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2 weeks ago
C.J. Wilson delivers
September 7, 2014
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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C.J. Wilson delivers

September 7, 2014

Target Field

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Trout goes yard
September 7, 2014
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Trout goes yard

September 7, 2014

Target Field

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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2 weeks ago
Phil: I didn’t want to be like Ernie Banks. I wanted to be Ernie Banks.
Ed: Mr. Cub.
Phil: And it never really dawned on me that he was black. You know?
Ed: Wrist hitter.
Phil: I was, what, seven years old? And he was just Ernie Banks. He was my hero.
Ed: All in the wrists.
Phil: There weren’t any black people in my town. At least, I don’t think there were.
Ed: Mr. Cub.
Phil: It’s 8:00? Jeez, will you look at that? This is really something, huh. Wander in here off the street. I mean, if people would sit down and talk like this more often— 
Ed: Communication. That’s what it’s all about.
From The Brother from Another Planet (1984), written and directed by John Sayles 

Phil: I didn’t want to be like Ernie Banks. I wanted to be Ernie Banks.

Ed: Mr. Cub.

Phil: And it never really dawned on me that he was black. You know?

Ed: Wrist hitter.

Phil: I was, what, seven years old? And he was just Ernie Banks. He was my hero.

Ed: All in the wrists.

Phil: There weren’t any black people in my town. At least, I don’t think there were.

Ed: Mr. Cub.

Phil: It’s 8:00? Jeez, will you look at that? This is really something, huh. Wander in here off the street. I mean, if people would sit down and talk like this more often— 

Ed: Communication. That’s what it’s all about.

From The Brother from Another Planet (1984), written and directed by John Sayles 

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Konerko 
August 16, 2014
US Cellular Field
Chicago, Illinois
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Konerko 

August 16, 2014

US Cellular Field

Chicago, Illinois

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Peralta
September 4, 2014
Miller Park
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Peralta

September 4, 2014

Miller Park

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Span & Werth
September 5, 2014
Nationals Park
Washington, D.C.
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Span & Werth

September 5, 2014

Nationals Park

Washington, D.C.

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Cutch
September 5, 2014
Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois
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Cutch

September 5, 2014

Wrigley Field

Chicago, Illinois

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Alfredo Simon & Devin Mesoraco
September 5, 2014
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Alfredo Simon & Devin Mesoraco

September 5, 2014

Great American Ball Park

Cincinnati, Ohio

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2 weeks ago
"There are things that the front office brings that I can’t and won’t. I just don’t possess the skills. And there are things down there that have got to be [done by the uniformed personnel]. All the good organizations are able to mesh those two things. And both parties feel comfortable with what they bring. I embrace all the numbers and everything. But at some point, [the players are] human beings, too. And the good organizations are able to bridge those two factions.
"We sit in a room and we bang it around. And when we come out of the door with a decision, it’s the organization’s decision. At the end of the day, we make decisions as a group, and I think the players respect that. We know we’re dealing with human beings and we don’t just callously come to a decision. Whether it be scouts, whether it be player development people, whether it be that [coaches] room in there, whether it be everybody upstairs, I think the greatest accolade you can pay a man or woman is to ask their opinion.
"Since I’ve been here, whether it’s me or Dan or [former general manager Andy MacPhail], nobody has [said], ‘This is what we’re doing, and I don’t want to hear about it.’ It’s more, ‘What do you think?’ I don’t know how everybody else does it, but that’s the way we do it. You know if you come to this organization, you’re going to get your opinion asked. And it’s going to matter."
- Buck Showalter
Read the rest: "Showalter has thriving O’s focused on task at hand" (MLB.com)
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"There are things that the front office brings that I can’t and won’t. I just don’t possess the skills. And there are things down there that have got to be [done by the uniformed personnel]. All the good organizations are able to mesh those two things. And both parties feel comfortable with what they bring. I embrace all the numbers and everything. But at some point, [the players are] human beings, too. And the good organizations are able to bridge those two factions.

"We sit in a room and we bang it around. And when we come out of the door with a decision, it’s the organization’s decision. At the end of the day, we make decisions as a group, and I think the players respect that. We know we’re dealing with human beings and we don’t just callously come to a decision. Whether it be scouts, whether it be player development people, whether it be that [coaches] room in there, whether it be everybody upstairs, I think the greatest accolade you can pay a man or woman is to ask their opinion.

"Since I’ve been here, whether it’s me or Dan or [former general manager Andy MacPhail], nobody has [said], ‘This is what we’re doing, and I don’t want to hear about it.’ It’s more, ‘What do you think?’ I don’t know how everybody else does it, but that’s the way we do it. You know if you come to this organization, you’re going to get your opinion asked. And it’s going to matter."

- Buck Showalter

Read the rest: "Showalter has thriving O’s focused on task at hand" (MLB.com)

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From Go, Dog. Go! (1961)

Written and illustrated by P.D. Eastman

From Go, Dog. Go! (1961)

Written and illustrated by P.D. Eastman

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Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena remembered one of his frequent encounters with Ichiro. He was defending first for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Ichiro had just arrived on one of his patented infield hits. Ichiro peered over at Pena and asked, “Que coño tu mira?,” or, “What the hell are you looking at?” Pena clamped his lips together to prevent the laughter from bursting through.
Ichiro says he cannot carry a conversation in Spanish, which he has gradually picked up during his years in baseball. But, contrary to his stoic image, he feels compelled to engage Latin players.
"I feel a bond with them," he said. "We’re all foreigners in a strange land. We’ve come over here and had to cope with some of the same trials and tribulations. When I throw a little Spanish out at them, they really seem to appreciate it and it seems to strengthen that bond. And besides, we don’t really have curse words in Japanese, so I like the fact that the Western languages allow me to say things that I otherwise can’t."
- Brad Lefton (Wall Street Journal)
Read the rest: "Ichiro Suzuki Uncensored, en Español"
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America
h/t @daigofuji

Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena remembered one of his frequent encounters with Ichiro. He was defending first for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Ichiro had just arrived on one of his patented infield hits. Ichiro peered over at Pena and asked, “Que coño tu mira?,” or, “What the hell are you looking at?” Pena clamped his lips together to prevent the laughter from bursting through.

Ichiro says he cannot carry a conversation in Spanish, which he has gradually picked up during his years in baseball. But, contrary to his stoic image, he feels compelled to engage Latin players.

"I feel a bond with them," he said. "We’re all foreigners in a strange land. We’ve come over here and had to cope with some of the same trials and tribulations. When I throw a little Spanish out at them, they really seem to appreciate it and it seems to strengthen that bond. And besides, we don’t really have curse words in Japanese, so I like the fact that the Western languages allow me to say things that I otherwise can’t."

- Brad Lefton (Wall Street Journal)

Read the rest: "Ichiro Suzuki Uncensored, en Español"

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

h/t @daigofuji

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2 weeks ago
Abreu, pre-game
September 3, 2014
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
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Abreu, pre-game

September 3, 2014

Target Field

Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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2 weeks ago
Kennys Vargas goes yard
September 3, 2014
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
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Kennys Vargas goes yard

September 3, 2014

Target Field

Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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2 weeks ago
Alexei Ramirez vs. Trevor May
September 3, 2014
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
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Alexei Ramirez vs. Trevor May

September 3, 2014

Target Field

Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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