On Monday we honor the men and women who gave their lives so we can live a life full of freedom. And baseball, which is undeniably America’s game. Enjoy some three day weekend links.
12 MLB players have lost their lives in war. Times were different in the early days of the game. When the call to arms was made, all men needed to answer. In the case of Bill Stearns in the link above, that includes a 12 year old boy drumming through the Civil War. Incredible.
Back to the modern game where pitchers are getting away with using foreign substances on balls to the detriment of the offense. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt is pissed Joe West called out his guy but not others.
Nobody has called attention to this issue over the years more than Trevor Bauer. Of course he’s obviously jumped full bore on the pine tar train himself.
The Angels are used to having an MVP candidate, only this year it is a different guy. How Shohei Ohtani can win the MVP. At this point there’s clearly no single baseball player more valuable than Shohei. But will the crappy team submarine his chances with the older writers?
But Mike Trout’s injury has opened the door for a new MVP. Who are the other candidates as of now?
Perhaps Shohei wouldn’t be on a crappy team if the Angels only drafted pitchers. Although there have been some nice pitching performances down on the farm this week.
The draft is just a couple of months away and mock drafts are coming out. Baseball America’s newest mock has the Angels taking Texas righty Ty Madden. I’d be stoked but surprised if Madden is available at 9. Take a look at his draft profile and see why.
Last weekend I went to take in a small, soft cooler with sippy cups of milk for my son. Never had a problem before, including twice the previous week. Suddenly it was a problem and the attitudes of some guy named Rick and a lady whose name I didn’t catch were astonishingly poor.
Rick said I had to put the milk in a clear bag. Like that would work on a hot day. The lady said it was the ice packs that were the issue; again on a warm day. First time in 3 years I’ve had a problem. My real problem is the condescending tone of the rent-a-cops and the way they treated my family like we were trying to sneak a in a gun. Mid game I had to walk out to the car and grab an individual sippy cup. The security supervisor at the front asked why and I went off on Rick The Dick and hopefully he chills out.
Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? Petco Park is hosting a Beach Boys concert Saturday night and Ziggy Marley will play in honor of his dad Bob on Sunday night.
Of course having a cold beer on Memorial Day is a must. Back in the day Stirrups used to link cool beer and beer-centric events. Well, I’m here to tell you there’s finally a non-alcoholic beer I truly enjoy. Run Wild by Athletic Brewing Company has the body and taste of a solid IPA. Think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Firestone Double Barrel Ale. I can finally actually enjoy a beer now and then. So anybody on the sober wagon, needing to drive, or just wanting to cut back on booze, give it a try.
Please enjoy the three day weekend. Be safe. And take a minute to remember the reason we have Monday off work.
GIF Gamethread weekend
Hey everyone! We are loving this snappy new server and are going to try out gifs in gamethreads all weekend long! (Fri-Sun). After the weekend we’ll see if we want to keep it or not based on how the server performs.
Have at it, and enjoy!