August 2011

How Long “Dan” He Go?

Dan Uggla has gotten at least one hit in every game since July 5th. That calculates out to a 33 game hit streak. The longest hit streak this season, and the longest in Atlanta Braves history.

A hit today and tomorrow would tie him, with Chase Utley and Luis Castillo,  for the longest hit streak ever for a second baseman, with 35 straight games. A record that seems more than likely, with the way Uggla’s been hitting lately. Completley locked in.

So, three more games with a hit would put him in the record books for the longest hitting streak ever for a second baseman. And five more games with a hit would make him the lone record holder for longest hit streak in Braves franchise history. (A record currently held by Tommy Holmes. As he went on a streak of 37 straight games for the Boston Braves, back in 1945.)

Considering the fact that Dan Uggla seems to be locked in while at the plate lately, I’d say he has a great chance of passing Tommy Holmes record, and possibly reaching a hit streak of 40 games. But what are his chances of passing, or even coming close to Joe DiMaggio’s record of 56 games, set back in 1941? Only time will tell.

The only thing that is for certain is that Dan Uggla is hitting better than anyone else in MLB. That isn’t an opinion, it’s an actual fact, supported by his incredible stats. 

If Uggla does continue his streak 23 more games to tie DiMaggio for longest hit streak ever, it will come on September 6 in Philadelphia. (With Uggla breaking DiMaggio’s record on the 7th.)

But that’s a long way off, and a lot has to, and could happen, between now and then.

We’ll have to just wait and see.

So what do you think Dan Uggla’s chances are of breaking DiMaggio’s record of a 56 game hitting streak that has stood for the past 60 years? Do you think he will break it? If not, how many games do you think he’ll get to before the streak is broken? Leave a comment, and let me hear your thoughts…….

(Personally I think Dan Uggla will make it to 42 games with a hit, before failing to get a hit in the 43rd game. Why 42? I don’t know. It’s just a number that stands out in my head.)

UPDATE

Well, the Braves game is over, and so is the streak. My apology to Dan Uggla for jinxing him will come in my next entry. No really. I’m going to post an entry apologizing to Dan. It’ll be up tomorrow……

UPDATE #2

Here’s the link to my apology: CLICK HERE

Q and A With Daniel Hudson

Today’s Q and A entry is on Daniel Hudson. Starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

When Daniel Hudson made his Major League debut on September 4, 2009, he pitched two innings of scoreless relief. Since then Hudson has worked his way up to starting pitcher where he has had success.

Belows Q and A’s is meant for you to learn more about what interests Daniel Hudson:

1.) Favorite type of music.

“Country and Rock.”

2.) Favorite song.

“Sideways. (By Dierks Bentley.)”

3.) Favorite food.

“Pizza.”

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

“Entourage.”

5.) Favorite movie.

“Superbad.”

6.) Favorite book.

“Don’t read much.”

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

“Golf.”

8.) Favorite time of year.

“Spring/early fall.”

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

“Football.”

10.) Favorite player growing up.

“Chipper Jones.”

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

“Nike.”

12.) Favorite car.

“Porsche Panorama.”

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

“History.”

14.) Favorite quote.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

15.) Favorite moment of baseball career thus far.

“Getting called up in ’09 while playing in Norfolk, VA. (My home town.) 90 friends and family there. Including my fiance.” 

I hope this helped you to learn more about Daniel Hudson of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Big thanks to Daniel Hudson for answering my questions.

You can follow Daniel Hudson on twitter: @DHuddy41

The next Q and A entry will be posted Wednesday, August 17, on Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner, of the MLB Fan Cave.

PAST Q AND A ENTRIES: Brent Lillibridge

Q and A With Brent Lillibridge

Today is the start of the Q and A entries that I’ll post every Wednesday and Saturday, until the end of the MLB season.

Today’s Q and A entry, is on Brent Lillibridge. Outfielder for the Chicago Whitesox.

Lillibridge made his major league debut on April 26, 2008 for the Atlanta Braves. Since being traded to the White Sox, Lillibridge has belted eleven home runs as well as collected 45 RBI’s. Although his stats can be found in two seconds through a Google search, there are other interesting things about him that can’t be found as easily. If at all. The type of things the questions below were meant to unveil:

1.) Favorite type of music.

“Rock/country.”

2.) Favorite song.

“These Hard Times. (By NeedToBreathe.)”

3.) Favorite food.

“Breakfast.”

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

Left unanswered.

5.) Favorite movie.

“Troy.”

6.) Favorite book.

“Heaven. (By Randy Alcorn.)”

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

“[Be] on a boat.”

8.) Favorite time of year.

“Summer. (In Seattle.)”

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

“Football/basketball.”

10.) Favorite player growing up.

“Omar Vizquel.”

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

“Nike.”

12.) Favorite car.

“Audi.”

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

“Science.”

14.) Favorite quote.

“John 3:30-He must increase, but I must decrease.”

15.) Favorite moment of baseball career, thus far.

“Robbing Cano of a game winner. And [robbing] Crisp of a home run.”

I hope this helped you to learn more about Brent Lillibridge of the Chicago White Sox.

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Big thanks to Brent Lillibridge for answering my questions.

You can follow Brent Lillibridge on twitter: @BSLillibridge

The next Q and A entry will be posted Saturday, August 13th, on Daniel Hudson, of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Starting THIS Wednesday

Starting this Wednesday, and continuing every Wednesday, until the end of the baseball season, I’m going to post a blog entry on a MLB player or ESPN/MLB Network baseball analyst.

It will be a Q and A type entry with random questions like, “What’s your favorite food?” and stuff like that. Basically questions to help you to learn random but interesting things about that person.

This Wednesday’s entry is going to be on Brent Lillibridge.

In no particular order, the next three entries after that will be on Shawn Kelley, Shelley Duncan, and Intentional Talk’s Chris Rose.

I’m going to try to get more MLB players, and baseball analysts to answer my questions, but those are the guaranteed four I’ve gotten so far.

So check back every Wednesday, at least, for that.

The Day I Became A Bernie Williams Fan (For Life)

When Bernie Williams made his Major League debut, I wasn’t even born. By the time he hit his 100th home run, I was only two. When he stepped into the batters box, for his 4,500th at bat, I was just starting Kindergarten. So how could it be possible that Bernie Williams is my favorite player of all time? The answer lies on a warm July afternoon in Motown, at Comerica Park in Detroit:

It was to be the last event of my family’s two week long trip together. The Yankees were in town to take on the Tigers, and the crowd, as to be expected with a Yankee game, was a sellout. The forecast was sunny. It was a perfect day for a ballgame.

This was the third Major League ballgame that I’d ever attended. (My first Yankees game.) Although it was sure to be an exciting match up, between two great teams, I wasn’t really that excited.

I didn’t really know the names of any of the players on either team. (Not even the stars like Jeter, A-rod, and Ordonez.) I felt out of place. Like I was the only person, out of the 41,000 fans in attendance, that wasn’t enjoying themselves. Baseball is supposed to be enjoyable—America’s Pastime. But I wasn’t enjoying myself at all.

When the first pitch was thrown, to start the 7:05 game, the sun was the only thing on my mind. As a matter of fact, it was the only thing I could see from my section 142 seat. It was nearly unbearable, as I had no sunglasses, and had to squint just to make out tiny shadows, that moved around like I imagined baseball players would. But I really couldn’t tell one team from another. 

I wasn’t having a good time before, and I certainly wasn’t having fun now.  I found myself thinking, “Is this baseball? Is this the game they call America’s Pastime?” I was confused.

It was the third inning when I finally had the wool, or in this case the sun, pulled from my eyes. I could finally see, both physically and metaphorically. I began to understand why the game of baseball is so great.

Although the third inning brought about my new view towards baseball, it wasn’t until the ninth inning that I became sick with the illness that is baseball fever. An illness that has spread about the nation for the past century, like a pandemic. Though this pandemic doesn’t bring death, but life, in the form of joy. Joy for the game of Baseball.

But what was the cause of this joy? What led me to become a baseball fan for life? The answer: Bernie Williams. Not just the player, but the ambassador. The ambassador who through one swing of the bat, became my favorite player—for life.

A home run to right field by Bernie. That’s the one event that sticks out in my mind from that game.

Even when Mariano Rivera came in for the save, in the bottom of the ninth, my mind was on Bernie’s home run. I couldn’t describe it then, and I still can’t describe it now. But something inside of me clicked on. My baseball switch, I suppose. It was amazing.

I felt like a new person. And in a sense, I was. I was no longer just a kid at a baseball game. I was an actual fan. A fan just like the other 41,ooo in attendance. It was great.

I had no camera, to capture the moment, but it didn’t matter. I can still see the ball flying over the wall, to this day. Everytime I close my eyes, I see it. Like a million dollar painting, stored in my head. Forever.

So there you have it. Bernie Williams is my favorite player of all time, because of that one home run. Although he hit 287 home runs in his career, it took just that one to make me a fan. (Like I said, I can’t explain it.)

So, thank you, Bernie. For not only making me a fan of your’s, but a fan of the game, that I now can’t get enough of. In a weird, distorted, unexplainable, sort of way, you changed my life—for the better.

Thank you.

Durham Bulls Vs. Charlotte Knights

This was my first Durham Bulls game in almost four years, and I was pretty excited. Here’s the view of the ballpark I had when I rounded the corner from the parking lot:

It was good to be back.

I had originally planned to go straight to my seat when the gates opened but I HAD to stop and take a picture of one of the coolest T.V. dogs of all time:

Yeah, that’s Scooby Doo. I wish my dog was that cool.

After I climbed the steps to the concourse I walked all the way to the outfield and got my first view of the field:

SO awesome. I love baseball, but I think I love baseball fields just as much. They’re so cool.

Anyway, there are also a lot of unique design features to the ballpark. One of which being the Blue Monster:

If the Red Sox can have the Green Monster, I suppose the Bull’s can have the Blue Monster.

Did you notice the bull atop the wall? Here’s a closer look:

Everytime a home run is hit the tail waves and smoke comes out of the bull’s nose. Pretty cool stuff.

After taking my seat in the stands, I noticed some action around the field tarp. Moments later, this happened:

I couldn’t figure it out. It was still a little sunny. But they covered the field anyway.

A few minutes passed, then ten minutes, then a half hour. What the heck did they see on the radar? It didn’t make sense.

Two of the Bull’s players took advantage of the “rain” delay by signing autographs:

I could of easily gotten at least one, if not both, of them to sign for me, but I chose not to.

I only cared to get an autograph from one of three players: Dirk Hayhurst (Author of ‘The Bullpen Gospels’), Matt Moore (No. 15 pospect), or Reid Brignac (recently optioned from the Rays.) None of them signed. In fact, I never saw Dirk or Matt at all. I did however see Reid Brignac when he came out to warm up during the “rain” delay, by playing a little catch:

Moments after Reid came out to throw, the tarp was pulled off the field:

It never rained at all. Go figure.

With the tarp off the field, some more Bull’s players came out to stretch and warm up:

Then some players from the visiting teams dugout emerged to warm up and stretch.

Some stretched more than others:

Things were looking like they were about to get going. But they didn’t. The tarp was rolled out once again, but this time it did rain. Not only did it rain, it POURED. Check it out:

All of the people that were sitting in the lower sections, moved up underneath the shelter to keep dry:

My seat was already under the shelter, so I didn’t have to move at all.

Then something that I didn’t think was possible happened. The rain got heavier:

The thunder and lightning was also terrible. But hey, at least we were entertained during the storm:

In case you can’t tell, that’s a Bugs Bunny cartoon in which he played baseball. Pretty fun to watch. Yes. Fun. (I was bored.)

The rain lasted what seemed like forever. Check out the puddles that formed behind home plate:

They also occured towards the outfield:

About thirty minutes later, the rain let up, and the tarp was removed. The grounds crew then worked hard on sweeping the water asside:

Now that’s a lot of water.

Despite their efforts, it wasn’t meant to be, as moments later it began to rain again. An announcement was made soon after stating that the game had been posponed. (Sigh.)

I took this photo on the way out:

Although there was no game played, I still enjoyed the four hours spent at the ballpark. Anytime I can go to a ballpark, game or not, I still have a great time.

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