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  • Why the last living member of 1948 Indians is upset with the team

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 hr ago

    With the Cleveland Indians four wins away from the franchise’s first World Series championship since 1948, the mood around the team and the city has been mostly celebratory. Unfortunately, that joy isn’t being shared by Eddie Robinson, the lone surviving member of the 1948 Indians team.

    Robinson is upset that he has not been contacted by the team at any point during its run to the 2016 World Series, according to the New York Daily News.

    “That’s the funny thing about it. I haven’t heard a damn word from Cleveland. Not a word,” Robinson told the Daily News. “I’m disappointed. It just seems like they would want to talk to any member of the ’48 team, let the press talk to them. I don’t understand it. Maybe they’ll get in touch with me.”

    For his career, Robinson was a four-time All-Star who finished with 1,146 hits and 172 home runs.

    According to the Daily News story, the 95-year-old Paris, Texas, native now lives in Fort Worth. He is also currently the oldest living player to suit up for the New York Yankees.

    About this first pitch nonsense:

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  • Indians hoping Danny Salazar will be ready for World Series

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 15 hrs ago

    Long layoffs are not typically welcomed by teams in the midst of a postseason run. However, the Cleveland Indians can’t really complain about the six days they’ll have to rest and heal ahead of World Series Game 1 on Tuesday.

    As everyone knows by now, the Indians are a beat up team, particularly in the starting rotation. But Friday offered optimism that the extra days of rest could allow two key members of their rotation to return at or near 100 percent. That includes Danny Salazar, who had been shut down since early September due to a right forearm strain.

    According to manager Terry Francona, the All-Star right-hander threw a two-inning simulated game on Sunday that went according to plan. Salazar is scheduled to throw another simulated game this weekend. If that goes well, Francona left the door open for Salazar to pitch and perhaps even start a World Series game. He concluded his comments with six very encouraging words.

    “I think he’s ready to pitch.”

    Francona on Salazar, who could be available for the World Series. #Indians

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  • Cubs fans camp outside Wrigley Field hoping for NLCS tickets

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 17 hrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs are one win away from clinching their first trip to the World Series since 1945 and not surprisingly a lot of fans are desperate to be a part of history.

    How desperate you ask? Desperate enough to camp outside Wrigley Field on Friday night in hopes that tickets to NLCS Game 6, or potentially Game 7, will become available.

    According to CBS Chicago, fans started showing up early on Friday with the knowledge they’d likely have to wait until Saturday morning to find out if tickets were available. The problem, of course, is that it’s possible tickets will not be released. And even if some are, it’s likely there won’t be enough to cover a crowd that’s expected to continue growing overnight.

    Nonetheless, fans have not been deterred. In fact, many sound prepared to stay as long as necessary, even if that means braving some uncomfortable elements.

    Here’s more from the CBS Chicago report:

    The Cubs won’t allow them to camp out near the ticket counter, so fans like Luis Delgado have relocated just outside a construction site and scaffolding across the street.

  • Podcast: Joe Buck explains why he doesn’t actually hate your team

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 18 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.

    The 2016 World Series is right around the corner. While we wait to figure out just who will be playing the Cleveland Indians we know for sure that Joe Buck will be there.

    As Fox Sports’ lead broadcaster, Buck is everywhere, especially during MLB and NFL playoffs. He’s the soundtrack to the modern sports experience for many people. So we had to have him on a brand new StewPod to talk about a number of things, starting with why he hates your favorite team.

    And, big news here, he doesn’t actually hate them, as much as you think otherwise.

    Hear that? You gotta try harder if you want to make Joe Buck cry. We also talked to Buck about how he preps for calling big moments like the final out of the World Series and why he bothers with Twitter.

    [Music: Otis English – “Young Kids, Old Love” ]

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  • Alex Rodriguez nearly laughed when Pete Rose complimented Derek Jeter

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    The team of in-studio analysts for FS1 has been rolling along nicely this postseason. Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, and Frank Thomas have been providing interesting commentary before and after the games, with A-Rod in particular standing out as a guy with deep baseball knowledge and a thoughtful approach.

    Of course, when you sit A-Rod and his thoughtful approach next to Pete Rose, king of the hot take, you’re bound to get a few strange and uncomfortable moments. Take this one for example, which happened during Thursday night’s broadcast of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

    Pete Rose said that Derek Jeter inspired Alex Rodriguez…Rod wasn't lovin' that so much

    — Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) October 20, 2016

    This is not the only time A-Rod had a glorious response to Pete Rose babbling weirdness at him.

    Arod reacts to something Pete Rose said

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  • Bill Murray crashed the White House press briefing to hype up the Cubs

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    When you’re Bill Murray, movie star and international man of unpredictability, sometimes you just find yourself in the White House on a random Friday.

    Such was the case when Murray crashed the regular White House press briefing and got in front of the mic. He didn’t want to talk about politics, instead his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.

    Wearing a Cubs pullover with a Cubs cap in his hand, Murray rattled off all the reasons he thinks the Cubs have the best shot to win their National League Championship Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 6 is Saturday at Wrigley Field, with the Dodgers sending ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound.

    A sampling of what Murray had to say:

    “Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher, but we got too many sticks … And at home, our crowd, the weather. You get a little bit of autumn in Chicago. You don’t get that in Los Angeles. Trees just die, you know what I’m saying. In Illinois, they flourish.”

    Murray sounds like he’s been studying Cubs skipper Joe Maddon’s book of “How to Sound Cool When Talking About Baseball” — especially with “too many sticks” comment.

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  • A fictional Indians pitcher could throw out the first World Series pitch

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    When you talk about the greatest baseball movies ever made, “Major League” has to make the list. But it has a special place in the hearts of Cleveland Indians fans, since it’s about a crappy Indians team beating the odds and making it to the World Series. And now that their non-crappy team is headed to the World Series, some fans want to make “Major League” part of the opening game festivities. 

    Major League continues to be the gift that keeps on giving!

    if called upon, I'd be honored.

    — Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) October 20, 2016

    Charlie Sheen played pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in “Major League,” and the thing he’d “be honored” to do is throw out the first pitch of Tuesday’s World Series opener in character as Vaughn.

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  • The secret behind Addison Russell's surge: A teammate's underwear

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Prior to Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, some were calling for Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell to be benched. Up until that point, Russell had gone hitless in the series, and many wondered whether manager Joe Maddon would be better off leaving him off the lineup card for Game 4.

    That would have been a terrible decision. Russell broke out with a three-hit performance in Game 4 that included a big two-run homer. He continued his hot streak Thursday during Game 5, belting another two-run shot that gave the Cubs the lead.

    There has to be a reason for Russell’s sudden turnaround, right? Maybe he’s seeing the ball better? Or maybe he spent more time in the batting cages recently?

    Nope. That’s not it. Russell’s recent hot streak has been the result of wearing a teammate’s lucky underwear.

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  • NLCS Game 5: Late rally pushes Cubs to brink of World Series

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Slump? What slump? Just two days ago, many were wondering what happened to the Chicago Cubs’ vaunted offense. After the past two games, they have their answer.

    The Cubs bats came alive once again during Thursday’s 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

    It took a while for Chicago to get things going, though. Things were fairly tense early on, as both starters kept things close. Kenta Maeda appeared to be on the ropes in the first inning, but rebounded to toss a decent start against Chicago.

    Maeda may have settled down during his start, but Jon Lester remained fired up the entire way. The left-hander turned in a dominant performance against Los Angeles for seven innings, even though the Dodgers were doing everything in their power to make him uncomfortable.

    The contest remained tight until the sixth inning, when Addison Russell launched a two-run homer to give the Cubs some breathing room. Then, in the eighth, Chicago’s offense came alive. The Cubs took advantage of some questionable defense by Los Angeles to score five runs and put the game out of reach.

    Javier Baez has been the breakout star for Chicago this October.

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  • Vin Scully returns to Dodger Stadium to rally fans before Game 5

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully made his triumphant return to Dodger Stadium on Thursday, and it was just as legendary as you might expect. Prior to the start of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, Scully rallied the home fans by announcing “it’s time for Dodger baseball” from his suite.


    — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 21, 2016

    Scully was introduced by former Dodgers Steve Garvey and Eric Karros, both of who threw out first pitches prior to the contest.

    While the above video doesn’t feature the greatest audio, you can hear Scully make the announcement in front of the fans. Predictably, the entire stadium went nuts to see and hear him once again.

    With Scully actually back, there’s no way the Dodgers will disappoint him, right? The team has rallied around the mantra “Win for Vin” this postseason. With the NLCS tied at 2-2, there’s no better time for them come through with that promise.

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