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

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 41 mins 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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  • Indians fans find Ryan Merritt's wedding registry and show their gratitude

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 53 mins ago

    It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours for Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ryan Merritt. He was called on to start Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, he turned in a brilliant 4.1 innings, he’s headed to the World Series, and now he has a bunch of stuff from his wedding registry.

    That last thing doesn’t quite sound like it belongs, but it totally does. After Merritt shut down the Toronto Blue Jays, deliriously grateful Indians fans found the wedding registry that belongs to Merritt and his fianceé Sarah Brushaber. So they did the only thing that makes sense: they started buying things on the list. And when they talked to’s Jordan Bastian, the couple was pretty overwhelmed by such an unexpected outpouring of generosity.

    So what do these soon-to-be-newlyweds have to look forward to? Here are a few items that have been purchased by generous Tribe fans.


    And these awesomely named serving bowls are just too perfect.

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  • Ten moments that fueled the Indians run to the World Series

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew 5 hrs ago

    The Cleveland Indians are four wins away from ending a 68-year World Series championship drought. After ousting the Toronto Blue Jays from the American League Championship Series in five games, they’re headed to the Fall Classic for the first time since 1997, and they’re doing so in improbable fashion thanks to a string of potentially devastating injuries.

    The Indians were a deep team coming into the season, and that depth has been tested since spring training. Along the way, they lost star outfielder Michael Brantley and starting catcher Yan Gomes. More recently, pitchers Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer have missed time or been limited, leaving manager Terry Francona to work his magic to connect dots.

    During the year, the Indians have uncovered some diamonds in the rough while introducing new heroes to a once down-trodden sports city that’s now riding on cloud nine. We’ll cover many of those arrivals and their impact right now as we look at the 10 moments that helped get the Indians over the hump.

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  • MLB takes big step forward in its support of LGBTQ youth

    Big League Stew 6 hrs ago

    Thursday is Spirit Day, a national movement in which people are encouraged to wear purple to stand up to bullying and support LGBTQ youth. It’s something that, since its inception in 2010, has seen a wide range of supporters, from The White House to WWE to Shaquille O’Neal to NASCAR.

    But this year, Major League Baseball has stepped up its role in Spirit Day to a new level. MLB isn’t just one another Spirit Day’s corporate supporters — of which there are more than a dozen — this year it is one of GLAAD’s two official partners in Spirit Day. The other is Twitter.

    On #SpiritDay, we proudly join @billybeanball, @glaad and @twitter in taking a stand against LGBTQ bullying.

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  • The Cubs’ faith in Addison Russell paid off big time in NLCS Game 4

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    LOS ANGELES — One of the biggest questions the Chicago Cubs faced heading into Game 4 of the National League Championship Series was how to jumpstart their offense and, more specifically, what they should do about shortstop Addison Russell.

    Russell answered both questions in the fourth inning Wednesday in the Cubs’ win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. What should the Cubs do? Give the kid a high-five.

    With one swing, Russell showed why the Cubs were wise to stick with him and he sent Dodgers starter Julio Urias to the showers. Russell blasted a two-run homer to right-center that capped a four-run Cubs rally. It was one of the biggest moments of their 10-2 win, knotting the series at two and guaranteeing it returns to Wrigley Field.

    Before the game, manager Joe Maddon was asked about his faith in Russell and what kind of conversations they’d make the past few days.

    Sometimes you just need a 94 mph four-seamer across the plate.

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  • The one play that left the Dodgers fuming in their pivotal loss to the Cubs

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    LOS ANGELES — There were three minutes between the final out of the game and when Adrian Gonzalez tapped the “send” button.

    Gonzalez marched off the field, through the bowels of Dodger Stadium, into his team’s clubhouse. He immediately grabbed his phone and made it clear he was still fuming about a play that happened three hours earlier.

    “Somehow this is an out,” Gonzalez tweet said, with a picture attached of the second-inning play where he was ruled out despite his contention that his hand beat the tag. “Take series lead tomorrow. Got to do this. Us against the world.”

    Somehow this is an out. #NLCS Takeseries lead tomorrow! Got to do this. Us against the world.

    — Adrián González (@Adrian_ElTitan) October 20, 2016

    In the Dodgers clubhouse, they were still talking about the tag and the replay and the ruling that they swear was wrong.

    “It’s pretty embarrassing,” said outfield Joc Pederson, whose locker is next door.

    Out. No run. Inning over. Still 0-0.

  • NLCS Game 4: Cubs offense erupts to even series with Dodgers

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 21 hrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs offense is alive and well. After being shutout in consecutive postseason games for the first time in franchise history, the Cubs bounced back to destroy the Dodgers 10-2 in a much-needed Game 4 breakout. The win evens the series at 2-2, setting up a pivotal Game 5 Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

    The Cubs scoreless innings streak reached 21, but it was snapped convincingly by a four-run fourth inning rally. Chicago’s offense peppered Julio Urias with three straight singles leading up to Addison Russell’s slump-busting two-run homer. One inning later, Anthony Rizzo broke his own slump with a solo blast that seemingly opened the floodgates.

    The Cubs kept things going in the sixth, adding five more runs. Rizzo’s two-run single served as the dagger.

    • Mike Montgomery continued a good day for left-handed relievers. After Andrew Miller was named MVP of the ALCS, Montgomery picked up a win with two scoreless innings in relief of John Lackey. He also added a single, which helped fuel the Cubs five-run sixth inning.

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  • Blue Jays' defeat in ALCS may signal end of an era in Toronto

    Israel Fehr at Big League Stew 21 hrs ago

    TORONTO – Jose Bautista ripped a ball to left field and the crowd at the Rogers Centre roared, reaching a crescendo as Bautista arrived at second base standing up to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning.

    This was it. This Toronto Blue Jays team that rose to prominence after years of mediocrity on the strength of a loaded lineup was finally going to break through and the player whose breakout gave the team its first building block years ago was getting the rally started.

    Not to be. Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion struck out swinging and Troy Tulowitzki’s pop up was caught by first baseman Carlos Santana in foul territory for the final out of the inning, the game, and in Toronto’s case, the season. Cleveland’s players spilled out of the dugout and rushed toward the mound at Rogers Centre, celebrating a 3-0 win in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday that clinched their spot in the World Series. The Jays were left to slowly walk back to the clubhouse and begin cleaning out their lockers.

    President Mark Shapiro confirmed manager John Gibbons would be back next season. He wouldn’t commit to anything beyond that.

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  • The Indians trolled Jose Bautista so hard after winning the ALCS

    Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The biggest loser in the American League Championship Series wasn’t the Blue Jays or the Toronto fans who watched the Cleveland Indians celebrate a trip to the World Series on their home field.

    Nope, the biggest loser could only be one man: Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who is going to have to bury his head in the sand after a week of trash-talking and complaining that is now coming back to bite him.

    If you missed any of it, Bautista said “circumstances” in the series were conspiring against the Jays. Then he said the Indians’ Game 5 starter, rookie Ryan Merritt, should be “shaking in his boots” at the thought of facing the potent Jays lineup.

    Happy birthday! Headed to the World Series!! #LetsGoTribe !!!!

  • Cleveland's conundrum: World Series Game 1 or Cavaliers' ring ceremony?

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The city of Cleveland has been waiting 52 years to raise a championship banner. Now it has six days to decide whether the Cavaliers NBA championship ceremony will trump being witness to what could be the beginning of the end of the Indians 68-year World Series championship drought.

    That’s right, after decades of being a laughing stock, the sports world will revolve around Cleveland on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 25. On one side of Gateway Plaza, the Cavaliers will celebrate their NBA championship before their home opener against the New York Knicks. At the exact same time just a few-hundred feet away, the Indians will be playing host to Game 1 of the World Series at Progressive Field after defeating the Blue Jays in the ALCS.

    Talk about a conundrum of epic proportions. Not only will fans have to decide which game to watch, some might have to decide which game to attend. And others with plans on driving will have to find a parking spot.

    Good luck with that.

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