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All-Star Game, The House That Ruth Built, & A $328,000 Sweat-Stained Cap

It’s All-Star week.  Josh Hamilton placed second in the Home Run Derby, but ended up becoming a hero.  And “The House That Ruth Built” is now coming to an end and is the home for the 2008 All-Star Game.  What mythic stories will be on display on such a historic night?  Will the National League get a win?  Will the American League continue their dominance?

This dramatic photograph was taken on June 13, 1948, at Yankee Stadium (the house
that Ruth built). It was the 25th anniversary of the stadium and the day the Babe’s
number was retired. Ruth, thin and frail as a result of a long illness, emerged from the
dugout into “the caldron of sound he must have known better than any other man.”
Everyone knew then, as he must have known himself, that The Babe had worn his old
uniform for the last time. He died only two months later on August 16, 1948. The
famed number 3 will never again be worn by a Yankee player. The Babe Bows Out
won a Pulitzer Prize for photographer Nat Fein. This magnificent photograph
is featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institute.
[Historical Documents In United States History]

Either way, it’s definitely a game that I will be watching and a game that I wished I was there to see and experience.  Baseball just has that mystique for me that’s just pure Americana.  As a kid living in the Philippines, I was always in love with American culture; and baseball just represents everything about what is great and wonderful about America.  It’s solely my personal opinion, as I have elevated the sport of baseball to mythic proportions.

Unlike other sports, baseball is a slow, methodical game that could at any moment explode into a frenzy.  I have always pictured the world as a baseball game, where opposing teams/viewpoints get their chances/opinions heard.  But instead of nine innings, the “game” continues on indefinitely.  There are always winners and losers, and there are times when the losers get to bask in the glory of that perfect hit or that immaculate pitch.

You can pretty much say the same thing with any other sports.  But, to me, baseball is basically The Perfect Sport…

Speaking of the mystique and myths of baseball, a person who wished to remain anonymous, had purchased Babe Ruth’s cap for $328,000.  It’s definitely an obscene amount of money, but I can’t help but empathize as to why someone would do that.  Sure such a person could spend such money on much generous ways, but it is his/her money, and who am I to criticize him/her?  But this only shows how human beings place personal values on what otherwise is really nothing but a sweat-stained cap.  To the buyer, it means a lot more than that.  It is a piece of myth, a legendary artifact, and a moment of history from the gods.

Sidney Ponson: Yankees Starter

Whoa.  Sidney Ponson’s starting tonight in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Mets.  And who is he starting for?  That’s right.  The New York Yankees.  Hells, yeah.  Another hottie pitcher for my team.  Unfortunately, Mr. Ponson has slimmed down a bit and had grown that dreaded mullet.  He is definitely way woofier with a shaven head.  Anyway, you guys can decide for yourself if my mullet-hating ways is justified.

Mr. Ponson, yes, that’s a good pose right there…

…And, yes, turn around for the camera.  Good job!

You see?  Perfection.  Isn’t it?  Now, look at the new look:

Mr. Ponson, I think you broke my camera with your 100 mph mullet.

Oh, yeah.  Sweat and nipplage action.  😉

Call me strange, but I tend to get excited when a pitcher starts to sweat profusely, especially when he’s about to blow lose a game.  Something about his “defeated” expressions that seem to border on my bondage fetish of sorts.  Here’s Sidney, sweating it up.  Good news for me, bad news for the Orioles fans.

Finally here are some artifacts of the chubbier Sidney Ponson…

Joba Chamberlain & Brian Leckner: Attacked By Bugs!

One of the reasons why Joba caught my fancy was the fact that he resembles a tall and beefy bear that I’ve been stalking following through the years: Brian Leckner.

You can currently find him as the “losing” contestant in that Round-Up commercial as he’s using an old-fashioned weed-killing pump instead of the easy-to-use Round-Up weed killer spray.*  (If anybody could find that commercial, that would be cool.)

* Round-Up, make sure to send the check to..

Here’s a collage of him in the film, Mimic 2.  He played a stalking (how’s that for irony) ex-boyfriend who later becomes a victim of the titular mutated insects.  It’s not really a spoiler because this collage is basically the only screen time he has in the film.

And to stick with the theme of pesticides and insecticides…

Joba Chamberlain was also a victim of a swarm of insects during Game 2 of the AL Divisional Series at Jacobs Field on October 5, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Upon closer look, these insects appear to be the Chironomus plumosus.  And upon even closer look, these Chironomus plumosus were led by a…

Seriously though, check out this article about that famous/weirdest moment in baseball.  Specifically, this erotically-charged paragraph (and the emphasis is all mine):

And for some strange reason they feasted on Chamberlain, the beefy right-hander who helplessly stood on the rubber struggling to see Posada’s target as the tiny pests buzzed around his head. As some of them stuck to his muscular, sweaty neck and back, Chamberlain came unhinged.

From: ABC News – Bugs Bite Into Yankees Postseason

Damn.  How hot was that?!

Who knew that these Sports Writers are also passionate BearFic writers?  😉

And, finally, here’s a video of Joba talking about his experience about the Cleveland Bugs…

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Joba And The Padres

Two days ago, Joba gave up one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings in his fourth start.  Not bad at all.  He didn’t get the win, but it helped the Yankees get their 7th straight win.

Here are some photos from that game, courtesy of ESPN.com.

Joba introduces to Adrian Gonzalez his third ball

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Joba Chamberlain: “Joba Like It’s Hot”

Yeah, yeah. I’m a fan of the Evil Empire.  But let’s put down our differences for a moment, and appreciate the fact that the Yankees currently has one of the cutest (yeah, I said, “cutest”) baseball pitchers right now: Joba Chamberlain.

In a couple of hours, he’s playing his third start of the season against the hot-hitting Houston Astros.  He didn’t pitch too good in his first start, but showed promise and control in his second start.  Will he quiet the Astros’ bats tonight?  If I’m a betting man, I’m putting money that Joba will mature into a woofy bear, just like Bob Wickman…  Lol.  What did you think?  I’m putting money on the Yankees?  Well, I do live in Las Vegas…  -_^

Apparently, we won’t be seeing too much of this excited Joba as the sports
media consider his emotional outbursts to be unprofessional and excessive.
What a shame.