Matt Wieters and cats
Corky and Buddy
Catcher Corky Miller and Louisville Bats mascot Buddy Bat.
Looks like Buddy donned Corky-esque facial hair in honor of Corky Miller Day.
Corky is retiring, and the Bats retired his number - the first number they have ever retired.
Are you ready for some football?
Apparently, the Colorado Rockies are.
From the Rockies Twitter feed.
The Willard Suitcases
The Willard suitcases were found, forgotten, in the attic of a closed psychiatric hospital in upstate New York.
This suitcase, belonging to “Mary R,” held newspaper clippings, fine needlework…and a souvenir baseball bat engraved Syracuse Chiefs, Syracuse, NY.
The Willard Asylum was in the Finger Lakes region - not far from Syracuse. The Chiefs still exist. They are now the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
Finding Bigfoot was in Kentucky tonight. They stopped by the Louisville Slugger Museum (pictured above) to get some new baseball bats. They use them to bang on trees, as a sort of bigfoot call.
They claim there are a lot of bigfoot sightings around Louisville. No word on whether they are misidentifications of Corky Miller.
Walk like an Egyptian?
The Memphis Redbirds wore these Egypt-themed jerseys yesterday, in honor of Memphis, Egypt. It was to celebrate 15 years in AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.
The hieroglyphs actually spell out “Memphis,” and Redbird mascot is depicted in Egyptian style.
The Redbirds are the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tara Throws Out the First Pitch
Not the Winner
The season finale of Survivor is airing now.
David Sampson, president of the Miami Marlins, was one of the contestants this time. He did not win, though. In fact, he was the first one voted out.
Stephen Strasburg is at top left and Mike Leake is top center (fourth from left). Thomas Neal (top, second from left) and Brett Bochy (bottom left) are also in the photo.
Former teammates face each other tonight
Stephen Strasburg and Mike Leake are the starting pitchers tonight, when the Reds and Nationals square off.
Leake and Strasburg were teammates on a youth team. Leake was Strasburg’s catcher, and remembers him as a fat kid who cried a lot. Apparently, he’s matured a lot since. :-)
Dirk Hayhurst writes about the poor pay of minor leaguers.
In spring training, you were given only $120 per week in meal money, no paycheck. That $120 was gone in three nights at a sit-down restaurant—or you could stretch it by eating fatty fast food all week. Ironic, since there are rules about proper diet and being in shape; they go out the window when you’re barely paid enough to eat.
In Single-A, we developed a term for guys on the team that would eat more than their rationed amount before a game. We called them “Spread Killers.” They were often the pitchers who came off the field before batting practice officially ended, thus giving them early access to the pregame spread. All it took for them to kill it was an extra peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This made it impossible for one of the later arrivals to get a full sandwich, and forced him to play hungry.
Man, given the amount of money MLB makes, it seems grossly unfair that minor leaguers get paid less than burger flippers at McDonald’s.
They should get at least minimum wage. Some minor leaguers are actually suing.
It might even be to baseball’s benefit to treat minor leaguers better. These guys are literally kids. In the lower levels at least, they’re still growing. Given what we know about the importance of nutrition, they shouldn’t be scrounging for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.