Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cub Kidd and the Athletic Butler

photo via bigtimebats.com


In a strange bit of sports news the Chicago Bears signed tight end Bear Pascoe to a contract. It's the first time I can remember a player sharing his first name with the team he plays for. The only example in professional sports that comes to my mind is Napolean Lajoie  for the Cleveland Naps and the team was named after him. If you can think of others, feel free to comment below.

It got me wondering. How do other team names sound as the first name of a player? More specifically, what would every Major League Baseball team's nickname look like as a first name? Why baseball? Because it's April and that's what I'm watching.

Just for fun, I've decided to list an example of every team name used as a first name, paired with a common surname in either North or South America. As in the Bear example above I'm going to drop the 's' at the end on most of the names.

Monday, April 13, 2015

2-out hits & misses: Week 1




The baseball season is officially a week old. Every team has played 6 or 7 games except for the Cubs and Cardinals. I'm introducing my weekly look around the league with my "2-out hits & misses" column. It's time for small sample sizes and overreactions. There was some good baseball and some really ugly baseball in the first week so let's take a look at what's going on now that the 2015 season is under way.

Hits

Top of the A.L. Central

The Detroit Tigers are something else. They've jumped out to a 6-0 start on the back of their juggernaut offense. Through 6 games the Tigers have a +31 run differential and have scored 47 total runs. That's just under 8 runs a game. It doesn't matter who is pitching for Detroit, they are getting enough run support daily.

Miguel Cabrera is locked in early hitting .520 (13-25) with 2 HR's and 2 doubles. Ian Kinsler keeps getting on base and has already scored 10 runs. Heck, Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .321 and it's only the 5th best batting average for a Tigers regular. This is Detroit's 4th time starting 6-0, the only time they started 7-0 was in 1984 when they ripped through the American League on their way to a title.

Kansas City is trying to prove that 2014 was no fluke. The Royals are also off to a 6-0 start. I haven't seen any of their games so I can't really speak to how they're doing it. I'll have to check them out sometime this week. By the way, the other 3 teams in the division have won a total of 5 games.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Opening Day 2015




"It's the most wonderful time of the year." -Andy Williams

I know, it' a Christmas song. But that's what today is for a guy like me. It's Opening Day! The greatest day on a baseball fan's calendar. I couldn't be happier. Hope springs eternal, everything is new, and blah, blah, blah. You get it. It's time for baseball.

To be fair, this offseason was a little easier to take. When baseball left us the San Francisco Giants had won the 2014 World Series in 7 games over the Kansas City Royals. It's a little easier to get through the long, cold, dark winter when your favorite team has just won it all. I was beaming with pride all offseason whenever I wore my Giants gear in public. Which was quite often. Remember, I live in Florida and love to give the reminder that the Giants are the champs.