Thirty-two years ago, the New York Mets released their official theme song for their run to the 1986 World Series, Let’s Go Mets. The video for the song included Mets players, bobbleheads, and Joe Piscopo, among others. The song itself became a gold record and the video went triple platinum. Of course, let’s not forget it was the follow-up to their first non-award winning tune, Get Metsmerized.
Matthew Crownover of the Potomac Nationals threw the first no-hitter in P-Nats history last night! The P-Nats won the game 7-0. Check out the video below.
Congrats, P-Nats, congrats, Matthew!
Cal Ripken in 2007, photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia
Cal Ripken, Jr., turned 58 yesterday. In his 21 years as an Oriole, Cal amassed a lot of games, hits, and runs. Here are just a few of his MLB stats:
- Number of teams played for: 1
- Consecutive games played: 2,632
- Total games played: 3,001
- At bats: 11,551
- Hits: 3,184
- Doubles: 603
- Triples: 44
- Home runs: 431
- Walks: 1,129
- Intentional walks: 107
- RBIs: 1,695
- Double plays: 1,682
- Stolen bases: 36
- Strikeouts: 70
- Caught stealing: 39
- All-star games: 19 (every year, 1983 to 2001)
- All-star game MVP awards: 2
- American League MVP awards: 2
- Silver Slugger awards: 8
- Lifetime batting average: .276
Cal also spent four years in the minor leagues playing for the Bluefield Orioles (1978), the Miami Orioles (1979), the Charlotte Orioles (1979-80), and the Rochester Red Wings (1981). He played 443 games as a minor leaguer, with 1,652 at bats, 463 hits, and 56 home runs. His batting average in the minors was .280.
Happy Birthday, Cal!
In yesterday’s post, I noted that Youppi!, former mascot of the Montreal Expos, made history 29 years ago when he became the first MLB mascot to be thrown out of game. Here’s the footage:
Youppi! (Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia)
On August 23, 1989, the Montreal Expos’ mascot, Youppi!, became the first MLB mascot to be ejected from a game. In the 11th inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Youppi! leapt on top of the visiting team’s dugout, landing noisily and annoying Tommy Lasorda. Lasorda complained to the umpires who ejected Youppi!
Youppi! (whose name is French for “yippee!”) was allowed to return to the game later, but was confined to the home team dugout. The Expos eventually lost the game 1-0 in the 22nd inning.
Youppi’s MLB career came to an end when the team relocated to Washington, DC, for the 2005 season. However, Youppi! continued his career with Montreal Canadiens where he has been the mascot since 2005. Youppi! is the only mascot to sign with two teams in different major sports leagues.
On Monday, Touki Toussaint made his Major League debut. He struck out four batters and got the win. Just last month, Toussaint had appeared in the All-Star Futures Game. Congrats, Touki!
Baseball and the rest of the planet mourned the lost of Aretha Franklin yesterday.
In 2013, Willie Horton accepted the Beacon of Change Award on behalf of Aretha Franklin. Check out his speech below:
Happy Friday –
Aretha Franklin passed away earlier today in her home in Detroit. The Queen of Soul sang the National Anthem at not one, but two World Series, and gave us this amazing version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame:”
In 2013, Aretha Franklin was awarded the Beacon of Change Award by Major League Baseball.
Thank you for your contributions to the world and, especially, to baseball – may you rest in peace, Ms. Franklin.
On this date in 1975, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver got ejected twice – during both games of a double header – by umpire Ron Luciano. Throughout his MLB career, Weaver was ejected around 100 times. His double header ejections on August 15, 1975, was just one of three times he got ejected twice in one day.
Classic arguments and antics by managers such as Weaver really don’t happen any more – which I kind of miss. Sure, they were often a bit too much, but they could also be rather entertaining. What do you think?
The best of the week: Adam Jones (again) and Cedric Mullins.
On Friday, one of my favorite former Bowie Baysox made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles. Cedric Mullins started in center field with Adam Jones moving to right. Jones marked the event by insisting Mullins be the first on the field to begin the game:
In Mullins’ first at-bat, he hit a double:
Mullins would end up with three hits in his MLB debut – the first Orioles player ever to do so. For his part, Jones responded to the focus on him:
And this is why everyone loves Adam Jones!