GFBB Comment: Loved this post by Craig Calcaterra. I was one of those naysayers, but he hit the nail on the head. I think Puig's going to be one of those love em or hate em guys. And right now I'm sorta loving him. After that great base running performance last night I kept waiting for him to do something stupid, like sticking his tongue out at the opposing bench, but he refrained and I'm glad. Hang in there Dodger fans. Only a month or so to go!
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Tagged Atlanta Braves, Baserunning, Chicago Cubs, Clayton Kershaw, craig calcaterra, Evan Gattis, Game 1 NLDS, Hardball Talk, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, nbc sports, Playoffs, Puig, Yasiel Puig
Well, okay, not really. But haven’t you noticed that ever since MLB “recommended” limiting use of tobacco on the field and in the dugout there’s been ever so slight a change? Some day they’re going to ban tobacco in any form much the same as they’ve banned those nasty PED’s, and that’s a good thing.
But, in the meantime, here’s a few guys that have decided to do something about it and it looks like they’re thoroughly enjoying themselves in the process, setting an example for the youngsters to boot. It must feel pretty good to sit without having that can of crud sticking you in the behind and following you everywhere you go. And imagine having to walk through that nasty dugout with spit and chew and spit sticking to your cleats, not to mention the smell. Have at it boys ~ it’s bubblicious all the way! And that’s a good thing.
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Tagged Advocacy, BASEBALL, baseball and tobacco, bubblegum and baseball, Cigarette, Health, India, smokeless chew and baseball, Smokeless tobacco, snuff and baseball, Tobacco, Tobacco products, Tobacco smoking
This is huge! Breaking news for sure, and it follows the day his teammates voted him winner of this year’s Willie Mac Award.
Hunter Pence and the San Francisco Giants: Five Year, $90 Million Extension on his Contract, that’s what they’re saying.
Oops! He’s all ours now!
I remember vividly last year when Hunter Pence signed with the Giants and flew into SFO to play in that night’s game. However, the flight was delayed and Pence arrived about 30 minutes after the game ended. But thanks to our loyal Comcast the cameras were on him as he arrived through the gate enroute to the clubhouse, duffel bag thrown over his shoulders, with our loyal “gonna be” fans waving and asking for autographs.
They obviously knew more about Hunter than I did. I mean, who was this guy? I liked his persona immediately as he dropped everything to sign autographs, shake hands, and basically just endear himself to the fans. And this was late, like 11:30 PM, most of the park lights had been shut down, and you know he must have been tired. I mean it was 2:30 AM Philly time.
Huggable, lovable Hunter with Xavier Lopez
So that’s my first exposure to Hunter Pence and it’s been all uphill since as we remember his rousing speech to the troops to keep going last year. This was the speech that got them to and through the playoffs for a chance to win the World Series, and win the World Series they did.
And 2013 has been another great year. Well, not such a great year according to the standings, but who cares about that? Our team has character, charisma, compatability, and the loyalty of 41,000 fans on any given day.
So welcome to five more years in San Francisco Hunter Pence! We, the best fans in Major League Baseball “softly” love you (sorry Buster) and open our hearts to you as you’ve opened yours to us.
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Tagged BUSTER POSEY, Comcast, huggable, Hunter Pence, lovable, Major League Baseball, next great Phillie, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants, Willie Mac Award, World Series, Xavier Lopez
Okay, so Division play is winding down and most of the Playoff teams have been decided . If your team isn’t one of them who you gonna cheer for? I mean, what’s a girl to do? Personally, I’m going to be hollering for the Los Angeles Dodgers. I know, I know, I’m a Giants fan and I said I wouldn’t. Go figure. But hear me out because there’s some logic to it.
If your team is beaten by another team and that team makes the Playoff’s, what happens if they’re knocked out early? It probably means that your team “really” sucked. If, what if, on the other hand, the team that beat the socks out of you for the Division, goes on to win the Pennant? It means that you were probably beaten by a really good team, a team that’s better than 14 other teams. So now your team isn’t looking so bad.
And what if, by some miracle of a chance, that team goes on to win the World Series. Then you can stand up really proud and say you were beaten by the best team in baseball this year. And really, there’s some honor in that don’t you think?
But, if the Dodgers get whacked out of post season early we can always blame it on that little pipsqueak, Yasiel Puig, and not on the fact they’re a better team than we are. I know Puig’s good, well, really good, but he IS just a rookie and a bit of a smart aleck at that. And if they don’t do well, maybe we could also attribute it to Brian Wilson’s whining (think Larry Baer). Or to another 19-3 thrashing. I mean think of the options available if the Dodgers don’t produce in post-season. Just saying …..any way you look at it the Giants still come out smelling like a rose!
And you’ve got to hand it to the kids. They managed to stay out of the cellar (depending on the final three games to be determined) and at the end of a grueling, injury-filled season they’re wearing their last year’s World Series rings with smiles on their faces realizing the irony of it all. Baseball. You gotta love it.
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Tagged Brian Wilson, Dodger, Larry Baer, Los Angeles Dodger, Playoffs, San Francisco, World Series, Yasiel Puig
GFBB Note: This is a rule that hardly anyone knows about, unannounced officially by MLB. It gives added strength to a team's Intraleague record. So it stands to reason we'll be seeing a lot more of intraleague play in the coming years. Not that that's a bad thing, but in my opinion it takes away from the importance of Division play, i.e. why even have it? Division play I mean.
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Back in July, as part of a pre-game ceremony, Chicago State Shortstop, Mattingly Romanin, became an unintended consequence of a mishap on the field. As a skydiver was making an approach to the field he landed squarely on the head/shoulders of Mattingly as he was standing near second base watching the performance.
No one was hurt in the incident, but the following day young Mattingly tweeted “I feel like I got kicked in the face yesterday …..” but I’m sure his actual feelings were more like “He tried to hit me with a forklift” which is totally understandable. In any event, the video says it all.
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Tagged Chicago State Baseball, forklift, Mattingly Romanin, non-sequitur, SBJones 20061, Shortstop, Wordpress, wordpress daily prompt, YouTube
GFBB Note: What's really amazing is that no one paid any attention to him as he laid on the ground, and then wobbled back to the infield. He kept limping back and forth and sideways in obvious pain. Immediately I wondered where the trainers were. Where was the Manager? Where was anybody to even ask the question "was he okay to play"? It was an unusual circumstance since Giants fans, and probably most others, are subjected to time-outs while fingers, bruises and other not-so-traumatic- injuries are checked out. Except for the fact that it was an outstanding catch, this was disturbing to watch. Sorry Ruben ~ we, the fans, feel for you.