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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew51 mins ago
The eyes of the baseball world were focused on Citi Field on Friday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers paid a visit to the New York Mets.
There were several reasons for this added attention. It's the first time these two teams have met in New York since last October's contentious NLDS, which included Chase Utley injuring Ruben Tejada with an aggressive takeout slide. That was the main storyline coming in, at least until Thursday, when the Dodgers announced 19-year-old pitching phenom Julio Urias would make his anticipated MLB debut under the bright Friday night lights.
It's a moment that's been years in the making, despite the fact that Urias is only 19 years old. In fact, Urias became the youngest player to make his MLB debut since a 19-year-old Felix Hernandez did so in 2005.LiveLA Dodgers1 - 5NY MetsFollow Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Just because Jose Bautista was serving a suspension Friday night doesn't mean he couldn't contribute for the Blue Jays. Sure, Bautista, whose one-game ban for his role in the Blue Jays-Rangers brawl was upheld by the league, wasn't allowed to play in Toronto's game against the Red Sox or even be in the dugout, but he found somewhere else in the stadium where he was welcome.
In the fourth inning, public address announcer Tim Langton briefly stepped aside and had a special guest call up the Blue Jays' next batter Kevin Pillar.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
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Fans of the Chicago Cubs love Kris Bryant. It's not hard to figure out why that's the case. Combine his excellent production and prodigious power with those dreamy eyes, and you'll instantly fall in love with Bryant too.
With that said, some fans may have taken their love of Bryant a little too far during Friday's game. After Bryant hit a mammoth home run out of the stadium and onto Waveland Ave., two fans got into a bit of a scuffle trying to get a piece of Kris Bryant memorabilia.
Based on the video, it's tough to tell whether the collision was intentional or an accident. It's certainly possible the fans involved never meant to actually tackle a guy. It's also possible that fandom makes people do crazy things ... like resort to physical violence in order to grab a home run ball.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
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For many, celebrating Memorial Day involves grilling out and watching baseball. But the primary focus of the holiday, remembering those who have died while serving our country, cannot be forgotten.
The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team brings both of those together. There's nothing more American than serving in the United States military and playing America's pastime, right?
In honor of the upcoming holiday, MLB Network put together a video about the team. It explains how the club formed and shares some of the stories of the veterans who make up the team.
The Wounded Warriors have been around for some time now, but in case you were unaware, the team is made up entirely of military veterans who lost a limb serving the country. They travel around the United States playing other softball teams comprised of able-bodied players.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Ruben Tejada doesn’t play for the New York Mets any more, but that isn’t likely to stop Mets fans from defending his honor Friday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers return to town for the first time since the 2015 National League Division Series. During Game 2 of that playoff series, Tejada, the Mets’ former shortstop, suffered a fractured fibula of his lower right leg when Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley took him out with a slide into second base. Utley is expected to be in the lineup Friday in New York for the first time since the incident andhe told the Los Angeles Times this week, he is prepared for a hostile greeting from fans and maybe even a beanball from a Mets pitcher.Utley was with the Dodgers for Games 3 and 4 in the playoff series in New York last season, but he did not play. He said his family received death threats during the series in October.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Baseball players are creatures of habit. When things are going well, you change nothing about your routine. When things are going poorly, you have to find the one thing holding you back. When you're Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and you find the one thing holding you back, you cut it up into little pieces and throw it in the garbage.
That's precisely what Harper did after hitting a mammoth home run to the third deck during Thursday's game. Almost immediately after rounding the bases, Harper was spotted in the dugout cutting up his batting gloves.
Your browser does not support iframes. Harper, who was hitting just .194 in May coming into the contest, apparently decided his batting gloves were part of the problem. After striking out with them during his first at-bat of the game, Harper ditched the batting gloves later on. Based on how hard his sixth inning home run was hit, we're going to say he correctly identified the problem.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
There is a full slate of 15 games on the schedule in Major League Baseball on Friday, but it’s likely many of the players involved in those games would rather be home on the couch for a night, or, better yet, paying customers at Citi Field in New York.
Los Angeles Dodgers 19-year-old phenom Julio Urias is scheduled to make his long-awaited major league debut in the first game of a three-game set with the New York Mets. Major league scouts have been talking about this day for years, since the uncommonly gifted left-hander was first discovered in 2012 when he was 15.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
For some, Memorial Day is a day to remember the soldiers who gave their lives for our country. For others, it's a day to barbecue, have fun and welcome summer. For baseball fans, it's a day to get angry about camo uniforms.
Seriously, there's an entire subsection of baseball fans who HATE when baseball drapes itself in camo for Memorial Day. Trust me, they're all over my Twitter feed every year. This year, MLB has, once again, unveiled new camo jerseys by Majestic and caps by New Era. So get ready for the camo hate coming your way Monday.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
If you were at a baseball game and managed to catch a foul ball, how would you celebrate? Would you cheer and jump up and down? Would you do the "Are you not entertained?" from Gladiator? Or maybe try dabbing, like the kids at the Scripps National Spelling Bee?
Those are great answers, but one fan at Thursday's Milwaukee Brewers-Atlanta Braves game has all of them beat.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
We all know about the greatest bat flip in recent memory, Jose Bautista flipping his bat with authority after he hit a home run for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2015 ALDS. Now all bat flips must be measured against that one, the mother of all bat flips.
You might think that all other potential bat-flippers would be scared to flip, knowing they wouldn't measure up. But the Univeristy of Miami baseball team, the Hurricanes, isn't scared. They have given the world a bat flip worthy of being measured against the Bautista bat flip.
Now that is a Bat Flip. After the player sends the baseball into the stratosphere, he watches it fly and holds the bat out in front of him. And he keeps holding it as he walks up the first base line, staring into his own dugout at his teammates. Then he gives the bat a mighty heave and it twirls away from him.LiveBoston5 - 5TorontoFollow Game