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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Comedy writer/baseball announcer Ken Levine reminisces about Vin Scully

Here’s something that will make you groan. I asked if he kept all of his scorebooks down through the years and he said no. At the end of each season he just chucked them. To me that’s like throwing away the Ten Commandments.

...There was some guy on the internet selling full game broadcasts from the ‘50s-‘60s. He had some Dodger games so I bought them. I’m driving to the stadium one night listening to Vin call a game at Wrigley Field from 1966. I get so caught up in the drama of his description that when Ron Fairly hit a long fly ball down the rightfield line that just missed being a home run by inches I slammed my hand down on the dashboard in disgust. Then I thought, “This is insane. This game has been over for decades.” I told the story to Scully later that day and he said with mock urgency: “Oh, I hope we won.”

...One of the (many) amazing things Vin could do is recall plays and moments from games he saw 60 years ago. He then recounts them naming the specific players and game situations. He’s a walking baseball Google. And of course, no one else has that link with the past. No one else can tell Jackie Robinson anecdotes. I once asked him how he remembered all that stuff. He said he couldn’t just recall it at random, but something will occur in a game that triggers a memory. I said, “It’s very impressive. But how do we know you’re right?” He laughed and said, “You don’t.”

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 28, 2016 at 03:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: retirement, vin scully

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Continuing neck problems ending Prince Fielder’s career, sources say; Rangers will still owe DH $44 million

Three sources close to the situation confirmed Tuesday that Fielder’s career is over after a decade in the majors due to a pair of disk herniations in his neck. An official announcement will be made Wednesday afternoon in Arlington where, presumably, Fielder, still in a neck brace from his second spinal fusion surgery in the last 27 months, will address the decision.

Fielder, 32, will be declared “medically disabled,” as doctors will not clear him to return to baseball over the perilous risk to his spine from the two cervical fusions, according to sources. The Rangers were aware of this possibility at the time he underwent the surgery in July. Teammates such as Adrian Beltre said at the time they were “shocked” over the development. In that regard, the news Tuesday, which broke about an hour before a 7-5 win over Colorado, wasn’t a complete surprise to his teammates, but was depressing nonetheless.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, prince fielder, rangers, retirement

Friday, July 01, 2016

MLB must permanently retire ‘God Bless America,’ a song that offends everyone

It’s time for God to stop blessing America during the seventh-inning stretch.

Welcome to the July 4 holiday weekend — when once again, baseball fans will be assaulted by the saccharine-sweet non-anthem “God Bless America” at stadia all over this great land.

But no matter which home team you root, root, root for, “God Bless America” should be sent permanently to the bench.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 01, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: god bless america, offensive logos, retirement

Friday, June 10, 2016 Ex-Met Josh Satin retires at 31, cites toll of head injuries

Here’s hoping he has a healthier future.

Former Mets infielder Josh Satin announced Friday that he is retiring at age 31.

“I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” Satin wrote on Twitter. “Injuries, especially head injuries, diminished my skills and it’s time for me to move on.”

Satin had been playing for Triple-A El Paso, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Satin, a former sixth-round draft pick of the Mets in 2008 out of the University of California, Berkeley, reached the majors in 2011 and spent four years in New York. Satin batted .243 with three homers and 22 RBI over 116 games with the Mets during that span.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Going, going, gone! A brief history of baseball farewell tours

Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jones checked all the requisite boxes. But nothing could prepare them for the reception in previously hostile environs.

“When I walked onto Citi Field for the last time, there were still boos,” Jones said. “There were people who didn’t want to stand up and acknowledge it was my last time. That’s why they’re called fanatics. They’re fanatical for their team, and anything else just won’t do. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

“You’ve been trying to stick a dagger in the hearts of those fans your whole career, so it means something when they recognize what a respected foe you were. That’s all we want as professional athletes—the respect from peers and people throughout the game who know the game. To receive that gratification from your fan base and other fan bases as well, it allows you to walk away from the game with your head held high.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2016 at 12:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, retirement



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