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Stadium baseball

by on Sep.11, 2013, under Baseball

When the Hagerstown Suns played Savannah on Tuesday night at the Stadium and the last pitch was made and the last out recorded, was it indeed the last one ever for the Suns?

This is the South Atlantic League championship series, the remainder to be played in Savannah, Georgia.

I think it is obvious, with all the back-and-forth yip-yapping about the Suns, a new Stadium etc. etc., that you know what? People really don’t care anymore if there is a team playing here or not.

That is obvious by the attendance counts. Not even making the SAL finals can get fannies in the seats, and this is a pretty good team out there.

The end is near.

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The boys meet

by on May.02, 2013, under Baseball, Pro Sports

Thursday night in the South Atlantic League, two pitchers with hope for the future clashed at Delmarva.
Hagerstown’s Christian Binford, a Mercersburg Academy grad, went up against Frederick’s Branden Kline, a Virginia grad.
Neither came away with a decision as Lexington won 3-2 in 10 innings.
Binford went five innings, giving up six hits and two runs. He walked two and struck out six. He avoided the loss when Lexington scored in the ninth inning for a 2-2 tie.
Kline kept Delmarva in the game with a six-inning effort allowing just three hits and one run. He walked only one and struck out five.
Kline has already made one stop in Hagerstown while Binford is looking forward to May 23-26 when Lexington comes to town, hoping the rotation falls his way for a start during the visit.

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They got it right

by on Jan.09, 2013, under Baseball, Pro Sports

The baseball writers charged with the voting and selection of Hall of Fame players for 2013 hit it on the head this year.
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds failed to get the necessary 75 percent to gain induction. In fact, they were far from having a chance. Clemens received 37 percent and Bonds 36. Evben Sammy Sosa had but 12 percent. Craig Biggio had 68 percent of the vote to lead all vote-getters.
Bonds has denied he knowingly used PEDs and Clemens was acquitted of perjury charges and Sosa tested positive in 2003.
Do they belong in the Hall of Fame? Now, their agents are going to cry foul ball! Bonds’ agent, Jeff Borris, has already cried “unimaginable” that Bonds wasn’t a unanimous first-ballot selection.
Well, this is how I look at it and I certainly am no Cincinnati Reds fan ….. but none of them belong in the Hall of Fame until MLB abolishes the ban on Pete Rose. … Then, after he gets put in the HOF, the others can follow.

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Always the greatest of the Browns

by on Sep.23, 2012, under Football, Uncategorized

I was so glad to hear this recently. Here’s a link on the great Jim here

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Major League mess

by on Nov.17, 2011, under Baseball

So, on Thursday Major League Baseball announced that the Houston Astros would shift to the American League West Division beginning with the 2013 season. In addition, two teams could be added to the wildcard mix in the playoffs possibly for the 2012 season.
With 15 teams in each league that means interleague baseball will be played every day of the year. Can’t wait to see how screwed up the schedules will be in 2013. It’s bad enough how the schedule-makers have been over recent years and now they’ve got to figure this out.
I am a baseball purist. I don’t like having 30 major league teams but that’s the way it is. More than ever with interleague play looming every day, I think it is imperative that Major League Baseball revert in one aspect — get rid of the designated hitter. Let’s get back to pitchers hitting. And if they don’t, then it’s got to be unified everywhere with 100 percent use in all games. But I prefer the eliminating the DH.

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That was ugly, Baltimore

by on Oct.25, 2011, under Football, Pro Sports

I spent most of last night and the better part of today trying to figure out what went wrong with Baltimore last night in its 12-7 deflating, unimpressive, embarrassing loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The short answer is the offense. That’s obvious. Offensively, things couldn’t have gone much worse. No first downs for the first 40 minutes of the game. 40 MINUTES! An offense with Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, emerging young tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, budding receiver Torrey Smith and Joe Flacco who can throw a football through a bank safe couldn’t gain 10 yards to get one first down. That is down right pathetic.

So let me start breaking down exactly how bad the loss was. First, it came on Monday night in front of a national television audience. There were talks before the game about the Ravens being the best team in the AFC. Not after last night. Second, the team that beat the Ravens is a team that has to tarp off 14 sections of its stadium seating with advertisments so it drops the stadium’s capacity down to around 67,000 so it’s easier to sell out games an avoid television blackouts. Third, the Jags had lost five straight games going into to last night’s game. Fourth, they had a rookie quarterback (Blaine Gabbert) starting. Everyone — and I mean everyone — figured the Ravens would easily win that game. Well, almost everyone. I’m sure all 23 Jacksonville fans had faith. Yes, it was bad. (continue reading…)

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Baseball beauty

by on Sep.29, 2011, under Baseball, Pro Sports

So you say watching baseball on television is boring? At times it maight be, but Wednesday night was not one of them. What a night for baseball to end the regular season. Drama everywhere and in a short period of time, even though it required extra innings.
It got be late. St. Louis was already clinching at least a wildcard tie in the National League with a win over Houston. Philadelphia and Atlanta were going at it with Atlanta needing a win.
In the AL, Boston and Tampa Bay were tied going into the finale. It looked like Tampa Bay was in the coffin, down 7-0 to the Yankees. And Boston was looking good with a one-run lead over the Orioles before a rain delay.
Alas, Atlanta is dumped from the wildcard when Philly wins. And while the Red Sox-Orioles are in the delay, Tampa Bay mounts a comeback against New York, getting to 7-7 in 9 innings.
Then, Baltimore puts the knocker on the Red Sox with Reimold’s game-winner and only moments later, Evan Longoria homers for Tampa Bay to make it official on the Red Sox — gone.
What a night …. That was baseball ….

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Gilbert’s ‘shortcut’ tweet makes sense

by on Jun.15, 2011, under Basketball, Pro Sports

The NBA gets talked about on this blog as much as Anthony Weiner’s politics do following ‘WeinerGate.’

There’s more coverage at a nudist beach.

But since the NBA Finals came to a close on Monday, I felt it was time to talk about what everyone else is talking about: LeBron James. He became, easily, the most excoriated professional athlete following his “decision” to take his talents to South Beach, which, among me and my friends, has become code for taking a dump. Gross? Yes. Hilarious? Even more so.

That hour-long special last summer did wonders for the decor in my college house. I was able to purchase a LeBron James Fathead for $17.41 because Cavaliers and Fathead owner Dan Gilbert handled that situation more like a scorned girlfriend and less like a moneyed businessman. Gilbert stayed true to his sneering ways Monday after the Miami Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks 105-95 in Game 6 (4-2 in the series) by posting this on his Twitter page: “… Old Lesson for all:There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.” Clearly a direct shot at LBJ. To add insult to injury, for the Heat, the Mavs got to celebrate on Miami’s home court — the same place where this pretentious spectacle took place after James signed with the Heat. (continue reading…)

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Memory never forgotten

by on Jun.10, 2011, under Baseball, Pro Sports

It was 52 years ago today (June 10, 1959), yes, 52 years ago, in which Rocky Colavito hit four home runs in one game for the Cleveland Indians against the Baltimore Orioles at old Memorial Stadium.
I was about to become 8 years old two days later. I lived in Dover, Ohio at the time and could go back to the house and the same room and relive that evening I spent with my dad watching the game on television. Back in the old days, it was an event to watch an away game on TV because the televised schedules were very limited.
It became a very special evening as Colavito knocked four straight out of the park on a hot, humid night in Baltimore. I was also treated to a sip, or two, of what would become my icon beer later in my teen years — Carling Black Label. Yes, it was all in fun having a sip of the cold stuff.
At any rate, Colavito is one of 15 players in Major League history to hit four homers in one game. The last to do it was Carlos Delgado in 2003. Some observers of MLB think it is one of the greatest feats a player can accomplish.
Colavito was a Cleveland icon. Suddenly, Indians GM Frank “Trader” Lane sent him off to Detroit just prior to the start of the 1960 season for 1959 batting champion Harvey Kuenn, who did nothing for the Indians while Colavito continued to flourish. We were devastated in Cleveland and it really became what was known as the “Curse of Rocky Colavito” as the Indians floundered for many years until winning a pennant in 1995. The “curse” had finally been lifted, but I’ll guarantee you Frank Lane was never forgiven.
Colavito eventually went on to Kansas City before he finally returned to the Indians in 1965 and 1966, only to be shuffled off to the White Sox in 1967.
In my mind he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
When my daughter got her first puppy, I even convinced her to name him “Rocky.”
Never forgotten, especially on June 10.

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2011 NBA Draft Outlook

by on Mar.01, 2011, under Basketball, College Basketball, Pro Sports

I think it is safe to say that March is the MOST ELECTRIFYING MONTH IN ALL OF SPORTS! Excuse me for stealing a line from The Rock, but I really think March is most exciting month for sports solely because of March Madness. Nothing epitomizes gambling in an office setting more than the NCAA Tournament. The new 68-team bracket hasn’t garnered a lot of attention this year. Quite frankly, nothing from college basketball has been talked about that much this year because there is no real powerhouse team, in my opinion. The biggest college basketball star of 2011 is BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, so yeah, it’s been a slow year.

This all got me thinking about the top NBA prospects in college this year. I don’t think there are many. If this year’s NBA draft class were to be compared to a movie, it would be “Point Break” with Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey as the main characters. That’s how unappetizing this year’s draft class is. When a Duke player is slated to go No. 1 overall, it’s not a good year for talent. Sure, Duke always has a strong team in college, but there aren’t many Dukies tearing it up in the NBA. The Blue Devils always seem to find good, awkward-looking college players that rarely transition well in the pros.
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