No-hitters are still special even though they’ve become too frequent

Baseball is a children’s game and celebrations like these are priceless.

Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Major League Baseball has had 17 no-hitters, including the one thrown by Homer Bailey tonight.

In this day and age, no-hitters are much more frequent. But it still is a beautiful thing to see. I enjoy it more when the celebration following is just so joyful. The hugs, the pies, the Gatorade showers. Those are the things that really make these things fun.

Despite power numbers growing and hitters getting smarter, it’s still a pitcher’s game and this is why the dominance has continued in these past few seasons. And every time I see it, it’s pretty fun and brings me back to the joys of this beautiful game.

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Pacers to wear black jersey with sleeves for summer league

This looks like a terrible idea.

That’s right. The roll out of teams wearing sleeve jerseys have begun. The Warriors wore them and they were unnecessary. Five other teams will wear them during the season and apparently the Indiana Pacers will wear a version of it for the summer league.

Black is not part of their color scheme, but of course they wear that. And oh, the boring T-shirt looking design doesn’t look professional. Yeah, great job Adidas.

Here is the white version, which isn’t any better.

This doesn’t mean the Pacers will adopt it for the regular season, but I guess with this fad, it’s starting to spread like some bad disease.

Guess who’s thrilled about it.

What’s your preference: Autograph or photo?

Josh Donaldson’s autograph.

This past weekend I got a chance to get an autograph from Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson. Due to the amount of people lining up, there was no time for photos. A quick chat and a signed item was all I could get. I did shake his hand though.

It took me back a few years ago when the same thing happened. There was a huge line to meet Rickey Henderson. I was given the option to either take a photo with him or get an autograph. I opted for the autograph, but unfortunately I could only get a small placard of his face signed. In hindsight, the photo would have been better.

Which one is the better choice? I guess it really depends on who you are but these days, I’ve been leaning towards the photo. It’s personalized and in a way, it’s kind of proof that I was there for the specific event. Autographs are nice and hold more value, but in reality, the photo holds more memories.

I’ve been to enough sporting events on and off the field where I had the choice for either. Sometimes I go for the autograph just because a photo is too hard. But if a photo can be obtained, I forego the autograph to ensure I get the picture with the athlete. Plus I have frames at home that need to be used.

What do you prefer: the photo or the autograph?

Where Are They Now? – The Sandlot

When my copy of SI comes in, I am reading this!

Inside Sports Illustrated

sandlotTwenty years ago nine kids took to a makeshift diamond to tell a story about baseball and capture the essence of youth in 1962. Two decades later, the actors from The Sandlot have scattered professionally and geographically, but some remain close and all are connected by the same experience and the same iconic line: “You’re killing me Smalls!” SI writer Matt Gagne takes a look at what the actors who played the nine main characters have been up to since the movie came out – from acting and playing poker to saving lives and running a pizza shop.

Patrick Renna – Ham:

Known as the pudgy, freckled-faced kid who spoke the infamous line, “You’re killing me Smalls,” Patrick Renna discusses his post-Sandlot athletic success from mastering slow-pitch softball to earning a hole-in-one during a difficult shot at a California golf course last July. The 34-year-old Renna, who is married…

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