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  • Podcast: Pedro Martinez on his friendship with Jose Fernandez

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 7 hrs ago

    This is The StewPod, our baseball podcast with a dash of pop culture. If you dig the show, please subscribe and review us on iTunes.

    As baseball still processesthe shocking death of Jose Fernandez, this week’s StewPod offers you a new perspective on the life of Fernandez.

    It belongs to Pedro Martinez, the Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst for MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight,” who had built a friendship with Fernandez since his emergence as one of the best pitchers in the game. In fact, Martinez says, he was looking forward to going fishing with Fernandez soon.

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    [Music: Gallant — “Weight in Gold” ]

  • Video: Here’s how baseball should really pay tribute to Jose Fernandez

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 10 hrs ago

    It probably wasn’t the greatest moment of Jose Fernandez’s career by the usual baseball standards, but God, if he didn’t love that night in 2013 against the Atlanta Braves when he smacked his first career home run.

    He was a pitcher, so this was a big deal. He was a 20-year-old rookie, so this was a thing of dreams. And he had a big fun-loving personality, so this was a moment he wanted to watch.

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    He watched that homer so long the Braves felt like they needed to fight him. The benches cleared. People yelled at and pushed each other. At one moment, if you looked off the side, you saw Fernandez, a big, happy, smiling face among the angry ballplayers shouting at each other about a perceived slight of their unwritten code.

    This was Jose Fernandez. He had fun playing baseball and didn’t apologize for it, even if the tired ol’ unwritten rules frowned on such things.

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  • This Cubs fan already got his 'World Series Champions' tattoo

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 11 hrs ago

    Just how eager are Chicago Cubs fans to break the 108-year World Series drought? Eager enough that one fan has already etched “World Series Champions” and “Curse Broken” onto his body in tattoo form. The Cubs, of course, won’t play their first playoff game until next week.

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    That didn’t stop this dude Noel from Des Moines, who answered a call from radio station 1460 KXNO, which was looking for a Cubs fan brave enough to predict the World Series in a far more permanent way than us baseball pundits. The Cubs ARE the World Series favorites, but this is nonetheless a fate-tempting exercise.

    Here’s how the tattoo looks, followed by a video from the radio station:

    Now, the Cubs are playing for more than just 108 years of history and breaking the goat curse and every person on the North Side who has lived their entire life without seeing a World Series winner. Now, they’re planning for this dude Noel in Des Moines and his leg tattoo.

  • Jose Fernandez's high-school jersey stolen after candlelight vigil

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    Jose Fernandez was remembered at a candlelight vigil Wednesday at Alonso High School in Tampa, the school he attended, the school where he became a baseball star. And now, the school says, something unthinkable has happened.

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    Someone stole one of Fernandez’s high-school jerseys that was on display in his old dugout during the vigil. The news comes from Anastasia Dawson of the Palm Beach Post, who says the school is “unbelievably sad.”

    Alonso ball coach: boggles my mind someone would tarnish what we did last night for Jose. Fernandez jersey missing pic.twitter.com/Vl0Sl7A5Wg

    — Anastasia Dawson (@adawsonwrites) September 29, 2016

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  • Alex Rodriguez returns to baseball as Fox Sports postseason analyst

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    A-Rod’s back in the postseason! And, no, this has nothing to do with the New York Yankees and their teeny-tiny playoff hopes.

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    Alex Rodriguez is, in fact, returning to Fox Sports for a stint as a postseason analyst. The news comes from A-Rod himself, since he’s media now:

    Excited to be back with @foxsports. Looking forward to the @MLB playoffs. pic.twitter.com/lHr8EbCH2f

    — Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) September 29, 2016

    This will be his return to baseball after retiring from the Yankees in August, ending a 22-year MLB career filled with controversy, awards and 696 homers.

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  • Red Sox clinch AL East despite walk-off loss to Yankees

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The Boston Red Sox got where many people expected on Wednesday night, clinching their third AL East title in the last 10 years, but the road they traveled to the top of baseball’s most volatile division wasn’t exactly predictable. And neither was their clincher.

    The division crown was theirs after the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Blue Jays 3-2 in Toronto on Hyun Soo Kim’s two-run homer, rendering the results of Boston’s game on Wednesday meaningless as far as the division title was concerned.

    And good thing, because Boston blew a 3-0 lead, losing to the New York Yankees 5-3 on Mark Teixeira’s walk-off grand slam at Yankee Stadium. That spoiled the Red Sox moment to some degree, but the celebration was still on in the visitor’s clubhouse.

    AL EAST CHAMPS!!! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/gIRXYIMwCr

    — Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 29, 2016

    If everything goes the way it could for the Red Sox, they’ll have other moments to embrace and chances to celebrate in October.

  • Wins by the dozen: Mets, Giants, Cards all score 12-run routs

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    If you were hoping the NL wild-card race would shake up Tuesday night, that didn’t happen. What did happen was three beatdowns handed out by teams looking to lock down those two playoff spots.

    If you like symmetry, you probably like this: The New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants each scored 12 runs in their victories. Nothing too deep. Just the wild-card standings not changing at all.

    • The Mets got big homers from Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes plus eight strikeouts from starter Noah Syndergaard to beat the Miami Marlins by the count of 12-1.

    • In St. Louis, the Cardinals knocked four homers, including Aledmys Diaz’s emotional grand slam (more on that in a bit) and a two-run jack by Jhonny Peralta. Both Diaz and Peralta finished with four RBIs in the Cardinals’ 12-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

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  • This guy tried to propose at the Yankees game but he dropped the ring

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    There aren’t many things in life a man plans more meticulously than proposing marriage. It’s a moment you definitely don’t want to fumble.

    Which is why everyone watching Tuesday night’s New York Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox had to feel for 29-year-old Andrew Fox, who dropped to his knee during to the game, planning to propose to his girlfriend Heather Terwilliger, also 29.

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    Fox opened up the ring box — and he totally dropped the ring. This is how you feel when that happens in front of 35,000 people at the stadium and thousands more on TV.

    Here’s the good news: After a search of about five minutes, aided by fans nearby, the ring was found. Fox did it right the second time. Terwilliger said yes. And they have quite a proposal story ‘til death do them part.

    Added his new fiancé: “I didn’t know what to think. It was all a shock, it came so quickly. I felt really bad. It was good that we found it.”

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  • Jose Fernandez's best friend gives us another incredible on-field tribute

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Aledmys Diaz returned to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, his heart still full of grief, but with one swing in the fourth inning, he gave us another incredible tribute to Jose Fernandez.

    On Sunday, Diaz got the horrible news: Fernandez — who lived a few doors down when they were kids in their native Cuba, a friend so close he called him brother — had died in a boating accident.

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    Outside of Fernandez’s teammates with the Miami Marlins, the news didn’t hit anyone in baseball harder than Diaz. He couldn’t play Sunday, then Monday he left the Cardinals to attend a private memorial in Miami with Fernandez’s mother and grandmother, who Diaz says look at him like a son.

    — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 28, 2016

    Mission accomplished.

  • Jose Fernandez gets high praise from Donald Trump at Florida campaign stop

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    It’s not just the baseball world that’s still thinking about Jose Fernandez, the 24-year-old star Miami Marlins pitcherkilled in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

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    He’s also on the mind of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who mentioned Fernandez during a Tuesday campaign stop in Melbourne, Fla., a good 180 miles from where the Marlins play in Miami.

    We don’t know which pitching stats Trump values — our guess: he likes both wins and WAR — but we do know that he thinks Fernandez is one of the best pitchers ever, apparently.

    In Florida, Trump pays tribute to Jose Fernandez: "Just about as good a pitcher as ever was at that age."

    — Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) September 27, 2016

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