The Major League Baseball trading deadline has come and gone. Multiple players have shifted from team to team and this always puts added stress on the players who are on the “trading block”. Did that stress get to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto? Maybe. Votto wasn’t exactly on the trading block, but his teammate Jay Bruce was. Read the rest of this entry »
Click to enlarge and read this ridiculous email from Ballhawker Zack Hample to Deadspin
Our most recent post highlighted ball-hawking gone wrong, as one “pro” took a ball off the dome and got bodied by another fan while trying to catch two 9th inning Yankees home-runs. As the internet rained crying Jordan memes on @zack_hample’s face, and ESPN set the events to dramatic music, Hample reacted like a toddler with a skinned knee and waged an all-out internet campaign to “set the record straight”. Just read the above email he sent to Deadspin writer Barry Petchesky explaining himself. It’s longer than most term papers I wrote in college. All because a ballhawker wasn’t happy with what was being said about him on the internet. You know how he could have avoided dropping those two balls and all the negative attention that came with it? By sitting in his seat and watching the game like a normal person.
This link used to lead to a video labeled “Fan drops a pair of home runs minutes apart”, featuring Hample’s failed escapades set to hilarious theme music. It’s gone. I wonder why? Did someone complain and get it removed? I wish it was permanently featured on the homepage of ESPN to point out how ridiculous ballhawking is, and how potentially dangerous it can be. Ballhawking should be banned at all baseball stadiums, everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »
Zack Hample has become semi-internet famous for two things. Catching a ton of foul/home run balls at baseball games, and crying about how someone impeded his quest to get one. Well, tonight was not Zack’s night. Not only did he miss out on one home run ball…he missed out on two. PAINFULLY.
The best one was the first one. New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann hits a homer to the right field bleachers, and Hample is right there in perfect position. Read the rest of this entry »
While he’s done plenty of good things for this franchise, Sandy Alderson seems to go out of his way to make one or two bizarre moves each offseason. These moves are usually for a player that in theory could be useful but they ultimately turn out to be a huge waste of time and end up getting designated for assignment (DFA!) and then released. Now in his sixth year let us go through the worst of the worst.
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That’s the face of a man who just learned the only team he’s ever played for in the Major Leagues traded him mid-game. Luckily for Wilmer Flores (I think), the deal fell apart and he is still a member of the New York Mets. When tears poured down his face, you couldn’t help but think about Tom Hanks’ iconic scene from A League of Their Own where Jimmy Dugan proclaims “There’s no crying in baseball!”
Seeing the waterworks flow down Flores’ face got me thinking, is it appropriate for a professional athlete to cry on the field? Read the rest of this entry »
The New York Mets have this pretty awesome pitcher rotting on their AAA Las Vegas team. The Mets also have a pretty awesome pitcher in Flushing that is on an innings limit. Why not use these two pitchers to create a dynamic tag team of sorts? Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz should be the next great tag team. Read the rest of this entry »
Let me preface this by saying I am a big Sandy Alderson fan. I bought this book around the start of the season and planned to give it a mostly sarcastic review, but then the Mets got off to an extremely hot start and I thought “Maybe they are revived?” so that kind of took the air out of my plan. Now that we are at Memorial Day, the Mets season has taken a hilarious turn for the worse. So I thought; why not lighten the mood by finally doing this book review.
With the acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Boston Red Sox will be MLB’s most improved team in 2015. (Photo courtesy of bostonglobe.com)
Opening day is finally here, and it is time for totalsportsblog.com’s 2015 MLB team by team record predictions. Last year, I did this in mid-February and should have clearly waited until the end of spring training.
Taking a look back at my predictions, I only correctly predicted the record of one team. The Chicago White Sox. I pretty much nailed the NL East and the AL Central. But after that, I was WAY off on some others. Read the rest of this entry »