Archive for: May, 2010

May 30th, 2010

THIS WEEK’S PODCAST.

Our guest for the Memorial Day Throwing Like A Girl was Minda Haas. Minda is a hopeless Royals fan (and employee of their Triple-A team). She blogs about them at Royal Blues, and is also behind the site Minor Leagues, Major Problems, which is still in its infancy. Minda described herself as follows: “I live for dollar beer night, good defense and high socks.” We also talked about Roy Halladay, Joe West, Evan “Sh”-longoria, and discussed the right way to pose for a naughty photo that might some day be posted on the internet and that you should never, ever hug a mascot.… [more]

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May 28th, 2010

YES.

This doesn’t mean the season is over, that isn’t only May, that there aren’t still a lot of games to go, that I’ve cleared my calendar for October. It just means that we swept the Phillies in this series. We shut them out for three games in a row. We’re allowed to celebrate this. We’re going to celebrate this. We’re celebrating this. … [more]

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May 26th, 2010

BARAJAS FOR ASG.

I usually don’t write about games I was not at, because I don’t feel I have much to offer that’s interesting, unique, or couldn’t be obtained with ease elsewhere – but these two games have been so remarkable – combined with the weekend’s efforts against the MFY’s – that I am breaking my resolution to comment. We got rid of our tickets to the Subway Series. Even with the wins, I still feel okay about that, mostly because in the People’s Seats, it stops being fun and starts being armed combat, and our tickets were for Friday night’s game. To be honest, I also had no stomach to watch the team be trampled underfoot.… [more]

May 25th, 2010

CAN’T HARDLY WAIT.

I have died and gone to heaven. This maddeningly short 1 minute and 20 seconds of Paul Westerberg at Target Field was filmed as part of the upcoming documentary “40 Nights Of Rock And Roll“. He sang “a new baseball-related song” as well as another Westerberg original. [via] Meanwhile, back in New York, we get Neil Sedaka singing the anthem and the most progressive we get is Black Eyed Peas and Coldplay. I despair. Continually. … [more]

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May 24th, 2010

EMPIRE STATE, 2010 EDITION.

When your tripod breaks and you’re standing on a deserted North Brooklyn street, you get the shot however you can and get the hell out of Dodge. METS WIN! … [more]

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May 24th, 2010

EMPIRE STATE.

I’ll be out with a tripod tonight in a different vantage point, looking across the river from Brooklyn: 5/21/07 Small victories, little things to celebrate. We don’t know how many of them we’ll have this year so I’ll embrace them wholeheartedly when they present themselves.… [more]

May 24th, 2010

LATEST PODCAST WITH LISA WINSTON.

Yesterday was quite possibly our best show ever, with the fabulous Lisa Winston. If you don’t know Lisa, she’s been covering Minor League Baseball for over 20 years. She served as Minor League writer/editor at USA Today Baseball Weekly for 14 years, and joined MLB/MiLB in 2006. Today she works as Special Assistant for New Media and Player Development for Opening Day Partners, a company which designs, owns and operates Minor League ballparks and teams. Listen to the show (where she shares a great Jose Lima story) and follow her on Tumblr at Queen of Diamonds. We are thrilled that Lisa found time in her super-busy schedule to talk with us.… [more]

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May 20th, 2010

10 OTHER PEARL JAM SONGS THAT WOULD MAKE AWESOME WALKUP MUSIC FOR JASON BAY

In honor of the Pearl Jam shows at Madison Square Garden this week, I consulted with my pal JR, baseball fanatic, Mets fan, and co-founder of the Pearl Jam site TwoFeetThick.com, to come up with a list of 10 other Pearl Jam songs Jason Bay might want to consider using as his walk-up music (because clearly “The Fixer” has no magic powers). Songs were picked on theme and/or strong opening riff potential: 1. Deep 2. Why Go 3. Brain of J 4. Hey Foxymophandlemama, That’s Me 5. Johnny Guitar 6. Spin The Black Circle 7. Once 8. Animal 9. Hail, Hail 10.… [more]

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May 17th, 2010

ROCK BOTTOM REMAINERS.

I was too depressed to write about the Florida debacle, and even if I hadn’t been, given that I wasn’t there and didn’t see it happen, how much could I possibly add to the conversation that hasn’t already been said? I found it interesting that Keith Hernandez sounded more compassionate in his remarks towards Oliver than he did towards John Maine; I think both of them frustrate me equally, for very different reasons. Oliver, of course, frustrates me because he was a successful reclaimation project that went to hell in a handbasket as soon as he signed on the dotted line for that $36m.… [more]

May 16th, 2010

BEST BALLPARK FOODS?

For my ballpark travel site, All Down The Line, I’ve written a post about my favorite food items from around the league. My favorite item at Citi Field is #2 on the list, which is (I think) high praise indeed. Take a look and let me know what you think.… [more]