Big League Stew

  • Braves fan catches Lucas Duda's home run in popcorn bucket

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago

    If players are given the Gold Glove Award as recognition for their superior defensive skills, perhaps fans should be rewarded with golden buckets of popcorn when they make the highlight reels. That seems to be the most commonly used prop — well, aside from an actual glove — used to make spectacular catches in the stands.

    To be perfectly honest, it's also the most visually appealing, especially when the bucket happens to be full and its contents explode from within.  

    That would be the exact scene that played out on Friday night in Atlanta. As one Braves fan in the right-field bleachers attempted to enjoy his mid-game snack, Lucas Duda of the Mets took aim and launched a mammoth two-run homer right in his direction. It appeared like the fan was still enjoying his last bite as it unfolded, yet without thinking twice he lined himself up and moved his bucket into position to make a fantastic catch. 

    He even used two hands to steady the bucket.

    Strong fundamentals on display at Turner Field! From that fans, that is. The big league club would go on to lose 5-0. 

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  • Derek Jeter honored with bronze cap, new ad from MLB featuring Mo'ne Davis

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago

    As the end of Derek Jeter's fantastic career nears, the race to honor his legacy has accelerated. On Friday, the folks at New Era added its contribution to the farewell tour, and we must admit it's among the coolest items Jeter has received all season. 

    Prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays,  New Era CEO Chris Koch presented Derek Jeter with a one-of-a-kind bronzed version of the New Era 59FIFTY Yankees cap.

    Here's another look at it. 

    As you can see, the bronze version also includes the Jeter sidepatch that the team is currently wearing.

    That attention to detail is certainly appreciated. As is New Era's generous $22,222 donation to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. 

    That honor came on the heels of Major League Baseball releasing its official tribute ad to Jeter, which included notable appearances from Mo'ne Davis and Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout. 

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    Sat, Sep 20
    1:05 PM PDT
    Toronto at NY Yankees
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  • Royals ready (or not) for Tigers series, Kansas City's biggest in nearly 30 years

    David Brown at Big League Stew20 hrs ago

    The people of Kansas City typically seem to be optimists, but not necessarily because of their sports teams. Talk to my father-in-law about pro football, and surely he'll quip, "Chiefs coming back? They've been saying that since the '70s."

    The Kansas City Royals historically haven't inspired noticeably different feelings among baseball fans. Kansas City Star reporter Andy McCullough noted this when previewing the team's biggest series of the season — their biggest in nearly 30 seasons — a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium that begins Friday night. 

    The Royals trail the Tigers, heavy favorites before the season started, by just a half-game in the American League Central. They're in better shape for the wild card. The team put playoff tickets on sale Thursday. They're the constant talk of area barbers. People want to believe, but it has been since 1985 that the Royals made the playoffs and won the World Series, so...

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  • The Grand Slam: Unlikely hero saves St. Louis, sinks Milwaukee

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew1 day ago

    Whatever slim chance the Milwaukee Brewers still had of making the playoffs diminished even further Thursday night thanks to some unlikely heroics from one of the most anonymous members of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

    Tony Cruz, a backup catcher only playing because St. Louis pinch-ran for All-Star Yadier Molina in the ninth inning, delivered a game-winning, 13th-inning single up the middle to plate Matt Adams from second and give the Cardinals a 3-2 victory.

    St. Louis had already rallied from a 2-0 deficit thanks in part to a boneheaded eighth-inning miscue by Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds. Instead of attempting to start an inning-ending double play on a hard ground ball, Reynolds nonchalantly strolled to first base and got just one out, extending an inning that would eventually culminate with the Cardinals tying the game by getting four straight two-out base runners off Jonathan Broxton.

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    Sat, Sep 20
    4:05 PM PDT
    Milwaukee at Pittsburgh
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