Archive | July 2014

You know you were born in the 1980s when…

You look at your birth certificate and notice that the year begins with “198”.

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Not bad for a Mad Bum

Those in attendance, as well as the millions watching around the world, were yesterday fortunate enough to experience a slice of sporting history. No, not Germany winning the World Cup Final, though I have to admit that Mario Götze’s goal was pretty special. I’m talking about Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey hitting grand slams in the same game for the San Francisco Giants, thus becoming the first starting pitcher and starting catcher in MLB history to both hit a grand slam in the same game.
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Hamilton. Not bland.

Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton continues to amaze on the basepaths. As if to prove that his deceleration is just as impressive as his acceleration, here he virtually stops in mid-air to avoid the tag from Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez, in what MLB.com described as a Matrix move.

Earlier in the season, Hamilton tagged up and scored from third base on a pop fly to shallow right-centre field.

Le Tour de France est de retour en France

After three amazing days in England, the Tour de France today returned to France. It seems almost unfair. Yorkshire in particular embraced the world’s most prestigious bicycle race as its own; crowds lined the route from start to finish and everywhere you looked there was bunting and yellow bicycles. Every shop window seemed to celebrate the arrival of the race in its own way, as this pharmacy shows.
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And the walk… of life

In the UK in the 1980s, there was no MLB TV, no ESPN and almost no baseball on television. Channel 4 did give over a few hours to the World Series in the middle of the decade, but it never really took off here to anything like the same extent as the NFL. Though I collected the few Topps baseball cards produced for the UK market and read the excellent Book of Baseball, my first exposure to the game very probably came from an even less likely source. Read More…