Saturday, August 14, 2021

Sports this 'n' that

Major League Baseball and Fox began what they're hoping is a new tradition Thursday night.

32 years after "Field of Dreams", MLB brought an actual game to a small town in Iowa, where the movie was set. "Dreams" star Kevin Costner was on hand. Co-star James Earl Jones was heard, but not seen, narrating a video piece before the game started.

When it was over, the homestanding Chicago White Sox, leaders in the AL Central, defeated the Yankees. Here's the highlights. This was insane.

The teams were given Friday off to rest, and will resume the series today in Chicago.
12 years after an anonymous Phillies fan used a laser pointer to distract St. Louis Cardinals batters at Citizens Bank Park, some drunken idiot decided to do the same thing at Citi Field during Mets-Dodgers on Friday.

In the 9th, with the game tied at 4-4, the Dodgers' Max Muncy called timeout after a green laser light shone in his face. The umps couldn't find the peabrained perp any more than they could in Philly in 2009, at least on camera.

Los Angeles went on to win the game in the 10th inning, 6-5.

Just watch. Prior to tonight's game, they'll be checking for laser pointers as fans walk through the turnstiles at Citi Field. With the loss, the Mets fall back to 3rd place, a half game behind Atlanta & Philadelphia, who are tied for first in the NL East.

Don't these morons realize that you're risking harm to the players by doing this? Well, I did say the guy was drunk.......!
With Mets-Dodgers inexplicably not airing locally (more on that in a moment) despite airing on WPIX in NYC, ye scribe wanted to watch the Bills-Lions game. Satellite feed from Detroit to Bills network affiliates fell victim to turbulence back at home. Game was blacked out on NFL Network due to league blackout rules, and, oddly, while the defending AFC East champs are in Western NY, they're considered our team in the 518 (same goes for the NHL Sabres, also owned by the Pegulas). Titans-Falcons didn't interest me, and after picking up a link online to watch Mets-Dodgers via SNY's website, the TV was shut off for the night.
As the regional tournaments in the Little League World Series are winding down, Jonathan Vogel of Hamilton, Ohio, pitched a no-hitter, as West Side Little League, representing Hamilton, crushed a team from Hinsdale, Illinois, 12-0, in a game shortened to 5 innings via mercy rule.

This year's LLWS is an all-American affair, as international teams still cannot play due to COVID. The 16 team field will be split into two divisions named for recently deceased Hall of Famers Tom Seaver & Hank Aaron. World Series play begins Monday at the earliest.

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