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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew41 mins ago
When you're a young franchise cornerstone player, the type who can lead a team to the World Series and contend for the MVP award on a yearly basis, fans would prefer you spend your offseason encased in bubblewrap. The last thing they want to see you do is get hurt playing a different sport, or jumping on a trampoline or carry deer meat up the stairs.
We here at The Stew can understand those concerns, but we also acknowledge that athletes should be allowed to have a normal, fun life outside of their sport. With that said, if we were Chicago Cubs fans, we might be a little concerned about Kris Bryant's offseason hobbies.
Yeah, everything about that video terrifies us. That shark not only swims right at Bryant, but it's also unclear whether the 24-year-old is in a cage. Is he actually just out in the open water with sharks! Why would anyone do that?
Fear not, Cubs fans, Bryant appears to have survived the event. He posted another picture from his Instagram account a few hours later, so we're assumed he made it out alive.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew58 mins ago
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Kevin Kiermaier probably slept like a hibernating bear Thursday night after attempting to eat a a steak that likely weighed more than the bat he swings during the season.
Kiermaier took on an eating challenge for charity at Smokey Bones restaurant in Clearwater, Fla., where he attempted to eat a 35-ounce smoked ribeye dinner which includes two side salads, two plates of broccoli, two baked potatoes and the restaurant’s signature Hot Bag O’ Donuts.
- Scott Pianowski at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Sports fantasy writer Scott Pianowski recalls Reggie Jackson's incredible Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.
“Oh, what a blow! What a way to top it off! Forget about who the most valuable player is in the World Series! How this man has responded to pressure! Oh, what a beam on his face -- how can you blame him? He’s answered the whole world! . . . What a colossal blow!"
-- ABC's Howell Cosell, describing Reggie Jackson's third home run in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series
I’ve seen this home run about 1000 times (say 700 on tape, 300 in my head) and it just occurs to me now: Howard Cosell and Reggie Jackson probably peaked at the same time, on this majestic World Series-wrapping homer. Cosell is running amok, overshadowing his boothmates like an oversized dump truck.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has a bright baseball future ahead of him. The 23-year-old broke out last season, slashing .291/.341/.479 while playing a strong center field. Betts even managed to pick up two down ballot MVP votes for his efforts.
The point is, Mookie Betts is already pretty good at his job. And if he's able to progress like most players, he might even challenge for an MVP award one day. We can't wait to see how he performs moving forward.
That said, if Betts ever got tired of being excellent at baseball, he could still make it as a professional athlete. Betts participated in the World Series of Bowling this offseason, where he put up some impressive numbers.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Before he became one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, a multimillionaire and a Cy Young Award winner, David Price was a young man with big dreams growing up in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He returned to that community Thursday to give a little back.
Price donated $300,000 to help build a Miracle Field at McKnight Park on the north side of the city to give children with special needs a place to play baseball. There are actually two fields planned for the project as well as a playground with a rubberized surface. Price used to play some of his games at McKnight Park when he was a kid.
The Miracle Field can be used by people in wheelchairs and will feature lights, covered seating and dugouts as well as a concession building with bathrooms and showers and a scoreboard.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
The baseball offseason is in full swing. News is scarce, rumors have died down and the days seem longer than usual.
In order to get through these tough times, many turn to the comfort of television. One of the most hyped shows of the offseason has been FX's "American Crime Story." The first season, titled "The People Vs. O.J. Simpson," focuses on the trial of the former Buffalo Bills running back.
The series has been hyped for a number of reasons. Simpson's trial was an insane spectacle in the '90s, and remains one of the craziest sports stories to emerge from that time. Not only that, but the show features an interesting cast. John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Schwimmer all play prominent roles.
What's neat about the format of the show is that the topic will change each season. Season one is about O.J. Simpson, but season two will be about an entirely different thing.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Proving once again that baseball has undying love for the fictional Cleveland Indians from the film "Major League," the Akron Rubber Ducks have announced they're giving away Willie Mays Hayes bobbleheads this season. Actually, it's a "bobblelegs" doll, according to the team.
The Rubber Ducks (real name, we swear) are the Indians' Double-A affiliate, which we suppose gives them as much right as anybody to dig into "Major League" lure and give us more toys inspired by the 1989 classic. It's a classic to baseball fans, anyway.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
We're just a couple weeks from spring training, the major free agents have signed and baseball, more or less, is ready for its 2016 season. So, we have to ask: Which team won the offseason?
To "win the offseason" isn't always a good thing, mind you. Sometimes winning the offseason puts too heavy of expectations on a squad. Sometimes it seems to curse a team into a state of mediocrity. Sometimes, well sometimes, it really doesn't mean anything.
Nonetheless, it's a thing that people talk about and this is a podcast on which people talk, so you see where we're going here.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
A quick glance at the Baltimore Orioles roster may lead to some to believe the team hasn't done anything this offseason. That is, of course, not true.
The Orioles most significant moves of the offseason involved bringing back their former players, giving the appearance that not much has changed when looking at their depth chart. Chris Davis was re-signed in order to retain excellent power in the order, and Darren O'Day returned to keep the excellent bullpen intact.
That wasn't the case in the rotation, where Wei-Yin Chen departed after receiving a five-year, $80 million deal from the Miami Marlins. While Chen wasn't an elite starter, he leaves a massive hole at the position.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
The Miami Marlins, baseball's version of your clumsy friend who trips over his shoelaces when he goes to the bathroom, have a great opportunity for their fans. They want them to pay $750 to join a Marlins player in a foursome.
Wait, so the Marlins want their fans ... OHHHHH, they're talking about golf. Got it.
That's an actual tweet the Marlins sent out Thursday morning. It was, of course, the fuel for many jokes and the Marlins quickly deleted it. Because, as anyone who surfs the modern Internet knows, you can't even type 69 in earnest anymore without the jokesters coming out. There was no way this "Foursome" thing wasn't getting messy.
The jokes were aplenty, some of which are still alive on the Internet even through the Marlins did their best to act like the gaffe never happened (which, to be fair, they have a lot of practice in).
@Marlins my wife left me so this would be comforting I miss u Dianne