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Sunday, February 10, 2019

‘Give us a chance’: Marlins make plea to fans entering 2019

MIAMI — The outfield grass at Marlins Park was a worn-out mess on Saturday, with those who arrived for the team’s annual FanFest being greeted by signs reminding them that the turf will be replaced soon.

When it comes to the Marlins, many things are a work in progress.

Wearing new uniforms with the rebranded team logo, in a stadium that has gotten spruced-up since last season ended, some of the 2019 Miami Marlins gathered for the first time to greet fans and start hyping the new season. Pitchers and catchers report to the team’s spring training home in Jupiter on Wednesday.

All three of the Marlins’ remaining fans are sorry that they have reached this state.

 


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SB Nation: The unwritten rules of being a baseball fan

Are you an adult who wants to bring a mitt to a baseball game? Are you wondering if it’s OK to leave the ballpark early? Here are the definitive, binding answers to your very important questions about being a baseball fan.

bobm Posted: January 29, 2019 at 08:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, unwritten rules

Monday, January 21, 2019

Overheard at Cubs Convention: A collection of the funniest and weirdest moments from the 2019 fan fest

The only Harper in attendance at the Sheraton Grand Chicago over the weekend was the Winter Storm Harper, not that dude named Bryce.

The Cubs seamlessly jumped from Cole Hamels to Kyle Hendricks in the alphabetical introductions at Opening Ceremonies Friday night, crushing the dreams of anybody who believed there would be a surprise visit from the superstar outfielder.

“The sad thing is it’s going to be snowing this much in April too,” one fan quipped. And it doesn’t look like Harper will be in a Cubs uniform by then, either, as Theo Epstein reiterated it’s “extremely unlikely” the Cubs sign a mega free agent of any kind this winter.

Scenes from a convention- of interest for those who have an in sport culture as well as sport itself.

 

QLE Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: convention, cubs, fans

Thursday, January 17, 2019

After a polarizing offseason, Cubs owners decide to skip fan fest

After a tumultuous offseason, Chicago Cubs fans might have some … let’s go with interesting questions for the team’s owners. Unfortunately for those fans, the opportunity to have their voices heard just got taken away.

The Ricketts family will skip the team’s annual fan convention in Chicago over the weekend. A Twitter user called @crawlyscubs first reported the news, which was confirmed by Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald.

The family will instead be on Ryan Dempster’s late night program Friday night. Dempster has done something similar in the past. While the Ricketts are busy Friday night, the convention lasts all weekend. They could have held a panel Saturday or Sunday.

Granted, if I were a team owner, I wouldn’t be attending events of this nature, so….

QLE Posted: January 17, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fans, ricketts

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Reds fan pays off gross chili-chugging bet following unexpected trade

It isn’t easy being a Cincinnati Reds fan these days. The storied franchise that once dominated Major League Baseball during stretches of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, just completed its fifth consecutive losing season.

When the going gets tough, fans understandably get angry and anxious. And when sports fans reach that state of angst, regrettable promises are more likely to follow.

That’s how we would classify this situation regarding a Reds fan who was so desperate to see the team trade Homer Bailey during the offseason, he promised to shotgun three cans of cold Skyline Chili once a trade was completed.

What’s worse: Being a Reds fan and getting driven to do strange things like this, or being Joey Votto and stuck on the Reds?

 

QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bets, fans, reds

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Tommy Pham Says The Rays Have “Really No Fan Base At All”

Talks with area officials on a potential new stadium fell apart earlier this month, so the Rays are back in their generation-long limbo. Perhaps matters in Oakland are more pressing for MLB, but eventually, something’s going to have to give here—and as Rays outfielder Tommy Pham so brutally but accurately put it, it’s likely going to have to be “a new ballpark, or maybe a new city.”

Pham, who was acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline and went on to post career-best numbers with the Rays, is currently playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic, and did an interview with MLB Network radio in which he compared the crowds in St. Louis and St. Pete, and it’s not pretty.

Shortly after these statements, Pham had announcements to make about water being wet and bears doing unspeakable things in the woods.

QLE Posted: December 29, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, rays, tommy pham

Friday, November 09, 2018

Red Sox fan wins $100,000 grand prize after playing jersey numbers in lottery

TEMPLETON, Mass. —After winning the 2018 World Series, the Boston Red Sox have now helped a Massachusetts man win the lottery.

Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won a $100,000 grand prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Mass Cash game by playing the jersey numbers worn by five key members of the Red Sox championship team.

Aylward’s winning combination of 11-16-19-22-25 represents the jersey numbers of third baseman Rafael Devers, left fielder Andrew Benintendi, ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr., starting pitcher Rick Porcello and World Series MVP Steve Pearce. The numbers were a perfect match for those selected in the Monday Mass Cash drawing.

Is this what the folk who talk about fandom being ultimately rewarding have in mind?

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, jersey numbers, lottery

Sunday, October 28, 2018

World Series 2018: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts booed before Game 5

Dave Roberts did not receive a warm reception before Game 5 of the World Series.

Los Angeles fans booed the Dodgers manager during pregame introductions Sunday, according to multiple reports. The Dodgers entered the matchup trailing the Red Sox 3-1 in the series.

The harsh reaction came one day after some questioned Roberts’ decision to remove starting pitcher Rich Hill with one out in the seventh inning in Game 4. The Dodgers were winning 4-0 at the time but their bullpen failed to hold the lead.

Half-surprised to see Dodger fans get this angry- most of the time, they’re leaving at that point in the game…..

 

QLE Posted: October 28, 2018 at 10:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, fans

Thursday, October 25, 2018

College students line up for a shot at $9 World Series tickets

The cold and rain never bothered college students anyways — especially if there’s a World Series ticket in it for them.

Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox partnered this postseason, offering 100 student tickets for every postseason game for a measly $9.

The catch?

Why were my students never this ambitious?

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college students, fans, the things we do for tickets, tickets

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Give these Dodgers fans a hand for rousing NLCS Game 4 comeback

LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday night, this city witnessed something almost as remarkable as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2-1 victory in 13 innings over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

The Dodgers fans atoned.

Raucously. Relentlessly. Rejoicefully.

 

QLE Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fans

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Yankees, Dodgers or Red Sox aren’t America’s team this postseason, but guess who is?

What do the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have in common? Well, aside from each having massive payrolls and all still being alive in the postseason?

They’re all not the team America is throwing its support behind during the League Division Series. At least not according to the above infographic put together by Sportsbetting.ag, which shows each state’s rooting interest based on geotagged Twitter data.

The team that’s earning the most support from the most states? None other than the Colorado Rockies.

Rather interesting map- largely what we’d guess based on the team left in the playoffs, but with enough variance to be interesting to ponder.

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, geography, postseason

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Cubs fan loses bet with internet, writes 1,000-word apology for doubting Brewers

Every Chicago Cubs fan lost a little something when the team completed its disappointing season with back-to-back losses at Wrigley Field this week, but one fan lost a little more.

Once the Cubs lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in a National League Central division tiebreaker and the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild card game, it was official: Nathan Marzion had lost his very viral bet.

Back in May when the Brewers were looking hot and held a 3.5 game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central, a confident Marzion tweeted a promise that if the Brewers finished ahead of the Cubs this season, he would write a 1,000-word apology letter to whoever liked his tweet. The tweet quickly went viral among Brewers fans.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: apologies, bets, brewers, cubs, fans

Monday, October 01, 2018

Measuring The Cost Of Being A Sports Fan

American spend $56 billion on sporting events each year, underscoring the popularity of sports as a form of entertainment. But how much does it truly cost to root for your favorite team?

In an effort to answer that question, datascience@berkeley compared the cost to attend a game with potential proxies such as team value, winning percentage over time and the cost of living in the area for every team in the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL.

For the cost to attend a game, datascience@berkeley added the average ticket cost, stadium parking and cost of one hotdog and one beer.

All these financial costs are of interest- but what about the emotional costs?

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, fans, prices, the cost of everything

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Red Sox fan hits Giancarlo Stanton with thrown back home run ball

When you catch a visiting team’s home run you are supposed to throw it right back. It is a sort of rite of passage for some fans. Sure, you just caught a home run, a once-in-a-lifetime-experience, but the home run was not from your team. Instead of giving to the kid next to you, you throw it back.

Typically thrown balls back result in some cheers and a nice camera shoutout. For a Boston Red Sox fan, it resulted in an ejection.

During Saturday’s 8-5 win against the Red Sox, New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton extended the team’s home run record with a blast into the Green Monster seats. The fan on the receiving end of the towering blast elected to throw it right back. Unfortunately for the fan, the ball nailed Stanton as he was rounding second base.

Of course, this whole issue would be moot if the fan would just do the sensible thing and keep the ball, but it seems that this sort of unwritten rule nonsense keep growing every year, so…..

QLE Posted: September 30, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, giancarlo stanton, throwing

Friday, September 07, 2018

Marlins Man prepares epic return to Marlins Park

It’s hard to make jokes when almost every line is its own punchline…..

The best-known fan in sports, Marlins Man, is planning an unforgettable return to Marlins Park. You can be part of it and eat/drink for free.

Laurence Leavy, a lawyer-turned-superfan, will attend his first game of the season at Marlins Park on Monday Sept. 17 against the Washington Nationals.

But Marlins Man is doing it up huge.

QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: and they even alienated him, fans, marlins, the one fan the marlins have left

 

 

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