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Monday, June 14, 2010

We are Chicago

No words are needed for this picture. One of the BEST experiences of my life.


*Picture from the Chicago Sun Times


*This is the picture I took from my angle at the game!

 
Chicago is the SPORTS life!
-S

Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 MLB Player Draft - LIVE COVERAGE

The 2010 MLB Draft is here! Stay tuned to The Baseball Life for updates through out the draft. In the Round 1 picks, the previous years picks within the top 3 rounds are listed under the first occurance of the team name.
. The future of baseball happens now!


Round 1
Tigers, Mariners, and Braves do not have first round picks.
Teams with most picks in the top 50

Angels - 5
Rangers - 4
Blue Jays - 4
Red Sox - 3
Astros - 3
Cards - 3
Rays - 3 

1. Washington Nationals - select Bryce Harper , OF, College of Southern Nevada
          *2009- 1st overall - Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State- MLB Debut 6/8/2010
          *2009- 10th overall- Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford- MLB Debut 5/17/2010
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 50th overall - Jeff Kobernus, 2B, California
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 81st overall - Trevor Holder, RHP, Georgia
2. Pittsburgh Pirates - select Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)
          *2009-4th overall - Tony Sanchez, C, Boston College
          *2009 - Comp Round A/ 49th overall - Victor Black, RHP, Dallas Baptist Univ.
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 53rd overall - Brooks Pounders, RHP, Temecula (Calif.) Valley HS
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 84th overall - Evan Chambers, CF, Hillsborough CC
3. Baltimore Orioles- select Manny Machade, SS, Brito Private HS (FL)
          *2009-5th overall - Matt Hobgod, RHP, Norco (Calif) HS
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 54th overall - Mychal Givens, RHP, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.
          *2009 - 3rd Round/ 85th overall - Tyler Townsend, 1B, Florida International
4. Kansas City Royals - select Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton
          *2009- 12th overall - Aaron Crow, RHP, Fort Worth Cats
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 91st overall - William Myers, C, Wesleyan Christian Academy, (N.C.)
5. Cleveland Indians - select Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Univ. of Mississippi
          *2009- 15th overall - Alex White, RHP, UNC
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 63rd overall - Jason Kipnis, CF, Arizona State
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 94th overall - Joseph Gardner, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
6. Arizona Diamondbacks - select Barrett Loux, RHP, Texas A&M Univ.
          *2009- 16th overall - Bobby Borchering, 3B, Bishop Verot, Fort Meyers
          *2009- 17th overall - A.J. Pollock, CF, Notre Dame
          *2009 - Comp Round A/35th overall - Matthew Davidson, 3B, Yucaipa HS (Calif.)
          *2009 - Comp Round A/41st overall - Christopher Owings, SS, Gilbert (S.C.) HS
          *2009 - Comp Round A/45th overall - Mike Belfiore, LHP, Indiana
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 60th overall - Eric Smith, RHP, Rhode Island
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 64th overall - Marc Krauss, OF, Ohio University
          *2009 - 3rd Round 95th overall - Keon Broxton, 3B, Santa Fe CC
7. New York Mets - select Matt Harvey, RHP, UNC
          *2009- 2nd Round/72nd overall - Steven Matz, LHP, Ward Melville HS (NY)
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 103rd overall - Robert Shields, SS, Florida Southern College
8. Houston Astros - select Delino DeShields Jr, 2B, Woodward Academy (Ga.)
          *2009- 21st overall - Jiovanni Mier, SS, Bonita HS, LA Verne, Calif.
          *Comp Round B/ 111th overall - Jonathan Meyer, 3B, Simi Valley (Calif.) HS
9. San Diego Padres - select Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS (Fla.)
          *2009- 3rd overall - Donavan Tate, OF, Cartersville (Ga.) HS
         *2009 - 2nd Round/ 52nd overall - Everett Williams, CF, McCallum HS, Austin, TX
         *2009- 3rd Round/ 83rd overall - Gerald Sullivan, RHP, Oral Roberts
10. Oakland Athletics - select Michael Choice, OF, Univ. of Texas- Arlington
          *2009- 13th overall - Grant Green, SS, USC
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 92nd overall - Justin Marks, LHP, Scotts Valley (Calif.) HS
11. Toronto Blue Jays - select Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
          *2009 - 20th overall - Chad Jenkins, RHP, Kennesaw State University
          *2009- Comp Round A/ 37th overall - James Paxton, LHP, Kentucky
          *2009- Round 2/ 68th overall - Jake Eliopoulos, LHP, Sacred Heart Catholic HS, Ontario
          *2009- Round 3/ 99th overall - Jake Barrett, RHP, Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz.
          *2009- Round 3/ 104th overall - Jacob Marisnick, CF, Riverside (Calif.) Poly HS
12. Cincinnati Reds - select Yasmani Grandal, C, University of Miami (Fla.)
          *2009-8th overall- Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State - Currently in MLB with Reds
          *2009 - Comp Round A/ 43rd overall - Brad Boxberger, RHP, USC
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 57th overall - Billy Hamilton, SS, Taylorsville (Miss.) HS
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 88th overall - Don Joseph, LHP, Houston
13. Chicago White Sox - select Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast Univ.
          *2009- 23rd overall - Jared Mitchell, OF, LSU
          *2009 - Comp Round A/ 38th overall - Josh Phegley, C, Indiana
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 61st overall - Trayce Thompson, OF, Santa Margarita HS, Calif.
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 71st overall - David Holmberg, LHP, Port Charlotte (Fla.) HS
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 102nd overall - Bryan Morgado, LHP, Tennessee
14. Milwaukee Brewers - select Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha HS
          *2009- 26th overall - Eric Arnett, RHP, Indiana Univ.
          *2009 - Comp Round A/ 39th overall - Kentrail Davis, CF, Tennessee
          *2009 - Comp Round A/ 47th overall - Kyle Heckathorn, RHP, Kennesaw State Univ.
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 73rd overall - Maxwell Walla, RF, Albuquerque (N.M.) Academy
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 74th overall - Cameron Garfield, C, Murrieta Valley HS, Calif.
          *2009 - 3rd Round/ 105th overall - Joshua Prince, SS, Tulane
15. Texas Rangers (Purke - unsigned) - select Jake Skole, OF, Blessed Trinity HS (Ga.)
          *2009- 14th overall - Matt Purke, LHP, Klein HS, Spring, TX
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 62nd overall - Tom Mendonca, 3B, Fresno State
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 93rd overall - Robert Erlin, LHP, Scotts Valley (Calif.) HS
16. Chicago Cubs - select Haden Simpson, RHP, Southern Arkansas Univ.
          *2009 - 31st overall - Brett Jackson, OF, Univ. of California
          *2009 - 2nd Round/ 79th overall - D.J. LeMahieu, INF, LSU
          *2009 - 3rd Round/ 109th overall - Austin Kirk, LHP, Owasso (Okla.) HS
17. Tampa Bay Rays - select Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchet HS (Wa.)
          *2009- 30th overall - Levon Washington, OF, Buchholz HS, Gainesville, Fla.
          *2009- 78th overall - Kenny Diekroeger, SS, Menlo HS, Atherton, Calif.
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 108th overall - Todd Glaesmann, CF, Midway HS, Hewitt, TX
18. Los Angeles Angels (Figgins - SEA) - select Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Cook HS (Ga.)
          *2009 - 24th overall - Randal Grichuk, LF, Lamar Cons. HS, Rosenburg, TX
          *2009- 25th overall - Mike Trout, CF, Millville (N.J.) HS
          *2009 - Comp Round A/ 40th overall - Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Santa Monica (Calif.) HS
          *2009 - Comp Round A/42nd overall - Garrett Richards, RHP, Oklahoma
          *2009 - Comp Round A/48th overall - Tyler Kehrer, LHP, Eastern Illinois Univ.
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 80th overall - Patrick Corbin, LHP, Chipola College
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 110th overall - Joshua Spence, LHP, Arizona State
19. Houston Astros (Valverde - DET) - select Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Minooka Community HS.
          *2009- Round 2/ 69th overall - Tanner Bushue, RHP, Farina (Ill.) South Central HS
          *2009- Round 3/ 100th overall - Telvin Nash, LF, Griffin (Ga.) HS
20. Boston Red Sox (Wagner - ATL) - select Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State Univ.
          *2009- 28th overall - Reymond Fuentes, CF, Fernanda Callejo HS (P.R.)
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 77th overall - Alex Wilson, RHP, Texas A&M
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 107th overall - David Renfroe, SS, South Panola HS, Batesville, Miss.
21. Minnesota Twins - select Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State Univ.
          *2009- 22nd overall - Kyle Gibson, RHP, Univ. of Missouri
         *2009 - Comp Round A/ 46th overall - Matt Bashore, LHP, Indiana
         *2009- Round 2/ 70th overall -  Billy Bullock, RHP, Florida
         *2009- Round 3/ 101st overall - Bejamin Tootle, RHP, Jacksonville State
22. Texas Rangers - select Kellin Deglan, C, R.E. Mountain HS, British Columbia
          *2009 - Comp Round A/ 44th overall - Tanner Scheppers, RHP, St. Paul Saints
23. Florida Marlins - select Christian Yelich, OF, Westlake HS (Calif.)
          *2009- 18th overall - Chad James, LHP, Yukon (Okla.) HS
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 66th overall - Bryan Berglund, RHP, Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif.
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 97th overall - Da'Shon Cooper, CF, Edison HS, Fresno, Calif.
24. San Francisco Giants - select Gary Brown, CF, Cal State Fullerton
          *2009- 6th overall - Zack Wheeler, RHP, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.
         * 2009- 2nd Round/ 55th overall - Tommy Joseph, C, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
         * 2009- 3rd Round/ 86th overall - Christopher Dominguez, 3B, Louisville
25. St. Louis Cardinals - select Zack Cox, 3B, Univ. of Arkansas
          *2009- 19th overall - Shelby Miller, RHP, Brownwood (TX) HS
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 67th overall - Robert Stock, C, USC
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 98th overall - Joseph Kelly, RHP, UC Riverside
26. Colorado Rockies - select Kyle Parker, OF, Clemson University
          *2009- 11th overall - Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.
          *2009- 32nd overall - Tim Wheeler, OF, Sacramento State
          *2009- Comp Round A/34th overall - Rex Brothers, LHP, Lipscomb Univ.
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 59th overall - Nolan Arenado, 3B, El Toro (Calif.) HS
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 90th overall - Benjamin Paulsen, 1B, Clemson
27. Philadelphia Phillies - select Jesse Biddle, LHP, Germantown Friends HS (Phil.)
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 75th overall - Kelly Dugan, CF, Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 106th overall - Kyrell Hudson, CF, Evergreen HS, Wash.
28. Los Angeles Dodgers - select Zach Lee, RHP, McKinney HS (TX)
          *2009- Comp Round A/36th overall - Aaron Miller, LHP, Baylor
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 56th overall - Blake Smith, RHP, California
          *2009- 2nd Round/ 65th overall - Garrett Gould, RHP, Maize (Kan.) HS
          *2009- 3rd Round/ 96th overall - Brett Wallach, RHP, Orange Coast College
29. Los Angeles Angels (Lackey - BOS) - select Cam Bedrosian, RHP, East Coweta HS (Ga.)
          *see above, #18
30. Los Angeles Angels - select Chevy Clarke, OF, Marietta HS (Ga.)
          **see above, #18
31. Tampa Bay Rays (Washington - unsigned) - select Justin O'Conner, C, Cowan HS (In.)
          *see above, #17
32. New York Yankees - select Cito Culver, SS, Irondequoit HS (NY)
          *2009 - 29th overall - Slade Heathcott, CF, Texas HS, Texarkana, TX
    Comp Round A
    33. Houston Astros (Valverde - DET) - select Michael Kvasnicka, 3B, Univ. of Minnesota
    34. Toronto Blue Jays (Scutaro - BOS) - select Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Barstow HS (Calif.)
    35. Atlanta Braves (Gonzalez - BAL) - select Matthew Lipka, SS< McKinney HS (TX)
              *2009-1st Round/7th overall- Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt
              *2009-3rd Round/ 87th overall - David Hale, RHP, Princeton
    36. Boston Red Sox (Bay - NYM) - select Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee State Univ.
    37. Los Angeles Angels (Lackey - BOS) - select Taylor Lindsey, SS, Desert Mountain HS, Ariz.
    38. Toronto Blue Jays (Paxton - unsigned) - select Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Legacy, TX
    39. Boston Red Sox (Wagner - ATL) - select Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Louisiana State Univ.
    40. Los Angeles Angels (Figgins - SEA) - select Ryan Bolden, OF, Madison Central HS (Miss.)
    41. Toronto Blue Jays (Barajas - NYM) - select Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, The Citadel
    42. Tampa Bay Rays (Zaun - MIL) - select Drew Vettleson, OF/RHP, Central Kitsap HS
    43. Seattle Mariners (Beltre - BOS) - select Taijuan Walker, RHP, Yucaipa HS 
              * 2009- 1st Round/2nd overall - Dustin Ackley, OF, UNC
              *2009- 1st Round/27th overall - Nick Franklin, SS, Lake Brantly HS (Fla.)
              *2009- Comp Round A/33rd overall - Steven Baron, C, John A. Ferguson HS, Miami
             *2009 - 2nd Round/ 51st overall - Rich Poythress, 1B, Georgia
             *2009 - 3rd Round/ 82nd overall - Kyle Seager, 2B, North Carolina
    44. Detroit Tigers (Lyon - HOU) - select Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS
              * 2009-1st Round/9th overall - Jacob Turner, RHP, Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis
              *2009- 2nd Round/ 58th overall - Andy Oliver, LHP, Oklahoma State
              *2009- 3rd Round/ 89th overall - Wade Gaynor, 3B, Western Kentucky
    45. Texas Rangers (Byrd - CHC) - select Luke Jackson, RHP, Calvary Christian Academy
    46. St Louis Cardinals (DeRosa - SF) - select Seth Blair, RHP, Arizona State Univ.
    47. Colorado Rockies (Marquis - WAS) - select Peter Tago, RHP, Dana Hills HS (Calif.)
    48. Detroit Tigers (Rodney - LAA) - select Chance Ruffin, RHP, Univ. of Texas
    49. Texas Rangers (I. Rodriguez - WAS) - select Mike Olt, 3B, UConn
    50. St Louis Cardinals (Pineiro - LAA) - select Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Henderson HS

    Team Representatives at the MLB Network Live Broadcast Tonight:
    ARI: Luis Gonzalez
    ATL: Ralph Garr
    BAL: Al Bumbry
    BOS: Jim Rice (HOF)
    CHC: Billy Williams (HOF)
    CWS: Jared Mitchell
    CIN: Barry Larkin
    CLE: Travis Fryman
    COL: Dante Bichette
    DET: Larry Herndon
    FLA: Jack McKeon
    HOU: Jeff Bagwell
    KC: Joe Randa
    LAA: Wally Joyner
    LAD: Tommy Lasorda (HOF)
    MIL: Gorman Thomas
    MIN: Joe McIlvaine
    NYM: Mookie Wilson
    NYY: Roy White
    OAK: Greg Cadaret
    PHI: Tyler Green
    PIT: John Candelaria
    SD: Mark Loretta
    SF: Shawon Dunston
    SEA: Dave Valle
    STL: Mike Matheny
    TB: Rocco Baldelli/ Don Zimmer
    TEX: Pete O'Brien
    TOR: Roberto Alomar
    WSH: Davey Johnson
    MLB: Frank Robinson (HOF)


    Thanks for following all throughout the draft! It was great to see the direction that baseball is going after the first round and compensation round - Expect some deep pitching in the Major Leagues. Maybe another dead ball era is upon us? I hope so. I can definitely stand a few more Perfect Games. This draft also showcased talent from all over America and Canada with great balance and incredible talent around the Nation.


    The Baseball Life,
    -S

    Saturday, June 5, 2010

    Little Cubs Field

    I was just going through some of the brochures and information packets I received while I made my baseball roadtrip the other day and I found a bright yellow sheet of paper titled "Facts about the Little Cubs Field Project." These are so good, I won't dare spare you all!

    Little Cubs Field
    Freeport,IL
    Facts About The Little Cubs Field Project
    (As of May 2010)

    1. There are 18,500 bricks in the stadium.
    2. All the bricks were donated by Yankee Hill Bricks in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    3. Bricklayers Local #6, Rockford, IL spent about 4 months laying all the bricks in 2007 - our cost was $120 in coffee and doughnuts. They have won 2 national awards for Little Cubs Field. They are our heroes.
    4. The Adopt-a-Bricklayer program resulted in free hotel rooms and free lunch and dinner for the bricklayers while they worked here. Many came from over 100 miles away.
    5. Over 175 companies have iether donated or sharply discounted labor, materials, time and equipment to build Little Cubs Field.
    6. The Carpenters Local 790 built the gift shop with no labor costs.
    7. Little Cubs Field has the full support of the Chicago Cubs.
    8. The Freeport Park District allowed us to lease the land for Little Cubs Field for $1 (for 5 years).
    9. About 95% of the skilled and unskilled labor to build the field was donated.
    10. To our knowledge, this is the only Little League field in the world especially designed with the entry level (7 and 8 year old) Little Leaguer in mind.
    11. 4 other cities in the United States have inquired about building something similiar to replicate their own team's stadium. None have actually done so.
    12. There is one piece of ivy from Wrigley Field growing on the outfield wall of Little Cubs Field.
    13. Only two people know where it is.
    14. There is a penny imbedded halfway into the mortar at the top of the left field wall at Little Cubs Field, as a good luck charm, by the bricklayers.
    15. Legend has it that a penny is in a similar place at Wrigley Field. To date, it has not been located.
    16. All goats are welcome at Little Cubs Field. One small goat has already visited in October, 2007.
    17. Since April, 2008, visitors have averaged about 700 per weekend at Little Cubs Field. These include visitors from 48 states and 27 countries. We estimate 30,000 have visited altogether.
    18. The Freeport Little League has games at Litte Cubs Field Monday through Friday at 6pm all summer.
    19. This is the coolest baseball field for Little Leaguers ever built. There is an annual Pee Wee Classic tourney for 8 year olds. (Memorial Day weekend in 2010)
    20. A major wiffle ball tourney is scheduled here each year, the Freeport Chamber of Commerce Wiffleball Invasion. (August 7, 2010)
    21. This is the coolest wiffleball stadium ever built.
    22. Bill Murray has purchased a caricature in the centerfield crowd mural.
    23. Friends of Little Cubs Field is the non-profit group that operates Little Cubs Field.
    24. Donations to the field are a tax deduction as we are a 501c3 non-profit.
    25. The field can be reserved for $45 per hour for birthday parties, corporate meetings, reunions, weddings (3 so far), church picnics, team baseball parties, etc.
    26. The field is rarely rented for more than 2 straight hours, except for special events.
    27. Little Cubs Field has ivy, bricks, grass, dirt, seats, and flags from Wrigley Field.
    28. We intend for Little Cubs Field to be a venue where other non-profits can hold fundraisers for their causes.
    29. Little Cubs Field was always intended to be the size it is. That is what makes it special.
    30. When the bleachers are built, the scores on the bottom part of the scoreboard can be changed manually, via a catwalk that will go under it.
    31. Naming rights to the bleachers are available. Talk to us.
    32. Having the bleachers named after your corporation will make you the coolest corporation in the world.
    33. Marya Veeck, the daughter of Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Veeck, planted the ivy at Little Cubs Field in 2007.
    34. Bill Veeck planted the ivy at Wrigley Field in 1937.
    35. Dutchie Caray threw out the first pitch for the first Little League game on April 28, 2008.
    36. It was a strike.
    37. Pete Vonachen, owner of the Peoria Chiefs, and Ryne Sandberg's boss, gave the eulogy at Harry Caray's funeral, and was the catcher of Dutchie's pitch. Pete and Dutchie returned on July 18, 2009 to dedicate the Harry Caray Statue near the first base bleachers.
    38. In October, 2007 dirt and grass from Wrigley Field was delivered free to Little Cubs Field. It is spread on the ivy, infield, and near both dugouts.
    39. We found window glass, tile, nails, and pieces of beer bottles from the early 1900's in the dirt from Wrigley,
    40. The first unofficial home run at Little Cubs Field was hit by Denny Garkey about one hour after the last brick was laid.
    41. The first official Little League homerun was hit by an 8 year old from Palatine, IL on June 1, 2008. It is on YouTube. We have his autograph. His name is Scotty.
    42. Admission to Little Cubs Field is always free.
    43. No one is allowed to leave Little Cubs Field without having fun.
    44. 34 features of Wrigley Field have been replicated. (No, not the troughs)
    45. You can be part of Little Cubs Field by buying a brick paver (for in front of the gift shop) or a seat plate (displayed by the third base bleachers).
    46. Our website is http://www.littlecubsfield.com/ . You can rent the field via our website.
    47. No one has ever hit a ball off the scoreboard in a regular game of Little League or wiffleball. (No one has done it at Wrigley either).
    48. Visitors have included Lee Smith, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Santo (twice), Jay Johnstone, Dutchie Caray, and Pete Vonachen.
    49. If you walk on the field, you become a kid again.
    50. The first night game at Wrigley Field was re-enacted 8-8-08 (20th anniversary) and the Cubs won 15-3, after a short fake rain delay.
    51. Ty Pennington of Extremem Makeover: Home Edition visited Little Cubs Field on September 17, 2009. He hit 3 homers and pitched to many lucky kids.

    The Baseball Life,
    -S

    Thursday, June 3, 2010

    Chris Capuano is back!

    Welcome back to the Major Leagues, Cappy!

    [Stat's will be added at the end of his outing]

    The Baseball Life,
    -S

    Galarraga and Jim Joyce today

    I can't help but get choked up each time I watch this video. The look on Jim's face... I can't even begin to admire him enough. This man didn't sleep a minute last night and he had the option of skipping the game today, but like us, he loves this game. He is an inspiration and so is Galarraga who has been an absolute blessing to baseball these past 24 hours. I feel that all of us in the baseball world are lucky to be able to witness such passion for the game and for one another through the actions of all involved in this situation.



    Oh ya, and here's Galarraga's new ride!


    The Baseball Life,
    -S

    Ken Griffey Jr

    To one of the greatest players ever to take the field, Kenny Griffey Jr you saved baseball in Seattle and you inspired others to play the right way like you did. Thank you for always sharing your incredible career with the fans and being one of the classiest ballplayers in the game.



    Video made by a friend on facebook, Jim.

    The Baseball Life,
    -S

    Armando Galarraga


    Congrats to Armando for throwing an amazing game. We all know what happened and we are all entitled to our own thoughts and opinions. When it comes down to it, theres not much to say because actions were taken to try to make up for the missed call that cost Galarraga his 27 out Perfect Game. Jim Joyce admitted he made a mistake and that he should have had the Perfect Game.

    So, I'm chalking this one up as E-3* (error on the first base ump) , or at least that's how I would score it if I were at the game! 

    When it comes down to it, Joyce made a mistake and he apologized. The only one who should be judging this situation is Galarraga and he hugged Joyce and forgave him right away. THAT is baseball. Human error is part of the game, and unfortunately it came at the wrong time. But, Galarraga handled this situation with class. He's in this game for more than just the awards and titles - he's here because he loves it and he was blessed with a God given talent that has provided him with more than he can ever ask for in this lifetime. Yes he is undoubtedly disappointed, but he kept his composure when most of us would have lost it. 

    I give everyone in this situation the uptmost of my respect, and with his apology I even extend that to Jim Joyce. The call was wrong, plain and simple. But wrong calls get made everyday - not at that magnitude, but they still happen daily. But then again.... who are we to judge the magnitude of a play? Are they all not defining moments that build the history of the game? We forget that this is a game of failure, when we break it all down. It's timing, bat speed, release points, quick feet- you name it. It's a game that uses every inch spared to try to execute on one pitch in a sequence of many without wasting a millesecond of focus.

    Joyce deserves respect for admitting he made a mistake. We have to realize that it happens. But you also have to put it into perspective? Yes I was devasted when the wrong call was made and at first I was confused, then angry, even outraged. But, so was Joyce. Have we yet to hear Joe West even remotely sound apologetic, or in that case, has he even cared about tossing Buerhl's last week after he "balked" ? No. He is a villan, not Joyce. Joyce is a respected member in the baseball world, and that world is a very tight nit community. Everyone wishes Joyce could have that moment back, but there are no vile words that will fix the situation.

    So let's rejoice in what MADE this game, not the outcome. Average people want to remember only the negative-climatic moment, but they slowly forgot the mere 88 pitches thrown by Galarraga. Instead of focusing what a great game this was by the pitcher and the large strides he made in the baseball world today, the average person will continue to trash talk about the situation, maybe even warranting Joyce's head.

    But, I know, that those of you who are here are different. We define The Baseball Life. Like the men on the field, we have this game engrained into our souls. And since this is a game extremely familiar to us, we understand that there are defining moments in each game that highlight the players contributions to the game. We also realize that what Galarraga did today was nothing short of extraordinary, and it needs to be recognised for the effort and execution he possessed through the game as a whole and not just the finish name of it. 

    A Perfect Game is merely a name given to 9 innings of baseball to help the average fan understand what happened. We don't need to be told what happened. We watched that game and despite it's final title, we know that what Armanda Galarraga did tonight was step into baseball history and record a life changing outing for himself, his team, and Major League Baseball.

    The Baseball Life
    It's more than just a title of a game.
    It's the ability to recognize true perfection on our own.
    Do you live The Baseball Life?
    -S

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    Andrus

    Tonight I finally got to see my favorite player in the Majors live in action! And in even better luck, I watched him and the Rangers rack up 19 hits against the White Sox at US Cellular Field. It was a great offensive game on both ends, and in the end I was thrilled to finally see Elvis Andrus play short stop in person! Welcome to the future of baseball: Elvis Andrus.

    Elvis Andrus is THE BASEBALL LIFE!


    TBL,
    -S