Cubs selling old World Series ivy for $200 a leaf is the best hustle in sports

There are a lot of ways for fans to immortalize a team’s championship win, and the Cubs have devised the best hustle in sports. On Wednesday the team announced that they are selling leaves from the Wrigley Field ivy from the 2016 World Series season for the low, low price of $200 each.

The team emailed season ticket holders on Wednesday night and presented them with the unique opportunity. Instead of throwing away the ivy’s leaves at the end of the season, the Cubs collected them for sale. A special hologram has been affixed to each leaf by the team to prove its providence and a total of 2,016 are being sold, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.

So luckily, his bad brush with baseball as a 3-year-old didn’t scare him away from the sport. Now he’s joining his dad in the Nationals organization.

Last week, Dusty Baker said he understood his son’s worries about the draft.

We’ll undoubtedly see the Gators’ go with Singer to start Game 1 in the final week of work Faedo’s done for a while, if not the rest of the CWS going. He threw 113 pitches on Saturday 74 for strikes, mind and the only capacity in which he may see mound from here on out is in middle or late relief, if that.

That back-and-forth is what makes baseball beautiful. The odds and the skill, the unlikely and the likely. And on Tuesday night, Scooter Gennett scooted out of obscurity, hitting four homers in a game, even though it wouldn’t have been a major surprise if he didn’t hit another four home runs in his career.

I’m not sure if it makes the pantheon, though. He had 15 homers last year, after all, and having a legendary game isn’t quirky enough on its own. The only way he moves from Simply one of the best games in baseball history to In the pantheon of quirky baseball twofers is with his name, which isn’t that unusual. Maybe if he named himself after a Muppet Baby to avoid discipline from a cop, he’d make it.

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New England has the worst passing defense in the league

The Patriots got bad news long before the game began when Rob Gronkowski suffered a thigh injury in Wednesday’s practice. He’s inactive for this game, leaving Tom Brady without his best offensive weapon.

Through four games, Tom Brady has the Patriots on a record-setting pace when it comes to passing offense. The problem is that his defense is making every other quarterback it faces look like, well, Tom Brady.

New England has the worst passing defense in the league, allowing opponents to post a 116.5 passer rating to start the season. Brady, despite leading the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns, has a 116.6 rating. In 2017, the Patriots are getting an unpleasant idea of what it’s like to face their own amazing quarterback, week in and week out.

The idea that Pence’s departure was coordinated was supported by the president later in the afternoon, when he tweeted he had asked Pence to leave if any players kneeled in protest during the national anthem. Trump said again Monday morning that the trip had been planned.

Had players not kneeled, the administration could have claimed some meaningless victory.

But players from the 49ers have been kneeling from the beginning, last season with Colin Kaepernick and continuing this season without him. Niners safety Eric Reid wrote an editorial in the New York Times the week after Trump’s comments explaining that they were protesting the very real issue of police brutality. He also reminded anyone who would listen that they decided to take knee after a conversation with former Green Beret and NFL player Nate Boyer, who suggested the gesture as a way to still be respectful of the men Cheap Discount Jerseys and women who serve this country in the armed forces.

Florida baseball mob reaches all the way to outfield after Gators’ first walkoff of the season

No. 3 overall national seed Florida is hosting Wake Forest in the Gainesville super regional this weekend, and Saturday’s opening offering lasted just over seven and a half hours and 11 innings.

Much of the game was ho-hum, with both teams netting a 1-1 deadlock after regulation. In the 11th, however, the game got weird. Wake closer Griffin Roberts started the bottom of the frame by beaning consecutive Gator batters, the second of whom, Nelson Maldonado, grew visibly irate after taking a wild fastball on the left hip.

It ended up being an envelope with Cubs tickets for June against the Cardinals. The rest of the video is magic as Kolt burts into tears and tells his mom that they’re going to Wrigley Field.

Kolt’s sister Hannah told Yahoo Sports about how much her brother loves the team.

Her brother watches every Cubs game and even DVRs the ones that are on after his bedtime. His favorite players are Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell. He plays travel baseball and he’s involved in Cub Scouts and 4-H, plus he does great in school.

His work ethic is amazing, Hannah says of her little brother. He’s been carrying around a bat, ball, and glove since he could walk.
Now we just need the Cubs to see this and make Kolt’s day incredible.

But I’m still fascinated with this game, which featured errors and wind and sun and demons. It’s perfect that Jim Leyritz is the left fielder apparently, I’m obsessed with catchers out of water but it’s perfect that Jesse Barfield, one of the finest defensive right fielders ever, is screwing up at the same time.

This was something of a low point for the Yankees. They were a proud franchise with a history that most professional sports teams couldn’t touch. Heck, they have a greater history than any pro team, for my money, but in 1990, they were a joke. They were going to break the franchise record for losses, and then they were going to lose 91 games the next year.

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Kyle Seager was trolled by an infielder pitching in a blowout

Chris Gimenez isn’t a very good pitcher. That’s because he isn’t a pitcher, sure, but also because he isn’t very good. The utility infielder has appeared in six games as a mop-up reliever in blowouts, and he’s struck out exactly one of the 27 batters he’s faced, with a career 7.71 ERA. He pitches so that the real pitchers can rest.

That doesn’t mean he can’t troll a little bit when he gets someone out. Like his former teammate and friend, Kyle Seager, for example. Gimenez got the Mariners shortstop out on a deep fly ball on Tuesday night, and he had a helpful suggestion for him:

Gimenez retired the Mariners in order, and he did it on nine pitches, so perhaps he’s learning on the job. And while he’s bettering himself, he’s also dispensing life advice to his friends. Lift weights. Be stronger. Push yourself. Seek your limits and blow past them.

The last time the Padres had the third-overall pick, they drafted Donovan Tate, so you would understand if they were skeptical of another high school player. On the other hand, Mike Trout went 22 picks after Tate, so who knows anything? This was the pick of a franchise that’s unshackled from what they’ve done in the past.

This won’t end the high school/college debate, but it will be ammunition for years. What the Padres got, though, was exactly what they needed: upside. The minor-league system is already rolling, and they got another top prospect to throw onto the pile.

But for this team I have a powerful switch-hitting catcher. I’ll assume he would have been fine defensively because he would have been in catcher boot camp since he was a teenager, and he was a pretty good athlete. He just wouldn’t have been a Hall of Famer.

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They’re spectacular clubs with top tier coaches and players.

That these two should generate some of the best baseball of the year is already given. They’re spectacular clubs with top tier coaches and players. One should only hope that they go to the full three games, if only to deliver two more bouts like Game 1. Should they do that, it’ll be the second year in a row that all 17 games were required to decide the NCAA tournament champion in Omaha.

Since LSU couldn’t throw Alex Lange or Jared Poch, skipper Paul Mainieri elected to go with Russell Reynolds, a fully capable arm, but relatively untried in this year’s tournament. He put Dalton Guthrie on base in the top of the first, but Guthrie made the mistake of testing LSU catcher Michael Papierski’s arm on a runout attempt at second with two outs.

It’s a great product to sell, he said of Davidson. We’ve just got to find the athletes who are admissible, and can afford the product. Honestly, we have to have guys who overachieve.

How to explain the fact that only three starters are on full rides and a handful of others have partial scholarships at one of the most expensive schools in the southeast? If may be that, given Davidson’s small size, it just flat out doesn’t have deep enough war coffers to sustain a full 11.7 scholarships for baseball especially in the case of an athletics program lacking a major college football presence.

In any case, if the NCAA is looking for altruism and that vaunted love of the game, it need look no further than the Davidson Wildcats, who carry around this year’s lovable underdog persona, inherited from Coastal Carolina a year ago. Coastal, recall, won the thing outright in its first trip to Omaha, and in a year of firsts for Davidson and Dick Cooke … well?

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Smith does in fact appear to slither his way around Guthrie’s attempt at tagging him

A dangerous situation, to be sure, but nowhere near the level of failure that Tim Tebow achieved in Charleston, S.C. a couple weeks ago, flinging his bat into the second level stands at Mayor Joe Riley Park. Even so, Deichmann and Tebow are a perfect pair, insofar as both of them ended their at-bats by striking out. Such is life in baseball.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, real controversy broke out on a close call at second, as LSU third baseman Josh Smith tried to stretch a single into a double and was perhaps tagged out on his slide into second.

Smith does in fact appear to slither his way around Guthrie’s attempt at tagging him, though he also slides off the bag so who can be sure. The play of course plated Deichmann for LSU’s third run of the night to pull them within one, but Beau Jordan grounded out to follow and end the inning. In any case, this put one more nail into LSU’s collective coffin in the ninth inning, and the Gators would go on to take the outing, 4-3.

I’m guessing that White Sox fans were waiting for their team to come up since the opening paragraph. The only reason they weren’t the biggest story here is that they employed Ray Durham, a two-time All-Star who was one of the more underappreciated second basemen of his generation. The White Sox got five solid seasons from him (and more earlier) in the last two decades. When he left, they got an OK-OBP, sweet-defense season from Willie Harris, two pretty-OK seasons from Tadahito Iguchi, and a stellar rookie campaign from Alexei Ramirez in 2008.

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Red Sox vs. Yankees odds 2017: Boston set as small underdog for Thursday rubber match

The Boston Red Sox are 4-8 in their last 12 games at Yankee Stadium after splitting the first two games of this three-game series against New York. The Red Sox will try to take the series in Thursday night’s rubber game.

Boston is a +106 underdog in New York at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. David Price will make his third start of the season for Boston facing Michael Pineda and the Yankees as -116 home favorites.

David Price had the worst season of his career since his first full year in the league last season, compiling a 3.99 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in his first season in Boston. Both totals were the highest they’ve been since 2009.

Price started the 2017 season on the disabled list with an elbow injury, but has looked sharp in his first two starts of the year with a 3.00 ERA, a 0.67 WHIP and 11 strikeouts through 12 innings. If Price is able to return to career form, the Red Sox would have an elite one-two punch between him and Chris Sale.

All eight teams have been here before, with at least three appearances in Omaha for each school. Three teams have won national titles — LSU is a six-time champion, last in 2009; Cal State Fullerton is a four-time champ, last in 2004; and Oregon State has two titles to its credit, the last in 2007.

These eight teams are split into two groups of four. On one side of the bracket, Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, LSU, and Florida State will battle. On the other side of the bracket, we have Louisville, Texas A&M, Florida, and TCU.

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The Houston Astros have four picks on Monday

Williams added that having the game in November when the Braves’ season will be over will make transitioning the field easier.

We don’t have to make any modifications other than taking the pitcher’s mound out and home plate out, he said via the Atlanta Business Chronicle. November of 2018 is a lot easier to do that than during the season. Our vision for that day is not to just play a game. We’re going to create a festive weekend, celebrate the two schools, give back to this community again and utilize our facility to really expand beyond the game and create a great opportunity for their fans, our fans and the people of Cobb County.

MLB Network will televise the draft on Monday beginning with a preview show at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the draft itself at 7 p.m., with coverage simulcast online through MLB.com.

The Minnesota Twins lost 103 games in 2016 and own the first pick of the draft for the third time in their history and the first time since 2001 when they selected catcher Joe Mauer.

The Houston Astros have four picks on Monday, half of which came as punishment for the St. Louis Cardinals hacking into their database. Houston has its own picks in the first two rounds No. 15 and No. 53 plus two picks forfeited by the Cardinals No. 56 and No. 75 overall.

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A buffet of breakfast burritos, chicken and waffles, and bowls of an egg, meat, and avocado mixture sit on a side table. They’re flanked by bottles of you guessed it Cholula.

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Florida baseball player slams 2 home runs on the same day in 2 separate games

Florida and Wake Forest have weathered the singularly most disruptive best of three tilt in this year’s super regional round. They’ve been drowned by rain, drowned by more rain, and grown extremely irate in the process. All three of their super regional games have undergone weather delays, a dragging influence on players’ collective psyches as they try to push through a tough super regional.

I’m going to be the first guy to do both, Greene told Evan Barnes of the Los Angeles Daily News. I love being able to hit and win games for the team or get on the mound and just shove it.

That the Padres are on this list isn’t a surprise. They haven’t been known as a shortstop factory over the years, and they’ve struggled mightily in recent seasons. But their commitment to the art of avoiding starting-caliber shortstops is admirable. If you want to provide your own drum roll, here are the best shortstop seasons for the Padres in the last 20 years:

Greene already has 93-98 mph fastball, the pitch earning 70 grades due to the combination of velocity and movement, wrote John Sickels of our Minor League Ball in March. He generates the heat with little effort and given his youth and build, even more velocity is possible as he matures. He already has a plus curveball and commands it better than most pitchers his age. His change-up is not as refined as the first two pitches but should be at least MLB average in time and very possibly plus.

The first overall pick this year was high school shortstop Royce Lewis, who the Twins nabbed to start the draft.

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The Rangers blew a 7-run lead by allowing 13 unanswered Indians runs

Remember in 2016 when the Rangers had all kinds of luck on their side, and it helped them post a 36-11 record in one-run games? Well, 2017 has been about trying to restore balance to the universe, and the scales it’s using for that task hit the Rangers right in the face Monday night.

There is only one correct ballot to use when voting for the National League’s all-stars, and Grant Brisbee wrote it. Feel free to use it if you want to be right.
The Cubs ended up holding off the Nationals for a 5-4 win to kick off their series, and they can thank Javier Baez’s defense for helping them to that. Baez made two impressive grabs during the game, and who knows what might have happened if he hadn’t.

Florida, on the other hand, features just one batter currently averaging above .300, Nelson Maldonado at .303; his on base percentage is an impressive .449, however. The Gators don’t necessarily play small ball they’ve bashed in a handful of home runs in the super regionals and CWS so far but they house nowhere near the power as LSU. Their most trustworthy bat, JJ Schwarz, has a tendency to fall dead asleep at times, forcing guys up and down the lineup to handle run duties. Deacon Liput, Dalton Guthrie, Ryan Larson, and Austin Langworthy have all broken out as separate game heroes, with last season’s star, Jonathan India, virtually disappearing from discussion.

Both clubs have put together solid seasons of work, fought their way through a shredder of a postseason, and earned their spots in the College World Series best of three final. They’ve met already this season, with Florida taking a 2-1 series win in Gainesville.

But still, the power stats don’t really matter at all. This series will be won or lost at the plate, but we shouldn’t expect an abundance of scoring.

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