Wednesday, September 3, 2008

MLB TV Network reveals logo

In an article (HERE), the MLB announced their design for the new MLB Network. They say they used the 'home plate' design because the network is "home to all things baseball." If I had my guess, they came up with the reasoning after an all-nighter pulled once the logo was finalized... :-)

And, in response to Dayf's comment, I submit the following for your viewing pleasure(?):

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Last bats or just getting started? (9/2)

Two of our 2nd Round matches head into the third inning, providing the possible last bats for two of our tournament teams. The third game is just now entering the bottom of the first after a delayed start. Gustav may be pouring down outside my doorway here in southwest Arkansas, but the skies are clear on the scratchoff ballfield!

This is the 100th anniversary of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," so everyone please stand and sing along:

Katie Casey was base ball mad. Had the fever and had it bad; Just to root for the home town crew, Ev'ry sou Katie blew. On a Saturday, he young beau Called to see if she'd like to go, To see a show but Miss Kate said, "No, I'll tell you what you can do."

"Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don't care if I never get back, Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don't win it's a shame. For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."

Katie Casey saw all the games, Knew the players by their first names; Told the umpire he was wrong, All along good and strong. When the score was just two to two, Katie Casey knew what to do, Just to cheer up the boys she knew, She made the gang sing this song:

"Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don't care if I never get back, Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don't win it's a shame. For it's one, two, three strikes, your out,
At the old ball game."

Now, Let's PLAY BALL!

Round 2 Match 1 - Chris(M) is up to bat in the top of the third with the scored tied 3-3. Since it was a holiday weekend, I'm extending the allotted time to choose the batters here.

Chris(M), play your pick six to see what they can do in the third inning: 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 25, 26, 30, 31

Round 2 Match 2 - Madding brings his batters up to the plate here in the third inning, where he has a 3-1 lead over Dayf. He is ready for action, telling the local sports reporter, "Let the scratchcard dust fly!" He brings in Number 4 (Yadier Molina) to start off the inning. Dayf's pitcher throws the ball across the plate for a strike. The batter gets hold of the next pitch, but he sends it foul into the crowd. Molina is behind in the count 0-2. As the next pitch comes in, he swings, sending the ball to the center fielder for an easy pop fly out. That's the first out of the inning as Number 30 (Mark Mulder) makes his way out of the dugout. The pitch is a bit outside, but the batter gets just enough of it to send it deep into the right field corner. He crosses first, rounds second and slides into third just ahead of the fielder's throw! He's got a triple. That brings up Number 14 (Ken Boyer) with a man on and still two outs away from the end of the inning. The pitcher looks over the situation, checking the runner and taking his sign from the catcher. He throws. The batter swings and knocks the ball up the middle but the shortstop makes a diving grab and throws the ball to first for the second out.

The Cardinals call up El Dorado, Arkansas, native and Hall of Famer Number 20 (Lou Brock). The pitcher tosses up the first pitch. Brock swings and hits it foul. The next pitch misses the zone and the count is evened up 1-and-1. Brock looks ready for the pitch. Here it comes... He smacks the ball hard, but it bounces hard to the third baseman. Brock is no match for the defense as Dayf racks up the third out.

Dayf manages to keep the Cardinals on hold, but he still trails 3-1 as his team comes up in the bottom of the third. Will Madding's Cards put up a strong enough defense to win the game, or will Dayf take a cue from the Orioles/Rangers game last round?

Dayf, since you've got last bats, you get to use all of the remaining batters as long as you stay in the game! Here are your players: 02, 09, 15, 23, 26, 31, 32

Round 2 Match 3 - Erin's Orioles barely get out of Round One and they are thrust into Round Two, trailing by a run behind ChrisB's team. She sends her girls up to the plate here in the bottom of the first. She looks over her roster, and selects Number 4 to lead off. The batter swings at the ball and sends it up the middle for a base hit. The girls have become accustomed to playing catch-up, and Number 22 is hoping to do that and more here. ChrisB watches as his pitcher sends in the next ball. The batter swings and misses. The next pitch gets the batter swinging as well, and she falls behind 0-2. The third pitch produces the third strike and that batter takes her seat in the dugout. The Orioles pick Number 11 to come into the game. The batter swings at the batter's toss and she drops this one into deep left field for a stand-up double! The Orioles have two runners on and one out. Number 13 walks to the batter's box and gets ready to face the pitcher's arsenal. A base hit here ties the game. The pitcher misses his mark, and Number Thirteen cracks this one into a galaxy far, far away! This one is GONE! A three-run homer puts the Orioles ahead 3-1 in the first.

With one out and two batters left to go this go-round, ChrisB hopes his boys can stop Erin's girls. Out of the dugout next is Number 21. She adjusts her helmet, takes a couple swings and gets ready for the pitch. Here comes the pitch... BAM! Back-to-back home runs as the batter sends this one out of the park! The girls came to put on a show, folks! They like that four-run mark as we've seen from them in the previous game. 4-1 with just one out. What is Number 3 gonna do here? The pitcher takes a cleansing breath, draws, and pitches. KAPOW! The batter sends the ball flying! The right fielder starts running. This one is gonna be close! The fielder grabs the wall and leaps up. HOLY COW, what a grab! That's a web gem there, folks!

The Orioles lead 4-1 with two outs in the bottom of the first.

Erin is still up to bat, so she can select six batters to see if can widen the gap even further: 01, 05, 06, 08, 09, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32

Okay, let's try another trivia question, only this time only readers that have never participated in the current tournament are allowed to answer! The question: Only three Indians have ever been selected as league MVP. Who are they and when were they the MVP? Remember, respond to this post with your answer, and if you've played (or are playing) in the tourney, you'll have to sit this one out...

Round One Gamecards and Prizes!

I know the suspense has ben killing you... Well, okay, maybe not... But, after a few brief delays, ladies and gentlemen, I present First Round pics!

Match 01 - Madding vs. MMosley

Match 02 - WhiteSoxCards vs. Joey

Match 03 - TasteLikeDirt vs. ChrisB

Match 04 - Chris(M) vs Motherscratcher

Motherscratcher wins the first trivia question!

Match 05 - Extras innings and two scratchcards later! Erin vs. Voltaire

Match 06 - Dayf vs Kevin

Our second trivia winners were MMosley and Voltaire!

Monday, September 1, 2008

20 Wins!

Can you say "Cy Young?" Of course, we all know what happened to the LAST Cy Young winner the Tribe had....

Who was the last Triber to hit 20 wins in a season? I think Lee is in some VERY good company....

Wahoo, it's all Round Two! (9/1)

Welcome to the first post featuring ALL Round Two action! I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day despite Gustav making a complete mess of things. Let's get to tonight's scratch-off action.

I spent the day yesterday and part of today finally attacking the 1000+ cards I've bought and traded over the past few months. It's the tedium of putting the cards into the database and then into binders that keeps me from doing it on a regular basis. But, since that took up most of my free time, I did not get to scan in the prizes as I had said would be done. Have no fear! Those pics will get posted. :-)

Round 2 Match 1 - It's three to three here in the bottom of the second inning. The Rangers have two outs with a runner on first. #29 Rusty Greer comes out onto the field and the fans give him a standing ovation. The Giants pitcher does not handle the noise well, and Greer gets a free ride to first on a walk. Two men on, two outs, as #5 Ian Kinsler steps in. Here's the pitch... Kinsler knocks a blooper into shallow left to load the bases. The crowd gets to their feet and begins to wave their arms as #22 Marlon Byrd walks to the plate. The Giants pitcher throws the ball. Byrd sends this one deep! The right fielder is back. He turns to run toward the wall. This one could be outta here! Not this time! The right fielder leaps and grabs the ball before it reaches the wall to end the inning!

Chris(M) breathes a sigh of relief as the Rangers leave the bases full of runners. The game is tied, though, and this means that the Giants are going to have to come up with runs in the third if they hope to move on!

Chris(M), play your pick six to see what they can do in the third inning: 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 25, 26, 30, 31

Round 2 Match 2 - Dayf comes to bat with his team behind 4-1 against Madding. There has been a lot of action in this game, so it would not surprise me if we have to move to an extra card before this one is over. Dayf looks over the player list, and calls in Number 10 to start things off here in the bottom of the second. The Cardinals pitcher sends a barrage of fastballs that completely obliterates the batter's chances of hitting and he goes down swinging. Here is Number 17 in to bat next, hoping to get his team motivated. It has been said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Perhaps the journey to a game-winner begins with a walk. That's what the Cardinals pitcher gives the batter. We've got one player on base now for Dayf and just one out. Number 06 strolls to the batter's box. He tries, but can't seem to find the ball. The pitcher sends him back to the dugout quickly with another strikeout in the inning. Two outs with a man on. The hometown crowd has quieted to something just above a murmur as Number 01 steps up to face the Cardinals. In a good run of bad luck, the batter falls victim to the pitcher's third strikeout of the inning.

The Cardinals escape the second inning, still leading 3-1 as they come to the plate in the third. Will they extend their lead or have the waters gone calm?

Madding, choose your next six batters wisely: 02, 04, 09, 14, 15, 20, 23, 26, 30, 31, 32

Round 2 Match 3 - Here in the top of the first inning, ChrisB leads Erin 1-0 with one out and a runner on first. He calls in Number 31 to kick start his team. The batter sends a high fly ball where the second baseman makes a diving grab! That's two outs and anything can happen. Up next, we have Number 02. Erin walks out to the mound to check on her pitcher. After a brief conversation, the pitcher looks ready to roll. Her first pitch is fouled off. The batter waits on the next pitch, which misses the strike zone for a ball. With the count 1-1, here's the next pitch... The batter swings, sending the ball deep to left field. If this stays fair, it's a home run.... But it falls away just before it gets to the pole. A souvenir for someone. The batter's behind in the count as the pitcher throws some serious heat across the plate. The batter looks for a called ball, but the umpire calls "strike three" and ChrisB is retired.

Erin, it's time to bring your girls into the offensive part of the game. ChrisB leads 1-0 as we go into the bottom of the first inning.

Erin, choose the six batters you'd like to send in to the game: 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32