Baseballers brawl in Australia, Florida scarcely involved

The following points represent entirely reasonable justifications for posting to a site devoted to Florida baseball, video of a brawl which took place in the Australian Baseball League:

  1. The base runner rounding third base, Patrick Leonard, is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization.  He was acquired from the Royals as part of the James Shields/Wil Myers trade.  Also, Mr. Leonard was a two-time Florida All-State selection in high school.
  2. Catcher Daniel Arribas, a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, played in the Gulf Coast League in 2013.  Also, Mr. Arribas was born in Miami.
  3. During this one episode of 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin’s character refers to the state of Florida as “the Australia of the United States”.
  4. When it’s not calling your mom late at night to make sexy plans for even later that night, the BBB is in the business of acquiring hot internet clicks, and posting baseball fight videos is a means to that end.

H/T: CBS Eye on Baseball and Big League Stew

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On-sale dates for 2014 spring training tickets

Happy New Year, everyone.  Now that last night’s distilled spirits have frightened away the sugarplum fairies in your head, it’s time to turn your attention to spring training.  Thanks to the good folks at SpringTrainingOnline.com and their informative email newsletter, we have below the on-sale dates for individual Grapefruit League spring training tickets. 

The BBB made one update to the list, however.  The Pittsburgh Pirates offer an “Early Bird Presale Opportunity”, which simply means the tickets go on sale three days earlier, at an additional cost of five dollars.

Because the teams’ websites are remarkably inconsistent in terms of where to click to get spring training ticket information, the BBB did most of the heavy lifting for you.  So that you may more easily give your money away to athletic millionaires and the billionaires to whom they are beholden, each link below will take you to a page that reasonably approximates where you can purchase tickets.  Not every teams’ page provides the on-sale dates listed below, but we must assume SpringTrainingOnline.com has at its disposal secret connections providing that information.

Atlanta Braves: Now
Boston Red Sox: Now
Toronto Blue Jays: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m.
Philadelphia Phillies: Thursday, January 9, 9 a.m.
New York Yankees: Friday, January 10, 10 a.m.
Detroit Tigers: Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. ET
Miami Marlins: Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. ET
Minnesota Twins: Saturday, January 11, 8 a.m. CST
St. Louis Cardinals: Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. ET
New York Mets: Saturday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Saturday, January 25, at 10 a.m. (Presale: Wednesday, January 22 at 9 a.m. ET until Friday, January 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.)
Baltimore Orioles: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Houston Astros: January (date unspecified)
Tampa Bay Rays: January (date unspecified)
Washington Nationals: Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. ET

Here is a 2014 master schedule for the Grapefruit League, also provided by SpringTrainingOnline.com.

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My Found Memento

foul ballI imagine in times past, bruising men of awesome physical prowess did unfriendly battle to the sounds of metal clanked, flesh ripped, and groans sorrowed.  I imagine implements of war negotiated the redistribution of fragrant lands and tawny buxom women.  I imagine after such skirmishes, locals scoured the battlefield, littered with future artifacts and present suffering, in search of sanguine trinkets to prove they had witnessed a mighty clash of opposing wills.

spib logoOne thing I did not imagine, today in St. Petersburg, during action between the Netherlands and the Pittsburgh Pirates split squad, was a seamed and spinning orb originating at home plate and cutting a parabolic path ending just above the Al Lang Field press box.  Ball met wall, then dropped at my feet, conspiring with gravity to narrowly miss the clutch of my proven and outstretched fingers.

I also did not imagine Michael McKenry bludgeon a ball over the outfield wall.  Nor did I imagine Robbie Grossman knocking a lead-off triple to deep left field.  Then I, with my found memento, drove home to tell the tale.

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