The first two weekends of September will be ones I won’t long forget. I had the opportunity to go to Seoul and watch the 18U World Baseball Championships. Not only did I get to watch, but I was a member of the press. Through my other website, BaseballdeWorld.com, I was able to secure a press credential.
Sadly due to the lack of the ability to take vacation, I was only able to go for the weekend action. That being said, I had an amazing time.
I love writing about baseball, talking baseball, and generally anything baseball related. While at the games I sat in the media room where I was armed with my laptop writing away about the action on the field for my site. It was a great experience and one I’d love to relive. I always wondered what it was like to be a sports journalist, and while I didn’t have the deadlines and stress that I am sure comes with the job, I enjoyed my time.
For a couple of the games, I took to the stands to watch the action with my friend Kihoon who lives in Seoul. That was a lot of fun watching some great games and getting to talk a little baseball.
However, the best part of the whole deal was getting to see the USA win a gold medal in baseball. I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of great sporting events, including the world championships in track and field where I saw multiple American gold medals and some world records broken. But the biggest thrill for me personally was watching the USA win a gold medal in my favorite sport.
I enjoyed being a part of the media for a few days, even if a lot of people might look down on bloggers. I enjoyed writing about the games and wish I could do more of it. Being at the game and getting a feeling for the action and writing about it is so much better than watching it on TV or reading box scores to write about a games. If I got paid for it, I think I would be in heaven.
I don’t know where I’ll be next year, but no matter where I’ll be I’ll be writing about baseball even if its only for my site.
I love this game!
You can see a short video I made of the championship game as the US won the gold medal on my YouTube page.
I love baseball commercials and over the course of time there have been some great ones. Nike had a great one with Chicks Dig the Long Ball. The Seattle Mariners have had some great ones as well over the course of time, but I have found a new one coming from the hotbed of baseball in Japan. Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think.
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If you are a fan of David Letterman like myself, you will recall watching countless episodes of stupid human tricks. Well today I stumbled across one from the world of baseball. The is a man who hits 10 balls in 10 seconds off of a pitching machine. I am not sure what is more fascinating though. The fact that he hits all 10, or that he doesn’t fall down after spinning around so many times. Anyway, here it is. I hope you enjoy it……at least a little.
If you like this video, please check out some others we have posted here.
This is a classic from Asheville Tourists manager Joe Mikulik. During a game in Lexington, KY, Mikulik argues a call after a Legends player is called safe at second. His tirade eventually gets him tossed from the game. Then the real genius of the fit ensues. Enjoy!
I have seen walk off home runs, walk off walks, walk off passed balls, you name it and I have seen it, except this. In a Memorial Day Single-A game between the Bakersfield Blaze and the Visalia Rawhide, the game erupted in a donnybrook.
With the game tied 1-1 in the 10th inning, Engel Beltre (a Texas Ranger prospect) hits a walk off home run to right field. This marked the start of a one minute seven second trot around the bases. As he nears 3rd base, he begins jawing with some of the unhappy Rawhide players. A full on fight breaks out before he can touch home plate. It didn’t seem as though Beltre was as interested in scoring as he was in participating in the fight. The video is below.
Beltre finally finishes his romp around the bases with a one finger salute to the Rawhide team as he touches home. Beltre was acquired in the Eric Gagne deal from Boston in 2007. Seven players have been suspended for the altercation, including a 5 game stint for Beltre.
With the recent injuries to Kendry Morales and David Huff, it got me thinking of some of the worst injuries that I have seen in the past. I have seen my share on the field and on TV, but there are a few that stand out to me.
The first one that comes to mind is former All-Star Dave Dravecky. In 1988, Dravecky was diagnosed with cancer in his arm. He underwent surgery in late 1988 and was told he would never pitch again. Dravecky worked hard and was determined to get back to the mound, which he did in August of 1989. He pitched brilliantly in his comeback going 8 innings and winning against Cincinnati. Five days later tragedy would strike in Montreal. In the 6th inning on a pitch to Tim Raines, Dave Dravecky broke his arm. It was a gruesome sight and one I will never forget.
Two years later the cancer would return. With his arm continuing to deteriorate, Dravecky was forced to have his arm and shoulder amputated. Today Dravecky is a motivational speaker. You can see part of this in the short video below which includes video of his arm breaking in Montreal.
The other injury that comes to mind is the one Jason Kendall suffered on July 4, 1999 in Pittsburgh. As Kendall crossed first base he suffered a compound dislocation his ankle. It was a horrifying sight to see. Ankles are just not meant to bend in that direction. He wound up missing the rest of the season but came back strong the following year. I don’t have video of the injury, but there is a grisly picture below.
What are some of the injuries that you remember best? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the best, or worst, injuries.
In June of 2007, Phillip Wellman had enough. The manager of the Mississippi Braves simply exploded, and with it he gave us one of the greatest manager meltdowns of all-time. I for one think this might be the greatest. You be the judge. Is there a better one out there? I’d like to hear your favorites.
I have been a baseball fan ever since I can remember. I have followed baseball closely since the first World Series I can remember, 1985 Cards v Royals. I can still see Dirk Denkinger missing the call in the 9th. This begs the question too, will the Royals ever make it back to prominence?
I live for baseball season. There is something about spring and the smells of a game. I always think back to Ray Liotta playing Shoeless Joe Jackson when he says, “Man, I did love this game. I’d have played for food money. It was the game… The sounds, the smells. Did you ever hold a ball or a glove to your face?” I was never paid to play, but I have paid to play. This game holds a special place in my heart, and I live and die with each season.
There are a lot of things I want to see in life, and many of them deal with baseball. I hope to see as many stadiums as I can starting with each of the 7 stadiums in the Korean Baseball Organization. This site will be about my baseball travels around the world and I hope to bring you some great stories along the way.
Opening day is not far off and I can’t wait. See you then.