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- David Brown at Big League Stew53 mins ago
The three best parts of Oyo Sports re-creating Derek Jeter's top 10 career highlights: One, hearing Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto on the New York Yankees broadcast in 1995 call Jeter's first career home run.
"Oh, he got around on that one. Holy cow, that's gone!"
Rizzuto's call call isn't part of the visual. The best thing we see easily is the Jeffrey Maier home-run assist from the '97 playoffs against the Orioles, especially the pointing to the stands by O's outfielder Tony Tarasco.
Now, the moment isn't perfect, because it doesn't include angry manager Davey Johnson and pitcher Armando Benitez — what we he doing out there??? It's not a criticism, though; these guys are essentially Lego characters, it's a short video and it's funny enough without them.
Here's the original, with non-Oyo Benitez:
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The third most-amusing moment was Jeter's flip against the Oakland Athletics: This was awesome:
Backward helmet.Tue, Sep 234:05 PM PDTBaltimore at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Monday was huge for Baltimore Orioles season-ticket holders who put in for playoff games scheduled at Camden Yards this October. It was ticket delivery day. Division Series, Championship Series, World Series — they all were to come in perforated strips, which are like art in and of themselves, but of course are much more valuable as a commodity to a Major League Baseball fan.
Considering the Orioles hadn't won a division since 1997, and haven't won the World Series since 1983, fan Karl Breslaw has been waiting a long time for this day. Breslaw was aware and excited for ticket delivery day, but not entirely ready for it.
About 2 p.m., a delivery driver stopped by Breslaw's house in Catonsville, Md. and left a package on his porch. Engaged with his computer on the living-room couch because the league was making more tickets available online, Breslaw was reasonably distracted when he started to hear noises coming from outside. It sounded like his pets, including a 7-month-old, 80-pound Burmese Mountain dog named Fezzik, were up to something.
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Oakland Athletics are back? Possibly? The team that sported the best record in the majors for most of the summer fell into disarray early in August, and appeared to be playing its way out of the postseason as recently as Sunday. However, a stirring walk-off victory against the Phillies, and a semi-authoritative one against the Los Angeles Angels seem to have righted the ship.
The specific indicators are: The walk-off monster home run by Josh Donaldson against Philly on Sunday, and the magical sleight-of-hand play at third base he made against the Angels on Monday night. A's right-hander Jeff Samardzija has suggested that Donaldson doesn't even realize how good of a player he can be all-around:
Samardzija jokes that Donaldson must have been getting bored, giving self high degree of difficulty on play vs. Ianetta.Tue, Sep 237:05 PM PDTLA Angels at OaklandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
It seemed like 2013 for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night — Francisco Liriano pitching like an ace, Andrew McCutchen hitting a go-ahead homer, the playoffs within reach.
The Pirates edged the Atlanta Braves 1-0, lowering their playoff-clinching magic number to two and putting the playoffs within reach by the end of action Tuesday. The Pirates, who made the postseason last year for the first time since Barry Bonds was around, are tied with the San Francisco Giants for the top wild-card spot in the NL.
It looks, at this point, like it's just a matter of which team will host the one-game playoff, as both teams have a 99% chance of making the postseason after wins Monday. The Pirates are 2 1/2 games back in the NL Central and could technically still catch the Cardinals the division lead, though the wild-card seems more likely.Tue, Sep 234:10 PM PDTPittsburgh at AtlantaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The first time Brandon Belt rounded third base and chugged toward home plate, he knew the game was in extra innings and one run could very well give the San Francisco Giants a win in the first game of their crucial series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The baseball was flying in from center field, thrust by the imposing arm of Yasiel Puig. Puig has made a habit of pulling off insane throws and this would be another one. It was a perfect strike to the plate. Ball caught, tag down, Belt was out.
The second time Belt rounded third base and chugged toward home plate, two more innings had passed and one run had an even better chance of giving the Giants a win and eventually sending a sleepy crowd home.
The baseball was flying in from left field this time, thrust by Carl Crawford, who is very obviously not Puig, not by a long shot. It was a clunker of a throw to plate, with a better chance of hitting someone in the dugout than nailing a runner at the plate. There was no ball, no tag, Belt was easily safe.
Your browser does not support iframes.Tue, Sep 237:10 PM PDTSan Francisco at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Perhaps at this point in the season, Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve is just trying to cross things off his bucket list. He has the best batting average in baseball, is the only player to top 200 hits so far this year and he's tallied the most hits by a second baseman since 1936.
Seems like he's on to the fun stuff. Over the weekend, he got a single on a pitch almost over his head. He upped the ante Monday night, literally jumping to swing at a pitch over his head. And, guess what, he fouled it off.
With that, we christen him Air Altuve. (Has a nice ring to it, right?)Tue, Sep 235:05 PM PDTHouston at TexasPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
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We told you recently about Guilder Rodriguez, the Texas Rangers farmhand who was promoted to the big leagues earlier this month after 13 seasons and 1,095 games in the minors. He reportedly cried the day he got the news, and Monday night a few additional tears were shed.
Rodriguez, 31, got his first MLB hit against the Houston Astros in the third inning. It was a great moment made greater by the universal respect of everyone looking on — Rodriguez's Rangers teammates appreciated it, fans understood the signifigance and gave him a wonderful ovation, but most special was Rodriguez's father, who was in the stands watching.
While Guilder stood on first base proudly, his dad got a bit watery in the eye area. Hard to blame him.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
If the Wren brothers aren't sharing a six-pack right about now and cursing the Atlanta Braves 2014 season, then something's wrong.
Also today, Schuerholz fired Wren's brother Jeff, a #Braves scout and special assistant to the GM.
The Wren in the Braves organization who was left unscathed (for now, we suppose) is Kyle Wren, Frank's son and an eighth-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft. Kyle Wren, actually, performed well for the Braves this season.
- Anthony Sulia-Heffinger at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
NEW YORK — Barring a baseball miracle, Derek Jeter's career will end this weekend in Fenway Park.
With New York sitting 4.5 games back in the wild-card standings with seven games to play, the jarring reality is quickly settling in for fans, media and the sport in general, but the Yankee Captain has only one concern. And it's not counting down the days to his Yankee Stadium farewell Thursday.
"I'm worried about tonight," Jeter said Monday, speaking at a Steiner Sports tribute event honoring him in Midtown Manhattan.
Jeter's response shouldn't have come as any surprise though, seeing as he has flawlessly navigated the treacherous waters of the New York media, ones that have laid claim to so many other stars.
During the 45-minute Q&A session Jeter deflected — with grace — any question that took his focus off the task at hand, beating the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night at Yankee Stadium. It was once again, as it has been for nearly 20 years, business as usual for Jeter.
"I prepare for the games all the same,” Jeter said. “You can’t look that far ahead. I'm just not wired that way.”
- Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Three weeks, three outs, and two ballparks in two different cities later, the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 in 10 innings Monday night in the resumption of a suspended game from Aug. 31.
In the scheduled second game at Progressive Field, the Royals won 2-0 behind left-hander Danny Duffy — who also happened to start the suspended game that began at Kauffman Stadium.
The Indians maintained a 4-2 lead for three weeks until the teams could meet again in Ohio, where they resumed in the bottom of the 10th. Scott Atchison got three outs for the save, thwarting a Royals rally that put the tying run at second base and two down. Omar Infante popped out with pinch runner Jarrod Dyson at second.
As a result of the split, the Indians stayed within 3 1/2 games of the Royals in the American League wild-card race, with Kansas City trying to reach the playoffs for the first time in 29 years.Tue, Sep 234:05 PM PDTKansas City at ClevelandPreview Game