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  • Chris Bassitt's dog goes surfing during Bark at the Park event

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago

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    We interrupt your regularly scheduled baseball reading to bring you images of very good dogs doing some very good surfing.

    On Friday, the Oakland A’s hosted Bark at the Park Night at the Coliseum. That meant fans could bring their precious canines to the ballpark to watch some baseball and chow down, perhaps on some hot dogs.

    The A’s though, they don’t do things halfway. If it’s Bark at the Park Night, they’re going to make sure the new four-legged customers get their money’s worth. In this case, that meant installing a tank full of water in the parking lot where some dog surfing commenced.

    .@C_Bass419 and his dog Ansley ride a wave to Bark at the Park night. ???????? pic.twitter.com/MxTX3QQTMW

    — Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 23, 2016

    Yes, even the player’s dogs got involved. That’s Chris Bassitt’s dog Ansley in the video above.

    Here are a couple other cool customers riding some waves.

    And here are a few more who were just happy to hang out in the sun.

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  • Mike Piazza reflects on memorable post-9/11 home run

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago

    We’re all looking forward to the many great stories Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will share during Sunday’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Cooperstown. Before we get there though, the two soon-to-be Hall of Famers addressed the media on Saturday during the annual press conference.

    While they may not have revealed the talking points for their anticipated speeches, they did give us a taste of the emotion we should expect to see and feel once they hit the stage. That was especially true of Mike Piazza, who has already gone on record saying he expects to cry during his speech.

    His emotions nearly started flowing one day early as he spent a moment reflecting on his memorable home run hit 10 days after terrorist attacks rocked New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania on Sept 11. 2001.

    Mike Piazza talking about his 9/21/01 home run… pic.twitter.com/oXPwSuDOaQ

    — Breanna N Morello (@BreannaMorello) July 23, 2016

    Piazza also added:

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  • Danny Duffy draws inspiration from boy who died of cancer

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago

    As baseball observers, we often speculate what goes through the mind of a player in the midst of a brilliant performance.

    After pitching 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Royals’ 3-1 win against the Rangers on Friday night, Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy didn’t hesitate to clue us in.

    According to Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star, Duffy’s focus and motivation was a young fan named Liam Charles Shipley, whom he’d met months earlier at a charity calendar shoot. Recently, Duffy learned that Shipley had died at only 8 years old following a battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

    After the game, Duffy made it clear he was determined to honor Liam’s fight and his legacy with a memorable performance, which he most certainly delivered.

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  • Create and share your own Hall of Fame baseball card

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    Before Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, you too can put a Hall of Fame stamp on your baseball fandom.

    Beginning on Wednesday, fans that downloaded the free Rookies app from the Apple App Store can create a branded and personalized “Future Hall of Famer” baseball card. Those cards can then be shared on social media using the hashtag #HOFWKND.

    There’s an advantage to doing that too, as a few lucky winners will receive a free pack of cards of their own creation.

    Create & share your “Future Hall of Fame” @BaseballHall card using #HOFWKND and you could win a free pack of cards! pic.twitter.com/15lHmWg8MT

    — Rookies App (@RookiesApp) July 22, 2016

    Here’s one example.

     

    Modern technology is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

    Fans can also have their created card printed and shipped to their homes to have as a keepsake or show off to their non-Hall of Fame friends.

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