Mark Townsend

  • World Series viewers in DC miss Game 2 fireworks due to emergency test

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago

    Just as World Series Game 2 got interesting on Wednesday night, Comcast customers who double as baseball fans in and around Washington D.C. were left in the dark about what was going on at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Royals had already struck for three run in what would prove to be the difference-making sixth inning in their 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants, but the biggest blow and first real incidence of drama was yet to come.

    All those fans knew was that Omar Infante was about to step in against Giants rookie reliever Hunter Strickland, and the Royals were on the brink of breaking the game wide open with one swing.

    Then this happened.

    The most dramatic point this far in the World Series and DC cable goes to an emergency alert test pattern.

    This is only a test of the emergency broadcast alert system. It's just a really poorly timed one.

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  • Giants fan who caught and returned Travis Ishikawa's walk-off homer gets World Series tickets

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 days ago

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    After San Francisco Giants left fielder Travis Ishikawa connected for a historic three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning of NLCS Game 5, not everybody at AT&T Park knew where the ball ended up. They just knew St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Oscar Taveras didn't catch it, and that meant the Giants were headed back to the World Series for the third time since 2010.

    Even Giants pitcher Jake Peavy was unaware as he ran on to the field. As Ishikawa neared third base, Peavy nearly terminated his home run trot with a bear hug because he'd thought the ball ricocheted off the wall for a double. 

    One person who did know though was long-time Giants fan Frank Burke. That's because he was the lucky fan who caught the ball as it skimmed over the top of the high brick wall in right field, making Ishikawa only the fourth player in MLB history to hit a postseason pennant-clinching home run. 

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  • Royals fan willing to get player likeness 'butt tattoo' for World Series tickets

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 days ago

    There are two types of die-hard baseball fans. There are those who will do just about anything within their power to get their hands on World Series tickets. And there are those who will take that extra step to get their hands on World Series tickets.

    Among the latter group is Jeremy Scheuch, a Chicago-area Kansas City Royals fan who desperately wants to experience the madness at Kauffman Stadium when their 29-year World Series drought ends on Tuesday. According to Red Eye Chicago, Scheuch has a unique deal he's willing to make, and he's already offered it to several Royals players in hopes of scoring World Series tickets.

    His deal? Offer to get the likeness of a Royals player tattooed on his posterior, in unicorn form no less, in exchange for a pair of tickets.

    And why this particular deal?

    "I just like unicorns and baseball," the 35-year-old shrugged. "If my getting a tattoo of Billy Butler on my a** will get us World Series tickets, then that's what I'll do."

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