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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Seeking out autographs at a baseball game can be an emotional experience. The baseball-loving public was reminded of that Sunday, when a young fan broke down in tears of joyafter Los Angeles Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout signed his baseball.
If you loved baseball as a kid, there’s a good chance you also went out seeking your favorite player’s autograph at some point in your life. And while we hope your experience rivaled that of the young Angels fan in the above video, it doesn’t always turn out that way.
With that in mind, we asked the Big League Stew crew to share their favorite autograph stories. Some of them end in triumph, some of them end in disappointment and one of them ends with someone’s mom yelling at a player.
Enjoy!Wed, Aug 317:05 PM EDTWashington at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Tim Tebow may not have immediately secured a MLB contract after his much-publicized workout Tuesday in Los Angeles but baseball has already helped him earn at least one contract. Yep, even before he crushed a batting-practice home run and didn’t particularly impress with his throwing ability.
When Tebow took the field for his workout he was decked out in Adidas gear, the result of a new endorsement deal with the sportswear giant, which was first reported by ESPN.
This won’t help quell the cynicism that Tebow’s baseball pursuit is more publicity stunt than honest professional endeavor, even as he’s been very vocal to prove otherwise.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
It’s been a disastrous season for the Cincinnati Reds. At 55-76, the team currently sits in last place in the National League Central. While first baseman Joey Votto remains effective at age-32, the team around him is in pretty rough shape.
Aside from Votto’s fantastic heel turn this season, the Reds haven’t received a lot of national attention. That’s not really a surprise considering their performance and the lack of star players on the roster.
But what if we told you this Reds team had a chance to break some records? Maybe that would peak your interest in an otherwise uneventful team. Oh, and when we say “records,” we aren’t talking about the good kind. No, the Reds are bad, and there are certain aspects of the 2016 team that have a chance to be historically awful.
It all starts with the team’s bullpen. By many measures, the Reds have put together the worst collection of relievers in baseball this season. Put their powers together, and you might have the worst bullpen of all-time.Wed, Aug 317:05 PM EDTCincinnati at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
I’m sure every ballplayer has opinions about what fans should and shouldn’t do at the ballpark. However, most of them keep those opinions to themselves. But New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is no longer one of those ballplayers. He’s broadcasting his opinions on ballpark etiquette to the world, and his first target is the wave.
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) August 31, 2016
The wave is one of those ballpark rituals that inspires very strong reactions. Some people find it pointless and disruptive. Others think it’s a fun way to break up a long game. We definitely know what camp Syndergaard is in.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Tuesday night was a big night for 24-year-old minor league third baseman JaCoby Jones. Well, I should call him a former minor league third baseman. Because on Tuesday night he made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers, and he had a great game.
He did what every minor leaguer hopes to do in their first big league game: he got his very first MLB hit. And that’s not all — he got his first RBI as well. Not just one, but two!
It was the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Tigers were tied 3-3 with the Chicago White Sox. Jones came to the plate with runners on first and second, ready to face White Sox pitcher Matt Albers. Jones took a ball, then tried to bunt (which ended up foul), and took a called strike.
The fourth pitch of the at bat was down and out of the zone, but Jones went down to get it and lined it to right field. Both runners would score, and Jones was triumphantly standing on second base with a double as his first hit.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
Rougned Odor already showed us he could land a right cross this season, now we’ve seen him deliver a gut-punch too.
Odor hit a walk-off homer on Tuesday night against Seattle Mariners, a blast that gave the Rangers an 8-7 win and gave the Mariners their fourth straight loss, all but assuring their quest for the AL West crown is over. The Mariners now find themselves 10.5 games behind the first-place Rangers.
The M’s had come back twice in the game, taking an eight-inning lead on a Robinson Cano sac fly. But Odor’s two-run homer off Seattle closer Edwin Diaz sank the comeback permanently.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
One of the adages that is almost as old as baseball itself is this: Keep your eye on the ball. Whoever coined the phrase probably didn’t have anything in mind like what we saw from Cleveland Indians pitcher Zack McAllister on Tuesday night.
McAllister turned in a shining example of hand-eye coordination — and really, foot-eye coordination too — to make one of the most memorable catches we’ll see this season.
As you see above, that liner hits McAllister’s foot on his follow-through and he kicks it up in the air. He then spins, finds the ball in the air and catches it. It was a fantastic play for a pitcher, but it took the skills of a soccer goalie — agility, quick-thinking, use of various limbs.
Watch it from this angle to see just how alert McAllister had to be to make this play:Wed, Aug 317:10 PM EDTMinnesota at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Tim Tebow’s baseball showcase was about what you’d expect: He was impressive in some moments and he showed 10 years’ worth of rust in others. If you were looking for reasons to say he’ll never be a big-league baseball player, you found those. If you were looking for reasons to say he has potential, you found those too.
Twenty-eight of the 30 big-league teams were there to at least see what Tebow had to offer. Some, like the Boston Red Sox, left and quickly announced they’d likely be passing. GM Dave Dombrowski told NESN on Tuesday night: “I don’t think we’ll be rushing out to make a signing.”
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates started out playing a normal baseball game on Monday night, but it ended up as a wacky, wild affair that took 13 innings and more than five hours. It featured three Cubs comebacks and the same player being thrown out at the plate two separate times in extra innings.
The second game in this Cubs-Pirates series is Tuesday’s Free MLB Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports, which means you can stream the game for free on on the Yahoo Sports app, Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m.Wed, Aug 318:05 PM EDTPittsburgh at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have found another team that wants Yasiel Puig. However, that doesn’t mean the embattled outfielder is necessarily on the move.
According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, an unknown team has made a waiver claim on Puig, who the Dodgers sent down to Triple-A earlier this month after not being able to move him at the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.
What that means essentially in modern terms: Some unknown team out there swiped right on Puig. But, like the world of digital dating, it takes more than one side’s interest to make a move.LiveLA Dodgers0 - 7ColoradoFollow Game