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“God I love baseball.” -Roy Hobbs | The Natural

“Run the bleeping ball out, you piece of bleep.”

I had not heard this story before, let me give you some background.

I only watched the Super Bowl casually, I’m not really a football fan.

However, listening this morning to The Mike Church show, Mike mentioned something about Deon Sanders and Cam Newton. He then mentioned an incident that took place between Deon Sanders and HOF catcher Carlton Fisk.  I had never heard the story, or don’t remember, so I looked it up and found this article.

From the Chicago Tribune:

“I said, ‘Run the bleeping ball out, you piece of bleep,” Fisk told the Tribune’s Alan Solomon the next day. “He said, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Run the ball out.'”

Sanders bravely turned his back and slinked off. He was playing in his 24th game. By then Fisk had played in more than 2,000 games. He waited, and when Sanders again came to bat to lead off the fifth inning, Fisk was ready.

“I made a point to make eye contact,” Fisk said. “Then he mumbled something. I said, ‘What did you say?’ He said, ‘The days of slavery are over.'”

The days of slavery are over? Amazing.

I didn’t mention race, but Sanders has dark skin and Fisk has lighter skin, although human hearts are red. And Sanders thought he could play the race card to excuse his heart problem.

“That’s when Fisk really let him have it,” wrote Solomon.

“He comes up and wants to make it a racial issue,” Fisk said then. “There’s no racial issue involved. It’s professional etiquette. … I said, ‘There’s a right way and a wrong way to play this game.'”

Fisk then explained the right and wrong way in direct terms right there at home plate. He even offered to demonstrate on Sanders’ person, by kicking him in the behind, but Sanders declined. The terms were quite pungent and the right and the wrong of things was so clear that even the Yankees dugout sided with Fisk.

He’s BAAAACK…

Connor McDavid scores his sixth goal of the season in his first game since November 3rd, 2015.

And it’s a beauty.

 

Like Dylan Larkin and Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid is that damn good!

 

 

Pals | Marian Hossa & Zeno Chara

I found this on Pinterest and thought I’d share.

 

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A Guy Like John Scott

This is a fantastic article written by 2016 All-Start Game MVP, John Scott.

I bet you didn’t know he has an engineering degree from Michigan Tech.

From The Player’s Tribune:

…I’ve seen my name in the news, on the press release, on the official rosters. But even still: there’s just something about gear, you know? I, John Scott, from Michigan Tech, at 33 years old … have All-Star gloves

Good on you John! I’m glad you were voted in, I’m glad you played, I’m glad you won, and your cute kids will be very proud of you!

GREAT SCOTT!!!

In case you haven’t heard, Hockey’s last enforcer, John Scott, captained the winning team the 2016 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday.

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For good measure, he scored two goals and was named the game’s MVP.

I’m happy for Scott.  He seems to have an infectious, positive personality, former teammates seem to genuinely like and respect him and he has more skill than he gets credit for.

I hope the Canadiens bring him up.

Good on you John!

 

 

 

DYLAN LARKIN…

IS THAT DAMN FAST!

From The Hockey News.

Have I mentioned that I’m a subscriber?  This is a fantastic publication.  Also, Dylan Larkin is on this month’s cover.

The Real John Scott…

at the NHL All-Star Game.

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I hope he scores tomorrow.

Jonathan Quick | Flashin’ Leather

Los Angeles Kings’ goalie Flashes Leather against my buddy Jerome Iginla.

Jack Eichel Snipes a Shorty…

Somehow, I missed this one from the #2 overall pick.

Kelly & Maybin join Whitecaps HOF

I miss Donnie Kelly.

Minoring In Baseball

This is a switch, we met Don Kelly while with the Tigers, instead of back when he was with the Whitecaps! This is a switch, we met Don Kelly while with the Tigers, instead of back when he was with the Whitecaps!

Tonight the West Michigan Whitecaps will add two more players to it’s prestigious Hall of Fame, as alumni Don Kelly and Cameron Maybin return to Grand Rapids for the 22nd annual Whitecaps Community Foundation Winter Baseball Banquet. Maybin is returning to the Tigers organization after being traded to the Marlins in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit. He was a first-round pick of the Tigers in 2005, playing his first full pro season in West Michigan in 2006, hitting .304 with nine home runs, 69 RBI’s, and 27 stolen bases. Maybin also played in the 2006 MLB All-Star Futures Game, and help lead the ‘Caps to the 2006 Midwest League Championship while being named MWL Prospect of the Year.

Kelly played for the Whitecaps way back in 2002…

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