So much of baseball is played between the ears…

…and there’s much more to the game than meets the eye. Which is why Roger Angell (for my money) is the best baseball writer of all time. From his astute antidotes and intelligent insights to a grand grasp of the old ballgame and it’s place in American history. Mr. Angell’s writing turns his love of baseball into newfound understanding and a deeper appreciation of the game for his readers. And he’s been writing about baseball for over 50 years! So, I’d like to extend a heartfelt “thank you!” to Mr. Angell for all the joy his prose has brought to Mudville and beyond over the decades.

Also, congratulations to the 93-year-young New Yorker writer for receiving the sport’s highest writing honor, the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, in Cooperstown last month as part of the MLB Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Richly deserved.

Roger Angell and Andy in Central Park

Roger Angell and Andy in Central Park

Going to wait ’til the midnight hour…

… and the 14th inning to win an all-hands on deck marathon in Philly last night. Brandon Crawford’s bases-loaded double scored three runs in the 14th and the G-Men held on for what may prove to be a watershed victory in the 2014 season. All of this wouldn’t have happened if not for Buster Posey’s clutch game-tying HR in the 9th. His dinger was the first HR given up by Paplebon all season! And speaking of firsts, Timmy came in to record the 1st Save of his career in the 14th. Oh what a night, and ballgame in Philly!

Buster's solo shot ties game in the 9th. Giving the Giants hope and Phillies closer Paplebon his first blown save of 2014.

Buster’s solo shot ties game in the 9th. Giving the Giants hope and Phillies closer Paplebon his first blown save of 2014.

Timmy the closer! The Freak gets 1st career save. And he joins Sandy Koufax as the only pitcher to record a no-hitter and save in the same season.

Timmy the closer! The Freak gets 1st career save. And he joins Sandy Koufax as the only pitcher to record a no-hitter and save in the same season.

 

All-Star Break Fun: A Baseball Movie, Fantasy Pick, And New Record!

It’s the All-Star break so here are three baseball-related items Punky G. wants to share with you.

1. Be sure to catch “The Battered Bastards of Baseball” a gem of a documentary currently available on NetFlix. Directed by Chapman Way and McClain Way, this little film is more fun than going to a ball game! It’s all about baseball and features the independently owned Portland Mavericks of the 1970s. Starring Kurt Russell and more. Punky G. gives it Nine-Stars!

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

2. With the 3rd supplemental pick in the 45th Annual Cabell Draft / Tim Farley All-Star Break Bench Selection I took Devin Mesoraco C with the Cincinnati Reds. I wasn’t looking for a catcher but with a season-ending injury to Matt Weiters, I needed someone behind the plate. Did I draft the second coming of Johnny Bench? Only time will tell but this rookie is already a big league All-Star and is putting up some impressive numbers.

Devin Mescoraco

 

3. And finally, Punky G. would be remiss if we didn’t mention the record breaking feat of two grand slams in the last game before the All-Star break by Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner. NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL have the starting catcher and pitcher hit grand slams in the same game. Two Giants making all-time, MLB history. Congrats to Buster Ballgame, and Mad-Bum!! P.S. KNBR’s Duane Kuiper’s dramatic calls of both blasts also should be in the Baseball Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. WOW! & POW!

Buster & Bumgarner Grand Slams 7-13-14

And on that note, Punky G. is “outta’ here!” Enjoy the second half of the season.

 

Happy Birthday Willie Mays!

Willie watches the pitcher from the on deck circle. circa. 1957

Willie watches the pitcher from the on deck circle. circa. 1957

Kinda like seeing “The Catch” by Willie Mays for the first time…

Say Hey The Catch in Color….. in color!

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