july 20

hosting the Brewers

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Here’s some interesting information. The last two times the Senators hosted the Brewers on July 20, Richard Nixon showed up!  Now, rather than the Senators the Nats will host the Brewers on July 20. The last two times that happened, President Richard Nixon showed up. The last time, in 1971, he came with about 3,800 of his best friends. He waved to Washington’s pitcher, chatted with Ted Williams and received a warm greeting from the crowd. Sadly, it won’t happen today but I am sure President Nixon will be at the park in spirit!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2014/07/18/the-last-two-times-the-senators-hosted-the-brewers-on-july-20-richard-nixon-showed-up/

belgium or the usa?

#TeamUSA

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Just like last week, this game is holding a lot on our shoulders. Belgium is good, but we are better. At 4PM EST drop everything and watch the game. We need every last fan cheering their hearts out for Team USA.

Let me fuel the fire. After reading a hilarious yet awesome article on 5 reasons why the USA is better than Belgium I knew this was “share” worthy with the rest of you.  The article starts off with, Belgium is a wonderful country that invented glorious things, like great beer and waffles and fries. TODAY, WE HATE THEM. For my entire life, I have harbored no ill will towards Belgium. However, today, America plays Belgium, and thus I am firm in my belief that they are the worst country, not only of the 200 or so currently existing on the Earth, but of all countries ever to have existed, on this planet and any others. The main reason is soccer.

Check out the rest of the article. Today my friends, cheer for Team USA like there is no tomorrow.

#Ibelieve #Ibeleivewewillwin

usa! usa! usa!

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Whatever you are doing today at 12PM EST you must stop and turn on the USA vs. Germany game. This is the moment that could change everything for us. One moment doesn’t define us.  Time to gear up and focus on Germany. Today, is our day and today is going to be absolutely without a doubt wild.

Guys, it’s time to put everything that happened at the end of that Portugal game in the rear view mirror because now is our chance for the real win. Let’s do this. #TeamUSA #Ibelivewewillwin

cooperstown

Let’s talk ball. This past weekend, the opportunity to go to Cooperstown was in our hands and we gladly jumped on that train. Thanks to our friend, Patrick (HSO!) the three of us set out on the journey to Upstate New York last weekend. And as you guessed it, our first stop was Cooperstown. Sure, I love baseball but there is no comparison when it comes to how much Matt loves baseball. Take a peek at the guest blog below from Matt. Matt recaps his visit to the holy land: Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. If you haven’t been and even if you have, he writes it in a fashion that you are enjoying his pilgrimage alongside of us that weekend.

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my pilgrimage to the baseball mecca

guest blog presented by: Matthew D. Shalbrack
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As a diehard baseball fan, I had never made the pilgrimage to Cooperstown, New York to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and IMG_0400Museum. I’d actually never even been to New York before. How sacrilegious is that? With so much history, tradition and baseball in one place, how had a fan, like myself, never set foot on such sacred grounds?

Well, that all changed the second weekend in June as Kendal Ann, Patrick and I had planned to go up to Upstate New York for a long weekend and made a pit stop in Cooperstown to check out the Baseball Hall of Fame. Let’s just say that I was mesmerized by how much baseball tradition is enshrined within the walls of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

After parking the car and wandering down Main Street, taking in all the sights, sounds and smells of baseball heaven, we finally made it to the coveted Baseball Hall of Fame. The Baseball Hall of Fame is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year and we picked a great weekend to visit. Not only was the ‘Iron Man’ Cal Ripken, Jr. there himself (we unfortunately did not see Cal) for various events throughout the weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame actually was opening a brand new Babe Ruth exhibit on the day we went. Talk about great timing.

Once inside, we picked up a map and started to decipher where to go and what to see first. After opting to start on the third floor and work our way down, we entered the “Sacred Ground” exhibit. This exhibit featured quite a bit of information about the ballparks, past and present, themselves. It also featured a ton of new and old memorabilia, such as the Rally Monkey, which is a plush monkey that made appearances in late-inning situations for the 2002 Anaheim Angels’ World Series-winning team.

The exhibit changes from ballparks to players, highlighting individual records that each player has accomplished. Records such as Ripen, Jr.’s consecutive games played streak and the most games played in a career (Pete Rose; 3,562) are records that may (will) never be broken. Finally, upon exiting this exhibit, they have replicas of each ring that the World Series champion receives. It was interesting seeing how gaudy the rings have gotten over the years; it really is all about the bling.

After seeing some great exhibits on the second floor, we headed back to the first floor and walked into a shrine filled with the greatest people to ever be a part of the game of baseball. The bronze busts of each National Baseball Hall of Fame member fill the oak walls from top to bottom. There are 306 total people lining these walls, enshrined in this temple of baseball holiness forever. It was a beautiful sight to witness, one that I never will forget. On the back wall, the original class of Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson, is singled out and makes known the start of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Finally, the other neat exhibit on the first floor is a small one and somewhat hidden. It features all kinds of memorabilia from baseball films. Being the movie buff that I am, especially with a soft spot for baseball-related movies, I got a kick out of this exhibit. There’s even a list that gives all the names of the baseball movies, which was quite informational – I mean, did you know there are three Sandlot movies? I knew of two, but not the third. There was even a great black and white photo of my brilliant Twitter avatar, (if you don’t follow me, you probably should @hamsterjockey) Rick ‘Wild Thing’ Vaughn, made famous in the Major League films.

Overall, my first trip to Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was a definite success. It was so much history packed into one visit though, but that just means I will have to go back. I highly recommend that if you have not been there, visit as soon as you can. If you have visited there, I highly suggest that you go back.

PFP

pocket full of posey

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My last article I wrote about Pocket Full of Posey (PFP) was listed here, and it talked about my upcominfantasy-baseballg new team for the season. Looking at this roster makes me chuckle because since then, my teams has changed in leaps and bounds. The worst thing about any fantasy sports league is putting all of your eggs in one basket. I suppose you can say that’s true with the real game, too. When you choose a team, you typically go for players who perform well and ones that you like. After creating my team, not even a month into the season, four of my men have consistently been on the DL, which is not a great place to be for the start of the season.

 Learning about fantasy and baseball is hard, but it’s something I really like to do. It doesn’t hurt that I have a great teacher either (SO: Matt). From what I understand, by what Matt tells me about the fantasy league we are in the league is a 5×5 league, meaning there’s five offensive categories and five pitching categories, making a total of 10 categories. Since there are 12 teams in the league, the maximum points you can obtain for each category is 12. Example: if I had 12 points in all 10 categories, my total would be 120 (simple math). From those points, your team is given an overall number taking into account each categories’ points. That overall number is the number that determines what place you are in in the standings.

For my team, they are a lacking a few things, which is keeping them in the bottom half of the league. [Boooooooo] I would like to think a lot of what they are lacking in Saves, ERA, WHIP, Stolen Bases and RBI has to do with the fact that FOUR of my best players have been constantly injured. Currently, PFP’s stats for those categories are 3.5, 1, 4, 3.5, which is bringing down PFP’s overall total.

Not only do you have to understand the game of baseball, but you also have to follow players and the news. Now, I will admit that I don’t follow baseball related news that closely or follow player news, but I have Matt and he informs me of everything I need to know for my team.

cast a ballot for change

#LockInLuc

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I am all about the Brewers especially when they have a great team which low and behold, this year that are trucking along in the GREAT category. With the All Stars right around the corner, we need a Brewer in the game! Milwaukee Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy just earned a whole ton of All-Star votes from everyone who is not a St. Louis Cardinals fans.

From a statistical standpoint, Lucroy is the clear choice as Molina is hitting .284 with five home runs and 25 RBIs this season. But if that isn’t enough, the sound of a baby crying over an image of the Cardinals catcher should be enough to earn Lucroy a spot on the NL roster. Folks, let’s get on the bandwagon! After all, if nothing else, vote for Lucroy because “most importantly, he’s not a St. Louis Cardinal.”

world cup

Brazil edt.

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The World Cup is an exciting time. You can call me one of those band wagon fans, but no doubt I am cheering for TEAM USA all the way. When it comes to soccer I know the rules and I like the game, but I rarely follow what’s going on unless it’s the World Cup. With the World Cup starting today it only seemed appropriate to get you in the know. Whether you’re a novice or notorious World Cup fan, I’ve got you covered on everything you’ll need to know about World Cup.

The World Cup is the most widely watched sporting event in the world, and has been held every four years since 1930, with the exception of World War II. Hundreds of qualifying games are played around the world over the three years leading up to the month-long World Cup.world-cup-2014

Why Brazil?

Every four years, 32 teams from across the globe battle for football supremacy. This year the tournament will be held in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.  Brazil was awarded the tournament by the Federation Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA in 2007.  Brazil has since assigned 12 cities across their country as host cities. A football stadium was built in each city with the minimal seating capacity of 37,000 in Manaus (in Amazon) to 71,000 capacities in Rio de Janeiro.

How are teams selected?

There are 32 teams in the tournament and all, with the exception of the host city (Brazil) must compete in qualification rounds. For the 2014 World Cup, qualifying rounds occurred in 2011 and 2012, where approximately 200 teams from across the globe fought to earn their spot on the world stage.

How does the tournament work?

All 32 teams are assigned to one of eight groups of four (Group A – Group H). Teams are assigned by FIFA and selected in a way where not all teams from one region are put into the same group. Teams must play each member of their group or a total of 64 matches. The top two teams from each group will then move on to the knockout rounds.  Knockout rounds are where now top 16 teams (top 2 x 8 groups) are placed in a bracket format with the top team from Group A playing against the second-place team in Group B and so forth until there are two teams left.  The final game will be played on Sunday, July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

 Even if you don’t understand soccer, you can feel the excitement of the crowds at World Cup matches.

for the love of the game

fantasy baseball

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As you may recall, last year Matt, asked me to join a Fantasy Baseball league halfway through the season. I even blogged about being a newcomer to fantasy baseball. At first, I was skeptical but I grew to love my team, Pocket Full of Posey (PFP). PFP, cleverly named thanks to my catcher- Buster Posey, took a lot of hits last season. When I came on as manager, they were dead last, 12th place with 20 points. There was nowhere left to go, other than up. I managed my heart out of PFP and we placed 7th at the end of the season. We had a great run.

Since I am involved in a keeper league, we are allowed to have six of the same players from last year. This year is going to be different for PFP. I have high expectations for this team and I am planning on taking 5th place, which is a manageable goal for this set of men.

Allow me to introduce you to my 32-man roster.

batters pitchers

Above all, this year is about fun. Sure, it’s my first full year in the league, but I don’t think that changes anything. I know you want to win, who wouldn’t want to? With winning comes bragging rights and a celebration.

opening day

#baseballisback

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It’s the moment we have been waiting for, baseball is back. After a long winter, spring couldn’t come soon enough and with spring that only means one thing; baseball! No matter how baseball tries to disappoint you at times, Opening Day is still a welcome and special moment after that long and cold winter.

Baseball, is the greatest game of all. It is your life played across nine innings. It comes with hits, runs and errors. It is played by people who are rather isolated on the field—the pitcher, the shortstop, the center fielder—and when they make a mistake, an error, it’s there for all to see. But they do what you must do every day: Get back in the batter’s box and keep on swinging.

Love-MLB-copyToday, a long-awaited, frenzied and fantastic Nationals Opening Day will start the season.

It’s about time.

#baseballisback

it’s about time

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Finally, it’s that time of the year when everything seems right in the world. My friends, the greatest sport known to mankind is back. Baseball is back. This is going to be one hell of a season and I am more excited than ever to see what is in store for my teams, the Nationals and the Brewers. The power, the awe, the greatness, and everything we love about baseball is finally back. Here’s to another season of American’s pasttime, because the wait is over and baseball is back!

 

http://m.mlb.com/video/v31681129