“Land of Wrigley,” Stormy Weather

This piece is short and sweet, and the acapella is impressive.  Enjoy this nice little doo wop piece to start your weekend!


Waaaay back!

You know how some baseball fields don’t actually have an outfield fence, but rather the outfield has a part that goes into a sudden downhill if you run out far enough?  Let’s hope none of them have a drop quite this extreme.

Steve Moore outfielder comic

Steve Moore


“Baseball,” by Tim Montano

The author of this piece states that he wrote the poem when he was in third grade.  I have to say, he was much more talented as a third grader than I was — and a better ballplayer, based on the events he describes in this tale.

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Spring is the time that baseball starts,
It is in our minds, it is in our hearts,
The score is tied, 3 to 3,
It is the bottom of the 9th,
And it is up to me,
The coach gives the signal,
It is ok to swing,
I swing the bat and I hear a bing,
Oh gee, Oh no, it is a pop fly,
Way up in the sky,
I feel sick like I am going to die,
As I round second and almost to third,
The center fielder drops it because he is a nerd,
I slide home, look up,
“Safe” I hear the umpire say,
The Tigers have won the game today,
After the game the guys lift me up on their shoulders but I won’t fall,

Because today I feel 10 feet tall!


“The Natural,” by Bucci

The audio of this includes clips from the movie The Naturaland while it has been a while since I last watched the film, I’m fairly certain this song was not a part of that soundtrack.  But it is pretty catchy all the same, and the images in the video are pretty fun to watch through.


Last pitch

This will obviously never happen, but it does open up a lot of possibilities. Will Smith on the mound?  Judy Dench?  Tom Brady?

It does also raise the question: How do you know when it’s truly the last pitch?  Let’s say the score is tied in this bases-loaded scenario — the batter could hit a weak grounder, and then it’s on to extra innings.

So many possibilities.

Jesse Case


Strike

I do find it somewhat amusing that these two very different sports share this term.  “Strike” means something very different in each world, but if you really think about it, they’re also quite similar.

Another Strike comic

Jim Hunt


“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (Rap Version)

This rap version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is incredibly impressive, and I am amazed that this video hasn’t gotten more views than it has.  It’s not just a straightforward rap of the lyrics as we know them — the team from Ball State University that put this together did a great job of stirring things up and modernizing the verse to make it more fitting and engaging, while still leaving enough to recognize the original tune.  I particularly like the whispered lines of, “One… two… three… the batter’s out!”