Baseball Tonight Anchor: “don’t sleep on the White Sox”

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Adnan Virk (@AdnanESPN) wears many hats at ESPN, one of which is anchoring Baseball Tonight. Virk was gracious enough to sit down with me for an exclusive chat about a whole host of topics, including some Chicago baseball.

For the White Sox, the epic collapse of 2012 was a tough pill to swallow, and things have only gone downhill since. However, with the pleasant sounding “pitchers and catchers report” benchmark just 11 days away, hope springs eternal and we talk baseball tonight.

In 2015, following an offseason for the ages, it’s time to get bullish, and not bearish on the Sox.

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Wichita State, KC Royals among most surprising teams

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Bruce Springsteen wrote and sang about the “Glory Days” of a high school buddy who was a huge baseball star. Of course, the glory days of the Kansas City Royals were back at almost the exact same time of the Springsteen single by the same name. KC last won the World Series in 1985, back when the Giants’ Tim Lincecum was still in diapers.

The Royals aren’t the first team to rise from obscurity and regain national headlines. Look back at some of the “really?” teams of sports in recent years. One team, Wichita State is right in there home state.

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Oscar Taveras, death, and being a twenty-something

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Oscar Taveras died too young, and I hate it.

That is how I feel at the moment. Is it fair to subjectively think that? I don’t know. There is a lot that I don’t know regarding life, death and grieving. What I do know is that everyone does it differently. I did not know Oscar Taveras beyond what I have read about and have seen of him on television. That is how majority have in the few years that the baseball spotlight shined on him.

I never had the fortune of meeting him or interacting with him as a fan, but his death Sunday has had a profound impact on me. How can a stranger do so? There are countless ways, but the reason the death of Oscar Taveras has left me feeling empty is simple: we are twenty-something’s. [Read more…]

Tim Lincecum = “Dazed and Confused’s” Mitch Kramer: still funny


With the San Francisco Giants back in the World Series, time to dust off one of our favorite sports jokes. Tim Lincecum is the only guy on the Giants roster who has not played this postseason. Still relevant though.

“Dazed & Confused” has absolutely no plot, but it’s still one of the most relevant teen comedies of all time. It lives up to the hype that another plotless teen comedy, “Napoleon Dynamite” receives. The entire film takes place in Austin, Texas on May 28th, 1976.

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K.C. Royals vs S.F. Giants World Series: what to watch

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The 2014 World Series may not get the highest ratings, but it will be the most eventful. Sure, there are no Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers, but there are the Cinderella story Royals and dynasty-craved Giants.

Not only is Ned Yost undefeated in his first playoff appearance with a Royals team that hadn’t been here since 1985, but on the other side Bruce Bochy looks to cement himself in the Hall of Fame by becoming the 10th head coach to win three World Series.

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Stl. Cardinals give new local anchor Rafer Weigel custom jersey


The St. Louis Cardinals have welcomed news anchor Rafer Weigel to the Gateway City with open arms. If you consider Missouri a southern state, as many do, then you can call this “Southern Hospitality.” Weigel started his new job as KTVI News Anchor and reporter on October 7th. On his first day at the Fox affiliate, the Cards won the National League Division Series and advanced to the National League Championship Series.

On Weigel’s second day of work, this happened:

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Cubs betrayed Junior Lake with premature promotion


The Cubs’ brass has spoken ad nauseam about its policy for promoting top prospects to the major leagues:  a prospect must dominate AAA baseball for an extended period of time.  When the Cubs promoted Junior Lake on July 19, 2013, there were myriad reasons they violated that policy and unwittingly set Lake up for a failure that finally led the Cubs to demote him to AAA Iowa just a couple of weeks ago.

While Lake initially seemed to demonstrate  prescience by the Cubs’ brass with an OPS of .760 and batting average of .284 in 254 plate appearances in the waning months of last season, there were signs even then that Lake was not quite ready.  His walk percentage of just over 5% and strikeout rate of almost 30% portended an inevitable backslide.

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VIDEO: Bud Selig is CLUELESS as to MLB’s long term issues

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The successor to Bud Selig was named yesterday. Rob Manfred is the new Major League Baseball commissioner, and for the sake of the sport, hopefully he will be much less tone deaf than the current commish. First watch this video from Countdown with Keith Olbermann on ESPN 2.

In fact, watch it a couple times so that you get all the facts and figures in:

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Frank Thomas Cooperstown special on CSN must see TV


Retired Chicago White Sox legend Frank Thomas is an MLB analyst for Fox Sports 1 and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. As Thomas enters the Hall of Fame today, CSN Chicago presented a documentary on the extraordinary career and life of Frank Thomas.

Narrated by radio host and lifelong White Sox fan Richard Roeper, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” premiered Thursday, July 17. I originally did a preview on this documentary, which got a whopping 17 page views! 17!!! For the greatest player in White Sox history, going into the Hall of Fame.  Tells you everything you need to know about how White Sox content, or baseball content in general, does on the web. When you consider that my site got 38,000 page views the day that I ran it, and the site in general gets 20,000 page views a day.

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Tony Gwynn first on San Diego Padres all time top 10


As you obviously know, Tony Gwynn, who accumulated 3,141 hits during his MLBaseball career passed away yesterday at the age of 54 due to oral cancer. Gwynn was “Mr. Padre”, as he spent his entire entire career there. Here are photos of the San Diego Padres community paying their respects yesterday. He’s the greatest of all San Diego Padres players, as he batted .300 in each of his last 19 seasons, an MLB streak second only to Ty Cobb’s.

Cobb is the only player in MLB history to have more batting titles. His No. 19 was retired by the Padres in 2004, and a statue was erected in his honor at Petco Park. The west side of which is bordered by Tony Gwynn Drive. Coincidentally, I’m vacationing today in San Diego, and I made my way down the ballpark when I heard the news.

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PHOTOS of San Diego, Padres fans Honoring Tony Gwynn (cuz MLB, FOX didn’t)


Since Fox Sports and MLB didn’t honor Tony Gwynn tonight during the All-Star Game, here’s my tribute. It’s my photo collection from being in the city of San Diego on the day he died.

Tony Gwynn, who accumulated 3,141 hits during his Major League Baseball career passed away today at the age of 54. Gwynn was “Mr. Padre”, as he spent his entire entire career there. He was drafted by both the San Diego Padres and the San Diego Clippers out of San Diego State in the same week. So he’s Mr. San Diego in edition to being Mr. Padre. He tops the top ten list of all time Padres.

Tony Gwynn batted .300 in each of his last 19 seasons, an MLB streak second only to Ty Cobb’s. Cobb is the only player in MLB history to have more batting titles. His No. 19 was retired by the Padres in 2004, and a statue was erected in his honor at Petco Park. The west side of which is bordered by Tony Gwynn Drive.

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Should we abolish the MLB All-Star Game? Point/Counterpoint


Whether you love or hate (or find apathy for) the All-Star Game, you have to realize it’s in serious long-term peril. While you’re entitled to your own opinion, you’re not entitled to your own facts. And here are some critical numbers and interpretation of those All-Star game numbers from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated:

Viewership for the All-Star Game is hemorrhaging and in more unpleasant news for Fox Sports, the All-Star Game viewers are also getting older. A brief snapshot of the downward trend: The game drew 28.2 million viewers in 1985. Twelve years later, the first time Fox aired the game, viewership dropped to 16.7 million viewers. The audience fell to 12.3 million in 2005 and last year the game drew 11.0 million viewers, up slightly (10.9 million) from 2012. Last year’s viewership increase stopped a three-year decline in viewership but the game concluded as the third-least watched MLB All-Star Game in history.

Perhaps most disturbing: Sports Business Daily reported the average age for last year’s All-Star telecast was 53, the highest mark yet for the game. Given the 18-to-49 adult demo is the money demo for sports broadcasting, this is not a good trend.

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