The Punch Heard ‘Round The World

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Expert

The date was August 4, 1993. The Chicago White Sox vs the Texas Rangers. Robin Ventura at the plate. Nolan Ryan on the mound. Ventura takes a heater from the Ryan Express off the back of his right shoulder. He pauses for a second. Contemplates his next move. Then the 26-year old Ventura tosses his bat and helmet down and runs toward the mound. A mound occupied by the 46-year old legend and Texas icon. A headlock and several uppercuts later, and Ranger fans had a moment that is still talked about to this day.

That memory was one-of-a-kind. But, now it doesn’t stand alone.

Flash forward to Sunday afternoon. The Toronto Blue Jays vs the Texas Rangers. Jose Bautista at the plate. Matt Bush, making his second Major League appearance, on the mound. A 97-mph fastball glances off Bautista’s elbow and hits him in the ribs.

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A hard slide and a straight right hand to the jaw later, and another moment in Texas Ranger history is born. And it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

Jose Bautista is a talented player. He plays the game hard. He plays with intensity. But, he also comes across as a prima donna. A whiner. A selfish person. And after Sunday, all bark and no bite. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – The Royals Did Their Job

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
PSDC Funnyman And Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

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The Royals are the Champions. The 2015 Major League Baseball season has come to a close, with a series of games that went deep into the night and thrilled most fans right to the very end. Well, most fans who don’t know the words to “Meet The Mets,” anyway. How did they do it? By doing their job. That’s it. [Read more…]

What A Season: Texas Rangers 2015 Campaign

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

What a season.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

Yeah, it ended in frustration and disappointment. Three errors, followed by a loud boom and the bat flip that will sit right next to visions of David Freese in the memory of Ranger fans forever. But, what a season. [Read more…]

It Is Still Baseball Season

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Hi everyone, my name is Joe and I’m a Cub fan. (everyone) Hi Joe.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

By now you are all familiar with the history. 107 years without a World Series championship. The black cat. The billy goat. (Which is an awesome Chicago tavern if you are ever in town)

Bartman. Poor kid. It wasn’t his fault. Get over it Cubs fans. The error on the double play ball by Alex Gonzalez opened the floodgates on that chilly October night. And Mark Prior’s weak mental makeup. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Go Cubs (Shhh … Don’t Wake The Babies)

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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There’s an old saying that claims “Youth is wasted on the young.” There’s another old saying that claims “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” but if we all adhered to that one, sportscasters and movie critics would have no jobs, and political campaigns would last about four minutes. (So actually, that’s not a bad idea) Youth is definitely in vogue this fall in Chicago though, as the Cubbies continue to roll along. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Some Fans Deserve No Sympathy

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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The baseball Wild Card Games are out of the way now, and we now know which teams will become so familiar with each other in the coming weeks that fans and broadcasters will attempt to justify their throwing baseballs at each others heads at 95 MPH. The past two nights also gave us a fantastic glimpse into what folks across the country think about two diametrically opposed fan bases, in the Yankees and the Cubs. [Read more…]

Baseball Thoughts Entering the 2015 Playoffs (or how the Cubs can win the World Series)

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

I’m sitting in the ProjectShanks.com home office in Longview, Texas, six feet to the left of my slave-driving boss, Chris Stuckey. Talk about pressure.

But I surge ahead, determined to transfer these thoughts I have from my brain to keyboard, whether a thousand miles away at home, or at headquarters.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

In case you haven’t noticed, the Cubs have the third best record in baseball. It is typical, that in such a case, the two better records belong to teams in their own NL Central Division; the Cardinals and Pirates. With only a couple of games this weekend to settle the dust and seal the postseason awards, the National League playoffs are set. The Cubs and Pirates will play the one game wild card game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, TBS the dutiful portrayer of the game. And don’t the playoffs just scream TBS? They broadcast an excuse me game every now and again, I was surprised to find late in the season that Ted Turner’s network even continued to broadcast baseball, with the superstations TBS and WGN dumping the local team coverage in the last few years, they being the Braves and Cubs. But that’s a conversation for a different column. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – End Of An Era: RIP Yogi

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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“It’s the end of an era.” That’s what a lot of folks are saying with the passing of Yogi Berra. They’re also saying “Go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours,” because Yogi was a fantastic quote machine, an amazing ambassador for the great game of baseball, and a textbook example of a guy who paid little attention to textbooks. [Read more…]

Major League Baseball’s Review at the Two-Thirds Point

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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Major league baseball is at the 2/3 mark of the 2015 season and begs for a review. These are the dog days, heading into mid-August with sellers selling and buyers hoping to rent their way to top of the heap. Re: Toronto Blue Jays. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – 1995, Rich White Dudes And Hooters

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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This past Saturday marked twenty years to the day since I first stepped on a comedy stage. As difficult as that may be to believe for some of the ladies who still find me so young and sexy and hip looking, it’s true. A lot has changed since August 1, 1995, and I’m not just speaking of the color of my hair, the breadth of my waistband, or the rapidity with which I become annoyed at younger people. [Read more…]

A Slice of Baseball History

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Excited as always about heading to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game, I make the hour and a half journey via I-90. Cubs and Phillies. Arrieta vs. Hamels. The Cubs are in playoff contention, the Phils own baseball’s worst record. What could go wrong?

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Well, we all know how that worked out.

Having had a day or two to digest the historic game when soon-to-be ex-Philly Cole Hamels twirled the first no-hitter against the Cubs since Sandy Koufax was perfect against them in September of 1965, two things are forefront in my mind. First, if my beloved Cubs are to lose a game that I go to, witnessing history is a pretty good consolation prize. Second, with Philadelphia still dangling Hamels, he came up with a hell of an audition. [Read more…]

If You Write It, They Will Read It

By Troy Gabaldon
PSDC Contributor

I love baseball and I love movies. So obviously, I love movies that are about baseball. From “If you build it, he will come” in Field of Dreams to Crash Davis hitting dingers in Bull Durham to the Wild Thing throwing heat in Major League, I can’t get enough of movies about America’s pastime.

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If I had to pick my all-time favorite, I would have to say it’s The Natural with Robert Redford. The mythical tale of “the best to ever play the game” Roy Hobbs. Roy Hobbs, what a great name. As we all know, Hobbs’s career gets sidetracked on his way to play pro baseball and it takes years for him to make it to the majors. When he finally gets his chance, he shows the baseball world what he can do and it is awesome. He’s way past his prime but he makes the best of his last chance to play the game he loves so much. It’s a beautiful sports fairy tale. [Read more…]