Friday, October 21, 2016
1. Kansas City Royals (9 overall)
The Royals had the second-biggest leap in last year’s Ultimate Standings, and now, after winning the World Series last fall, they climb into the top 10 as the highest-ranked MLB team. Key injuries to Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon’s bad year wrecked the team’s playoff hopes, but Kansas City remained baseball-crazy, with the highest local TV ratings in the sport….
27. New York Yankees (100 overall)
The Yankees think of themselves as the greatest franchise in all sports, so their barely making the top 100 goes against corporate culture. (Of course, they’ve also played a grand total of one playoff game since 2012, so this ranking could be even worse.) This offseason, New York finds itself in a transition period, with Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira joining the likes of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera on the sideline and making way for the next generation of Yankees, led by catcher Gary Sanchez.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Generally, I’m not a fan of the marriage proposal at a sporting event.
It’s become such a common event that most people just roll their eyes when there is a proposal on the big screen at a stadium. Teams, such as the New York Yankees, even encourage fans to propose at games.
However ... there are times when it’s pure magic.
Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
Thursday, August 04, 2016
You have to respect the rules and be a seat moving artist!
8. Sneak up into better seats
This is a case-by-case basis. Usually, as long as you aren’t a jerk about it, and the theft isn’t too heinous, moving up into better seats isn’t an ejection-worthy crime at a ballgame. But if you’re trying to crash a skybox suite (the present author has NEVER attempted such a misdeed), you’re going to be out on your butt before you can explain why you’ve eaten half the complimentary shrimp.
Posted: August 04, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 54 comment(s)
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Disagree with Rovell. The fan deserved Joey’s scorn.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Thursday, July 07, 2016
“Some of the guys on the team wish our fans were a little more boisterous and crazy. A little bit like we see in different stadiums when we’re on the road. We also realize that a lot of our fans are new Nationals fans. A whole bunch of them were Cubs and Mets [fans], wherever they come from. That’s the dynamics of D.C., which you realize. But we’re trying to win everybody to us.
We need their energy, big time. Especially on days, there are some days when you don’t have the energy. There’s some days when you go to work and you don’t feel it. You’re trying to get it. Right? Some days you can just write a story like no problem, and then some days you’re tearing up paper. ‘I can’t get this.’ It’s the same way for us,” he explained.
Maybe the fans are too busy ordering Perrier and pizza on their smartphones?
Posted: July 07, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 45 comment(s)
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Watching the team fail so spectacularly, and seeing the front office blame the manager for losing with a roster that Babe Ruth and Joe McCarthy couldn’t save, raises a disturbing question: is the team being torn down and rebuilt by people ill-equipped for the task?
On May 1, the Braves tried to call up Emilio Bonifacio, a player they’d released in spring training then re-signed to a minor league contract. It turned out he was ineligible due to a rule that teams must wait 30 days to call up players whom they have cut and re-signed, a rule the front office had overlooked. “They bungle these little things,” says Bill Smith, a disability benefits specialist in Chattanooga. “You wonder if they know what they’re doing.”
Worse was the team’s blockbuster trade for Cuban defector Hector Olivera. Team scouts and then-manager Fredi Gonzalez loved him and pushed the front office to trade young pitching and prospects for the 30-year old third baseman, who was in the Dodgers’ minor leagues at the time, getting back into playing shape after two years moving through the administrative process of defection. Shortly after the trade, the Braves announced that he was moving to the outfield because they didn’t believe he could stick at third.
In early April of 2016, he was arrested on domestic violence charges and placed on administrative suspension by major league baseball. Before the league announced his punishment, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that the team was trying to trade him, only to find — predictably — that he is perceived around the league as untouchable. On May 26, the league handed down an 82-game suspension, announcing that Olivera will be ineligible to play until August 1. There is a chance that he may never play another game by the Braves.
“It feels like every move has backfired,” Tremayne says.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, May 27, 1916:
The Reds were playing the Boston Braves and Wade Killifer smashed out a home run. A fan, who is known as the “Milkman,” who paid his quarter to get into the bleachers, became so enthused over the home run that he went outside the park and purchased a bouquet for Wade. The “Milkman” rushed back to the park, paid another quarter to again get inside the park and gave the flowers to a ground attendant and they were presented to Killifer.
...and then Killifer filed for a restraining order, hopefully.
If this story is true, this has to be the game in question. Killefer hit a two-run inside the park home run in the fourth inning. I’m sure that would have been exciting, but it doesn’t seem like something you lose your mind over: A guy hitting a fourth inning home run to give his sub-.500 team a 2-1 lead in a nondescript mid-May ballgame.
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