Sacramento River Cats end affiliation with Oakland Athletics and Twitter explodes with anger

The Sacramento River Cats are ending their ties with the Oakland Athletics. The Triple-A team had been with the A’s for 15 years. It is believed that the popularity of the San Francisco Giants and their fan base would be better than what the current situation is with the A’s, despite the already high attendance numbers.

So in essence, this was a move by the River Cats to jump on the Giants bandwagon and abandon the A’s. At least, that’s how some people on Twitter are in reacting to this news. Some of the language is NSFW.

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MLB honors 9/11 victims with inconsistent patches again

Last season I wrote about the 9/11 flag patches MLB has every player wear to honor the victims of the day. MLB is doing it again and it once again shows that the caps the players are wearing are not the same ones you can buy online.

Minnesota Twins just placed the flag patch over the All-Star Game patch.

Notice the flag patch here. It’s clearly just glued on over the Twins’ All-Star Game patch. Different from what the online shop is saying they are wearing. Also, the location of the patch is on the first side panel, placed in front of the ear.

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The art of ballhawking: How to get a baseball during batting practice and the game

I am no professional when it comes to ballhawking. In fact, there are studies out there that you can look up. But since I am terrible with math, I will tell you about how I do it.

In the last five games in which I attended the game early for batting practice, I have gotten four balls. None of these balls have come by catching it. But catching a ball is still the ideal way to get a ball. Positioning yourself in a spot in the outfield where you can easily move around is the best bet.

But other than that, here are some tips about how to ballhawk (from my experience):

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The Angels’ encouragement of the #LightWave on the Athletics is pretty pathetic

Last night, the Angels encouraged their fans to do a #LightWave during the game.

What is that? Apparently it’s asking fans to use their lights on their phones to distract the opposing batter. It happened last night when Stephen Vogt was at the plate with the bases loaded. And fans followed through on that. It started last month and it’s just silly.

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The Braves and their poor usage of the hashtag #ThePenIsMightier

What a very unfortunate hashtag.

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The Braves-Athletics 1914 throwbacks this upcoming weekend looks promising

I love throwback games. And when they are done right, they are a great sight to behold. In fact, this could be a very visually-pleasing affair. I’m all for it!

Tampa Bay Rays are ashamed of their Devil Rays past

The Tampa Bay Rays used to be known as the Devil Rays. They dropped the “Devil” part of their name in 2008. That’s fine. It’s been a while since anyone has referred to them as that.

But today they are playing a throwback-themed game against the Cubs. They are wearing their fauxbacks since they have no history before the the late 1990s. And the Cubs went to celebrate the throwback occasion by bringing out an old Tampa Bay flag. The Rays didn’t like it.

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