On Matching Baseball Events

Baseball venues have been around a very long time. Considering baseball’s storied history with events, match the event to the stadium site of the event.

Answers are given below the video, so let us know how you did. By the way, the video is the scenes from John Fogerty’s Centerfield music video. Due to copyrights, there’s a different tune to the scenes.

Stadium List
Baker Bowl, Candlestick Park, Comiskey Park, County Stadium, Crosley Field, Dodger Stadium, Ebbets Field, Fenway Park, Forbes Field, Griffith Stadium, League Park, Memorial Stadium, Municipal Stadium, Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Sportsman’s Park, Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field-Chicago, Wrigley Field-LA, Yankee Stadium

Events

  1. Babe’s supposed called HR by pointing the bat
  2. Babe’s last game
  3. Babe’s last 3 homers were here
  4. Reggie Jackson’s monster homerun off its light tower
  5. Willie Mays very deep over-the-shoulder catch off Vic Wertz’s bat
  6. The first NL night game
  7. The first AL night game
  8. Roger Clemens’ 20 strikeouts in a game
  9. Disco Demolition Night
  10. Johnny Vander Meer pitches his 2nd consecutive no-hitter at this park’s first night game
  11. Mickey Mantle 565 ft. homerun
  12. Seventeen-year-old Bob Feller strikes out 17
  13. It’s a home run or nothing here on Home Run Derby
  14. Pitcher Dave McNally’s grand slam leads his team to a game 3 World Series win
  15. Three foot, seven inch Eddie Gaedel walks in a pinch-hit appearance
  16. Pitchers Tom Zachary and Tracy Stallard yield record-breaking homers 34 years apart
  17. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ends
  18. Catcher John Roseboro is intentionally hit by a swinging bat
  19. Kirk Gibson’s dramatic leg-injured home run
  20. Harvey Haddix loses 1-0 and throws a 12-inning perfect game

Answers

  1. Babe’s supposed called HR by pointing the bat (Wrigley Field, Chicago)
  2. Babe’s last game (Baker Bowl, Philadelphia)
  3. Babe’s last 3 homers were here (Forbes Field, Pittsburgh)
  4. Reggie Jackson’s monster homerun off its light tower (Tiger Stadium, Detroit)
  5. Willie Mays very deep over-the-shoulder catch off Vic Wertz’s bat (Polo Grounds, NYC)
  6. The first NL night game (Crosley Field, Cincinnati)
  7. The first AL night game (Shibe Park, Philadelphia)
  8. Roger Clemens’ 20 strikeouts in a game (Fenway, Boston)
  9. Disco Demolition Night (Comiskey Park, Chicago)
  10. Johnny Vander Meer pitches his 2nd consecutive no-hitter at this park’s first night game (Ebbets Field, Brooklyn)
  11. Mickey Mantle 565 ft. homerun (Griffith Stadium, Washington)
  12. Seventeen-year-old Bob Feller strikes out 17 (League Park, Cleveland)
  13. It’s a home run or nothing here on Home Run Derby. (Wrigley Field, LA)
  14. Pitcher Dave McNally’s grand slam leads his team to a game 3 World Series win (Memorial Stadium, Baltimore)
  15. Three foot, seven inch Eddie Gaedel walks in a pinch-hit appearance (Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis)
  16. Pitchers Tom Zachary and Tracy Stallard yield record-breaking homers 34 years apart (Yankee Stadium, NYC)
  17. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ends (Municipal Stadium, Cleveland)
  18. Catcher John Roseboro is intentionally hit by a swinging bat (Candlestick Park, SF)
  19. Kirk Gibson’s dramatic leg-injured home run (Dodger Stadium, LA)
  20. Harvey Haddix loses 1-0 and throws a 12-inning perfect game (County Stadium, Milwaukee)

On All-Time Tims

I find looking at baseball through the very narrow field of names interesting. If nothing else, being reminded of players from the past, some famous and others not so, triggers memories.

I dedicate this team to three individuals. The first is a cyber Tim, the writer of a blog a thoroughly enjoy: Thoughts, Ideas & Suggestions. The second is to a coworker from my past with whom I enjoy many interests; besides, he also reads this blog. The third is a fellow Ohioan and another cyber Tim whom I read, yet readers know him as Beeze. Although some may wonder how well this team would do, it’s good enough to beat the All-Time Randys.

Ladies and gentlemen. Taking the field, the All-Time Tims!

1B – Tim Laudner (AS)
2B – Tim Naehring
SS – Tim Foli
3B – Tim Wallach (AS)
C –   Tim McCarver (AS)
OF – Tim Raines (AS)
OF – Tim Salmon
OF – Tim Hulett
DH – Tim Tuefel

SP – Tim Keefe (HOF)
SP – Tim Hudson (AS)
SP – Tim Belcher
SP – Tim Wakefield (AS)
SP – Tim Lincecum (AS)

RP – Tim Burke (AS)
RP – Tim Stoddard
RP – Tim Worrell

Mgr. – Tim the Tool Man

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On Sotomayor’s Delay

Republican senators have very interesting during the process of filling the Supreme Court vacancy. Many were against her within hours of the nomination, whereas some on the committee proclaimed being against her in their opening statements. They had a chance to ask questions, and now they are asking for a 1-week extension. In the words of Artie Johnson and Jackie Gleason, “Very interesting you numbskulls!

As some Republican senators claim rulings through bias, these partisans have yet to provide evidence of biased past rulings by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. They seem to be hanging their hat on the overturning of the New Haven fire fighters case in which the nominee was 1 vote of 13 on the appellate court’s 7-6 vote. Maybe that’s why they wanted a 1-week extension. Gotta dig dig dig … you betcha.

Of course Senator Sessions (R-AL) definitely isn’t biased.

From Jeffrey Toobin

There was something distasteful about Sotomayor’s being lectured on civil rights by the likes of Senator Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, whose own retrograde views on race back in 1986 led to his being rejected for a federal judgeship by the very committee on which he now serves.

Or is Senator Sessions still bitterly biased because of the 1986 hearing?

From Kathleen Parker

Senators also hammered Sotomayor about her ethnic identification and whether she could rule fairly without undue influence from her gender or political preferences. Wait, let me guess, you’re White Guys! Are we to infer that males of European descent are never unduly influenced by their own ethnicity, gender or political preferences? Can anyone affirm this assertion with a straight face?

When your party looks like a Wonder Bread convention during flu season, picking on ethnic identity and sex seems an un-brilliant way to proceed. Yet, these same gentlemen don’t understand how Sotomayor could have expressed the thought that she, as a Latina, might be able to reach a wiser decision than a white male?

From the Hearing

Sen. John Kyl: Do you agree with him (President Obama) that the law only takes you the first 25 miles of the marathon and that that last mile has to be decided by what’s in the judge’s heart?

Sotomayor:
No, sir. That’s — I don’t — I wouldn’t approach the issue of judging in the way the president does. He has to explain what he meant by judging. I can only explain what I think judges should do, which is judges can’t rely on what’s in their heart. They don’t determine the law. Congress makes the laws. The job of a judge is to apply the law.

Of course Sen Kyl (R-AZ) is opposing Sotomayor because “I remain unconvinced that Judge Sotomayor believes judges should set aside biases, including those based on race and gender, and render the law impartially and neutrally.” Once again, he provides no judicial ruling to support his claim.

Senator Kyl goes on to say, “Her answers answered nothing.” Senator, I hate to tell you but nominees have been giving soft answers ever since Justice Bork – including those you support.

Why haven’t we heard concerns about another Roman Catholic justice, thus potentially creating a religious bias on the court? On no, if she doesn’t proceed to overturn Roe v Wade, the church will be threatening to withhold communion and possible excommunication. But certainly voting with preset religious conditions isn’t bias.

As I have said many times, there is a difference between agree v. disagree and right v. wrong. Just because one disagrees, doesn’t mean wrong. Translation into numbskull means, “You’ve done your job, move on and vote.

On Obama Losing Moderates

Note: I wrote this the day before the release of the Brooks column and the latest ABC/Washington Post poll that support the text.

Moderates appreciate both the political left and right because while each promotes the extreme, each also serves as guideposts for moderates to pull the power toward the center, thus not letting one side get too much political clout. On the other hand, keep in mind that sometimes this takes time; which also means moderates are in a dilemma most of the time.

Regardless of one’s voting preference, there’s no doubt that President Obama and the Democratic operatives had a much more effective campaign than Senator McCain and the Republicans. Not only was President Obama successful establishing a larger base, he attracted more independent moderates. While attracting independent moderates is one thing, keeping them is entirely a different matter.

Although President Obama remains popular, the waning support of his policies is much due to independent moderates jumping off the bandwagon. Although Republicans may be jumping for joy, they should also note who hasn’t jumped onto their wagon. By the way, independent moderates generally don’t buy into partisan “I told you so” messages.

Here are a few reasons for declining support of independent moderates.

  • President Obama campaigned on a bipartisan approach, but is relying on a partisan Congress to drive legislation. (Independent moderates desire bipartisanship)
  • President Obama has signed (thus owns) and advocated much spending with too much pork. (Independent moderates are typically fiscally prudent)
  • President Obama seems to be more concerned with passing legislation than passing effective legislation. (Independent moderates prefer effective legislation)
  • Saving General Motors may have been noble and needed, but failing to thoroughly explain the meaning of “too big to fail” has either given the wrong impression or served as an illusion. (Independent moderates prefer thorough rationale)
  • Democratic operatives are taking the opportunity to maximize their unquestionable majority to get it while they can; thus ignoring independent moderates

Many voters believed or hoped President Obama was the one having the leadership skills and desire to reach across the partisanship divide to bridge bipartisan bridge for the country’s best interest as a whole. Although it clearly takes two to tango, his reliance on Pelosi-Reid leadership and party-led committee chairs has demonstrated the building of a one-way bridge to their self-serving Land of Special Interest – but a different land than the previous one-party rule.

The White House itself is taking advantage of budgets and special projects by appointmenting over 30 special-project czars.  President-appointed czars don’t require Senate approval or oversight. President GW Bush had 10 or so and each of the preceding presidents had only a few.

As stated in an earlier post, independent moderates will rely on the Democratic Blue Dogs and the moderate Republicans to keep the left in check, who at least are starting to raise their voice.

Since some political observers believe that the 1994 election was an important key to the Clinton presidency, 2010 is shaping to be interesting. Here’s the 2010-2012 question I ponder: Will voters dump the Congress and keep the president or moderate the Congress and dump the president?

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On the Reds Midseason Report

reds-logoAt the All-Star break the Reds were 42-45. Thought I’d revisit statements I made at the start of the season. At that time I mentioned the many “ifs” present on the 2009 edition of my team.

If Votto and Bruce continue to improve. No question, Joey Votto has been the Reds best hitter. Unfortunately his trip to the DL was about a month. Jay Bruce on the other hand has been a major disappointment. According to local sports reporter Mo Egger, Bruce’s month-by-month show his decline: .258, .212, .187, .148.

If Harang returns to form. 5-9 with an ERA over 4 isn’t close

If Volquez and Cuetto win a combined 30. Although Cuetto has been the most consistent starting pitcher, Volquez has spent much of the season on the DL; thus 11 wins at the break.

If the RH bats of Encarnacion and Hernandez hit 55-60 HRs with 150 RBIs. No way again! Encarnacion spent most of the first half on the DL and Hernandez didn’t display power. Although Encarnacion has returned, Hernandez is on the DL for a while.

If SS Gonzalez stays healthy and has an average year. He’s currently on the DL for the second time this season and is batting 33 points below his career average

If Willy Taveras improves his on-base percentage by 100 points. Didn’t happen … not even close

If the team batting average with RISP improves at least 50 points. Actually worse

The Initial Prediction
I concluded the April post with this statement: For a team with that many ifs, third place is a reasonable expectation, but I say it will be lower. So far, it seems I’ve hit it right.

The Approaching Trade Deadline
Will the Reds be buyers, sellers, and observers? I can’t see buyers because the Reds are simply not that good, and this role would require them to trade some potential future players. Being watchers implies the team will seek to improve through off-season trades and free agency, but they have several holes to fill to become competitive.

Sellers are the most likely scenario with pitchers Harang, Arroyo, Weathers, Rhodes, and Cordero leading the way to gain prospects and shed payroll. The primary needs are a RH bat, shortstop, and pitching. Meanwhile, here’s the list of this year’s free agent pool.

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