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…]

Here’s The Thing – The MLB Garage Sale … I Mean Trade Deadline

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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We’re having a garage sale at my house this weekend, which means I get to deal with strangers coming to my home, pawing through our belongings and wanting to negotiate price because they feel like they’re being ripped off paying a whole quarter for a half full can of WD-40. I also have to decide before then, what I want to keep and what no longer matters. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Sinatra, Human Centipede And Colin Cowherd. What Do YOU Think?

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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For those who didn’t believe me yesterday when I said the All Star Break is so slow for news that it’s the sports worlds’ Dark Side Of The Moon, I submit to you that this morning, Colin Cowherd – who I like, by the way – was tweeting that Pluto is definitely a planet, and it sparked a debate. This, my friends, constitutes news during the All Star Break. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Apollo 13 All Star Break

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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Sports fans everywhere: remain calm. Yes, there are no games on the schedule for today, ESPN.com is not malfunctioning, but it’s just the All Star Break, no reason to panic. It’s like Apollo 13 said when they went to the dark side of the moon: “We will see you on the other side, Houston.” [Read more…]

Cubs and Cardinals Rivalry Renewed

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

My stomach is churning. Flipping and flopping. The Fourth of July has come and gone, falling on a weekend for the benefit of those craving a long one. The USA lady footballers pummeled the Japanese to the delight of flag wavers everywhere. The Cubs took two of three from the Florida Fish, which leads me to the source of my discomfort.

A couple of weeks ago, the Dodgers came to town for a four-game set. Conventional wisdom held that with Los Angeles pitching Clayton Kershaw and Zack Grienke the first two games of the series, the Cubs would do well to somehow split those two games, then try to take advantage of the back end of a weakened Dodgers rotation to take the series. [Read more…]

Major League Baseball Quarter-Pole Report

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Memorial Day is roughly the quarter pole of the Major League Baseball season, and along with July 4 and Labor Day, holidays that not only mark progress for your favorite team, but offer All-American encouragement to eat copious amounts of food and to drink until death. So assuming you haven’t taken the last suggestion literally, you can read here my observations of the first quarter of baseball season. Please keep in mind I am a Cub fan so therefore distracted with visions of Bryant and Lester leading fantastic post season charges, culminating with topless women in the streets of Chicago. I may not be completely objective.

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One overriding observation from the beginning of the season is that in the wake of the retirement of Derek Jeter, the game is in good hands of youngsters such as Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, Anthony Rizzo, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. It’s difficult for me to remember an era when such a plethora of young, accomplished star players has taken a toehold in the majors. Each of the names I mentioned is appointment viewing for fans. If you are more a fan of dominant pitching, Matt Harvey and a couple of his mound mates in New York should satisfy your appetite. Big free agent signees Max Scherzer and Jon Lester squared off yesterday at Wrigley with Scherzer getting the better of it. This time. Compelling matchups abound in baseball this year. Chris Sale of the White Sox faced off against reigning AL Cy Young winner Cory Kluber last week in one of the most fun and interesting pitching duels I’ve ever seen. Though the Indians lost 2-1, Kluber was dominant and left me to wonder, how the hell did he start the season 0-5 as he did? There hasn’t been a better time in recent history for baseball fans. Do yourself a favor and catch a few of these matchups. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Baseball Season Is Almost Over

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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The NBA and NHL playoffs are closer to their conclusion than to their beginning, the Indy 500 is coming up, we’re 2/3 of the way through the Triple Crown, and the NFL has apparently decided they will never, ever, ever stop making deflated balls jokes. All of which has distracted us from the fact that, amazingly, we are nearly 1/4 of the way through baseball season. What? [Read more…]

My Most Excellent Cub Game

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Those of you who read my work with regularity know I am a huge, die-hard Cub fan. It’s either a curse or a privilege, depending on your point of view. So when I get the opportunity to head into the city and see a game at iconic, pastoral Wrigley Field, I leap at the chance. Friday was such a day.

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For those of you who have never been to the friendly confines, so named by Cubs legend Ernie Banks, God rest his soul, allow me to paint a picture of its setting. [Read more…]

Josh Hamilton Must Earn Back the Respect of Texas Rangers Fans

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

In the “things I never thought I would see again” category, Josh Hamilton returning to the Rangers was pretty high up there. But the 2010 AL MVP, who led Texas to its first two American League pennants, is on the verge of tip-toing across those burnt bridges that lead back to the non-baseball town of Arlington.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

From a baseball standpoint, the move makes perfect sense. Texas needs outfield contribution and Hamilton can provide that. Even if it’s half the production we’re used to seeing from him, it’s better than what the Rangers are getting now. The fact that Texas will reportedly pay less than $7 million of the $80+ million he is owed and doesn’t have to send anyone to Anaheim makes this move a no brainer…from a purely baseball standpoint. [Read more…]

Just Call Me Jinxy

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

A funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was watching the Cubs play the Reds, much like any other day. Reds pitcher Mike Leake had retired the Cubs without a baserunner once through the order. Being acutely aware of jinxes and things of that nature in the world of sports, I posted the following as my Facebook status at the end of the third inning…No-hitter alert in Cincinnati, Reds pitcher Leake has given up no hits through three. The first batter for the Cubs in the fourth inning, Dexter Fowler, laced a base hit to scuttle the no hit bid, and it occurred to me, I might be on to something here.

Photo Credit: SI.com

Photo Credit: SI.com

You see, it isn’t the first time that’s happened. It isn’t even the first time this year. In the Cubs 2nd game of the season against the Cardinals, an identical scenario presented itself. I posted the no hitter alert and the Cubs lead off hitter in the fourth, it escapes me now who it was, led off the inning with a hit. The power to curse potential no-no’s is within me, and now I need to figure out how to make it work best for me. [Read more…]

Looking In The Mirror With Josh Hamilton

By Joshua V. Best
PSDC Contributor

During the 2012 baseball season, I went from insisting Josh Hamilton was the best baseball player I had ever seen to so disgusted with him that I didn’t care whether the Rangers resigned him or not. During his five years in Arlington, Hamilton was often astounding and regularly frustrating. He would make a beautiful diving catch, hit three homers, and then slide head first into first base for no reason at a non-critical moment in an unimportant game and be sidelined for 15 days. It was a maddening, but never boring half-decade.

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Hamilton had problems the first time the Rangers acquired him, and he has problems today. Seven and a half years ago, very few people were kicking him for those problems. The swap with the Reds (Hamilton for Edinson Volquez) was seen as a low-risk move that could potentially pay off.  [Read more…]

Texas Rangers Close to Reacquiring Josh Hamilton

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

Well…it seems to be all but official. Josh Hamilton is headed back to Texas where he experienced his most success as a professional.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Josh Hamilton story is no secret to anyone. His most recent newsworthy off-field shenanigans have been oft reported. The recovering addict suffered a drug and alcohol relapse this offseason. This incident has left the relationship between Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels strained. How strained, you ask? Strained enough that the Angels are willing to pay all but $15 million of the $83 million he is still owed. [Read more…]