Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 90

On Japan
As the nuclear situation in Japan remains a top news story each day, the earthquake and tsunami are becoming moving into distant memory. Yet, the human need remains paramount. To remind us of the destruction, see this photo essay by the Boston Globe.

On Worth Reading
I try reading Bill Tammeus’s Faith Matters blog as often as I can. Misreading sacred texts is the topic of this worth-reading post.

Columnist David Brooks had two recent posts worth reading: one on science and the other about the Libyan leader. Interestingly, the science column coincided with my recent post about science. The video on that post is awesome.

On Political Shorts
A few weeks ago, we were with my in-laws watching the golf’s Match Play Championships. One frequently seen commercial promoted the final episodes of the Haney Project, with renowned golf instructor Hank Haney teaching Rush Limbaugh. My father-in-law, a definite Republican asked, “Why is that guy on? He’s an asshole!” I replied, “Because the asshole has three million listeners.”

Given the mixture of the Tea Party folks, RINOs, religious-political zealots, and anything else they can get their hands on, Republicans are still a volatile group. Just examine the different attitudes within the party regarding Sarah Palin to see the diversity. I found this article interesting, although also realizing its basic bias. However, some of comments are even more revealing. Thanks Don in Mass for the link.

On Opening Day’s Success
Given the 3-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to win, Opening Day in Cincinnati was an extra success – simply the icing on the cake to a great day. Meanwhile, I will reveal my prediction for the 2011 Reds tomorrow in a special weekend edition.

By the way, for baseball trivia buffs, see this George Will column for some good, tough questions.

On a Thought for the Weekend and the Weeks Ahead
Don in Mass offers interesting things. I’ll use Don’s words to introduce the video: Hug your loved one, a Democrat, a Lefty, a Progressive, a Republican, a Tea Partyier, a Right winger, anybody. We should take the time to give hug, ’cause we all could use one. Here’s the popular video from Italy that you have to watch on YouTube.

By the way, A Frank Angle now has a Facebook page. Now there’s something I didn’t plan to do.

On Baseball Locations

All ballparks, young and old, have a history. This post is about some of the locations associated with MLB parks.

The trivia questions are in two groups: matching and short answers. Correct answers are found after the short YouTube video honoring some of the old stadiums.

Matching Choices
Braves Field, Candlestick Park, Ebbets Field, Fenway Park, Forbes Field, Metropolitan Stadium, Sportsman’s Park, Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field

  1. A portion of its outfield wall can be found on a college campus
  2. Its right field pavilion remains part of an on-campus college football stadium
  3. Today, its infield and much of the field of play is part of a local boys’ club
  4. It’s named after the Point location of the same name
  5. Bound by Clark, Addison, Waveland, and Sheffield
  6. Bound by Sullivan Place, Montgomery, and Bedford
  7. Bound by Trumbull, Michigan, Cherry, and National
  8. The attached bowling alley is closed
  9. Currently the location of a huge mall

Short Answers

  1. These 2 cities had old ballparks called the Huntington Street Grounds
  2. Name the 3 baseball stadiums (past and present) that also served as the site for many gold medal performances
  3. Name the 9 franchises with replacement stadiums built next door (or at least reasonably close

Matching Answers

  1. A portion of its outfield wall can be found on a college campus (Forbes Field, Pittsburgh)
  2. Its right field pavilion remains part of an on-campus college football stadium (Braves Field, Boston)
  3. Today, its infield and much of the field of play is part of a local boys’ club (Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis)
  4. Its name after the Point location of the same name (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)
  5. Bound by Clark, Addison, Waveland, and Sheffield (Wrigley Field, Chicago)
  6. Bound by Sullivan Place, Montgomery, and Bedford (Ebbets Field, Brooklyn)
  7. Bound by Trumbull, Michigan, Cherry, and National (Tiger Stadium, Detroit)
  8. The attached bowling alley is closed (Fenway Park, Boston)
  9. Currently the location of a huge mall (Metropolitan Stadium, [Mall of America] Bloomington, MN

Short Answers

  1. These 2 cities had old ballparks called the Huntington Street Grounds (Boston & Philadelphia)
  2. Name the 3 baseball stadiums (past & present) that also served as the site for many gold medal performances other than baseball (LA Coliseum (Dodgers), Olympic Stadium (Expos), Turner Field (Braves)
  3. Name the 9 Franchises with replacement stadiums built next door (or at least reasonably close (Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, New York Mets … (I hope I got them all)

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 Memorable All-Star Moments

Baseball’s All-Star Game – the Mid-Summer Classic has been thrilling fans since 1933. The game has provided many memorable moments, even one embarrassing, forgettable moment a short time ago.

Below are 20 All-Star game moments and factoids. The goal is to match the moment to the game’s venue. It’s not as easy, and answers are provided after a classic, must-watch All-Star commercial from many years ago. Enjoy and let us know how you did.

Matching Choices
Anaheim Stadium, Astrodome, Camden Yards, Candlestick Park, Comiskey Park, Ebbets Field, Fenway Park, Griffith Stadium, Jacobs Field, Metropolitan Stadium, Miller Park, Municipal Stadium (Cleveland), Polo Grounds, Riverfront Stadium, Safeco Field, Shea Stadium, Shibe Park, The Ballpark at Arlington, Tiger Stadium, Yankee Stadium,

Events

  1. Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam HR in All Star history at the site of the first All-Star Game –just 50 years later
  2. Pete Rose collides with catcher Ray Fosse
  3. Reggie Jackson’s HR off the light tower
  4. Carl the King Hubbell consecutively fans Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin
  5. Stu Miller allegedly being blown off the mound
  6. John Kruk batting against Randy Johnson
  7. Ted Williams homers on a Rip (Luke) Sewell eephus pitch
  8. Earl Averill’s line drive hits pitcher Dizzy Dean’s foot and essentially ending Dean’s career
  9. Tony Perez’s game-deciding 15th-inning HR
  10. Racial barrier is broken by four players
  11. Sandy Alomar’s game-winning HR in his home park
  12. Cal Ripken homers in his last All-Star at bat
  13. The NL is held to 3 hits, yet 3 solo HRs were enough for a 3-2 win.
  14. Willie Mays returns to the city long before Josh Hamilton’s derby homers
  15. First expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game
  16. First AL expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game
  17. First All-Star played indoors on artificial turf
  18. First All-Star game held at night, surprisingly in 1943 and at the same location as the first AL game at night
  19. After 4 consecutive years of the game being played twice in a month, the All Star game returns to a once-a-year format
  20. Commissioner rules the game a tie in the 11th inning as both teams lack pitchers

Answers

  1. Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam HR in All Star history at the site of the first All-Star Game –just 50 years later (Comiskey Park)
  2. Pete Rose collides with catcher Ray Fosse (Riverfront Stadium)
  3. Reggie Jackson’s HR off the light tower (Tiger Stadium)
  4. Carl the King Hubbell consecutively fans Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin (Polo Grounds)
  5. Stu Miller allegedly being blown off the mound (Candlestick Park)
  6. John Kruk batting against Randy Johnson (Camden Yards)
  7. Ted Williams homers on a Rip (Luke) Sewell eephus pitch (Fenway, Boston)
  8. Earl Averill’s line drive hits pitcher Dizzy Dean’s foot and essentially ending Dean’s career (Griffith Stadium)
  9. Tony Perez’s game-deciding 15th-inning HR (Anaheim Stadium)
  10. Racial barrier is broken by four players (Ebbets Field)
  11. Sandy Alomar’s game-winning HR in his home park (Jacobs Field)
  12. Cal Ripken homers in his last All-Star at bat (Safeco Field)
  13. The NL is held to 3 hits, yet 3 solo HRs were enough for a 3-2 win. (The Ballpark at Arlington)
  14. Willie Mays returns to the city long before Josh Hamilton’s derby homers (Yankee Stadium)
  15. First expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game (Shea Stadium)
  16. First AL expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game (Metropolitan Stadium)
  17. First All-Star played indoors on artificial turf (Astrodome)
  18. First All-Star game held at night, surprisingly in 1943 and at the same location as the first AL game at night (Shibe Park)
  19. After 4 consecutive years of the game being played twice in a month, the All Star game returns to a once-a-year format (Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium)
  20. Commissioner rules the game a tie in the 11th inning as both teams lack pitchers (Miller Park)

On Real Names in Baseball

As we know, baseball has an endless list of nicknames. On the other hand, sometimes the player is best known by either his nickname, middle name, or a modification of some sort.

Below is a list of 20 known players and 20 real names, so this is a matching exercise with each answer used once. A fair share of these are easy, so enjoy and good luck. Answers are below the video (a triple play on a ball hit by Chipper).  Tell us how you did.

Players: Buck Ewing, Casey Stengel, Chipper Jones, Cool Papa Bells, Cy Young, Dizzy Dean, Duke Snider, Gabby Harnett, Goose Goslin, Hack Wilson, Honus Wagner, Lefty Gomez, Lefty Grove, Pee Wee Reese, Pie Traynor, Satchel Paige, Smokey Burgess, Sparky Anderson, Tug McGraw, Willie Stargell

First Names: Charles, Charles, Denton, Edwin, Forrest, Frank, George, Harold, James, Jay, John, Larry,  Lawrence, Leon, Leroy, Lewis, Robert, Vernon, William, Wilver


Answers
Buck Ewing – William
Casey Stengel – Charles
Cool Papa Bell – James
Cy Young – Denton
Dizzy Dean – Jay
Duke Snider – Edwin
Gabby Hartnett – Charles
Goose Goslin – Leon
Hack Wilson – Lewis
Honus Wagner – John
Lefty Gomez – Vernon
Lefty Grove – Robert
Pee Wee Reese – Harold
Pie Traynor – Harold
Satchel Paige – Leroy
Smokey Burgess – Forrest
Sparky Anderson – George
Tug McGraw – Frank
Willie Stargell – Wilver
Yogi Berra – Lawrence