Mid-Season Baseball and Weekend Series
Category: MLB
Tags: Angels Athletics Blue Jays Cardinals Diamondbacks Indians Mariners Orioles Pirates Rangers Red Sox Rockies Tigers Yankees

Some of the other bloggers I associate with were bragging about their baseball teams lately, so I thought Iíd join in the fun.† I do mention most of the other teams, especially the more competitive ones.† †Iím only posting a short stub here, but itís not a very long blog if you want to read the whole thing.

We are just over halfway through the baseball season with the final few series before the All Star break coming up, so I thought this was a good time to talk about how teams have been playing lately, featuring the main team I focus on, the Angels.†

Iíve been trying to write this for a little while, but one reason I donít blog more about baseball is it never takes a break.† You can want to write about a recent development, such as a no-hitter or winning streak, but if you wait a few days, the same pitcher could have had a disastrous start since then or the team you were going to write about could have lost a few games in a row.† So often when Iím thinking of a baseball topic, I just give up before I get around to writing it.

The main focus of this will be performance since June 11, so if I donít mention something different, assume that to be the time frame.

Anyway, thankfully the Angels won last night (with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to spoil what could have been a complete game win for Adam Wainwright), so they are now one of the best two teams in baseball since June 11.† The other team is the Pirates, both 14-6 over that span.† Not too long ago, the Pirates swept the Angels, so in reality, the Halos have been playing even better than the record indicates.† The other losses during that span were one apiece to the Cardinals, Yankees, and Mariners (whom the Angels were only able to beat 3 out 4).† This included a 6-0 road trip against Detroit and Houston.

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Happy Birthday George Brett....
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB George Brett Kansas City Royals

Try not to shit your pants again...

75th Anniversary of Who's on First?
Category: MLB
Tags: Whoís on First? Bud Abbott Lou Costello

I know many of you donít know this, but 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of Abbott and Costelloís Whoís on First?

While they performed the sketch in burlesque shows before 1938, but it made it on radio nationally in March 1938 on the Kate Smith Hour.

The names given in the routine for the players at each position are:

First Base: Who

Second Base: What

Third Base: I Don't Know

Left field: Why

Center field: Because

Pitcher: Tomorrow

Catcher: Today

Shortstop: I Don't Care/I Don't Give a Darn/I Don't Give a Damn

The right fielder is never mentioned in the skit.

Here is the skit:

Virgil Trucks passes away
Category: MLB
Tags: Virgil Trucks MLB New York Yankees Detroit Tigers

Virgil ďFireĒ Trucks, one of 5 pitchers to throw 2 no-hitters in a season, and the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers oldest living ballplayer passed away at the age of 95. He also was only one of two pitchers to win a World Series game without wining a regular season game. Virgil also tossed 4 no-hitters in the minor leagues.

In 17 seasons Trucks was 177-135 with a era of 3.39 and 1,534 strikeouts.

Trucks was the uncle of Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, and his great nephew Derek Trucks is also a member of the Allman Brothers Band and has his own band with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, called the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Virgilís niece was my supervisor at the post office for 11 years. I have never met Virgil but I have met Butch before.

Hawkeegn's Thoughts
Category: MLB
Tags: World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic

Okay so some folk this is a bad idea or dumb. So be it. I think it's cool. Then again, it's hard to get too excited about it when most of your own country's players are skipping it. Other countries sent a lot of their best players (Japan especially). Imagine a team that had Prince Fielder, Buster Posey, Matt Cain, and Bryce Harper? Well yeah they'll likely be part of the National league All-Star team this season. But none of them are playing for Team USA.

Yes they won today to advance to the second round. And they might advance to the semifinals. I'm not counting on it. As long as you have Cuba (always a power even if many past WBC Cuban players defected and now are in the majors) and Japan, you could easily put those two teams in the final. Although this time, the Netherlands & Italy (!) have beaten teams no one thought they would and are clearly the upstarts. You always have to like the underdog.

As for Team USA, they really need to find a way to encourage the superstars that it's really okay for them to play for the US team, that the chance of injury is small (unless you happen to be Mark Texiera) and with you there, they might actually win in the semifinal round! And if they did that, more American fans might actually pay attention. And since the WBC is Major League Baseball's idea, wouldn't it make sense to attract as many American fans as they could? Just a thought.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. See ya next time.


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