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Morning News – A Moment of Silence is Needed

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One of my favorite baseball traditions is when a guy hits a home run and no one greets him in the dugout to celebrate. While that didn’t happen to Jason Heyward yesterday, I feel like we need to take a moment of silence to celebrate the achievement in yesterday’s game.

Heyward would also put up a double, so maybe things are turning in the right direction for J-Hey. God, I hope so.

In other news, is anyone watching the World Baseball Classic? This is the first time I’ve decided that I’m going to really get into it and it’s a treat. I watched the opening game yesterday on archive on MLB.tv between Israel and Korea and saw a 10 inning 2-1 win by Israel, which surprised me. Sam Fuld and Jason Marquis played in the game and both did well. Last night I turned on Israel against Chinese Taipei, but it started too late for me to stay up past a couple innings. Israel is 2-0 in their pool. As I write this, there are some good games going on. Seriously, if you haven’t checked it out, give it a look.

That’s all I’ve got today. Enjoy the day and be nice to people.

  • Sherm

    Unfortunately, I’ve not had the time to watch…or really even follow the WBC. For that matter, I haven’t paid a lot of attention to spring training, either, and wait to get my updates either here or on some far less legitimate and entertaining news channel. For me, this time of year brings out a single thought…primarily “please don’t let anybody get hurt.” The wins don’t matter, the stats don’t matter…just stay healthy.

    I don’t care if Jason Heyward swings like Jim Furyk as long as he hits the ball hard and contributes.

    So I enjoyed the picture yesterday of Kevin Youkilis holding the WS trophy. Or Ryan Dempster. Or whoever that was. Anyway…great picture and had to be an incredible feeling. (Props to Hataskew for the sandwich pic. I’m printing THAT one and asking Seymour to sign it when I see him next.) I digress…as is the norm. So, made me think: would you rather hold the WS trophy and have YOUR picture taken with it…OR…get a legitimate hole in one? (on a regulation golf course…)

    Enjoy the day AND be nice to people? Jeez, Joe. Tall order…but I will do my best to uphold the VFTB tenets and do ya proud. Might even held an old lady cross the street!

    • Doug S.

      Given a choice I’d take the 4 ft. long sub, hold the ranch.

      • yeah that thing is in serious need of mustard

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Don’t forget the cheese!

      • You made me think of cheese, which again made me forget about Corey Black.

    • Seymour Butts

      A hole in one requires some skill and a lot of luck. Holding the trophy required only that my life long obsession with a baseball team came to fruition. No effort on my part, but a much rarer thing (to date). I’ll take what I had.
      Damn thing is heavier than it looks about 30 lbs I guess.

    • cap’n realist

      Heyward’s double was really impressive….a liner the other way over third base. He’s fouling everything off the other way…looks late on everything, except the hanging cookie he hit for the homerun.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Or he could put a picture of Lindsey Vonn, but she has too many Ns for your taste.

      • cap’n realist

        I always thought they looked like nice B’s. If they were N’s, I imagine she’d struggle more in the downhill.

      • Doug S.

        Doesn’t a hole in one require that you buy drinks for the entire clubhouse? Could be an expensive picture.

      • Sherm

        It’s worth it

      • Eddie Von White

        You have one?

      • Sherm

        Yes – three…which is amazing because I’m not very good. When I kept a handicap I struggled to get it under 20, but in years of playing I’ve apparently hit three good shots.

        None cost me a fortune in drinks…which depends, I suppose, on one’s definition of fortune. I did get one of them in a Charles Schwab outing…(relax, Raker, Schwab, NOT Schwarb) on the closest to the pin hole…and received…wait for it…a $50 certificate from the gift shop. I immediately left Schwab. Cheap bastard. Really? The shadowbox for the BALL cost me $150. I’ve been in tournaments where that gets you a CAR. I got $50. And a new broker.

        Ah, well – when the Cubs will it all AGAIN, maybe I’ll get to pose with the trophy at next year’s fantasy camp.

      • Eddie Von White

        It’s the thrill of the hunt. You’re not out there to see how many hole-in-ones you can get anyway. The only prize I ever received in a golf tournament was a ball retriever that extended to about 25 feet. I earned it by having the most water shots. Actually, it comes in handy. You wouldn’t believe how many expensive golf balls are in the bottom of the lake.

      • That’s my new favorite golf story EVW.

      • Sherm

        Eddie Von Waterballs?

        I guess I’m no Capn Realist when it comes to this…

      • cap’n realist

        Eddie Von Shankopattamus.

        Amateur.

      • Eddie Von White

        IDWIC (I Do What I Can)

      • Sherm

        Okay – to be brutally honest – I NEVER thought I’d get ONE. When I did, I thought, that’s pretty cool…but figured I’d never get ANOTHER. When I did? I figured, oh, well, I’ve got more in me…certainly I’ll have more. And did…when I got the third, however (which was a “called shot” and another story) I think I used up all my luck, because now I’m back to thinking I’ll never get another. Partly for three reasons: 1) I’m so busy that I don’t golf as much as I used to, 2) the odds are way against it, and 3) I tempted the golf Gods – while not completely sober in Las Vegas one fine day, I got a tattoo of 3 Aces* on my right arm. The elusive “Ace of Clubs” is missing…and I have a hunch it always will be. If I get another? No question I’d add it…

        *I have a friend who insists that the 3 Aces is a gay motorcycle gang. I’m sure it isn’t. (Nonetheless? I don’t wear tank tops.)

  • JTBarrett16

    I’ve been watching the World Baseball Classic since the first rendition in 2006. I missed the 2013 rendition because I didn’t have MLB Network, but now I do, so I’ve been watching it, and so far it’s really good. Going to wear my Team USA polo on Friday.

  • cap’n realist

    I’m pulling hard for team Israel in the WBC. I coached against Cody Decker in about 15 American Legion and High School games in the early 2000’s. He was an impressive hitter, but what really made me remember him is the fact that he was a respectful, smart player, and really about the funniest high school kid I met in 16 years of coaching young men. He went on to play at UCLA, and would always acknowledge me whenever he saw me at games. Just a great kid…he’s hit over 200 minor league homeruns, and stuck around forever (he’s got to be 30 or so now) and just never got his chance. I hope this is it for him. Slammin Sammy Fuld and Jason Marquis are the icing on the cake.

    • JTBarrett16

      Team Isreal is off to a good start. 2-0 so far

      • cap’n realist

        read the top part, CAPS. It’s part of the VFTB experience.

      • Doug S.

        Not a bad intentional misspell of the country, if it was intentional.

      • Sherm

        It wasn’t. Speling is harde.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        He probably learned spelling like he learned his science.

      • JTBarrett16

        Typo

      • Eddie Von White

        Should’ve took the complement and let them think you were witty.

    • Seymour Butts

      9th inning was a little painful, but good game overall.
      I’m rooting for the Dominicans, but I’m not sure why. Just doing it.

      • Eddie Von White

        I think I am too.

      • cap’n realist

        Eddie Von Blanco

      • Eddie Von White

        Welcome back.

      • Eduardo, por favor

  • Doc Raker

    I saw Chinese Taipei fall apart last night against Israel. They had many defensive breakdowns, it got out of hand, I felt bad for them. The WBC is a nice thought but I find it hard to take seriously so early in the season knowing everyone is in spring training mode. It’s like the winner of the bunting contest in spring training, yes it is nice to win but really means nothing come the regular season.

    • JTBarrett16

      Did you see the part where Fuld threw his bat and they talked about the netting on the broadcast? I thought of Safety Sue when that happened

    • Seymour Butts

      CT apparently has been training together for over 70 days.
      Man that must be disappointing.

  • Karen Hirsh

    So happy Heyward got some good swings yesterday. Hopefully it will continue into the regular season and beyond. He is a super outfielder and a clubhouse leader.

  • The switch-pitcher dude just got the Cubs 1-2-3. Imagine if we had a switch pitcher in the mix.. CAPS would have all sorts of over/under lines going on about something like that.