Recapping my first ever trip to Fenway Park

Off my bucket list.

I am so happy that I was able to make it out to Fenway Park on Tuesday. Since I went to Cooperstown this weekend to celebrate Pedro Martinez’s induction to the Hall of Fame, it was pretty cool that Tuesday was the day the Red Sox would retire his number. When I found out about it, I switched up some of my original itinerary to go to this specific game.

I had taken a walk along the Boston Freedom Trail all day but I knew this was my highlight. As a baseball junkie, visiting this old park was essential for me. As a kid I was always fascinated with the layout of the park, especially the Green Monster. So after getting off the metro station, I walked over to Yawkey Way. But first, before I even went there I saw the retired numbers all lined up. And right there, was Pedro’s number. I had to take a picture.

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Discover: Hall of Fame Monday Edition

Samuel:

My blog post on the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is featured on the MLB.com blog.

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs:

Craig Biggio,John Smoltz,Randy Johnson,Pedro Martinez

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 was inducted on Sunday, and INSANE SPORTS posted a reaction.

Another Girl with a Sports Blog shared her thoughts on the inductions and what they mean.

Fan Samuel Lam made the trek to Cooperstown and blogs about the experience over at But at the end of the day…

Chris Palmquist saw the enshrinement of some of the biggest names in baseball from his youth as a farewell to his childhood.

MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby writes about Craig Biggio’s Mile High opportunity in his Write ’em Cowboy blog.

Dan Hughes explores John Smoltz’s sudden 1991 transformation into a Hall of Fame pitcher at Baseball Magazine.

Boston fan Bill Zeoli hailed Pedro Martinez as the best pitcher he’s ever seen, and he’s not alone in that belief.

The Yankees might not be the first team you think of when you hear Randy Johnson’s name, but The…

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Day 2 of my trip to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony

The problem with having a clueless millennial help you take a photo is that it’s not straight and it’s vertical. Oh well.

Sunday was the whole reason why I made this trip out to Cooperstown. It was time for the induction ceremony for four players from my generation. I was so excited to make it out there but I was also running on empty in terms of sleep. It took me an hour to get to my lodging area and because the doors to the museum opened up at 7AM for Hall of Fame members (that’s me) I woke up at 5AM to prepare my checkout and drive to the Hall. But one benefit of that was that the parking was easy to find (and free) in the area right next to the Hall.

It rained a little that morning but that wasn’t going to deter me. In fact, I just powered through the rain and made it to the Hall. It has’t changed much since the last time I was here in 2008, but they did have a few new things. One was the removal of the wall of balls from all the no-hitters. The new Hank Aaron exhibit was great. It even included the actual uniform he wore when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record.

There are so many things to see in the museum. The first floor features some cool artifacts from each of the new inductees but the highlight is still the hall of plaques. I didn’t get a chance to walk and look through all of them since I did that the last time I was here. But I did focus a little on some of the plaques that have been put up since 2008. It was an amazing experience just to see these plaques and walk through the halls of legends.

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Day 1 of my trip to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony

What a tremendous day it was for me. I boarded my flight late Friday night, arrived in Detroit, then flew out to Albany. I rented a car and drove an hour to Cooperstown. I arrived around lunch time and the first thing I did was grab a bite from a local cafe. I visited Cooperstown back in 2008 so this is not anything new for me. My whole goal was to witness the induction ceremony. Everything else was a bonus.

Because of such long lines to the museum, I decided to wander around Main Street. The street is filled with baseball memorabilia shops. The last time I was here, I didn’t really give it a good look. This time around, I found some really cool gems. Mickey’s Place is one of my favorite shops but I didn’t discover its existence until after I left my first trip. This time I went there. Since I had already bought so many caps from them online, there was nothing there that I needed. It was still nice to see their stock.

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I’m going to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend

For several years I have been planning a trip back to Cooperstown. I went there in 2008 and wanted to return last year for Frank Thomas. That didn’t work out but this year, I knew I had to make it. I booked everything three months ago and now this weekend I will finally be there.

Just look at that class. Phenomenal! I am a huge Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson fan. John Smoltz was my favorite pitcher from the Braves trio and Craig Biggio was just nails every time. This was my childhood. This is why I love baseball. It’s going to be crazy flying out to Albany tonight and driving all the way out to Cooperstown. But for the induction ceremony, I have to be there.

Then after all that, I will be driving out to Boston to visit Fenway Park on Tuesday for Pedro’s jersey retirement. That’s my first time ever at Fenway. I am really excited for that.

But before that on Monday, I will head out to the Basketball Hall of Fame. This is going to be real exciting to visit this museum. That just leaves the Hockey Hall of Fame as the last one for me to visit.

This is my weekend. I will share as much as I can on social media. I am really excited for this. I think I might go back next year.

 

‘Straight Outta Cooperstown’ hilariously combines rap stars, baseball

Samuel:

This is beautiful and I am in tears.

Originally posted on Fish Tank - Miami Marlins:

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Admittedly, this post has nothing to do with anything currently going on between the lines.

But, doggonit, there are some funny people on the Internets.

The latest must-see trend in the sports world on the Web? Turning rap stars into baseball players. The place to find it? A tumblr page called “Straight Outta Cooperstown.”

Now Cooperstown may be a long way from Compton, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at these seamless Photoshop renderings of rap’s biggest artists onto baseball cards.

To wit, we have Kanye Mack:

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Slick Rickey Henderson:

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Andre Dawson 3000:

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And so many, many more.

The baseballification of some of the artists’ better-known (and largely NSFW) lyrical stylings simply adds to the mystique.

The long and short of it? Get your a– to this tumblr page…

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Oakland A’s pitcher Sonny Gray lets fans decide what jersey he’ll wear for his start

With the A’s starting their second half of the MLB season at home against the Twins, starting pitcher Sonny Gray asked fans on Twitter what jersey he should wear.

Starting pitchers usually get to decide what jersey the team would wear for their starts. The A’s this season have three options for home games: White, gold or green.

The fans responded to Gray on Twitter with the majority siding with gold.

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