Tim Tebow is making headlines as a minor league baseball player as he continues to hit well for the New York Met’s A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies. As of last week he was 40 for 178 with 18 RBIs.
As we all know Tim Tebow did not start off with Major League Baseball dreams. In 2011, the Heisman Trophy winner led the Denver Broncos to their first AFC West title since 2005. However, even after a successful season he was traded to the NY Jets (and then released), signed with the New England Patriots (and cut) and he stepped away for a few seasons to only try again with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015. Never getting back to his “Tebow Time” ways of 2011, Tebow switched gears and surprised many when he signed with the New York Mets on a minor league contract in 2016.
Tim Tebow is not the only athlete to switch professional leagues, and no we aren’t talking about that time Michael Jordan tried playing for the Chicago White Sox. We are talking about athletes who successfully transferred to a new league or crazily enough, played in two professional leagues at the same time!
Brian Jordan, from 1989 to 1991, Jordan played in the NFL and earned a spot on the roster for the Pro-Bowl as an Atlanta Falcon. After that? In 1992 he moved over to the MLB where he played 15 seasons. In 1999 he was voted into the MLB All-Star game as an Atlanta Brave.
Bo Jackson, like Tebow, he won the Heisman Trophy. Jackson was originally drafted to the NFL only to play professional baseball (first) instead. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers who initially drafted Jackson would go on to trade him to the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987. In 1987, Jackson had 396 at bats with 22 home runs, 53 RBIs and an on base percentage of .296 with the Kansas City Royals and he played in 7 games for the Los Angeles Raiders, rushing for 554 yards with 6 touch downs. He would continue to play for the Raiders for three more seasons before leaving the NFL and stayed in the MLB until 1994.
Deion Sanders, he once played a professional baseball game (where he hit a home run) and a professional football game (where he scored a touchdown) all in the same weekend! He would later attempt to play in both leagues on the same day, after playing with the Falcons in Miami Sanders went to Pittsburgh for Game 5 of the NLCS however, after he arrived he sat on the bench. He is also the only person to have rings from both the World Series and the Super Bowl.
Gene Conley, was a pitcher in the MLB for 11 seasons and concurrently played in the NBA for six. He is the only person to have a World Series ring and a NBA Championship ring.
While the number of athletes who have successfully played in multiple professional leagues may be few it does not mean that Tim Tebow cannot succeed as an outfielder after an attempt at a career as a quarterback. Only time will tell if Tebow will get to put on the orange and blue jersey in Queens but if and when he does, he could become part of an elite group of athletes in sports history.
Written by Kristen
Whenever a game goes beyond the standard 9 innings, any innings that follow are looked at just as they’re titled, extra. These innings are being thrown in for free, and if your New York Yankees announcer, Michael Kay, you may even exclaim “bonus cantos” which he translates to mean “free Baseball” whenever this happens.
Earlier in the week, the Yankees played a game that had just that, free Baseball! Their game in Chicago ended in the wee-hours of the morning on Monday. The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs played two games in one night, but it only counts as one loss Cubs fans, don’t worry.
What started Sunday night was your average baseball game, what ended Monday morning was a record breaking game that saw 44 strikeouts combine. This was the first game in MLB history where each team stuck out at least 21 times. Were the pitchers on fire? Or by the end of it, were the hitters just tired? Either way the game ended after 18 innings, which included both a 7th inning stretch and a 14th inning stretch.
Though a marathon, this game was actually not the most innings played in a game in MLB history, it isn’t even close!
Back in 1920, the Boston Braves and the Brooklyn Robins (pre-Dodgers) played 26 innings and the game ENDED IN A TIE because day became night and this was 1920 and the fields didn’t have lights. On top of that, both starters pitched all 26 innings, again in the 20’s there was no “bullpen”.
There are 2 games tied for 2nd. The first played in 1974, the St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets with 25 innings and the second, in 1984 when The Milwaukee Brewers took on the Chicago White Sox. The latter is unique because, aside from the 25 innings it took to name a winner, this game was also played over the course of two todays. The game was halted in the 18th inning and resumed the next day where play continued for another six innings.
Tied for 3rd are two games that each took 24 innings to complete and that each involve the Philadelphia Athletics. The first from 1906, it was the A’s against the then Boston Americans (now Red Sox). The second game took place in 1945 with the Philadelphia Athletics taking on the Detroit Tigers. This game ended in a tie, each team scored a run in the 4th and 7th innings respectively and then, that was it.
The 4th longest game took place in 1964, the Giants and Mets played 23 innings at Shea Stadium. What makes this game special is it was the 2nd game in a double header! The two teams had already played your run of the mill, 9 innings BEFORE this 23 inning monster.
Coming in at 5th place for most innings played with 22, The Dodgers vs the Astros in 1989.
So while 18 innings may seem like a long game (and it is) there have been plenty other teams who have played for just as long, and longer.
Written by Kristen
Take me out to a ball game, but don’t buy me peanuts and cracker jacks…I’ll take the 16” brisket or the Apple Pie Nachos please!
Baseball stadium food has come a long way, gone are the days where one could just grab a hot dog from a cart, these days stadiums are fully equipped with food courts offering everything from pizza to sushi and each year stadiums introduce their new spin on food and fans around the country gobble it up! Below are just a few of the interesting items you’ll find at ballparks in the 2017 season.
SunTrust Park: Atlanta, Georgia
The “Tomahawk Chop Sandwich” can be enjoyed while taking in an Atlanta Braves game. This colossal sandwich features a fried pork chop, collard green slaw and white BBQ sauce. Did we mention one sandwich serves FOUR PEOPLE?
Globe Life Park: Arlington, Texas
Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Texas Rangers are not disappointing fans this year with their “M.V.T (Most Valuable Tamale)” this two-foot-long, tamale-filled hot dog includes jalapenos, cheese and sour cream.
Guaranteed Rate Field: Chicago, Illinois
Taking in a White Sox game? Chicago is trying to give Texas a run for their money! One could go quite big and grab the “Giant Smoky Pit Baked Grilled Mac & Cheese” which is a 16” Brisket Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese.
PetCo Park: San Diego, California
If you’re feeling adventurous, The Padres have you covered with their “PB&J Wings”, yes that’s right we said peanut butter and jelly WINGS.
Coors Fields: Denver, Colorado
For those who have a sweet tooth, head out to a Rockies game and get yourself some “Apple Pie Nachos” apple pie filling over cinnamon sugar chips, topped with whipped cream and caramel. One word to describe this? YUM!
Chase Field: Phoenix, Arizona
Sweet and savory your thing? The Diamondbacks are serving up a “Chicken Funnel Cake Sandwich”, fried chicken between two funnel cakes topped with strawberry-granny apple jam.
Tropicana Field: Tampa Bay, Florida
Let’s talk about drinks for a second, if you have a hankering for a Bloody Mary, head down to a Tampa Bay Rays game and enjoy a “Brunch Bloody Mary”, served in a mason jar with a bacon, egg, chicken & waffles, and donuts kabob.
No matter who ends up winning the game you attend, you (and your taste buds) will leave the game happy with any of these treats!
Written by Kristen
It’s almost time to dust off the cleats and start swinging bats. Get your catcher’s gloves ready because baseball season is about to open up. While our favorite players are preparing with Spring Training, it’s time to start thinking how you can help your team win the Commissioner’s Trophy at the World Series. There are plenty of reasons to be superstitious during baseball season. With the curse of Bambino, the Billy Goat and Shoeless Joe, why not air on the side of caution? Honestly, what you do could affect how your team plays. So here are the top 5 superstitions for baseball fans to help their team get to the big game.
5. Wearing the Same Clothes - All sorts of superstitions begin with consistency. Wearing the same clothes to watch a baseball game could mean life or death for a fan’s favorite team. It is also recommended to not wash these lucky garments, so that the luck doesn’t go down the drain. Generally this rule only applies to visible clothing. Anything underneath can be washed. Try a few different pieces of baseball memorabilia while watching the game. One of them just might have a little luck on it. But don’t switch it up too much. That could cost a team the game.
4. Always Pay Attention to the Game – Life can send a few distractions, but a true fan knows when it’s okay to look away and when they need to keep their head in the game. Looking away for too long may cause the mind to wander and could end up losing the game. This superstition says it is important for fans to always pay attention.
3. Rally Cap – For late games, a rally cap is said to really turn the game around. Turning a cap inside out and backwards could improve how well a fan’s team is playing. Another cap related trick? To break out of a tie game, simply wear a hat backwards.
2. Never Miss the First Pitch – If fans want to be disappointed, missing the first pitch is the sure proof way to losing the game. Though the superstitions does give expectations to people coming home from work or school. With the first pitch the entire game is woven out. Not being in attendance for the beginning could lead to the game ending bad for everyone.
1. Changing Seats – If fans are at home or in the stadium, changing the position of where they are sitting could affect the turn out of the game’s final score. There is said to be plenty of ways to bring back a team by changing where a fan is sitting. If the team is winning, don’t move! Stay put and don’t think about winning. If that team is still winning by the seventh inning stretch, hold two pens and hold them until the end of the eighth inning. If the team hasn’t scored for seven innings, it’s time to sit on the ground. For help at home, a down on their luck player comes up to bat, fans can sit on the top of their couches to give the player a little something extra before they take the first swing.
A large question comes up in reference to superstitions and baseball. Is this just the players or is the entire game made up of superstitions? Some of our favorite players even engage in some good luck charms. Joe DiMaggio was known to always step on second base when returning from center field. Richie Ashburn would prepare for a big game by sleeping with his bat. More recently, Noah Syndergaard reportedly uses a certain foam roller to help improve his game. It also wouldn’t be baseball if the pitchers were shaving on game days.
If fans want to help their team, they should keep doing what they think helps them win. Keeping everything the same might be the best way to help your team, however more fun can be added to a routine with a few more superstitious behaviors. Regardless if any of this is true, attending a baseball game and showing a team support is appreciated by everyone involved.
Written by Kaza
A statement that has been one hundred and eight years in the making, the Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. They got there in a very “Cub-like” way, after making it to the 8th inning with a lead only to end the 8th tied, many thought the curse of the goat was here to stay. With a rain delay after the 9th they went into extra innings.
The top of the 10th saw the Cubs retake the lead with a bit of small ball; a single out to right, a tag up during a pop out and a double got pinch runner, Albert Almora across home plate for a 1 run lead. The inning ended with the Cubs up 8-6 but could they hold on?
Carl Edwards Jr. took to the mound to get the save (and the ring for him and his team) after two outs, Edwards was taken out for Mike Montgomery who would then get Michael Martinze to ground out for the third and final out of the 2016 World Series.
The baseball gods couldn’t have written this any other way. A 7 game series and a win in dramatic fashion in extra innings.
The Cubs ticker tape parade hasn’t been officially announced yet though there are rumors it could happen as quickly as tomorrow! Whenever the city of Chicago decides to celebrate it is a safe bet that there will be a lot of people taking a “sick” day off to see it. Hey, maybe Bill Murray can pull a Bruce Springsteen and sign a few absence notes for kids (and adults).
Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs, you’ve waited long enough!
Written by Kristen
The Chicago Cubs ended a 71 year drought when they won over the Dodgers in the NLCS, heading to the World Series for the first time since 1945 (where they lost 4 games to 3 to the Detroit Tigers). To get to a year when the Cubs actually won the World Series one must travel all the way back to 1908.
The 1908 World Series was the first ever rematch, as the Cubs and Tigers met in October of 1907 with the Cubs coming out on top. Could they be back-to-back champions? In the 5 years the World Series had been played, no team had won more than once but a 4 games to 1 victory over the Tigers saw the Cubs set a World Series record! Albeit a short lived record, but a record none the less. The Philadelphia Athletics would go on to win back to back in 1910 (beating the Cubs) and 1911. Currently the New York Yankees hold the record for most consecutive World Series wins with 5 in a row beginning in 1949 through 1953.
Not to be out done, the Cleveland Indians have their own championship win drought, though they played in a World Series as recently as 1997, they haven’t won since 1948. Since 1948, 23 different teams have won the World Series, with the Dodgers winning for Brooklyn and Los Angeles and the Giants winning for New York and San Francisco.
Now, some may say the Cubs were cursed on a fateful day in 1945 when Billy Sianis attempted to bring his goat to Game 4 of the World Series. Presenting a ticket for the goat at the front gate, the goat was turned away and Billy declared the Cubs would not win ever again. From then on the Cubs have not made it to the World Series, let alone win a championship.
To put it in perspective let’s take a look at other events that occurred in 1908, the last time the Cubs won:
The Indians’ curse takes a cue from the Boston Red Sox’s Curse of the Bambino. In 1960 the Indians traded Rocky Colavito to the Detroit Tigers, much to their fans’ dismay, and haven’t won a World Series since.
1948 may not be that long ago (especially in comparison to 1908) but there were still significant events that occurred that will baffle millennials:
No matter how this series turns out a win for either team is one for the history books! Be sure to watch Game 1 of the 2016 World Series on Fox, Tuesday October 25th at 8:08 pm EST.
Written by Kristen
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