SI.com has a good article on what the Colorado Rockies and their pitchers have done to try to pitch successfully at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, where at nearly 5,200 altitude, the air is 20% thinner than at sea level.
Being interested in baseball, Tom Seaver, and Alaska, this article about Tom Seaver’s first game in Fairbanks, Alaska is interesting.
espn has a nice story on how teammates of Jose Fernandez dealt with his death.
Chicago Cubs’ star Kris Bryant gets pranked by Hall of Famer Greg Maddux:
I had two interactions with Chicago Cubs players in my youth.
When I was about 10 years old, Randy Hundley was the Cubs catcher and he came to speak to all of our little league players and parents at a large gathering. After he gave a speech we were allowed to ask questions. Even then I was interested in pitching, so I asked, “What do you talk about when you go out to the pitchers’ mound?” He answered something like, “Son, I’m sorry, I’m not allowed to use those words here.” (All the adults thought that was funny, but I was serious and thought, “Geez, why don’t adults ever take kids’ questions seriously?”)
Then when I was a senior in high school, Ron Santo came to one of my games, wearing his trademark leather jacket. Technically he went to his son’s game, but since I was pitching and we won, it was my game. ;)
This is a fake oil painting of Aroldis Chapman taking the ball in the 7th inning of Game 5 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 National League Pennant on October 22, 2016, and are headed to the World Series, where they’ll play the Cleveland Indians.
In Game 1 of the NLCS, Javier Baez “steals” home against the Dodgers (after being caught too far off of third base). Jon Lester and the home plate umpire both call him safe.
The Chicago Cubs beats the San Francisco Giants in the 2016 NLDS last night by scoring four runs in the top of the ninth inning. Some Cubs fans at the game in S.F. flew the Cubs victory flag immediately after the win. One of my neighbors was flying the same flag off their balcony this morning, which was pretty neat to see.
I really like this quote about Ichiro Suzuki from this espn.com article. I never thought that way as a batter or as a pitcher, but as a batter I can see how that mentality would help. It’s like you’re in a mano a mano battle with a pitcher about four times a game. I reminds me of an attitude that you need in a sport like wrestling. It also reminds me of warriors yelling “Certain Victory!” before entering into battle, or yelling “Battle!” in the movie Michael.