Category Archives: MLB

Mission Impossible: Accomplished

By: Tim Van Duyne

My beloved Chicago Cubs made it back to the NLCS for the first time since 2003 (we all know what happened then). The problem for me was the timing of game one. I broadcast all of Illinois State’s volleyball games as a part of my graduate assistantship, and the Redbirds were playing Southern Illinois at the very same time the Cubs and Mets were playing at Citi Field in New York.

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Quit Hating! Baseball Deserves to Celebrate

By: Tim Van Duyne

The MLB playoffs started in grand fashion Tuesday night. The Kansas City Royals – a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 1985– won a marathon game against the Oakland A’s overcoming a four-run deficit in the 8th inning to force extras. Then trailing by one run in the 12th inning, the Royals plated two runners and walked off in front their raucous Kansas City crowd. They promptly party their collective asses off.

Of course people have a problem with this. Lately I’ve heard people grumbling about how baseball teams celebrate too much. They celebrate a pennant. They celebrate a wild card. They celebrate after a divisional series win. They celebrate a league series win. Blah blah blah. Continue reading

Theo and Jed work their magic, again



By: Tim Van Duyne

It’s been rumored all season long that the Chicago Cubs were going to move its ace pitcher in Jeff Samardzija. He was the Cubs biggest and most impressive piece to move, and Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, and Cubs’ GM, Jed Hoyer, got the job done. Continue reading

Yoenis Cespedes Makes Throw of the Century

By: Tim Van Duyne

In a 1-1 game in the 8th inning between the Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night, slugger Mike Trout ripped a line drive into left field with Howie Kendrick on first barreling around the bases. The A’s young phenom, left-fielder Yoenis Cespedes needed to make a good throw to prevent Kendrick from making it from first to third on the hit.  Continue reading