2015 World Series Hunger Games

2015 World Series Hunger Games March 28, 2015 May the odds be ever in your favor! Muahaha. Not really. Obviously I have my own allegiance, but I thought it would be fun to see which team would win it all via simulated Hunger Games. I had a reaping via Twitter and Facebook. I asked for volunteers and then I also picked others because they really just weren’t going to have a choice in the matter. I will post Live Updates accordingly. Warning: This is from a Hunger Games Simulator so it may have barbaric incidents. —– Reaping: DAY ONE: As the tributes stand on their podiums, the horn sounds. Mrs. Met kills Paws with a hatchet. Sarah runs away from the Cornucopia. TC runs away with a lighter and some rope. Mr. Met runs away from the Cornucopia. The Oriole Bird throws a knife into Southpaw’s head. Billy sets an explosive off, killing Phanatic, and Steve P. Riley runs away from the Cornucopia. Megan grabs a backpack and retreats. Johnny rips a mace out of Eric Sogard’s Glasses’s hands. Screech runs away from the Cornucopia. Dinger grabs a sword. Clark runs away from the Cornucopia. Steve S. takes a sickle from inside the cornucopia. Rangers Captain overpowers Jamie, killing her. Slugerrr runs away with a lighter and some rope. Fred Bird runs away from the Cornucopia. Teddy runs away from the Cornucopia. Mr. Red grabs a shield leaning on the cornucopia. Don Mattingly’s Pout breaks Rally Monkey’s nose for a basket of bread. Orbit runs away from the Cornucopia. Slider grabs a shield leaning on the cornucopia. Joe Maddon’s...

Honoring Zim

Photo: I took this in 2011 during Spring Training. Can you spot Zim? My condolences go out to the Zimmer family after the passing of Don. His contributions to my favorite game, the game of baseball, will always be admired and appreciated. This past Opening Day I was fortunate enough to see Zim announced, for what we didn’t know then would be the last time, at Tropicana Field as he road around in a golf cart to greet the Rays players. For some reason, I felt that it was really important to record the starting lineup this year. I don’t know what told me to do it, but I’m really glad that I did. The video concludes as the golf cart carrying Zim runs out of the frame. Here is the video, because I’d love to share it with you. Zim also served as the inspiration to my 2013 MLB Fan Cave video where part of my storyline included receiving the stuffed Zim Bear for Christmas. The bear would then talk to me and nobody else could hear him… urging me to enter the contest. Thank you for the memories, Don Zimmer. May you rest in peace, number 66, and may you always enjoy the greatest game on the Field of...

Who wore it best: 2014 Mother’s Day salute

May 11, 2014 Major League Baseball players took part in showing their mothers love and appreciation today for the ninth year. Not only do the shades of pink represent their admiration to the women in their lives, but it is also a tribute to breast cancer awareness. The 2014 initiative was extra special with the introduction to an “expansion” of sorts where players who swing bats other than the Louisville Slugger brand were able to participate. In the past, the pink bats were limited to Louisville Slugger whom MLB had an exclusive partnership with. There were SO many amazing candidates this year that it was really difficult to pick a player who outwardly expressed the most enthusiasm for the pink accessories. Let’s take a look, below, at some of the delicious blush-colored amazingness! A’s: Yoenis Cespedes Brewers: Martin Maldonado Diamondbacks: Gerardo Parra Giants: Pablo Sandoval Indians: Michael Bourn Marlins: Christian Yelich Mets: Matt Harvey with a cute puppy! Padres: Alexi Amarista and Will Venable–pink shades were a nice touch! Phillies: Domonic Brown Rangers: Shin-Soo Choo Winner: Carlos Gomez (Brewers)–that pink BEARD! Total...

Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

Sad news hit the baseball world today. Curt Schilling released a statement revealing that he was diagnosed with cancer. The details are unclear with which type of cancer Schilling is fighting and it has yet to be reported if he will be fulfilling his duties with ESPN. “I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer. Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers. “My father left me with a saying that I’ve carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: ‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do.’ Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means. With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game. I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I’ll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.” – Thank you, The Schillings (This is a copy of my original post that can be found on Curveballs &...

Mom doesn’t like the beard(s)

December 1, 2013 I was watching the news and an interesting story caught my eye–a filmmaker named Joshua Seftel had gotten his mother an iPad to communicate via video. A little back story: Seftel had began filming his parents while they would be fighting, while they were laughing, and all of the in between. After a few months, his father was diagnosed with a lung diease. A month after that, his father passed away. While his father was still alive, he had filmed a conversation with his mother about how she would love to be a star on television or the radio. After hearing that, you could hear a voice from off the screen saying, “Do you know what the odds are of that?” The voice belonged to Seftel’s father. Mrs. Seftel replied, “I know.” Let’s fast forward again to now. Seftel, being the creative individual that a filmmaker is, began recording the conversations he had with his mother and developed them into a web series on YouTube called My Mom On Movies. Not only has he bonded with his mother even more, but he has turned her in to the star that she had always wished she could be. The story has that warm, fuzzy, feel-good type of an ending. I was personally touched by the story so I did some investigating and came to find that Mrs. Seftel is not a fan of the Boston Beards. Mom’s always know...