March 31, 2011

Jason Heyward Loves Opening Day!

I was out picking up lunch when an interesting tweet was sent my way.

not sure what the record for opening day home runs is, or opening day home runs to start a career...but Heyward is 2 for 2.   any idea?

So, I raced back and started looking it up.

After smacking a solo home run to rightfield in the second inning off of Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez, the Atlanta Braves outfielder became the SECOND player to ever hit home runs in his first at bat on back-to-back Opening Days.

On April 6, 2004...then-New York Mets second baseman Kaz Matsui took a Russ Ortiz offering deep to start his career.

A year later, on April 4, he sent a Paul Wilson pitch deep.

So there you have it...Jason Heyward and Kaz Matsui are the only two players in Major League history to have hit home runs in their first at bat in back-to-back Opening Days.

Game on!


Barry Zito Released...

...from hospital after car accident.

Alright, alright...I can't take credit for that one.  I actually saw it this morning posted by Gar Ryness (aka "Batting Stance Guy") and the first half actually got me.

Then I read the rest.

Here's the story...courtesy of the Thirty Mile Zone:

Opening Day is off to a rough start for Barry Zito -- the San Francisco Giants pitcher got into a car accident last night in West Hollywood and landed in the hospital.  According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Zito was driving on Sunset Boulevard when he got into a 2-car accident. Zito was checked out at Cedars-Sinai Hospital and released.

Authorities say it appears Zito was not at fault in the wreck.

The big question isn't who was or wasn't at fault...but, rather, what was the 2002 American League Cy Young Award winner doing out carousing in the middle of the night on Opening Day Eve.

Tim Lincecum takes the mound tonight for the World Series champs against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Zito is expected to be on the hill Sunday.

Joe Mauer Takes on Troy Polamalu

Is it just me or are we seeing more Major Leaguers doing commercials?

Sure, most of them are for baseball-related products (video games, shoes, etc.)...but shampoo?  I mean, not since the days of Roger Clemens getting Zest-fully clean have we seen a big leaguer pimping shower supplies.

Okay...maybe it hasn't been THAT long.

So, enter Joe Mauer and the latest marketing campaign from Head and Shoulders. 

The Minnesota Twins catcher is known more for his sideburns than his head of hair (a guy like Tim Lincecum might have been more of an obvious choice), but put him next to Pittsburgh Steelers stud Troy Polamalu and you've kinda got commercial gold. 

Or at least something better than the milk commercial he did with his mom.

Your move, Right Guard Odor Blocker Body Wash.


Ten Milestones to Watch for in 2011

Welcome to Opening Day, gang.

Since the San Francisco Giants brought the World Series trophy home to the Bay area…enough action transpired in the off season to keep even the most attention starved baseball fan satisfied.

The baseball world saw some of its greatest ambassadors (Bob Feller, Sparky Anderson, Duke Snider and Ron Santo) pass away, another “Ted Williams” made headlines and got us all thinking about the original, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp broke it off with pop star Rihanna and, of course, Jose Canseco became a primetime player and became one of the latest to audition publicly for the affection of Donald Trump.

So, with all that mind…here are ten things you should be watching for over the span of the upcoming baseball season.

DEREK JETER, New York Yankees
Another story that dominated the headlines was the heated contract negotiations between Jeter and the Yankees. With that now a distant memory...it’s safe to turn our attention to what is probably the biggest milestone on the horizon this baseball season, right? Let's face it, Jeter cementing himself as one of the (if not the) greatest Yankee of all-time is going to turn a few heads. And with 2926 hits...I know I'll be watching the box scores, counting down to 3000 right alongside everyone else

MARIANO RIVERA, New York Yankees
Almost as impressive (arguably, it might be MORE impressive) as the Jeter milestone is what Rivera is closing (see what I did there?) in on. At 559 career saves, he's 43 saves away from becoming the all-time leader in the category. Can he do it? He's topped 43 or more six times in his career...so it isn't out of the realm of possibility.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ, New York Yankees
With 613 home runs, another Yankee (and, yes, we move on after this), Rodriguez, is only 18 long flies from being fifth all-time. His 1831 RBI puts him 17th all-time, but should he get to 100 this season (something that's not happened only once), he'll jump into eighth place. Lastly, “A-Rod” is, by far, the active leader in runs scored with 1757. With 90 runs scored...he'll end the season 13th all-time.

CHIPPER JONES, Atlanta Braves
Limited to a career-low 95 games last season, future Hall of Famer (yeah, I said it) Jones is looking at eclipsing a couple benchmarks this season…2500 hits, 1500 RBI and 450 home runs are all in his sites. But however he ends up, the Braves third baseman is the only switch hitter in Major League history with a career batting average better than .300 (.306) and more than 400 home runs. He’ll enter the season ninth all-time among switch hitters on the career hits list (2490 at last count), but should end up the season well ahead of eighth place hitter Tim Raines at 2605. And with a mere 20 RBI (he’s got 1491 now), he’ll surpass Mickey Mantle and move into second place on the all-time list of RBI by a switch hitter.

BOBBY ABREU, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
I sound like a broken record saying this...but Abreu has, quietly, put together one heck of a career. Sure, sure, last year was a bust for the outfielder (his streak of 100-plus RBI seasons ended at seven)...but dude can rake. And run. As it stands, Abreu is 24 home runs shy from being only the eighth member of the exclusive 300-300 club. Only Barry (762-514) and Bobby Bonds (332-461), Willie Mays (660-338), Alex Rodriguez (613-301), Andre Dawson (438-314), Reggie Sanders (305-304) and Steve Finley (304-320) have achieved 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. Abreu is sitting at 276 and 372.

MATT STAIRS, Washington Nationals
By heading north with the Nationals, Stairs has set the Major League record for the number of different teams played for (13)...assuming you count Washington as a separate entity from the Montreal Expos. Which I do. Also on the horizon for Stairs…if/when he goes yard for his new club...he'll have surpassed Todd Zeile by hitting a home run for twelve different ballclubs. The only one of his past teams that he hasn’t gone yard for…Montreal. Coincidence?

LOEK VAN MIL, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
It's times like these that I am glad that Disney no longer has anything to do with the ownership of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Because if they did...we'd be subjected to them knocking the cobwebs off Shawn Bradley, dressing him up in a baseball uniform and throwing him on the silver screen Gheorghe Muresan-style to play the 7’1” pitcher. Van Mil is starting the season at Triple-A Salt Lake City, but when he gets called up by the Halos...he'll enter the Majors, not only as the game's tallest player ever, but also the first seven footer baseball has ever seen.

ICHIRO SUZUKI, Seattle Mariners
Alright, the annual "Ichiro Watch" is underway here at The Hall...and this is why. After ten years in the Majors, he has:

Ten straight seasons with a .300 or better batting average
Ten straight seasons with 200 or more hits (he's led the league the last five seasons)
Ten straight seasons with 25 or more stolen bases
Ten straight Gold Gloves
Ten straight All-Star appearances

Have you noticed a trend? Last season, the outfielder set the Major League record for reaching the 200 or more hits in ten consecutive seasons. The only other guy to have put together ten seasons with 200 or more hits? Hit King Pete Rose. His accomplishment, however, was spread over 24 seasons...Ichiro has done it in ten out of ten seasons.

ALBERT PUJOLS, St. Louis Cardinals
Alright…this post could go one forever championing the upcoming milestones for one Albert Pujols. But I'll make it as brief as I can. This season, "The Machine" will, potentially, reach the 2000 hit plateau by the All-Star Game...he enter this weekend’s action with 1900. And if (when?) he repeats his 42 home runs from last year, he'll reach the 450 homer mark...and dude is just 31. Now, assuming Pujols gets 30 or more home runs, 100 RBI and hits better than .300 (something he’s done in each of his ten seasons so far), he’ll not only be the only cat to start his career with eleven straight seasons with those numbers, but also…he’ll be the only player to have done it in eleven straight seasons. Should he get 40 or more home runs and 40 or more doubles this season, it’ll be a record fourth time he achieved the feat. In 2009, he tied Lou Gehrig as the only player to have done it three times.

STATUES AND NUMBERS
Lastly, a number of former players and managers are getting their due. This past season, the Chicago White Sox honored one of their greats, Frank Thomas, by retiring his Number 35. In July, they're set to unveil a bronze statue of the one-time Sox legend...the eighth to grace U.S. Cellular Field.

On the other end of town, the Northsiders will honor their biggest fan, Ron Santo, by wearing a patch on their jersey sleeve. In addition to that, the Cubs will unveil a statue in his likeness outside of Wrigley Field this August.

Up in Minnesota, the Twins will honor Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven by retiring his number this July. His Number 28 will join five former Twins and Jackie Robinson up on the facade at Target Field. Also in Minnesota, a statue of Twins legend Tony Oliva, will join three other past greats in Target Plaza.

Last November, Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson succumbed to dementia. This season, not only are the Detroit Tigers going to honor their former skipper with a patch on their sleeves...but they'll be retiring his number as well. Pretty classy.

And last week, the Atlanta Braves announced that, in August, they’ll be retiring the number of longtime skipper Bobby Cox. With the retirement of Cox’s number…that’s three in the last three years for the Braves. Tom Glavine received the honor last year and Greg Maddux was celebrated in 2009.

For a division-by-division breakdown of the upcoming milestones this season look no further than below:
American League East
American League Central
American League West
National League East
National League Central
National League West


March 30, 2011

The Top Ten "Must Follow" Baseball Players

As you might have already read, TIME magazine revealed its list of the 140 Twitter feeds that one could call “must follows”.

Of the nine athletes on the list, only one (San Francisco closer Brian Wilson) is a pro ballplayer, and it got me to thinking…what other Major Leaguers SHOULD have been on the list?

So I reached out to my partners-in-crime…the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and asked them that very question. Here’s what some of them had to say.

Daniel Shoptaw from C70 At The Bat:  A lot of the guys that do Twitter aren't big leaguers right now, but I think Logan Morrison's account has to be up there. If you want to get into former MLBers, C.J. Nitkowski is really a blast to read.

Dan McCloskey from Left Field:  Nick Swisher seems to be the most popular Yankee. He has almost 1.3 million followers. I'm a Yankees fan, and Swisher's one of those guys who seems very likable on and off the field, but I don't follow him. I used to, but it just seemed he had very little to say that was of interest to me. No offense intended to Swisher, but I don't really follow any athletes or celebrities (except sportswriters) for that very reason. While I have no problem with people who like to follow athletes' Twitter accounts, it's just one of those things that doesn't appeal to me. I might have to make an exception for Brian Wilson, though. He's easily the most entertaining personality in the game today.

Julian Levine from Splashing PumpkinsGiants prospect Thomas Neal, among many others.

Britt and Maiya from Snow Woulda Had It!Sergio Romo is definitely one. He's incredibly kind and funny with fans and watching his mentoring of the minor leaguers this spring has been great. Logan Morrison of the Marlins is one of the funniest guys on my Twitter feed pretty consistently. Another one who is super communicative with fans and a great read even if you aren't a Marlins fan. Dirk Hayhurst and Michael Schlact, while not major leaguers, are two of the most inspirational and informative baseball Twitter personalities, aside from Hayhurst's success as an author.

Lisa Swan from Subway SquawkersWell, New York Yankees rightfielder Nick Swisher has almost 1.3 million followers. How he didn't make the (TIME magazine list) is beyond me.

John Southee from Kaught LookingI think a good person that missed that list is former minor leaguer and recently signed indie leaguer Michael Schlact. He is a very positive guy working hard for his chance to make it to the Bigs. Heck, you may already be following him.

All good recommendations…and two (Romo and Neal) that I had no idea were on Twitter. But who do I like the best?

Here (in no particular order) are The Hall of Very Good’s Top Ten “Must Follow”:

JOSE CANSECO
Without a doubt…one of the most unintentionally entertaining cats out there. Is the dude 100% serious…or is he bi-polar? That’s the fun of it and the main reason why he’s closing in on 390,000 followers.
Quality recent tweet: I have no money no friends and hated by millions just because I always tell the truth what does that tell you about our society

COLLIN BALESTER
The Washington Nationals hurler post vacation pictures, updates on his facial hair and, most importantly, responds.
Quality recent tweet: The only thing you get for free at Disneyland is diarrhea

JOHN AXFORD
Another guy who is part of the modern day “Mustache Gang” (can we get Clay Zavada on Twiiter, guys?) is Milwaukee Brewers closer Axford. Recently, he let his followers pick his entrance music. Pretty cool.
Quality recent tweet: Dear person that sent me 6 different letters, from 6 different return addresses but the exact same hand writing and city postal stamps. You can't fool me and NO, I am NOT signing all those! Don't try and take advantage of kindness!

LOGAN MORRISON
Morrison is quickly becoming a Twitter favorite among just about everyone I talk to and fellow players. The Florida Marlin is super active and way engaging.
Quality recent tweet: Theres a Koy pond in the lobby of my building. Vegas odds the Marlins win the WS 40/1. Odds I fall in the pond b4 the allstar break 3/1

JON ADKINS
Admittedly, I’ve got a soft spot for the former Cincinnati Reds reliever. I mean, anyone who hits Spring Training, embraces the awful number they give him (in this case it was “81”), ponders changing his name to “Ocho Uno” and then emails me a picture of the nameplate on his locker gets my vote.
Quality recent tweet: If ur lookin for some good pork chops in Louisville at the Brickhouse Tavern

C.J. WILSON
The Texas Rangers pitcher has become one of those guys who, when you see him on the mound…you see him on the mound, you almost automatically think “Straight Edge Racer” and not “C.J. Wilson”.
Quality recent tweet: I've got VCU in a pool. no chance they pull it off and win me 1500 bucks

MATT ANTONELLI
Antonelli, now in the Washington Nationals farm system gets Twitter. Not only is he engaging, runs his own blog…but dude posts original video content as well.
Quality recent tweet: Anyone ever eaten actual food at Dairy Queen? For some reason just looking at it on the menu makes me feel sick

DAVID PRICE
Last season, Price hit the Twitters and blasted Tampa Bay Rays fans. Right or wrong…it took balls to do what he did and he’s had my respect ever since. And yeah…he was right.
Quality recent tweet: Not funny...if true give it back! RT @MrCowhead: Just bought a watch the dude said belonged to @DAVIDprice14 ..good deal!

COCO CRISP
The Oakland A’s outfielder cracks me up. He’ll sooner tweet about getting his hair done and car detailed than about baseball. It’s almost like his attitude is…“oh yeah, I do that too”.
Quality recent tweet: Getting my hair redid, eating a fruit bowl and bit into a piece of mango, now it's stuck between my teeth... So frustrating!

OZZIE GUILLEN
If you’re not following the Chicago White Sox manager, stop reading and go do it. One word. Jell-O.
Quality recent tweet: Waiting for my wife to have dinner in jack in the box love the tacos

So who do you like to follow? Make your thoughts known in the comments…why not?!? And if you’re into shameless plugs (who isn’t!)…why not get off your ass and follow The Hall of Very Good on Twitter?


March 29, 2011

Twitter Tuesday: Brian Wilson

Monday, TIME magazine revealed their list of the 140 Twitter feeds that are "shaping the conversation".

The list includes actors, musicians, politicians, fictional characters and, among other things, news feeds.  At the top of the list...Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Palin and a host of people I didn't care enough to find out who they were.

Also included...nine athletes.

And of those nine, only one baseball player?  San Francisco Giants closer Brian Patrick Wilson.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Wilson ended his previous venture on Twitter in April 2009 after implying he was partying all night. 

The next afternoon, he blew a save opportunity. 

Controversy ensued and Wilson ended up removing all his posts...even thought he claimed his tweets were "made up stories that reflect my humor".

This past February, the bearded one returned.

And 95,000 followers later...he's one of the sports most popular figures in the Twittersphere.  You can follow Brian Wilson at, simply, @brianwilson38...and I suggest you do.


March 28, 2011

More Mustache Talk with Collin Balester

In February, Dr. Aaron Perlut of The American Mustache Institute caught up with Washington Nationals pitcher Collin Balester and dropped what could end up being the best web series of this upcoming baseball season.

And yes...I'm talking about "MLB 'Stache Talk".

Well...here we are a month later.  Spring Training is coming to a close and Perlut again caught up with the AMI's Major League Baseball correspondent.

The two talked about Balester's chances of heading north with the team (he was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse shortly after the interview was conducted), discussed what the daily routine is while in Spring Training and even managed to plug a couple of products.

Enjoy the video. And if you're so inclined (and, frankly, you should be)...you can follow The American Mustache Institute on Twitter at @MustacheTalk and Collin Balester at @BallyStar40.


Prince Fielder Almost Got Sausage'd!

Entering the season with 192 career home runs, All-Star Prince Fielder is a just a few big hits away from reaching 200 for his career.

Last week, the 26-year-old was almost on the receiving end of a big hit (see what I did there?) courtesy of the famed Milwaukee Brewers sausages.

Arizona State University student Andrew Gruman was on the other end of the near-collision.  Here's his account via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

I almost contributed to the Brewers' injury woes.  Friday was my day to run in the Klement's Sausage Race at Maryvale Baseball Park and I chose to be the Italian.

Little did I know that big Prince Fielder would be thrown in as an obstacle.

I saw Fielder in my way as we were about to start the race and thought to myself, he has to move out of the way, doesn't he? He was right in my way and he didn't move. I'll let you watch the rest.

Afterwards, Brewers' assistant general manager Gord Ash thanked me for saving the season.

Thankfully for Gruman, Fielder didn't go all Randall Simon on him. Enjoy the video!


The Celebrity Apprentice Re-Cap: Episode 4

It's been a long time since Jose Canseco has been part of a team like the one that is on display every Sunday night on "The Celebrity Apprentice".

On paper, there's probably no reason for them to win.  Ever.  But, spoiler alert...they've rattled of three wins in a row and tonight's episode (you can find a complete re-cap over at TVLatest.com) found the former slugger in the middle of the action.

As a gay Argentinian named Pablo.

Now, as exciting as the episode was (dude actually suggested that showing a consumer "communicating with aliens" was a good idea for a video phone company)...nothing compared to what the Twittersphere had in store for the one-time MVP.

Of course, you had to sift through the tweets about his switcheroo act Saturday night in order to keep up with Canseco's audition for Donald Trump.

@Dave_Klimek: I think Jose Canseco has been communicating with aliens a lot since he got hit on the head in the outfield

@Zellyanks: Does Jose Canseco communicate with aliens? He's so messed up in the head.

@jday15: I generally hate "reality" shows, yet here I am getting sucked in by Celebrity Apprentice. It's all Gary Busey & Jose Canseco's fault.

@LonnieZingula: Jose Canseco pondering what his friends will think of him playing a gay man on Apprentice begs many questions. For starters, what friends?

@TJSullivanLA: Richard Hatch giving Jose Canseco wardrobe advice is like Jose Canseco giving Gary Busey lessons in etiquette.

@melgotserved: Meatloaf is taking the lead from Jose Canseco for most bedazzled suit jackets

Canseco stayed relatively quiet (again) Sunday night on Twitter...but former contestant, Olympic softball player (softballer?) Jennie Finch summed up the show rather nicely.

Donald Trump Boardroom - Oh, how I do not miss being there

I can only imagine.  Hola!


"The Parent Trap" Has Nothing on Jose and Ozzie Canseco

I'm pretty sure this is one of those stories that couldn't be made up.

As if Jose and Ozzie Canseco needed to make more headlines...they pulled a move remiscent of a bad sitcom plot.  Basically...the twin brothers went all "The Parent Trap" Saturday night and pulled a switcheroo at a boxing event in which Jose was to fight.

Ugh.

Here's what The Miami Herald had to say:

Some 30 minutes before his bout against Billy Padden at the Passion nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, it was discovered that the Canseco who was in South Florida ready to fight was not the same guy who hit 462 homeruns in the Major Leagues.

“We discovered the Canseco who showed up was Ozzie when he took off his shirt and didn’t have José’s tattoos on the biceps that appear in our advertising,” a Celebrity Boxing representative told El Nuevo Herald. The man said he did not want to be identified.

Honestly, if you're paying to watch Jose Canseco box...you deserve to get Ozzie.  Seriously, why would you want to go watch the former MVP perform in the ring?

That aside...something tells me that this isn't the last we'll hear of this story.


March 27, 2011

Jeffrey Leonard Wants to Dance with the Stars

So here we are, in the midst of the twelfth season of "Dancing with the Stars" and it got me wondering...why haven't there been any baseball players on the show?

Seriously, the "stars" have included Olympians and Playmates, supermodels and singers, wrestlers, actors, an astronaut, basketball and football players, a former Indy 500 winner and however you categorize "The Situation" and Steve-O.

Now, giving the taping and on air schedules (the Spring season starts in March, whereas the Autumn season begins in September)...an active baseball player COULDN'T take part.

By why not any former players?

Enter the "HacMan".

Last week, former All-Star Jeffrey Leonard sat down with the ABC affiliate Sacramento and talked to them about his dancing skills.  This from the News10 website:

Leonard lives in the Sacramento area and has been taking dance lessons at Fontaine Dance in Roseville. He said he was driven to dance by his wife about three years ago.

"At the beginning I was a little embarrassed and intimidated," Leonard said.  But with the encouragement of his ste-daughter as well, Leonard took the challenge and would like to be the next retired athlete to be featured on the ABC show.

"I'm basically the same guy. The same things that drove me to be a good baseball player, is driving me to be good at dance," he said.

Something tells me that when the producers of "Dancing with the Stars" decide to extent an offer to a former ballplayer...it probably won't be to the former San Francisco Giants slugger.

That said, if Leonard were to be on the show, I would vote for him every week to join fellow athletes Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson in hopes that he'd end up hoisting the mirror ball trophy.

One.  Flap.  Down.

March 25, 2011

Talkin' Baseball (and Mustaches) with Evan Fjeld

Last November, in support of Movember, University of Vermont hoopster Evan Fjeld started growing his mustache. 

A few wins later...it was there for good and a national media darling was born.

The senior from Durham, North Carolina helped lead the Catamounts to a 23-9 record and the top spot in the America East Conference.  But now that the season is done for the Cats (they lost to Cleveland State last week in the NIT)...Fjeld can turn his attention to baseball.

HOVG: All in all, the Catamounts had a pretty good season, but, clearly, it didn’t end how you would have liked. The silver lining, if there is one, is that baseball is around the corner…who will you be rooting for?

FJELD: I'm a Phillies fan and sometimes I root for Tampa Bay because they are the Major League affiliate of the Durham Bulls. I can walk to the Durham Bulls ballpark from my house.

HOVG: Much has been written about it and, at first glance, people notice your now iconic mustache. In your estimation, which loomed larger on the court this season, that lip sweater or your 6’8’ frame?

FJELD: I think the mustache did to be honest. Everyone we play is my size or bigger but very few of them have the ability to grow a mustache like I do.. It’s a psychological advantage to know that. You have to look for and exploit every advantage you can find and the ability and follow-through to grow and maintain a mustache was just the advantage I needed.

HOVG: Since this is a baseball site, let’s get back to baseball for a second. You mentioned being a Phillies fan…as far as your future grooming habits go, do you stick with the very Mike Schmidt-like mustache or, perhaps, switch gears and grow out a John Kruk mullet or get a Steve Jeltz-like jheri curl?

FJELD: I like the Chase Utley slick-back look, or maybe I’ll grow a goatee like Brad Lidge. I know it’s a sore subject right now but I could also see myself growing a beard like Jayson Werth had going for a while.

HOVG: It seems like everyone is handing the Phillies the National League pennant given their pitching staff…what are your thoughts on their chances this upcoming season?

FJELD: I think it’s a lock. The Phillies are going to win the World Series this year. Pitching is the most important aspect of baseball and having the best starting rotation in history has to make them the heavy favorites.

HOVG: So what’s next? I’m assuming graduation in May…but then what?

FJELD: I want continue playing basketball, wherever it takes me. I’ve wanted to be a professional athlete pretty much my whole life and I have the opportunity to live that dream. That is not something that I’m going to pass up. Hopefully I can play for a long time and put off making any real life decision for as long as possible.

HOVG: Most importantly…are you keeping the lip sweater?

FJELD: Unfortunately I’ve already shaved the mustache. It was time. I needed a break from it for now. It wasn’t an easy thing to do and I do miss it but the best thing about hair is that it will grow back so I’m not ruling out a return of the mustache but I’m going clean shaven for a while.

Evan Fjeld helped lead the Vermont Catamounts to the America East Regular Season Championship by averaging 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. Earlier last week, he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 1 second team.

And while it is the mustache that made him a legend among Mustached Americans worldwide...let's not forget his memorable appearance in the 2010 State Farm NCAA Dunk Contest.


2011 Milestone Preview: National League West

For a number of teams, it isn't really as much what goes on on the field...but, rather, what goes on off of it.

Such is the case with the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

The Giants transformed from a bunch of misfits to the team everyone was talking about.  They appeared on magazine covers, talk shows and, soon, will have their own series on Showtime (you can check out the preview below).

And with that…here’s the NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST.


ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

A glance up and down the Diamondbacks roster looks like a journey through the Land of Misfit Toys. 
Seriously, their pick ups this past off season included Melvin Mora, Geoff Blum, J.J. Putz and, ugh...Mike Hampton.

Pretty much the only thing Arizona has going for them is hope that newly acquired pitcher Armando Galarraga can get screwed out of a perfect game and they are front page fodder for a week.  Until then...all they've got is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their World Series championship in 2001

COLORADO ROCKIES

Former American League MVP Jason Giambi is, again, hoping for one last gasp with the Colorado Rockies.  Provided he can break camp with the team (and it is looking good that he will), dude is going to need to double his 2010 output in order to get to 2000 hits for his career.


You see, "The Giambino" enters 2011 86 hits shy of the milestone...he finished last season with 43.

While Todd Helton isn't knocking on the door of any milestones (this season), it's pretty cool to point out that only Stan Musial, Lou Gehrig and "The Toddfather" have put up career numbers of 525 (or more) doubles, 300 home runs and a .320 batting average.  Now, I've seen all the "black ink" arguments against Helton...but dude is a Hall of Famer, right?  Right?!?

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Prior to last season, all the milestone talk in Los Angeles was about manager Joe Torre and outfielder Manny Ramirez.

This season...not so much.

The big story, of course, is new manager Don Mattingly.  The former New York Yankees star is the team's ninth manager since moving west and unlike some of his predecessors...has zero managerial experience.

SAN DIEGO PADRES

Alright, I'm going to be the guy that says it...how in the world did the Padres almost win the West last season?  I mean, have you looked at their roster?  They've got no huge names (outside of Heath Bell), no one approaching any marquee milestones and the best thing to pay attention to on a daily basis...the Twitter feed of the newly acquired Pat Neshek.

Seriously...the guy is a good follow.  Check him out.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Without even mentioning Brian Wilson's beard, "Kung Fu Panda" or the rally thong...it's safe to say that the Giants have become one of the most exciting teams in all of baseball.  Not since the 2004 Boston Red Sox have a cast of characters taken over the world like San Francisco did following their World Series win last fall.

The guys are everywhere.

As far as milestones are concerned...fans haven't had too much to look forward to since Barry Bonds was chasing the home run record and Randy Johnson came on board to nail down his 300th win.  But do you think they care?  That said, outfielder Pat Burrell is 15 long flies away from 300 for his career.

So there you have it, gang…all six divisions and a preview of their upcoming milestones.

Check them out here:
American League East
American League Central
American League West
National League East
National League Central



March 23, 2011

2011 Milestone Preview: American League West

It's times like these that I am glad that Disney no longer has anything to do with the ownership of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Because if they did...we'd be subjected to them knocking the cobwebs off Shawn Bradley, dressing him up in a baseball uniform and throwing him on the silver screen Gheorghe Muresan-style to play pitcher Loek Van Mil.

Granted, Van Mil looks to be starting the season at Triple-A Salt Lake City, but if/when he gets called up by the Halos...he'll enter the Majors, not only as the game's tallest player ever, but also the first seven footer baseball has ever seen. 

With that...it's off to the AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST we go!


LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM

Regardless of what they've been called (and they've had a few different names)...Opening Day marks the 50th for the Angels.

In the dugout, Mike Scioscia is gearing up for his 12th as the manager of the Halos.  And when he gets his 20th victory of the season...he'll be just the fifth active skipper with 1000 or more wins.

I sound like a broken record saying this...but Bobby Abreu has, quietly, put together one heck of a career.  Sure, sure, last year was a bust for the outfielder (his streak of 100-plus RBI seasons ended at seven)...but dude can rake. 

And run.

As it stands, Abreu is 24 home runs shy from being only the eighth member of the exclusive 300-300 club.

Only Barry (762-514) and Bobby Bonds (332-461), Willie Mays (660-338), Alex Rodriguez (613-301), Andre Dawson (438-314), Reggie Sanders (305-304) and Steve Finley (304-320) have achieved 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases.

Abreu is sitting at 276 and 372.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

On paper, new Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui appears to be miles away from any sort of milestone discussions.  Thankfully, "Godzilla" doesn't play his games on paper. 

Going into this season, Matsui has 161 career home runs over his eight year Major League career.  Combine that with the 332 he hit Yomiuri Giants...and you're looking at 493 career bombs.  Not too shabby.

SEATTLE MARINERS

Alright, the annual "Ichiro Watch" is underway here at The Hall...and this is why.

After ten years in the Majors, he has:

  • Ten straight seasons with a .300 or better batting average
  • Ten straight seasons with 200 or more hits (he's led the league the last five seasons)
  • Ten straight seasons with 25 or more stolen bases
  • Ten straight Gold Gloves
  • Ten straight All-Star appearances
Have you noticed a trend?

Last season, the outfielder set the Major League record for reaching the 200 or more hits in ten consecutive seasons.  The only other guy to have put together ten season with 200 or more hits?  Hit king Pete Rose. His accomplishment, however, was spread over 24 seasons...Ichiro has done it in ten out of ten seasons.

TEXAS RANGERS

Alright, alright, alright...last season I broke out this:


And if the Mariners superstar leads the Majors in hits (again), it'll be the eighth time he's accomplished that feat. That will, in turn, set another record...breaking a three-way tie with Rose and Ty Cobb.

One last interesting sidenote about AL West. Did you know that it is home to two of the lowly three Major League Teams that have never appeared in a World Series game?  It’s true, Texas, Seattle and the Washington Nationals have never played in the Fall Classic. Will 2010 be the year the streak is ended…stay tuned!  Smart betting, however, says it won’t.

Well, I was wrong.  And I can admit that.

Hoping to cash in on lightning in a bottle is new Ranger Adrian Beltre.  The thirdbaseman comes into 2011 111 hits shy of 2000 for his career and 22 home runs away from 300.  Both are attainable should the injury bug not bite...let's all agree to re-convene later in the season to see what Beltre's status is.

Also chasing down 2000 career hits...Rangers infielder Michael Young.  Young enters the season with 1848...152 away from the afore mentioned milestone.  Provided he can find a spot in the lineup (likely to happen...but will it be with Texas?), he'll get to 2000.

The National League West is next and should wrap things up. In the meantime, feel free to check out Milestone Previews of the American League East, American League Central, National League East and National League Central.



C.J. Wilson is Ready for Opening Day

Prior to the end of its run, Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson exhibited a pretty well documented relationship with the TV show "LOST" and the show's showrunner Carlton Cuse.

Thankfully, the gang at Funny or Die has found a way to keep Cuse relevant and help get Wilson in shape for his Opening Day start April 1 against the Boston Red Sox.

And it's called exercise. 

"Sweep the Yankees.  Sweep the Yankees.  Sweep the Yankees."


March 22, 2011

Torii Hunter's Kid Got His Father's Ups

With the Barry Bonds perjury trial kicking into gear...we're bound to be inundated with clips of the seven-time MVP.

One highlight we won't see (because it involves Bonds being robbed of a home run instead of hitting one)...comes from the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee.

You know the clip, right?

Bonds sends what appears to be a towering home run to right-center field. Torii Hunter (then with the Minnesota Twins) jumps up and catches the ball over the wall.  I'd show you the thing, but since MLB.com doesn't allow embedding video...I can't.

Well, you know the old adage "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree"? Torii Hunter Jr., the son of the nine-time Gold Glove winning outfielder from the Los Angeles Angels would like to prove that saying true.

Check out the clip of the Torii Jr. throwing one down.

Dude is just 15 and a shophomore at Prosper High School in Texas. And you just know, given how many home runs his old man has stolen from over the wall in his career...it’s a safe bet he’s dunked a few in his life too!


Ryan Dempster...Baseball's Rich Little?

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins has more wins (284) than any other Canadian-born pitcher.

In case you were wondering, the team's 2011 Opening Day starter Ryan Dempster starts the new season fourth on that list with 102.  That said, he could very well be sitting second all-time pretty quick given the two guys ahead of him on the career list are Kirk McCaskill and Reggie Cleveland with 106.

He's got a long way to go to match Jenkins...but it is still a pretty cool accomplishment.

Now, I only mention all that so I can bring you this.

Recently, the hurler sat down with good friend of The Hall George Castle. The twist...he did the entire thing as longtime announcer Harry Caray.



A big thanks to Bleed Cubbie Blue and Rant Sports for making this clip available.

You can catch more of George Castle and his show "Diamond Gems" over at WNFL 1440 and FOXSports1340.com.


March 21, 2011

Bryce Harper Sprains His Ankle

Alright...I'll ask it.

Are the Washington Nationals cursed?  I mean, first all-world hurler Stephen Strasburg goes down with an arm injury and now..."mega-prospect" Bryce Harper, last year's number one overall pick, has sprained his ankle.

This from the Washington Post:

Outfield mega-prospect Bryce Harper had to be removed on a cart from a minor league intrasquad game in Viera, Fla. after spraining his left ankle, according to a statement released by a team spokesman. After an immediate examination by the Nationals’ training staff, the team considers him “day-to-day.”

Sure, a sprained ankle isn't that big of a deal, but if you listen close enough...you can hear the panic coming from the Nats fans.

And yeah, there are a couple out there.  I had to check with Google...but they exist.

The 18-year-old Harper started the spring in the Nationals' Major League camp because he was on the team's 40-man roster...but was optioned to the Minors a little over a week ago.  He batted .389 (7-for-18) with three doubles and five RBIs in 13 games.

He's expected to start the season at Single-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League.


2011 Milestone Preview: National League Central

It would be really, really easy to start this thing with the laundry list of accomplishments that are within reach for St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols.

That'll come later.

Did you know that with the retirement of Atlanta Braves skipper Bobby Cox following the 2010 season, Pujols' manager Tony  La Russa became the longest tenured manager in Major League Baseball.  And then, this past February, when NBA head coach Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz retired, the Cardinals manager became the longest tenured bench boss among all the Big Four sports leagues.

Not bad for not even playing a game, right?

On that note…here’s your NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL.


CHICAGO CUBS

Last December, the Cubs lost their announcer and former third baseman Ron Santo.


Beginning in Spring Training and continuing throughout the season, the Northsiders will honor their biggest fan by wearing a patch on their jersey sleeve.  In addition to that, the Cubs will unveil a Ron Santo outside of Wrigley Field this August.

There are a lot of players closing in on 300 career home runs this season...and a number of them will get there.  But one guy who probably has the best chance of reaching the milestone (and will probably do so the quickest) is Cubs thirdbaseman Aramis Ramirez.  If he can stay healthy (and that's a big "IF")...Ramirez should easily get the eleven homers he needs by the All-Star break.

Former Cubs pitcher and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins has more wins (284) than any other Canadian-born pitcher.  The team's Opening Day starter Ryan Dempster starts 2011 fourth on that list with 102.  That said, he could very well be sitting second all-time pretty quick given the two guys ahead of him on the career list are Kirk McCaskill and Reggie Cleveland with 106.  He's got a long way to go to match Jenkins...but it is still a pretty cool accomplishment.

CINCINNATI REDS

The Reds shocked the baseball world in 2010 by finishing the season with 91 victories and their first playoff appearance in 15 years.


Should Cincinnati be able to duplicate that feat this season, manager Dusty Baker and his 1405 career victories will leapfrog four Hall of Famers (Al Lopez, Miller Huggins, Earl Weaver and Clark Griffith) and crack the top 20 all-time.

Out of the bullpen, Reds closer Francisco Cordero enters the season with 290 career saves.  Thankfully, the question isn't if the three-time All-Star can get to 300...it is how fast.

Lastly, veteran Scott Rolen is continuing what is a pretty nice career resurgence in Cincy.  Last season, he brought home his eighth Gold Glove and reached 300 home runs for his career.  He begins this year only 56 hits shy of 2000.

HOUSTON ASTROS

Down in Houston, the "Los Caballitos" are bound to go nuts when Carlos Lee gets those 33 hits and reaches the 2000 hit plateau.  And at just 34...it's entirely possible for dude to end his career way north of 400 home runs and 2500 hits.  Not too shabby for "El Caballo".

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Now that Trevor Hoffman has retired, the milestone focus has shifted from the all-time saves leader to face of the franchise...Prince Fielder.  With 192 career home runs, Fielder should get to 200 in a blink of an eye.


PITTSBURGH PIRATES

Coming into last season, I predicted that third-year skipper John Russell wasn't going to make it to his fourth year at the helm of the Pirates. 

Of course, that prediction was about as bold as saying that the sun will rise in the morning.

In April, while in the midst of a 22-game losing streak, the Pirates suffered their worst loss in franchise history...losing to the Milwaukee Brewers 20-0.  In August, they clinched their record 18th straight losing season in a row.  In a couple of weeks, Clint Hurdle takes over a team that, last season,  picked up the third most losses in franchise history...trailing only the 113-loss teams of 1890 and 1952.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Alright…this post could go one forever championing the upcoming milestones for one Albert Pujols.

But I'll make it brief.  Actually...that's an impossible task.

This season, "The Machine" will, potentially, reach the 2000 plateau by the All-Star Game...he's got 1900.  After avergaing more than 90 walks a season throughout his ten-year career, it's a no-brainer that the three-time MVP will get the 86 free passes he needs to reach 1000.

And if he repeats his 42 home runs from last year, he'll reach the 450 big-fly mark...and dude is just 31.

Now, assuming Pujols gets 30 or more home runs, 100 RBI and hits better than .300 (something he’s done in each of his ten seasons so far), he’ll not only be the only cat to start his career with eleven straight seasons with those numbers, but also…he’ll be the only player to have done it in eleven straight seasons.

Should he get 40 or more home runs and 40 or more doubles this season, it’ll be a record fourth time he achieved the feat. In 2009, he tied Lou Gehrig as the only player to have done it three times.

And should Pujols do all the above and take home another National League MVP award, he’ll be only one of two players (Barry Bonds has seven) to be named his league’s best more than three times.

It’s safe to call this guy the best in the game, right?

Thought so.

The American League West is up next. Feel free to go back and check out the American League East, American League Central or National League East.


The Celebrity Apprentice Re-Cap: Episode 3

The third episode of the latest installment of "The Celebrity Apprentice" looked to be the swansong for former American League MVP Jose Canseco.

He took naps during the challenge, sat back and played catch with the equally inept (and equally entertaining) Gary Busey and, when asked to contribute his two cents on the task at hand...responded routinely with a succinct "I'm completely against it".

Thankfully, for Canseco, his team won.

Like in previous weeks, I'm not going to fill this space with a re-cap of the episode (you can get that over at TVLatest.com), but rather, I'ma  break down what you fine folks had to say about the ever blinking former slugger over on the Twitters.

And yeah...everyone is still talking about dude's tic. And those clothes!

@_Aesthetiqz: Ayo, Jose Canseco, can you please give Liberace his leather jacket back...?-thanx...sincerely, Aesthetiqz

@Big_Boy859: jose canseco has on michael jacksons jacket from the BAD video right now on celeb apprentice

@MarkM625: Jose Canseco disagrees with every idea, but never has his own idea. Hate people like that.

@MajorPhilebrity: Someone just needs to give Jose Canseco a small bear to wrestle or something

@Zellyanks: Gary Busey and Jose Canseco are having a baseball catch. This is fantastic television

@NotSoSexyTruth: If I played a drinking game where I took a swig for every time Jose Canseco's eyes twitched, I'd die of alcohol poisoning in 8 seconds.

I've gotta say...I've been rather upset with how quiet Canseco himself has been on Twitter. Tonight, all homeboy did was complain about his airline.

Boring.

Not boring...a very, very lazy Canseco lounging on the couch in the team RV and the subsequent string "Buseyisms".


March 19, 2011

Jennie Finch is Blogging Now!

I know it's an understatement...but Jennie Finch has carved out a pretty good career for herself, right?

Let's break it down. 

She was a three-time All-American in college, two-time Olympian and, in 2008, she appeared on "The Celebrity Apprentice".  Heck, last year, TIME magazine even called her "the most famous softball player in history".

But as Finch counts down the days to the birth of her second child, she can now add another line to her resume...celebrity blogger over at People.com.

In her initial post, she describes the baby in the belly as being "the size of an average rutabaga"...and then goes on to educate the readers about the turnip-like vegetable and ask for advice!

As it turns out rutabagas are a really good source of some of those nutrients including vitamin C, folate (especially good for expecting mommies!), potassium and calcium. If anyone has any good rutabaga recipes, I’d love to hear them!

Feel free to check out the interview the 2004 Olympic gold medalist did with The Hall last summer HERE

And yeah, I know, I know, it's nothing that in depth (and this was a long way to go to remind everyone that she did an interview with this site), but still...Jennie Finch, man!  Who have you interviewed lately?


March 18, 2011

This Just In...Ichiro Suzuki Can Hit!

And speaking of Ichiro (did you see his sizable donation to the efforts in Japan?)...did you know that dude can hit?

Last season, the Seattle Mariners All-Star set the Major League record for reaching the 200 or more hits in ten consecutive seasons.

The only other guy to have put together ten season with 200 or more hits?  Hit king Pete Rose. His accomplishment, however, was spread over 24 seasons...Ichiro has done it in ten out of ten seasons.

And if the Mariners superstar leads the Majors in hits (again), it'll be the eighth time he's accomplished that feat. That will, in turn, set another record...breaking a three-way tie with Rose and Ty Cobb.

So, with that in mind...the M's are taking full advantage of the fact that Ichiro can hit (literally) anything that gets thrown over the plate.

Enjoy!


Ichiro Donates 100 Million (Yen) to Japan

Here in the United States, we pretty much know Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki for two things...being one of the best multi-tooled ballplayers out there and delivering profanity-laced speeches prior to All-Star games.

But, as it turns out, dude is quite the humanitarian as well.

According to the website NIKKEI.com...the Toyoyama native just donated a nice chunk of change to help out with the relief efforts in Japan.

Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has donated 100 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society for earthquake relief efforts in the country, his management company BowPlanning told Kyodo News on Friday.  While Suzuki declined to comment on his act, BowPlanning President Yoshiki Okada explained the major leaguer made the decision after gathering information on the situation in Japan and careful consideration.

And this isn't the first time, the big leaguer has opened up his pocketbook to help out his homeland.  Check this out.

Last month, Suzuki contributed 10 million yen for Miyazaki Prefecture, which was struck by repeated eruptions of volcano Shinmoe Peak.  He donated 10 million yen to Kobe, the home of his former Japanese club the Orix BlueWave for disaster relief following the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.  In 2000, he sent 1,500 clothes items worth about 13 million yen to Aichi Prefecture, which was hit by disruptive downpours.

Oh, and in case you're wondering just how much 100 million yen is...it comes to close to $1.23 million here in the States.

Perhaps inspired by the generosity of their star...the Mariners announced Friday morning that they'll match all of the team's front office employees and fan donations to the Red Cross. They've also stated that they'll make a guaranteed donation of $100,000 to meet the match requirements.

Nintendo of America Inc., the majority owner of the M's, is also making a contribution, as is their parent company Nintendo Co, Ltd. of Kyoto, Japan.  So far, they've shelled out the equivalent of roughly $3.7 million.

Well played, Ichiro.  Well.  Played.


2011 Milestone Preview: American League Central

Last season, the Chicago White Sox honored one of their greats, Frank Thomas, by retiring his Number 35.

This July, they're set to unveil a bronze statue of the one-time Sox legend...the eighth to grace U.S. Cellular Field.

Coincidentally...I'm planning on being at that game. But that's neither here or there now is it?

So with that…here comes the AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL.


CHICAGO WHITE SOX


Team captain Paul Konerko is on the verge of two major milestones in this...his 13th year on the Southside.  Coming off, arguably, one of the best years of his career, Konerko is just 139 hits away from 2000 and 35 home runs away from 400 career blasts.

Also approaching 400 career bombs...the newly acquired Adam Dunn.

Sure, the "Big Donkey" is 46 home runs away from the milestone...but he's done it before.  And given that he had a five year stretch (2004-2008) where he hit 40 or more home runs...is 46 really out of the question?

The ageless Omar Vizquel enters his second season with the White Sox the active leader in games playes, at bats and plate appearances.  For his career...he's sitting at 2799 hits all-time.

And speaking of hits...outfielder Juan Pierre is 158 hits away from reaching 2000 for his career.

CLEVELAND INDIANS

As if the Indians signing journeyman Orlando Cabrera (who is 52 hits away from 2000 for his career), Cleveland has decided on making August 13 a date to circle on your calendar.

And what's going on August 13?

Well...it's none other than Mike Hargrove “Human Rain Delay” Bobble Head Day.  Great seats are still available.

DETROIT TIGERS

Last November, Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson succumbed to dementia.  This season, not only are the Tigers going to honor their former skipper with a patch on their sleeves...but they'll be retiring his number as well.


Pretty classy.

Current manager Jim Leyland enters the season second in wins among active managers trailing only Tony LaRussa.  With 1493 career victories, he's only 78 wins behind Hall of Famer Dick Williams on the all-time list.

Also bound to make some headlines in the Motor City is outfielder Magglio Ordonez.  Should "Maggs" be able to bounce back from last season's ankle injury, he'll get the eleven home runs it'll take to reach 300 for his career.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

A quick scan of the Royals' roster isn't going to excite a soul.  And of the four names you're likely to recognize...one of them is catcher Jason Kendall.


Yikes.

Currently, Kendall is fifth all-time in being hit by pitch having been plunked 254 times.  In order to surpass Don Baylor and move into fourth place...he'll need to get hit 14 times.  It's possible.

MINNESOTA TWINS

Up in Minnesota, Jim Thome is back swinging for the fences.  Currently, Thome is eighth all-time and just eleven home runs away from becoming the latest slugger to reach 600 for his career.


Conversely, Thome resides second all-time in strikeouts.  The designated hitter has struck out 2395 times in his 20 seasons as a pro and trails only Reggie Jackson and his 2597 Ks.

Lastly, Minnesota will honor Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven by retiring his number this July.  His Number 28 will join five former Twins and Jackie Robinson up on the facade at Target Field.

The National League Central is next. In the meantime, feel free to check out Milestone Previews of the American League East and National League East.


March 16, 2011

Illinois Baseball Team to Host "Senatorist Night"

Given The Hall's home office is in Rockford, Illinois...I will, from time to time, mix in a story or two of local interest.

This is one of those times.

Apparently, the Rockford Foresters, a summer collegiate wood bat team that is part of something called the "Great Plains League", announced Wednesday morning that they'll be hosting “Senatorist Night” this July.

You see, Rockford was one of the Illinois cities where the 14 Wisconsin democratic Senators hid out last month and, honestly, the gimmick is kinda clever.

Here's the skinny courtesy of the Foresters:

As part of Senatorist Night all 14 Wisconsin State Senators, who were once missing, will be invited to each throw out the first pitch at the Rockford Foresters baseball game. Also part of the festivities, all fans with the first names of the missing Senators will get in the game for free. All union members (teachers, contractors, etc) will also get into the game for free if they present their union card. Fans who first or last name is Walker, will be asked to pay their “fair share” of the Senators' ticket prices, which is $86 ($6 average ticket price multiplied by 14 tickets).

“Hosting Senatorist Night on July 16 is a humorous way to invite the once missing Wisconsin State Senators back to Rockford,” said the team's Owner/President Joe Stefani.

Apparently an open letter was sent this morning to the 14 Senators...stay tuned.  You can check out the Foresters online HERE.