Feel good music

“Feel Good Drag” by Anberlin. Also known as catcher Andrew Susac‘s walk-out music…

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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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You know you were born in the 1980s when…

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

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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