HoF Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s latest inductees!  Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez.

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Quote of the day

I let other guys handle the talking.  I love playing.
~Andy Pettitte
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First pitch of the season

We’ve all had a similar experience at some point.  Or is that just me?

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This day in baseball

With just one pitch, Ken Ash of the Cincinnati Reds was credited with not only a full inning of work, but also with the 6-5 victory over the Cubs on July 27, 1930.  Entering the game in relief of Larry Benton, Ash managed to induce a triple play ball from the Cubs’ Charlie Grimm at Redland Field.  Ash was then pulled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning, when Cincinnati took the lead for good.

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Ken Ash (baseball-reference.com)


Infographic: Baseball At the Movies

If you decide you want to watch your view through the different eras of baseball via the movies, here’s a handy guide to help you out.  The image is a bit small here, but you can click on it for a bigger look.

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Quote of the day

After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down.  I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.

~ Mickey Mantle

 

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“Empty Baseball Park,” by Whiskeytown

Given the title of this song, one would think there would be more than just a passing reference to baseball.  Even though this tune isn’t necessarily about the game itself, it does provide a great example of baseball as a metaphor for life.


“Nolan Ryan,” by Gene Fehler

Hitting a Major League fastball is a difficult feat against any pitcher, but against Nolan Ryan, the task was even harder.  Gene Fehler captures the difficulty of doing so when he compares it to hitting a pea with a toothpick in this poem published in 1991.

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He threw a white pea
fast faster faster fastest
of them all,
Try hitting a pea
with a toothpick
and you’ll see what it’s like
to bat against the
fast faster faster fastest
of them all.


This day in baseball: No-hitter switch-up

On May 1, 1906, Brooklyn pitcher Mal Eason had been on the losing end of a no-hitter against Johnny Lush of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Then, on July 20th of that same season, Mal Eason managed to hurl a no-hitter of his own, this time finding himself on the victorious side of a 2-0 game agains the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Mal Eason (baseballhistorian.com)


Quote of the day

Find something you love and go after it with all of your heart.

~Jim Abbott

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