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Baseball – Top Series for Week 22

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Some close matchups from the bottom of the standings this week: Nats/Pads, Pirates/Reds, Cubs/Mets. Things have gotten bad for the Cubs.

Top 10 Rated Series for Week 22
Nationals @ Padres Mon Aug 31 3 Games
Braves @ Marlins Mon Aug 31 4 Games
Pirates @ Reds Mon Aug 31 4 Games
White Sox @ Twins Mon Aug 31 3 Games
Red Sox @ Rays Tue Sep 01 3 Games
Indians @ Tigers Tue Sep 01 3 Games
Mariners @ Athletics Thu Sep 03 4 Games
Giants @ Brewers Fri Sep 04 3 Games
Cubs @ Mets Fri Sep 04 3 Games
Twins @ Indians Fri Sep 04 3 Games

Make your ICH Picks

Mike

Baseball – Top Series for Week 21

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I was going to post these every week this season. I managed to do it the first week and then fell off. With football season fast approaching, I’m on Ice Cream Helmet more often so I’m remembering all the stuff I had on there for the baseball season.

Top 10 Rated Series for Week 21
Rays @ Blue Jays Mon Aug 24 3 Games
White Sox @ Red Sox Mon Aug 24 4 Games
Athletics @ Mariners Mon Aug 24 3 Games
Dodgers @ Rockies Tue Aug 25 3 Games
Indians @ Orioles Thu Aug 27 4 Games
Rangers @ Twins Fri Aug 28 3 Games
Astros @ Diamondbacks Fri Aug 28 3 Games
Mets @ Cubs Fri Aug 28 3 Games
Rays @ Tigers Fri Aug 28 4 Games
Rockies @ Giants Fri Aug 28 3 Games

Make your ICH Picks

Mike

Nick Hundley Paid Attention in Little League

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This play from last night’s Cardinals/Padres game took me back to little league. Not just because you don’t see two guys on a base much after little league, but that Hundley handled it just like I remember being taught. Run at the runner, tag both guys when they are on the bag.

I’m not sure what Pujols was thinking, but once he saw that Ryan didn’t take off, shouldn’t he have made at least an attempt to head back to 1st. My first thought was that Ryan missed a double steal sign and Pujols wasn’t going to make any extra effort for someone else’s mistake. According to the Cardinals recap, Ryan started to go on his own but then stopped. Pujols was just watching him. He said, “[Ryan] should have gone. There’s nothing else to talk about. I did my part and he didn’t do his part.” So, I was half right, Pujols blamed Ryan and wasn’t going to go out of his way to attempt to go back to 1st.

Padres fan one, nab one (Video)

Mike

Angels Team Uses 1 Bat – 1999

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Not sure exactly how I came across this video but I’m shocked I hadn’t heard of it before. In 1999, the Angels were in such a slump that hitting coach Rod Carew had the entire team use the same bat the first time through the order.

They didn’t clue the ump in on the idea (and why would they have?). The first batter struck out and left the bat at the plate. The ump tossed him for it. Kind of crazy to begin with. Once it was explained, he was un-thrown out. I wonder how many times that happens.

Here’s the video on mlb.com.

Mike

Summer 09 Baseball Pics

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This year’s trip netted 3 stadiums, 2 ice cream helmets, and 15 roller coasters (at Cedar Point). Here are some views.

Great American Ballpark
Great American Ballpark

Progressive Field
Progressive Field

Progressive Field
Jim Thome

PNC Park
PNC Park

Mike

Jamie Moyer: Power Hitter

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I was checking out ESPN’s Home Run Tracker today and found something very interesting. Jamie Moyer is #5 in the NL in Home Runs with an 0-2 count. Only four players have done it so far this year, so somehow, out of all the other players in the league, Jamie Moyer’s name came out on top.

Top 5 NL HR w/0-2 Count

One strange thing about the HR Tracker, it randomly selects these situational stats. The 0-2 count one seems to be most rare. I must have reloaded 100 times trying to find it again.

Mike

Spring Training Pictures

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I went down to Florida for Spring Training a few weeks ago. I flew down on a Thursday night and back on Monday morning. It was a quick trip. I was able to squeeze in 3 games: Marlins @ Red Sox in Ft. Myers, Pirates @ Twins, in Ft. Myers and Phillies @ Braves in Disney.

I took along my new camera, a Canon XSi. I have no idea how to use it yet. Luckily I saw all day games and it was bright and sunny. I also had amazing tickets for 2 of the games. Here are my favorites:

Josh Beckett
Josh Beckett

Scott Baker
Scott Baker

Raul Ibanez
Raul Ibanez

Joe Blanton
Joe Blanton

Braves Spring Training
Blanton telling Donald to get down

Lou Marson
Lou Marson

Braves Spring Training
Carrasco fielding the plate after his wild pitch

Mike

Ice Cream Helmet Baseball Picks 2009

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Baseball Pickem is all set to go. Some changes for this year. Picking every series was a bit overwhelming. Instead I am going to come up with 10 series to pick each week. If you create a custom group, you can adjust that number. Also for custom groups you can select to use wager points as in all the other pickem games. Get over there and make your picks!

Here are the 10 top rated series for the first week:

Top 10 Rated Series for Week 1
Indians @ Rangers Mon Apr 6
Twins @ White Sox Fri Apr 10
Giants @ Padres Fri Apr 10
Cubs @ Brewers Fri Apr 10
Mets @ Marlins Fri Apr 10
Dodgers @ Diamondbacks Fri Apr 10
Red Sox @ Angels Fri Apr 10
Rangers @ Tigers Fri Apr 10
Blue Jays @ Indians Fri Apr 10
Astros @ Cardinals Fri Apr 10
Mike
Mike

Jane Austen’s Baseball

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In this week’s Tip of the Cap/Wag of the Finger on The Colbert Report he wagged his finger at a British reporter who claimed that baseball originated in Britain after finding the term used in a Jane Austen novel. Stephen explains why this is not possible and explains what Jane Austen’s version of baseball would be like.

The baseball part starts at 1:42, but the rest of it is great as well.

Mike

Yea We Did

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I didn’t think it would ever happen. I definitely didn’t think the Phillies would do it first. After the rain and the suspended game I thought the curse was going to continue until we tore down all the skyscrapers. Now one of my teams has won a championship and I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do with myself.

Last night looked like the Phillies team that I watched all year. The previous World Series games didn’t have that feel. I was nervous about our prospects going into last night. As the day went on I got more and more excited and talked myself into thinking we were absolutely going to win. After Jenkins scored that 1st run I knew it wasn’t going to be enough but I knew we could score off anyone last night. Madson quickly gave up the HR to Baldelli. Still, I had hope. I knew we could get another run. Burrell came up huge. If it was any warmer that ball would have gone out and everyone would have gone even more insane. I couldn’t have picked two better guys than Jenkins and Burrell to hit those doubles. Jenkins didn’t perform how he wanted all year and was disappointed he didn’t get more playing time. He was the ultimate team player in the playoffs. He was the first guy to congratulate a guy returning to the dugout. As for Burrell, after all the ups and downs of his career I’ve been a huge fan of his since the stretch run last year. That is when you could see something click. Not always in his on field performance, which continued to be hot and cold. It was in the way he handled himself. You could tell he cared and he wanted to win for himself and the fans. Besides Jamie Moyer, I don’t think anyone was more emotional than Burrell after the win. Then there is Lidge … How do these big games end in strikeouts? Lidge had flirted with disaster on occasion but you knew he wasn’t going to let us down last night. I don’t know how you keep your cool in that situation.

I was upset along with everyone else about how baseball handled the rain on Monday. First I was angry at the rain. I wanted the win to come on my birthday. Technically it may be recorded as a win on Monday. The fans showed up for the completion of the game, the people that were there more than made up for the 1,000 or so that didn’t come back to see the end. After it got going, you really didn’t noticed that the first 6 innings had been played 2 days before. It was also perfect for the fans everywhere. The game ended before 10. The 2 and a half hour post game show ended at 12:30am.

Will this give me the thirst for more or will I not be as stressed by every move the Phillies make? I won’t know the answer to that until next year. My teams have never won anything. I think next year I’ll still be yelling at Howard for striking out or a dumb move by Manual. Then I’ll remember last night and today. This high will eventually wear off if it takes another 28 years. Hopefully some of the other teams can pick up the slack.

After the game Cholly was asked about his mom being gone and so many people had stories about a parent or family member passing away in the past few years and how they wished they were here to see this win. Sunday marked 10 years since my grandfather died. I remember the date because it was the day before my 16th birthday. You can either become a fan of Philly sports or you are born with a gene that makes you a fan, no matter what happens, no matter how terrible things get. I got that gene from my grandfather. Pop Pop would have been so happy that the bums finally won the World Series again.

Now it’s time to start shopping for championship gear. First on the list is the SI package. I’ve waited my entire life to order the SI Championship package. I need a hat and some shirts. I’ll need the DVDs of the games. A World Series Program. And about 50 other items.