Posts Tagged ‘Baseball’

Donald Trump at Wrigley Field

October 30, 2016

Pro wrestling promoter Donald Trump made America’s Pastime great again in 2000. Cubs fans booed.

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Oira no yakyu (Our Baseball Match)

May 22, 2016

 

“Oira no yakyu (Our Baseball Match),” early Japanese animation by Yokohama Cinema Shokai, 1931. Teams: Rabbits versus Tanukis (raccoon dogs).

Yasuji Murata (Director & Animator)
Chûzô Aochi (Director)
Benshi narration by Midori Sawato

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Yogi, 1925 — 2015

September 25, 2015

Yogi, 1925 -- 2015
Baseball’s Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra – slugger (lifetime .285, 358 home runs, 1,430 RBIs), catcher, coach and manager, man of words and soft drink salesmandied Tuesday at the age of 90. He had played in more World Series games than anyone else, earned three Most Valuable Player awards, and played to 10 World Series wins.

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Baseball Bats & Bubblegum

April 13, 2014

Baseball Bats & Bubblegum

Double Bubble baseball bats filled with bubblegum. Because you can’t sell chewing tobacco to kids.

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Hot Dogs

April 7, 2014

Hot Dogs

“If the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is right, Americans will eat enough hot dogs at Major League Baseball stadiums this season to stretch from Nationals Park to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field in Phoenix.

Nearly 21.4 million hot dogs will be eaten, the trade group says. And we’ll eat another 5.5 million sausages.”

— “Hail to the ballpark hot dog: We’ll eat 21M this year,” Jeff Clabaugh, Washington Business Journal

More:

“Hot Dogs Remain Top Dog For Major League Baseball Fans,” National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (press release) (Infographic)

“Hot dogs and beer: See what $20 buys at the ballpark,” CNN

The death of the hot dog & the weirdness of new ballpark food,” Stephen Mast, Fox Sports

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Boston’s Turn to Howl!

October 31, 2013

Boston's Turn to Howl!

Boston won Game 6 on Wednesday and clinched the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park . The last time the Red Sox won the title at home was in 1918, when the Military Fly-Over was a flock of Army homing pigeons.

More:

“Red Sox cap season with World Series title,” Peter Abraham, Boston Globe

“2013 World Series: Red Sox take third title in 10 seasons,” Barry Svrluga, Washington Post

“An unforgettable season of redemption,” Matt Pepin, Boston.com 

“Red Sox Rout Cardinals to Win Series,” David Waldstein, New York Times

“Red Sox Players To Shave Beards,” Courtney Subramanian, Time Magazine blog

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Boston vs. St. Louis: Bring the Noise!

October 24, 2013

Brass sections of  the St. Louis Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra face off.

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Ramos Rescued

November 12, 2011

Ramos Rescued

Kidnapped Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been rescued from his abductors in Venezuela. There is no truth to the rumor that he was traded for two players to be named later.

Mr. Ramos was staying with his family in Valencia, the third largest city in Venezuela, capital of Carabobo state, and his hometown. He has been spending the Major League Baseball off-season playing for the Aragua Tigers in the Venezuelan Baseball League. Ethnocentric Norteamericanos insist on calling  this “winter baseball” even though it will soon be summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

More:

“Wilson Ramos rescatado con un final feliz (Wilson Ramos rescued with a happy ending),” Prensa Tigres de Aragua

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Sports Souvenirs

August 31, 2010

Sports Souvenirs

There’s a new sports collectible for baseball buffs — the grand jury indictment against William R. Clemens, aka Roger Clemens. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner is accused of obstruction and lying to Congress about his use of steroids and human growth hormone during his Major League career.  Mr. Clemens pleaded not guilty in federal court yesterday.

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Wrong End of the Telescope

April 14, 2009

Wrong End of the Telescope

Everyone loves to root for the home team, but while the sentiment is charming, it also makes bookies rich. Why should government make the same kind of dumb bet, but at higher stakes? That’s exactly what happens when the dynamics of real estate speculation are magnified by taxpayer-funded sports stadium projects.

Objective assessment of athletes is difficult; inflating the merits of a sports team with hometown loyalty and wishful thinking is a sucker’s game. Likewise, a publicly-funded sports facility is a sucker bet for citizens and a speculator’s dream.

Yesterday’s local news featured pathetic interviews with DC baseball fans. Folks in Nationals ballcaps, standing near lots laid waste by stadium-fueled development delusions, said it had taken a decade for the downtown arena neighborhood to develop, so they were willing to endure ten years of unproductive desolation caused by Nats Park construction. With all this “Wait Until Next Decade” talk it was hard to remember that Monday was Opening Day, not the end of a losing season. 

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