Posted tagged ‘National League’

Minnesota Twins Legend Harmon Killebrew Dies

May 17, 2011

Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew died this morning at the age of 74.

The Major League Baseball legend passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

From ESPN:

“With the continued love and support of my wife, Nita, I have exhausted all options,” Killebrew said in a statement Friday. He added: “I have spent the past decade of my life promoting hospice care and educating people on its benefits. I am very comfortable taking this next step and experiencing the compassionate care that hospice provides.”

Killebrew was receiving treatment at a branch of the Mayo Clinic nearby after his diagnosis in December. He expressed optimism at the time, saying he expected to make a full recovery while acknowledging he was in “perhaps the most difficult battle” of his life.

Fun at the San Francisco Giants Game…

August 24, 2010

I finally got to use the gift certificate that my mom gave me for my birthday and went to the San Francisco Giants game tonight to watch them take on the Cincinnati Reds.

Great game to go to! Matt Cain pitched a gem, the Giants won 11-2 and I caught a home run ball during batting practice. I did the honorable thing though, and gave it to a kid sitting a few rows behind us. I even got a nice applause for that 🙂

Unfortunately, my old Little League teammate, Jonny Gomes of Petaluma (Casa Grande High School), didn’t play so that was a real bummer! Maybe next time!

Here some pictures from the game. Enjoy!

The View From Our Seats...

Good Times at the Ballpark!

Not Sure Exactly What the Guy Behind Us Is Doing...

Matt Garza Tosses No Hitter

July 26, 2010

Congratulations to Matt Garza who tonight threw the first no hitter in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays!

5-0 over the Detroit Tigers!

Tim Lincecum Signs with San Francisco Giants

February 12, 2010

Finally! Just prior to an arbitration hearing, scheduled for today, Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants have settled  signing a multiyear contract.

No matter how much money Lincecum receives, it won’t be enough. The Giants should have paid Lincecum the money he deserves. In his first two full seasons, he has won two Cy Young awards. This is on a team that has struggled to contend for more than five years.

I’m glad to see a settlement and I’ll enjoy going to AT&T Park to continue to watch him pitch. Let’s just hope we can eventually get a long term deal!

From MLB.com:

Right-hander Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants avoided a salary arbitration hearing Friday morning by agreeing to a multiyear contract, pending a physical examination, the Giants have confirmed.

NBC Sports reported the deal is for two years.

The sides had been discussing the structure of a three-year contract for the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, who was in St. Petersburg, Fla., for his hearing. The Giants reportedly offered $37 million over three years, prompting Lincecum and his agents to seek a package exceeding $40 million.

From ESPN:

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that the Giants had made an initial three-year, $37 million offer to Lincecum.

For arbitration, the Giants filed for $8 million while Lincecum countered with $13 million. He earned $650,000 last season.

Peter Gammons Leaving ESPN

December 8, 2009

Peter Gammons announced today that he is leaving ESPN.

Very sad as I always thought he was one of the top three talents on the network.

I hope that he takes some well deserved time off or ends up somewhere good!

From Forbes:

With player movement still minimal so far, the biggest bombshell at baseball’s winter meetings is the announcement on Tuesday that legendary MLB journalist Peter Gammons is leaving ESPN. Gammons leaves after a 21-year run at the network, preceded by five years at Sports Illustrated and a long career at the Boston Globe, during which he covered the Red Sox teams of Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice and Roger Clemens.

Gammons, 64, is known for his tireless work and old school penchant for getting information. In a crowded media landscape in which sports pundits look to stand out with loud voices and strong opinions, Gammons’ baseball reports hum along in print and on-air with detached analysis and conversational style.

Albert Pujols Claims NL MVP

November 24, 2009

Albert Pujols won his third National League MVP award today, receiving all 32 first-place votes to become the first unanimous MVP since Barry Bonds back in 2002.

From MLB.com:

Pujols received all 32 first-place votes, good for 448 ballot points. Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez garnered 15 second-place votes and 233 points. First baseman Ryan Howard of the Phillies was a close third with 217 points. He was followed by Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder and Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

“It’s an award you give to one person, but I believe if it wouldn’t have been for the help my teammates have given me for the past year, I wouldn’t be standing up here,” Pujols said. “I always say, if I could split this award and give a piece to every single player that had an impact with this organization, I would do that.”

It’s the second straight year that Pujols has won the award, and the third time overall. He is the 10th player in history to win three MVPs, and the fifth to win it three times in the National League. He is the 12th player to win back-to-back MVP awards. The last was Barry Bonds, who won it four straight years from 2001-04.