Big League Stew

  • Alert fan catches flying bat in Washington, gets a kiss for his efforts

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago

    We've already had our fill of scary flying bat incidents this season. That's why everybody watching cringed and held their breath on Friday night when San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy lost his grip and sent his bat barreling into the stands at Nationals Park.

    Fortunately, when the camera quickly panned to the crowd, all we saw was a fan celebrating perhaps the biggest catch of his life.

    Catching a bat > catching a ball.

    That man here is a hero, and to the hero go the spoils.

    So smooth. So casual. Well done, our man. She won't soon forget that one.  

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    Sat, Jul 4
    11:05 AM EDT
    San Francisco at Washington
    Preview Game
  • Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel ate 23 cheesesteaks in four days

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago

    If you live in Wisconsin, you are legally required to consume foods covered in cheese in large amounts. Because of that, it's no surprise a member of the Milwaukee Brewers just set a record for most cheesesteaks consumed at Citizens Bank Park.

    Bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel emerged as both the hero we deserve, and the hero we need Thursday. During the team's four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Hanel ate an astounding 23 cheesesteaks. 

    Hanel actually broke a couple of cheesesteak records. Through three games, Hanel had consumed 18 cheesesteaks, breaking the three-day record set by New York Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill. 

    Miami Marlins pitcher Mat Latos held the four-day record with 18, but Hanel blew past that before Thursday's game even started. 

    The Brewers even captured the glorius event for all to see. 

    Cheesesteak history has been made at Citizens Bank Park by bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel (@Markoos55)! Congrats, Koos!

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