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Livan Hernandez Prepares for a Wedding By Throwing Sunflower Seeds at Ballboy


Don’t worry, with exception to the boy’s pride and dignity, he was all right. The sunflower seeds came in at roughly the speed of Livan Hernandez’s curveball, so he walked away unscathed. 

(h/t Baseball Nation


Chipper Jones to Retire at The End of the Season


I guess that “I don’t know if I can make it through this season” comment wasn’t a hilarious joke.

Considering just how injury-prone Jones was, playing over 140 games just once since 2004, it’s amazing to look at his numbers coming into the season. He’s collected 2,615 hits, 454 home runs, 1,561 RBI, and an rWAR of 82.7 despite playing just slightly more than your team’s starting catcher. 

However, the only true way to honor the player is by embedding his Wendy’s commercial from the 90s: 


Sadly, compared to the rest of NMA-TV’s baseball-related videos, having Yu Darvish and Albert Pujols throw mind electricity at each other while a man in a cowboy hat hands out giant checks is just too close to real life.

(h/t Baseball Nation)

can NMA just have their own 30-minute show on NBC Sports Network

13 Moments From 2011 That Remind Us Why Baseball is Wonderful: Part Two


Before we continue on, part one in our exercise of love can be found here. Now then:

6. Jim Thome’s 600th

(photo via Weeks101)

There are two things that baseball fans love: one are tiny, gritty players who struggle to hit the ball out of the infield and who constantly dive around in the dirt. The other are big beefy players with forearms the size of melon-swallowing pythons who can, no joke, seriously, hit the ball to the moon. Thome, despite his overwhelming kindness and likability, remains firmly in the second class.

With his socks pulled high and a quality of pants-blousing that belongs to another era, Thome finally surpassed the 600 home run mark on August 15th as a member of the Twins. It’s a fitting benchmark for the beef-fed Midwestern giant who is the baseball equivalent of Paul Bunyan, traveling from city to city to chop down trees and knock out dingers. In deference to his immense and frightening smile, the Twins even shipped Thome back to Cleveland for what was thought to be a victory lap, but Thome has decided for one more go around. He’s signed on with the Phillies to reminisce the early 2000s like when garage rock was king and That 80s Show was bound to be a hit.

Though there’s no DH in the NL, perhaps Thome can add some stretching to his pre-game routine and play third base regularly for the first time since 1996, one game last year excluded:

(screen grab by Jeff Sullivan)

5. Casey McGehee Keeps His Promise

(Photo by EC_Mike)

McGehee’s run as the Brewer’s third baseman may have ended after the acquisition of Jerry Hairston, but he still managed one of the most touching moments in 2011. Schmaltzy movies always see a famed slugger promise to knock out a home run for a sick child, but the former gold prospector did those films three times better. After meeting Clatyon Wollner, an 8-year-old with Craniosynostosis, he was asked to hit a home run, which McGehee bargained it down to “not screwing anything up.” Once the game started though, McGehee caught fire, blasting three home runs against the Cardinals on August 3rd. It was strange timing for McGehee who came into the game with only five home runs on the season, making the feat only more impressive.

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I love Josh Willingham’s awkward smile


Josh you were traded to Oakland.

Josh we all bought you a fruitcake.

Josh we’re all going to go see see New Year’s Eve, wanna join?

Josh you’re wearing DeJesus’ jock.

I still hold out hope that the lone MLB player from my hometown will play for the Braves.

He’ll be 39 and washed out by then, if recent history repeats itself

If MLB Wants to Complain About TV Ratings, They Have Only Themselves to Blame


Baseball is, thankfully, not football. There is no single day of devotion to it, no lone game of the week for everyone to get jacked up on five hour energy and 40s of Hurricane. Baseball is steady and reliable and, above all, provincial. The introduction of, a boon for all baseball fans, has only made it easier for the local fan to pay attention to their lone club and ignore all the others. So if you see columns bemoaning baseball’s lack of ratings going forward in the postseason, please ignore them. 

Still, if Major League Baseball is disappointed of the TV ratings now that all the major media markets like New York and Philadelphia have been eliminated, it’s really their own fault. The vast majority of advertising and marketing attention is focused on the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, etc. Even Albert Pujols, the baseball god with an expiring contract, hasn’t been effectively used to lure in the occasional viewer.

Nyjer Morgan is a professional crazy person but my parents could probably name about half the roster for the Yankees, before remembering “that guy who calls himself a stuffed animal or something.” Ryan Braun went 30/30, Lance Berkman resurrected his career like the phoenix, CJ Wilson is one of the most outspoken and congenial players in the game, etc etc etc. There is a lot of great baseball that needs to be showcased more often during the regular season for fans to want to tune in during the playoffs. Initial television ratings for FOX or ESPN may suffer, but I truly believe that  the way to build and expand the audience for baseball is not to televise 18 Red Sox - Yankees games every season, but to have more attention paid to places with payrolls below $100 million. 


Atlanta has a one game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals with four games remaining. In the next three games they’ll face Cliff Lee Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt…ouch

Sucks to be the Phillies.


Atlanta has a one game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals with four games remaining. In the next three games they’ll face Cliff Lee Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt…ouch

Sucks to be the Phillies.

that fucking chant that the braves do is so goddamn annoying



srsly. stfu