According to www.slackware.org there are tons of sports channels out there and, if you watch these, you might have seen the mascots. Mascots have long been a part of the great American tradition of ballpark hijinks, fun and entertainment. Here is a brief rundown of some of the greatest and most influential mascots in Major League Baseball history.
The San Diego Chicken
Arguably the most famous sports mascot of all time, the San Diego Chicken has run rampant at various events around the world for decades. Aside from thousands of San Diego Padres home games, the Chicken has also appeared at NCAA Football and NFL games, WrestleMania and in commercials, films and television shows. The Famous Chicken was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2005.
The Phillie Phanatic joined the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1978 season. To this day, you can still catch the Phanatic joyfully taunting opposing players and umpires alike. He also occasionally launches hot dogs into the stands with a special gun. The Phillie Phanatic was also inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2005.
Bernie Brewer made his big league debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973. Although a stadium renovation sent Bernie Brewer to the unemployment line in 1984, fans passionately voted in favor of his return in 1994. You can still catch Bernie Brewer taking a ride down his famous slide every time a Milwaukee Brewer hits a home run.
Mr. Met made is big league debut in 1964 and was the first live action mascot in MLB history. Known for his giant baseball head, Mr. Met keeps a permanent smile on his face, regardless of the New York Mets performance on the field.
Baseball has had an interleague play schedule since 1997. At first, many fans loved the concept and quickly filled ballparks. Now, some fans are asking the question, is interleague play a failure?
In some ways, interleague play has been a huge success. Fans from cities such as Chicago and New York enjoy watching their two home team’s battle for bragging rights. Furthermore, many love to watch managers from the American League struggle without the designated hitter.
On the other hand, purists do not enjoy interleague play. For Read the rest of this entry »
Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols are nearing the end of their respective contracts at the end of this baseball season and there is quite a bit of speculation about where these two sluggers may start next season.
Prince Fielder has been with the Milwaukee Brewers since 2005. He is a three time MLB All-Star, he has won the Silver Slugger Award on three occasions and he holds the Brewers team record with 50 home runs in 2007. He also holds the record for most RBIs in Read the rest of this entry »
The 2012 MLB season began with anticipation over how several superstar free agents (Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes) would fare with new teams. After a third of the season, the reviews are mixed, at best.
Pujols got off to a miserable start with the Angels, batting just .217 in April, failing to hit a homerun until his 111th at-bat, by far the longest drought of his career. Pujols has come around since then however, upping his average to .262, 9 HRs and 36 RBIs through early June. Pujols teammate, pitcher Wilson, also had an inauspicious Read the rest of this entry »
This season determining whom the best team in the National League Central comes down to the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. Both teams have made the National League playoffs and could face each other for a trip to the World Series if they win their first round series. Milwaukee is a team that has a deep bullpen and starting pitching. The Brewers traded for Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke to start the season and it helped them win the National League Central. The Brewers one weak spot is Read the rest of this entry »
Lance Berkman has proven himself to be one of baseball’s greatest switch hitters of all time. His incredible power from both sides of the plate combined with his excellent career batting average of .297 has made him one of the most feared hitters in baseball. He entered this season coming off a tough knee surgery as a St. Louis Cardinal, and was expected to be just a washed up player. However, his performance this season was better Read the rest of this entry »
Hanley Ramirez is one of the most talented baseball players in the Major Leagues, but has never reached his full potential. Many Florida Marlins fans are starting to wonder if Hanley Ramirez will ever reach his full potential. If you look at his stats in his brief career, he has put up some very impressive numbers to say the least. Ramirez has hit 134 home runs in 7 seasons and has over 1,000 hits in his career. People still wondering why he has not reached the level of greatness yet.
The truth is Hanley Ramirez is as talented Read the rest of this entry »
Sure you watch a lot of games on your direct.TV but have you really invested time in learning the history of your sport? If you’re bound and determined to learn more about baseball plan a trip to one of these historically enlightening shrines to the game:
Old Yankee Stadium: You can still arrange a private tour at the stadium in the Bronx but if you can’t imagine setting foot on those grounds, Read the rest of this entry »
Of all of the major professional sports in the United States, the one sport that creates the largest obsession on statistics and trends is baseball. Over the years many different statistics and metrics have been created to determine just how productive a player is.
One of the most popular statistics used by statisticians today is the OPS. OPS, which stands for on base plus slugging percentage, is a metric which combines two of the most historical Read the rest of this entry »
Ten reasons why your team will not compete this year:
1. You root for an AL East team not in New York or Boston (Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles). Sure Tampa Bay has a chance. Just like I have a chance at getting elected to Congress.
2. You root for an NL East team not in Philadelphia or Atlanta (Mets, Nationals, Marlins). No caveats here.
3. Your team’s owners are going through a major divorce (Dodgers). Pray for a quick sale.
4. Your team hasn’t had a winning season since 1992 (Pirates). Be happy your team is over .500 this Read the rest of this entry »