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  • Growling Twins wish mascot T.C. Bear a happy 'National Bear Day'

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago

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    With the non-waiver trade deadline having passed on Friday, it's time for baseball fans, executives, and especially the players, to sit back, catch their breath, and, if need be, let out a few growls of joy or discontent this weekend.

    You know, kind of like many Minnesota Twins players and manager Paul Molitor in that video you see above.

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    OK, so that obviously wasn't in response to Minnesota adding veteran reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays. It was done in honor of the team's long time mascot T.C. Bear on National Bear Day.

    Happy National Bear Day, @TC_00! https://t.co/xoJC9xt2Zq

    See, we weren't kidding.

    Regardless of the hows and why, we have grown men growling, roaring and basically acting the part of a bear for the entertainment of millions. Does the reason why even matter?

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    Mon, Aug 3
    1:07 PM EDT
    Minnesota at Toronto
    Preview Game
  • Cole Hamels thanks Philadelphia with full-page ad

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago

    Parting is such sweet sorrow, even when we're fully prepared for the new road ahead.

    On Saturday, Cole Hamels officially started his new journey with the Texas Rangers exactly one week to the day after his historic final appearance with the Philadelphia Phillies. On that day, Hamels went out on the highest of highs, pitching the 13th no-hitter in franchise history. An accomplishment Hamels said ranked second only to winning a World Series championship in Philadelphia. 

    As they always say though, when one door closes, another door opens. In his Rangers debut, Hamels was not so sharp, allowing five runs over seven-plus in a 9-7 loss to San Francisco. However, if Hamels is to make history and win a championship again, it will likely come in a Texas Rangers uniform.

    That's his future. But before he gets too comfortable, Hamels and his wife Heidi wanted to bid the city of Philadelphia a proper farewell and thank Phillies fans for their support with this special full-page ad in Sunday's morning Philadelphia Inquirer.

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