Archive | July, 2012

My teams’ night in baseball, a couple reflections to sportswriters and some of my favorite baseball movies

26 Jul

Another night on the baseball diamond in the middle of summer. The Texas Rangers pulled one out over the struggling Boston Red Sox 5-3 in Texas to take two out of three in their series and Nelson Cruz had a game clinching home run in the eighth inning. The Rangers take a 5 game lead in the AL West over the Angels and Athletics who are competing for the two AL wildcard spots. Meanwhile the Red Sox fall 5 games out in the wildcard and Boston is struggling with their playoff chances but we’ll see.

In other action of interest to me the Pittsburgh Pirates salvaged a win in their series with the Chicago Cubs to remain atop the NL wild. card race and the Pirates are 2.5 games back of the Cincinatti Reds in the NL Central. The Cubs aren’t going to the playoffs this season and neither are the Milwaukee Brewers who lost their 6th game in a row all in heartbreaking fashion especially the last three in Philadelphia where they lost big late inning leads against the Phillies. Finally the Dodgers and the Cardinals are fighting for respect and to make the playoffs. The Cardinals pulled out a 3-2 win in 12 innings on a Rafeal Furcal base hit and spoiled the Dodgers debut of newly signed shortstop/third baseman Hanley Ramirez who they acquired from the Marlins.

Well that’s the night of my favorite teams in baseball and before I go I want to mention a few other things. First I want to support my friend Elichap with her new ELI Sportsblogger Facebook post and I hope it’s a great success. I also want to mention the late Jessica Ghawi a 24 year old sportsblogger who was gunned down in the recent Colorado movie shooting. She was also known as Jessica Redfield and had narrowly missed being killed in the Toronto shooting a month ago. It was a terrible tragedy along with all the other people who lost their lives or were injured or scarred in the shooting.All the tragedies were horrible and so sad of course but this Jessica girl was a sports writer and blogger with aspiring dreams like me and many of you so we’ll continue the dream in her honor. RIP Jessica Ghawi.

P.S. I’ve also been watching some of my favorite baseball movies. The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid about Texan pitcher Jimmy Morris who made the major leagues in his late 30s. Fever Pitch with Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barymorre about a Red Sox fan who tries to find a way to combine his Red Sox passion with romance. Great Fenway Park baseball shots in this movie. It makes you feel you’re at the game especially if you’ve never been there as I haven’t. The Natural with Robert Redford Roy Hobbs and do you know they play the Natural theme whenever a Texas Ranger player hits a home run at home. Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner is a wonderful baseball fantasy movie. It makes you want to go back to Iowa of all places and celebrate the simple roots of baseball with the baseball ghosts that inhabit there. These are my favorite baseball movies. What are some of yours and thanks always for reading. Talk soon. Bratman or as a friend of mine recently said just getting a little Paulosophy whatever that means lol. Thanks always for reading.

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I’m a baseball fan, several teams Brewers, Red Sox, Rangers are my favorites.

17 Jul

I’m a baseball and sports fan. Anyone who knows me or reads my blogs knows that quite well. My favorite Teams are the Brewers and the Red Sox followed slightly by the Rangers. After that I’ll go with the Cubs, Dodgers, Pirates, Royals, Twins, Astros and Blue Jays as my top 10 favorite baseball teams. There is a representative of every division except the National League East.

Tonight there are some interesting matchups as the Milwaukee Brewers play the St Louis Cardinals in Milwaukee trying to play catchup in the NL Central. The Brewers are 7 games back and the Cardinals are 4 1/2 games behind the Cincinatti Reds who lead the Pittsburgh Pirates by a game in the NL Central. The Pirates haven’t been to the playoffs or had a winning record in 20 years since 1992 so I’m kind of pulling for them this year. I went to some games in Pittsburgh when I was young at the old Three Rivers Stadium and I am a big Steelers football fan and I’ve rooted for the hockey Penguins so go Buccos as the Pirates are called when the Brewers aren’t playing them.

I remember the days and or stories of Bill Mazeroski hitting the series winning home run vs the Yankees in 1960, Roberto Clemente batting .414 in the 1971 World Series and Willie Stargell We are Family and the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates all three World Championship teams.

Of course I am a Brewers fan and the rivalry with the Cardinals goes back to the 1982 World Series when the Cardinals beat the Brewers in 7 games in the World Series when the Brewers were in the American League. Last year the Cardinals beat the Brewers again in 6 games in the National League Championship Series. And this week they play in Milwaukee again so the rivalry continues.

Other teams I like are the Los Angeles Dodgers who I used to see play in Spring Training when they were at Vero Beach Florida and I admire their history all the way back to their Days in Brooklyn which ended in 1957 . 1957 was also the year the old Milwaukee Braves won Milwaukee’s only World Series in seven games. Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthews, Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette and Joe Adcock among others starred on those Braves teams. The Braves played the Yankees in 1957 and 1958 in the World Series . Both series went an exciting seven games with each team winning once.

The Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field have always been lovable losers at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. They haven’t won a World Series since 1908 or been to one since 1945. But there’s always hope that they’ll turn that around someday and win it all.

I live in Texas now so I like the Texas Rangers who have been in and lost the last two World Series to the an Fransisco Giants and a tougn 7 game loss to the Cardinals last year. The Houston Astros made the World Series in 2005 and were swept by the Chicago White Sox who had won before that since 1917.

And of course the year before that the Boston Red Sox my second or co favorite team with the Brewers won the World Series for the first time in 86 years since 1918. They came from an 0-3 deficit to win 4 games in four days against their hated rivals the New York Yankees. And then they swept the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series and won again sweeping the Colorado Rockies in 2007. Hallelujah!

Finally a couple other teams I like are the Minnesota Twins who won World Series in 1987 and 1991 at the old and loud Metrodome behingd the bat of Kirby Puckett and Frank Viola, Bert Blyleven and Jack Morris pitching a 10 inning 1-0 win in the seventh game of the 1991 World series what a classic.

And last but not least I’ll go out with a bang as Joe Carter his a World Series home run in 1993 to cap back to back World Series victories for the Toronto Blue Jays. I love the old Blue Jays hat as the prettiest hat in baseball and the brought it back this year.

Baseball, Retro uniforms, hot dogs a cool drink and home runs. What sweet fireworks the game brings. Hopefully you can see a sweet moment soon or enjoy a few I mentioned or teams that you like as well that are different from mine. Good to be here at mlblogs at talk soon. BernieBrew

Before I go one team I forgot to expand upon on my list of favorites is the Kansas City Royals. They have struggled as a small market team even longer than the Pirates making their last postseason appearance in 1985 when they won the World Series. But that ended a glorious 10 year period from 1976-1985 when they were perrenial playoff contenders behind the leadership of Hall of Famer third basemen George Brett. They won the AL West from 1976-78 only to run into the Yankees in the playoffs. They finally beat the Yankees in 1980 in the playoffs on a home run by George Brett off star Yankees reliever Goose Gossage. But then they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in 6 games in the 1980 World Series. But the Royals kept fighting. George Brett had his pine tar bat incident vs the Yankees in 1983 and finally in 1985 the Royals won the World Series vs the Cardinals in 7 games. But there was a bad call when Royals batter Jorge Orta was called safe at first base in the ninth inning of Game 6 with the Royals trailing in the game in series on a bad call by umpire Don Denkinger who will long be remembered in both cities for the call in the Missouri 1-70  World Series.

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