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The Outlaw Hunter Strickland

Hunter Strickland

When I hear the name Strickland, the first thing that comes to mind is that school principal in Back to the Future. You know the one. He’s the bald killjoy who seems determined to ruin the day of our time-travelling hero, Marty McFly. Read More…

Baseball for breakfast

Despite the drawback of most games being shown in the wee small hours, watching live Major League Baseball from the UK does actually offer a couple of advantages. One is the ability to watch day games live in the evening, with the first pitch typically being thrown somewhere between 6pm and 9:15pm UK time. The other is that, every so often, there will be a game still going on at breakfast time.
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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.

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…

The Freaky Franchise does it again

Tim Lincecum threw his second career no-hitter last Wednesday as the San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres by a score of 4–0. ‘The Freak’ held the Padres hitless for the second time in less than a year, having hurled his first career no-hitter against them last July at Petco Park.

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