The 2014 BSPYs


Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.

Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.

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Yankees Robinson Cano Wins 2011 Home Run Derby in Arizona

Tonight at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona the 2011 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby was won by Robinson Cano from the New York Yankees. The second baseman for the evil empire bested Adrian Gonzalez, the first baseman from the rival Boston Red Sox.

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Big Papi Finds Fountain of Youth in Anaheim


This night wasn’t supposed to belong to David “Big Papi” Ortiz.

For the past two and a half years now, fans and baseball experts alike have taken notice of his struggles. Many thought this year’s MLB Home Run Derby would be a hero’s last hurrah, one last time to hear the roar of the crowd, that same roar he used to hear nearly every time he stepped to the plate at Fenway Park.

Then Big Papi stepped to the plate and decided to prove every single one of his critics wrong. At least for one night.

By Matt Lindner

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Sidetracked: Baseball as the New Celebration Sport?

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Last week, USA Today ran down its list of potential Top 10 2009 baseball season highlights.  One of those highlights was the Brewers’ “bomb” celebration, detonated by Prince Fielder on September 6th at Miller Park.  That’s the day he hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th inning against the San Francisco Giants. It’s interesting that play was named among most-impressive highlights, considering the outrage it prompted throughout MLB. It begs the question, is baseball the new “celebration sport”? Are these stylish celebrations highlights or lowlights?

Here’s Milwaukee’s “Bombscapade” in all its glory.  Imagine a man of Fielder’s size trotting towards home plate only to stop and issue an outward tremor from which teammates instantaneously fell to the dirt in a 360-degree shockwave pattern. That’s when Prince stretched his arms to the heavens and proclaimed baseball was good. [Read more…]