Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Two-seam

I didn't know that hot dog bowling was a legit between-innings event!

Monday, July 30, 2012

By popular demand...

This sign hangs inside the courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Old poll(s)

At the top of Ute Pass...

The ball fields at Hayden Divide Community Park.

Monday Minutiæ

Today's Minutiæ is dedicated to former Chicago Cub Daryl Robertson, this guy:

Robertson's major league career was brief.  In his 1962 fortnight with the Cubs, he put up these staggering numbers:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Uncle Tommy

Here's the image that you couldn't link to.  Not sure why, maybe you had to be logged into my email.  This was from several years ago in AZ,

Sunday SIERA

You would think James Loney--a first baseman--would have softer hands...
Instead, he just has egg on his face hand.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saturday Shuuto

Baseball is a game of inches, just ask Carlos Gómez:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Fathomings

I love baseball.  I also love the Olympics.  Tonight is the opening ceremonies of the XXXth Olympiad in London.  To my profound disappointment, the world's greatest sport will not be a part of the world's biggest sporting spectacle, as baseball was eliminated as an Olympic sport in 2005, supposedly because it was too American.

That is garbage.

The American pastime is very much an worldwide sport.  The World Baseball Classic, perhaps the best thing to come about under the tyrannical rule of Bud Selig, has been a smash hit since its inception in 2006.  The 2013 WBC will see competition from twenty-eight national teams.  The last Olympics to include baseball, the XXIXth Olympiad in Beijing, only had national teams from eight countries.

Whether it's anti-American bias, corruption, or just plain incompetence, the IOC is dead wrong on this.  Baseball, though it has many American characteristics, is an international sport like no other, save soccer.  The 2008 Olympic men's soccer tournament featured teams from sixteen nations.  Next year twenty-eight national baseball teams will compete at an international level.  If that isn't an indication that baseball is more that just an American niche sport, I don't know what would be.  

If baseball is too American for the Olympics, how is basketball still an Olympic sport?  Team USA has won gold in basketball 13 times out of 17 Olympic competitions.  Team USA only won gold in baseball once, in 2000.  The nation that dominates Olympic baseball is Cuba, who has won either gold or silver in every Olympic baseball tournament.  The IOC needs to get their collective heads out of the sand and bring baseball back to the Olympics.

Every day I drive by one of Team USA's Olympic training centers.  The USOC headquarters is only a block away from my office.  The Olympics are a big deal to me, my community, and my country.  Sadly, the IOC is out of touch, and one of the world's best sports is blacklisted for an invalid reason.  

Bring back baseball!  Go Team USA!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Odin's Day Oddity

When the Mets have Star Wars night, they still break out the kiss cam:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Minutiæ

Incoming again!

That gives me an idea: wouldn't the game go much faster if there were two balls in play at the same time?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

This advertisement for base ball...

...hangs in the gentlemen's restroom at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.  Please note that base ball is not officially recognized as an athletic sport.

Sunday SIERA


That must have hurt!

Friday, July 20, 2012

¡Domo Arigato!

Some friends just returned from Japan, and they brought me this awesome souvenir:

Censorship at Coors Field?

Apparently this is prohibited.  Photo by Robert LeClair, Special to The Denver Post.

The recent Guthrie-for-Sanchez trade probably won't prevent Rockies fans from wanting to hide their faces in shame.  According to the Denver Post, however, stadium policy prevents people from doing exactly that.  As part of Coors Field's security measure, any clothing that conceals a person's face--including costumes and masks--is prohibited.

Interesting.  I can see the security implications of that, but the article talks more about where the line is for negative signs.  All I know is that the no-face-coverings is not a league-wide policy, otherwise the Dbacks probably would not have had a free luchador mask promotion on July 7th:

Friday Fathomings

Who has a better looking swing than Carlos González and Robinson Canó combined?

This kid:

See the ball, hit the ball.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

#batitude indeed.

Thor's Day Thoughts

Minor league baseball is awesome.  In case you weren't already convinced, behold:

Don't worry.  Both RipTide and the ATV were just fine.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sox lose 11-8

Alex White blew some good run support.  Very frustrating.  At least there was a Fazoli's truck outside the park with people handing out free breadsticks.  Gotta look on the bright side, eh?

Sox the Fox models the camo unis

Note: this picture has not been altered by photoshop or instagram or any other image editing program.

The other view from our seats

Go America!

The view from our seats

Great seats, eh buddy?

Check out the camo unis that the Sox are wearing.

Security Service Field is packed!

Must be military appreciation night!

Odin's Day Oddity

Is it Odin's Day already?

Wow.  Harry Caray must be turning over in his grave right now.  Why would the Cubs and/or Bears allow such a horrific disgrace to occur?

Go Cardinals!
Go Broncos!
Go America!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

No high fructose corn syrup!

Spotted at my local World Market store.

Tuesday Two-seam

Before I go to another Sky Sox game, I should probably recap the last one I attended.  Or at least recap the between-innings entertainment.
My view of the field, partially obstructed by Cow Ripken Jr.

The night was July 5, 2012.  A patriotic fireworks display was originally scheduled to follow the game, but just like the last game I went to, it was canceled.  Instead, the Sky Sox brass brilliantly secured the performance of the Zooperstars.

Behold, the dance moves of Donovan McCrab and Ken Giraffey Jr.:

Monday, July 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Bo Knows!!!

Hope you're having a great day month, cuz!

When we last had 40% of the league together, it was a joyous occasion indeed!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pioneer Skies' 1st half MVP

With an honorable mention to Joey Votto, my first half MVP is this guy:

Sure, he's racked up 297 points, but what about his defense?

PFBL First Half Standings

As always, click to enlarge.

Colorado Tumbleweed First Half MVP

While there are several honorable mentions - Stephen Strasburg and the Derek Jeter-Gio Gonzalez roster slot come to mind, the Colorado Tumbleweed would like to celebrate Melky Cabrera as the 1st half MVP. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Fathomings

Bryce, what would it mean for you to make that All-Star Team and be selected?

That's a clown question, bro.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thor's Day Thoughts

God bless you, Brandon and Amanda McCarthy.

The auction, despite it's lack of publicity, raised over $8,000.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tuesday Two-seam

An interesting thing happened at last Friday's Frontier League matchup between the Southern Illinois Miners and the Joliet Slammers:

Monday, July 2, 2012

Dbacks Suspend Announcer for Wearing a Suit...

And then this happened...

Monday Minutiæ

Not bad, but I think Omar can do better. Maybe he doesn't get enough practice during the rain delays at Rogers Centre.

...oh wait. They don't have rain delays at Rogers Centre, do they?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday SIERA

Awesome! I wish I were young enough to rock that wallet!