is currently the Houston Astros.

I’m not convinced that if you relegated the Astros this season that they would easily make it to the Triple-A National Championship next year. Imagine the crowds next year in Houston.

But on the flip side, imagine the crowds for the Storm Chasers if they were moved up to MLB.

Perhaps then teams such as Houston or Miami would spend more money on their MLB clubs in order to stay in the league and the difference between the top of the league and the bottom wouldn’t be so drastic.

Of course, it’s just a dream that will have to stay a dream. But it’s one that’s fun to discuss.

What do you think?

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#Blogathon: Old Minor League Team T-Shirts


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I’m a huge fan of the old. I love old teams that no longer exist and thus I’m a fan of Ebbets Field Flannels where they make t-shirts for old baseball teams.

They have included many of the old forgotten teams along with some of the more famous ones from the past. I love that they have both and that they don’t stick to only the popular ones.

For instance, does anyone remember the Dallas Steers? I don’t but then I wasn’t around in 1936. But I’ve got to have this shirt.

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Or what about the Hawaii Islanders from the 50’s in the Pacific Coast League? Or the San Francisco Missions? We all know the San Antonio Missions, but I didn’t realize there was one in San Francisco many years ago.

Some of the more popular teams of the past that they do include the Hollywood Stars, of which I have a t-shirt, the Portland Beavers, or the Montreal Royals.

I love that they keep alive the memory of so many of these old teams. It’s a great place to just go visit and either reminisce or learn. I know when I return home again I will buy a few more.

Check them out and tell me what your favorite one is – Ebbets Field Flannels T-Shirts

If you find another place that does a lot of old minor league team t-shirts, please let me know.

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#Blogathon: Top 5 Baseball Documentaries


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Recently I threw out my Top 5 Baseball Movies of All-Time, but what about the best baseball documentaries of all-time?

There are quite a few good ones out there covering MLB, the minors, and even collegiate summer leagues.

I’ve seen everyone I can get my hands one and here are my favorites.

5. Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey

I’ve become a huge fan of Bill Lee. Here Lee and a group of Americans travel to Cuba to play games. It’s an interesting look at the love of the game that goes to the core of the Cuban citizen, and Bill Lee makes it interesting.

4. This Old Cub

This tells the story of former Cubs third baseman and announcer Ron Santo. It tells of his fight with diabetes and shows just how loved he was in Chicago.

3. Touching the Game: Cape Cod

This is the story of the best summer collegiate league out there, the Cape Cod League. It is interesting as they follow some players, visit with some of the leagues alumni, and talk to some of the locals about what these teams mean to the Cape.

2. A Player to be Named Later

This documentary follows the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians who at the time were a minor league team of the Milwaukee Brewers. It follows the team and what they go through as well as following a few that go up and down to the big league club. There are names you know, which is nice, including Marco Scutaro and current ESPN analyst Kyle Peterson.

1. Ken Burns Baseball

There really is no competition here. This is the most comprehensive, and yes I know there are sections that could have been done better, documentary on the market. I really wish it was a lot longer, but I may be in the minority.

There are so many other good ones out there that could have made the list. But for today, this is my list. What would be on yours?

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#Blogathon: Great Fan Catches from 2010


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Everyone wants to catch a foul ball at a game.

Here are some of the great fan catches from 2010. I really enjoyed watching this.

You gotta love some of these catches. However, No. 3 is one of my all-time favorite moments.

 

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#Blogathon: Some of Baseball’s Best Bloopers


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Who doesn’t look some good bloopers? Well I found this video on YouTube that brings us some of the best ones.

From bad base running to poor fielding, this one has it all, and I love it.

One of my favorites is the second one in. Who was he throwing it to? And who can forget Jose Canseco’s big blunder?

Enjoy.

 

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#Blogathon: Top 5 Baseball Movies


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Movies and baseball are such apart of the American fabric that when you combine them it can be magical.

I watch a lot of movies and try to catch just about every baseball movie I can. Some aren’t very good and are hard to find. But some are simply great and should be celebrated as such.

So I am here to give my Top 5 Baseball Movies of All-Time. I did not include documentaries on this list. That list will come later. Instead these are only Hollywood movies that may or may not be historically correct.

5. Bad News Bears

The original is a classic. It can be redone all you want, but nothing will touch the first one made. The story, the characters, and of course Buttermaker make this movie great.

4. The Sandlot

This is a great story that has become a cult classic after all of these years. Plus it gave us the quote that so many use, and so many don’t know where it came from, “You’re killing me Smalls”.

3. Field of Dreams

An amazing story. Who knew that the supernatural and baseball could go hand in hand together so well.

2. The Natural

This is the greatest baseball drama of all-time, and there are some good ones. Roy Hobbs may not be real, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing he was. It’s a great story and a great movie.

1. Bull Durham

This is easily my favorite baseball movie, and it ranks right up there with the greatest movies of all-time for me. I love the look, even if it is a Hollywood look, at the minor leagues. It is funny and you find yourself rooting for the players as if they were real.

Honorable Mention: 

Moneyball

Major League

Eight Men Out

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A League of Their Own

Cobb

And so many more…..

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#Blogathon Progress after First 4 Hours


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I’ve had a few more guest posts come in this morning for which I am very thankful. There are some really good stories coming your way after my 24 hours of posting are up.

So far we have raised just under 30% of our goal, which is $1,000. I’m confident we can get there over the next 44 hours.

So far I’ve had fun talking about some subjects that interest me. I don’t ask often, but if there is something you enjoy, please Tweet, share, email, or however you can spread the word so we can hit our goal.

So far:

Cups of coffee: 1

Hours of Baseball watched: MLB 3, PBS documentary 1

Slices of pizza eaten: 3 – more where that came from too for later

Posts: 10

Feeling: Still feel good, just full of pizza

Thoughts: It’s been too long since I’ve watched Ken Burns Baseball

Progress: Still just under 30% – remember $5 can go along way.

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#Blogathon: The Endorsement That Lives On


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There is one endorsement that will live on forever. The famous Fred McGriff endorsement of the Tom Emanski Instructional Videos.

I’ve read that McGriff has never even seen the videos, but one winter Emanski actually video taped McGriff’s swing and shows him a lot of stuff. But despite never seeing them, McGriff still stands behind his endorsement.

Perhaps its the commercial that is so ingrained in our minds from having seen it so many times growing up. Or perhaps it is the hat that McGriff wears that stands out most of all. But whatever the reason, it is one endorsement that will always be remembered.

So let’s take a stroll down memory lane and watch it. One. More. Time.

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#Blogathon – Top 10 International Leagues I want to Visit


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I cover a lot of international baseball league here at BaseballdeWorld and I’ve grown to love many of them.

With that in mind, I thought I would rank the leagues I’d love to watch personally. I love to travel, and I love visiting new baseball stadiums. So why not take a look at the leagues I’d love to see most.

I don’t count any league in the US regardless if I haven’t seen it or not. Also not included is Korea because I’ve already seen quite a bit of it, so these are only leagues I have not been able to see in person.

10. France – Now I admit a lot of these on the list have to do with places in general I’d like to travel. While the league in France might not be the best in the world, there is so much I’d love to see in France including baseball. The team I’d love to see most is the Rouen Huskies since they have dominated recently.

9. Austria – Another on the list that has a lot to do with location.

8. Taiwan – After living in Korea for three years, I’ve become a huge fan of baseball in Asia.

7. Dominican Republic – Who wouldn’ twant to see where so many of the MLB stars come from. The winter league here would be a fantastic place to spend a holiday.

6. Czech Republic – There are so many reasons I want to visit here. One is my sister-in-law is from here and I’ve heard so many good things about it. Another is the beer, which I’m a huge fan of, and then the baseball.

5. Netherlands – A really good league in Europe

4. Italy – Perhaps the best league in Europe

3. Japan – I really want to see who has rowdier fans, Japan or Korea.

2. Germany – I’ve grown to love this league. Not to mention I’m a history buff, love beer, and WWII might be my favorite time in history to study.

1. Cuba – Perhaps its the fact that its so hard to get to. Perhaps its the fact its one of the better league around. Or perhaps its because I’m fascinated by the island in general after watching Bill Lee visit.

If you could visit any league, where would it be? Why?

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#Blogathon – Best Throwback Jerseys


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I’m a huge fan of throwback jerseys. I feel many of today’s jerseys lack the pizzazz (for the lack of a better word) that some of the old ones had. So I wanted to look back into the past for my favorite throwback jerseys.

Some are here for their design, and some are here for their color. Let’s take a look at the list.

10. 1980’s Seattle Mariners – I love the old M that they used and I think the v-neck pullovers are often overlooked.

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9. 1970’s Philadelphia Phillies

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8. Oakland A’s 1970’s Yellow Jersey – love the green ones too. There aren’t enough bright colors in today’s jerseys.

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7. Atlanta Braves 1970’s White – This wins out just over the blue version, but both are great.

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6. San Diego Padres 1970’s Brown and Yellow – Let’s be honest, there isn’t enough brown in jerseys today.

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5. Montreal Expos 1970s Blue Jersey – Perhaps I am just sentimental and give them too much credit because its one of my favorite hats.

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4. Milwaukee Brewers 1980’s Blue Jersey – Again I might be overrating due to the fact I love the old hats.

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3. Pittsburgh Pirates 1970’s Yellow and Black – They’ve had a lot of great ones but what puts this one over the top is the hat with the yellow stripes.

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2. Chicago White Sox 1980’s SOX Jersey – This is simply one of the best and the White Sox have had some of the best.

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My number 1 pick is going to cause a stir with many people. There are some that think this is the worst jersey of all-time, but I feel differently.

1. Houston Astros 1980’s – And yes I do own one.

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What is your favorite of all-time?

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#Blogathon – A Look Back at My 2013 Predictions


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Every season you see hundreds if not thousands of people predicting how the season will end and who will be the new World Series champion. I too like to get in on the fun even though I’ve never been good at it.

So I thought it would be fun to see just how bad my predictions have been so far.

Here were my predictions for 2013.

AL East – I obviously bought into the Blue Jays and fell hook line and sinker, like so may Jays fans, that they would be good this year. I completely underestimated the Yankees, but that is more because I always root for them to finish last. Tampa Bay and Baltimore are right about where I thought they’d be which is a nice surprise.

1. Toronto Blue Jays

2. Tampa Bay Rays

3. Baltimore Orioles

4. Boston Red Sox

5. New York Yankees

AL Central – This might be the easiest to predict. Detroit is easily the cream of the crop here and other than the final two teams, so far I have them in the right order.

1. Detroit Tigers

2. Cleveland Indians

3. Kansas City Royals

4. Chicago White Sox

5. Minnesota Twins

AL West – I, like so many, underestimated the A’s and gave the Angels too much credit. As I did with the Rangers. Hit by injuries and suspensions they have not been as good as they should have, but “that’s how baseball go”.

1. Texas Rangers

2. Anaheim Angels

3. Oakland A’s

4. Seattle Mariners

5. Houston Astros

American League Wild Card – Looks like I might get half of it right, but there is still a lot of baseball left and Tampa Bay could drop.

1. Tampa Bay Rays

2. Anaheim Angles

A lot of people have the Detroit Tigers winning the A.L. this year, but I am going to go with the Texas Rangers. I know I am a fan, but I also think the young guys come up and really help put this team back into the World Series.

I drank the Rangers cool-aid. While they could still win the A.L. at this point its not likely.

Now for the National League

NL East – I really thought the Nationals would be much better than they have been this year. They have really turned it on of late and could still make the playoffs though. I always want to predict the Braves finishing first because they are my favorite team, but the one year I try to be more open they win the division. Go figure. 

1. Washington Nationals

2. Atlanta Braves

3. Philadelphia Philies

4. New York Mets

5. Miami Marlins

NL Central – This race is still open, but the Reds have a hill to climb to win the division. And let’s be honest, the Pirates haven’t had a winning record in 20 years so not many saw them doing what they are doing. If you did, I tip my hat to you.

1. Cincinnati Reds

2. St. Louis Cardinals

3. Milwaukee Brewers

4. Pittsburgh Pirates

5. Chicago Cubs

NL West – I thought San Francisco would be better, but like the Tigers I felt this was the Dodgers division to lose.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

2. San Francisco Giants

3. Arizona Diamondbacks

4. San Diego Padres

5. Colorado Rockies

National League Wild Card – While I might not get either team, at least one of them will make the playoffs.

1. Atlanta Braves

2. San Francisco Giants

National League Champion – Washington Nationals

I see a Washington/Texas World Series with Texas finally getting their first title behind a strong year from Yu Darvish and the emergence of both Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt.

While it still could be a Washington/Texas World Series, I really don’t see that happening. Mainly because I don’t see the Rangers getting that far. If Washington makes the playoffs, they just might. They are hot and could be very dangerous in the playoffs.

While it was a lot of fun, I didn’t do very well which is pretty much the story of my life. This is done more so in fun than anything else and just because I might not have done very well this year, I’ll try again next year.

Did you predict the 2013 season? How have your predictions done so far?

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#Blogathon: Plan for the Day – Watch a lot of Baseball


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It’s 10:00 am here in Seoul, South Korea and the 2013 #Blogathon has just begun. I’ve debated for days on how to fill the time of the day here, and I think I finally have the solution.

This morning has started out with the Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals via MLB.tv. I missed the Braves game unfortunately since it was a day game in Chicago. At least I get to start the day with a game.

As you can see in the picture, I’m watching the Ranger game, or maybe you can’t its not the best picture, as I sit here in a local coffee shop early in the morning. I’ve put the entire Ken Burns Baseball on my iPad and will be watching that throughout the day.

Later on in the background I’ll probably have a Korean baseball game on the TV in the background. But mostly I’ll be watching baseball movies and/or documentaries. I’ve prepared more than enough to get me through the day.

So the progress so far:

Posts: 5

Cups of Coffee: Working on #1

Feeling: Excited and energized

Thoughts: It’s going to be a long day, especially since I didn’t sleep last night, but its going to be fun

Progress: Nearly 30% of goal met already

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