“Baseball Boogie,” by Mabel Scott

This song made me smile when I first heard it.  The playoffs start tonight!  And here’s a fun little tune to get us all excited and ready to go.

Quote of the day

You know how you just don’t like guys on the other team sometimes? It’s funny because growing up I loved Roger (Clemens), loved to watch Roger pitch. Then when I was first in the big leagues and he was for the other team, I hated him.

~Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte (New York Times)

Blue October

Allow me a moment to give a shout out to the Kansas City Royals, who have clinched their first playoff berth since 1985!  Go Royals!

Kansas City Royals

This day in baseball: Catching up to Ruth

On September 26, 1961, Yankees outfielder Roger Maris hit his 60th home run of the season to tie Babe Ruth’s 34-year-old single season record.  Since the homer came in the 159th game of a newly-expanded season, however (previous seasons had 154 games), baseball commissioner Ford Frick determined that Ruth would remain the single season record holder.

Derek Jeter Isn’t The Greatest Player Ever

The entirety of this season seems to have been engulfed by Derek Jeter farewell ceremonies, to which I have only paid half-attention.  While I do think that Jeter is a phenomenal ballplayer, deserving of his place in the Hall of Fame, I think I have to agree with Mr. Olbermann on this one: this season-long farewell tribute is a bit ridiculous.  On that note, this video also provides a bunch of interesting statistics and Yankees history, in support of Olbermann’s statement.

Quote of the day

Anytime you think you have the game conquered, the game will turn around and punch you right in the nose.

~Mike Schmidt

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This day in baseball: Merkle’s boner

In a game against the Chicago Cubs on September 23, 1908, Fred Merkle of the New York Giants failed to touch second base while running the bases on a game-winning hit by Al Bridwell to score Moose McCormick from third base.  As a result, a force out was ruled at second base, and the game was called as a tie.  In spite of numerous appeals, the ruling was upheld.

Later that season, the Cubs and Giants were tied with a record of 98-55 for the season.  In a makeup game to determine the NL pennant winner, the Cubs beat the Giants 4-2, and went on to become World Series champions.

Fred Merkle (Wikimedia Commons)