Just a reminder I picked the SF Giants in 6 (my season predictions pretty spot-on, playoffs so-so). Tonight I either look good or will take my lumps.
The teams are rested, 6 days for the KC Royals, and 5 days for SF Giants. The team that comes up short will say that the long layoff hurt them. Now for my last MLB prediction for 2014, SF Giants in 6 games (could be 5). The second long layoff for KC Royals will impact them this time…
I decided to revisit my season ” My 2012 MLB Team Predictions ” to see how I did. First think I notice that I got the AL East completely wrong. Next I also picked an extra team the Diamondbacks by mistake in the NL West. I was at many Florida spring training games this year and watched the teams is helpful. My research for the Arizona teams was TV, radio, and the internet. Looking back over my predictions I have to say not unhappy. I also still stand by my World Series prediction, the Nationals.
AL East AL Central AL West
Yankees Tigers A’s
Rays# Royals# Angels#
Orioles Indians Rangers
Red Sox White Sox Mariners
Blue Jays Twins Astros
Royals over Angels Wild Card Game
Yankees, Rays ALDS winners
Rays over Yankees
NL East NL Central NLWest
Nationals Cardinals Dodgers
Braves Pirates# Giants#
Marlins Reds Diamondbacks#
Mets Cubs Rockies
Phillies Brewers Padres
Pirates over Diamondbacks Wild Card Game
Nationals, Giants NLDS winners
Nationals over Giants
2014 World Series
Nationals over Rays in 7 games
On this day in 1954 – Sports Illustrated, a magazine about everything sports – hits newsstands for the first time.
The late Ozzie Sweet, called the Babe Ruth of sports photography was the inspiration for many of the SI photographers.
Last Saturday I was at the New York City taping of Antiques Road Show with passes from Larry Canale who authored two books with Ozzie Sweet:
Over 13 years I have had many conversations and emails with Larry, but never met until last Saturday. He knew I had many of Ozzie’s images and said “I didn’t know you had that many! Theirs enough for another book.”
My project now is the schedule more time within and coming months to work on them. When Ozzie was alive, I also talked to him about photography and color of his images as he and Larry were never pleased with the color produced in the (wonderful) books.
Time is the greatest enemy to color transparency and color prints In technical terms the yellow layer of all color is a vegetable dye and fades, thus giving the purple color we all see.in old slides and family color prints. That is why storage and other archival techniques are so important. Digital has different issues, but prints I create are all made using archival inks and paper.
Enough tech talks!
Ozzie was also one of my inspirations that is why I pursued to buy his images and copyrights (another story for the future). On my website http://www.ballparkprints.com in galleries click on Classic Images for a sample of Ozzie Sweets images.
The Antique Road Show is stopping at the Javits Center in New York City today and I was invited to it through someone I know that works on the publishing side of the show.
The day just seems to be building as a nostalgic day in my morning eamils was
If your a child of the 1950’s this is a noslaglic trip that will bring back memories..
I do not agree with some of his rankings, but than this is his opinon…
Originally posted on Nats Insider:
You may have noticed last week when I was covering the All-Star Game in Minneapolis that I noted Target Field was the last of the 30 current MLB ballparks I needed to visit. It’s a very cool achievement to be able to cross off my bucket list, and actually the list is even longer than that when you add ballparks that are no longer with us.
For the record, I’ve now seen MLB games played in 43 different parks in my lifetime, including the out-of-service Qualcomm Stadium, Astrodome, Busch Stadium II, Metrodome, County Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, Veterans Stadium, Old Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Memorial Stadium, Olympic Stadium, Dolphin Stadium and RFK Stadium.
Last week’s trip to Target Field, though, got me thinking about how I would rank all of these parks. There’s no perfect method for this, and it’s not exactly fair to try to compare sparkling new gems…
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Mickey Mantle my all-time favorite ballplayer. While looking a video on YouTube this popped up and I just had to share this moment….
Mickey Mantle 1967 – 500th Home Run as aired on WPIX-TV, 5/14/1967
June 27, 1985 U.S. Route 66 ceases to be an official U.S. highway. In 2010 on a cross country trip I picked-up Route 66 leaving Amarillo Texas. I am planning a future trip to hookup with Route 66 in Chicago and travel the route to Los Angeles.
“I want to take this moment, please, regarding this crazy stuff about leads and teams not trying to score runs,” Maddon said. “I did not take any exception when they stole on us last year in the eighth inning of the Division Series. … I didn’t take any, because our goal is to not permit them to score runs. Our goal is to score runs — the whole game. I mean, it’s always been the goal within the game of baseball. Apparently some of their guys on their bench did not like that. I really wish they would roll back the tape and look at that more specifically.” (By Bill Chastain / MLB.com Tempers flare in Rays-Red Sox series finale 5/25/2014)
I am in no way implying that the Cincinnati Reds sat on their lead. Over the years I have seen thousands of games in person and on TV has seen managers pulling players to give them a rest, and stop doing the little things, stealing a base, and move runners up when they have a big lead. All because of an unwritten rule do not show up the other team. When I see this happening, I always think of the Yankee announcers throughout the years saying “No lead is safe in Fenway Park.”
In baseball, the beauty of the game is there’s no clock and until that 27th out is recorded anything can happen and last night it did…
One of the many places that I wanted to see was Cacillac Ranch outside Amarillio Texas on Route 66. These are my images from that visit…