Quote of the day

I can throw out any man alive.

~Johnny Bench

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A couple jokes

Plagued by insomnia, I’m seeking ways to entertain myself until I either grow sleepy or the morning sun washes away all hope of sleep altogether.  The Kansas City joke below is a bit of a stab in the gut, as a Royals fan, though I can hardly deny how true this was for so many years.

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One morning in elementary school, the students were going to a geography class. The teacher wanted to show the students where cities and states are.

The teacher asks the class, “Does anyone know where Pittsburgh is?” Billy raises up his hand and says, “Yeah, Pennsylvania!”. The teacher replies, “Very good, Billy!, now can anyone tell me were Detroit is?”

Suzy raises her hand and says, “That’s in Michigan!” The teacher again says, “Very good.”

Trying to confuse the children, she now asks, “Where’s Kansas City?” Tommy raises his hand and says, “Oh Oh Pick me!!!, I know?” The teacher says, “OK, Tommy where is Kansas City?”

“Last place.”

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The phone would ring in the middle of the night and you knew it was either Mr. Steinbrenner or a death in the family. After a while you started to root for a death in the family.

– Harvey Greene, the former Yankees PR director


This day in baseball: Early Cuban baseball

The first documented baseball game in Cuba took place on December 27, 1874 at Palmar de Junco.  In the contest, a team from Havana squared off against one from Mantanzas.  The game was called after seven innings, due to darkness, with Havana leading 51-9.

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Palmar de Junco in 1901 (baseballdigest.com)


Quote of the day

This game is won 90 feet at a time.

~Steve Stone

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Wikipedia


Happy Holidays!

Check it out, even Santa likes baseball!  Here’s hoping everyone has a fun-filled and fulfilling holiday season.

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Infographic: MLB Perfect games

Here’s a chart that depicts perfect games throughout baseball history, beginning in 1874.  The fact that there have only been 23 perfect games thrown in the hundreds-of-thousands of games that have been played in Major League Baseball goes to show just how difficult a feat it really is.  Three perfect games in 2012 is an especially astonishing number, with this in mind.

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Baseball Bugs

I have a vague memory of watching this short toon as a kid.  The part I remember best is the bit about Bugs playing catcher to his own pitching.  I found myself wishing that I was fast enough to do that, especially considering how hard Bugs seems to be hurling those fastballs.