Make Baseball Fun Again

Baseball fans were treated to an October playoff game in March as the Dominican Republic came back from five runs down in sixth inning to beat the United States seven to five in the World Baseball Classic.

Besides the classic comeback, there was something else I noticed that made the game even more special. It was the passion of the Dominican Republic fans before, during, and after the game.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports expressed this an article last night,  “(the passion) was evident Saturday night, when the largest crowd ever to see a baseball game at Marlins Park came equipped with hundreds of literal Banderas Dominicanas and drums and horns and whistles and the spirit of a tiny, poor, proud island nation ready to topple the one that created the game.”

All sorts of rules are being considered to speed up baseball games to appeal to younger fans.  Runners placed on second in extra innings, fewer pitching changes, and other rules would speed up a game, but maybe Major League Baseball should think in a different direction.

Imagine coming to Dodger Stadium with horns, drums, and whistles. cropped-dodgerstadiumbanner.jpg

Imagine celebrations of homers like Manny Machado, Nelson Cruz, and Starling Marte’s where the entire bench welcomed them at home plate.

Now imagine security taking away the horns, drums, and whistles upon entering the stadium since they would ruin the experience of other fans. Imagine MLB pitchers beaning the next batter for a home run celebration for showing them up, an unwritten rule of the game.

Baseball needs more bat flips from Jose Bautista and Yasiel Puig. Baseball needs more fans breaking into loud songs in unison.

Baseball is fun already for true fans, but it could try to be even more fun for future fans.

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Mary Nutter Softball Collegiate Classic Day 1 Results

Rain was supposed to wash away most of the softball games Friday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, but it held off long enough for fans to be treated to some epic softball battles. ucla-softball_0006

UCLA had two of the more exciting games yesterday as they beat Cal Poly 3-1 and Central Florida 1-0.

Oregon went 2-0 as well with victories over Kentucky and Kent State.  Each of those victories were decided by one run.

Other results from softball games yesterday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic:

UC Davis    1        vs      Kentucky    4

UCF            2       vs      Cal Poly      1

Liberty        8       vs      LMU  10

Oregon      5       vs      Kentucky    4

UCLA 3       vs      Cal Poly      1

Liberty        0       vs      UC Davis    3

Oregon       4      vs      Kent State 3

Cal             2       vs      Illinois         1

UCLA 1        vs      UCF   0

Make sure to check out Flosports for continuing coverage from the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City.

 

 

Colonials Capture California Winter League Title

Two Palm Springs teams were in the final four of the California Winter League playoffs only to be beaten by the same team.

The fourth seeded New York Colonials upset both teams and won the California Winter League championship by beating the Palm Springs Chill 10-3.

This game was essentially over after two innings. The Colonials jumped out to a 9-0 lead going into the bottom of the 2nd.

Edgar Lebron Jr. started the onslaught with a triple to drive in two.  Lebron ended the day with four RBIs.
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Palm Springs got runners in scoring position in the first three innings, but could not get the key hit to create a long rally to put them back into the game.

The Chill cut the lead to 9-3 and Dakota Freese kept the Colonials off the board with a strong relief appearance fanning five in his three innings of pitching.

But Colonials pitcher Dylan Thompson was even more impressive. He went six strong innings only giving up one earned run to earn the victory.

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Other Winners from Game 7

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After the World Series, I thought about a few things beyond the historic win for the Cubs and the heart break the Indians must be feeling.

554px-chicago_cubs_cap_insignia-svg1. From a business point of view, Fox scored a huge victory with a 25.2 rating.
2. Major League Baseball can use that 25.2 rating when they negotiate a new television deal.

3. Youth baseball scored a victory because many young fans were created last night with all of the twists and turns. How many kids now want to be Anthony Rizzo, Chris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, or one of the other players?

Week 10 Friday Night Lights

Big games with playoff implications Friday night in the Coachella Valley. Follow the link below to see all of the highlights on the Best Local Sports Show with Blake Arthur and Cody Krupp.

Week 10 HS football scores & highlights

Thursday:
La Quinta – 63 @ Indio – 0

Friday:
Joshua Springs – 54 @ Desert Christian – 14

Rancho Mirage – 52 @ Desert Mirage – 8

Xavier Prep – 28 @ Palm Springs – 56

Palm Desert – 20 @ Cathedral City – 13

Coachella Valley – 30 @ 29 Palms – 47

Yucca Valley – 13 @ Desert Hot Springs – 6

 

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Week 9 High School Football Highlights

The Best Local Sports Show has all of the highlights of high school football games throughout the Coachella Valley. Click the link below to check out them out.

Best Local Sports Show- Week 9 Scores and Highlights

Rancho Mirage – 37 @ Yucca Valley – 14

Desert Hot Springs – 6 @ Coachella Valley – 43

Desert Mirage – 6 @ 29 Palms – 49

La Quinta – 35 @ Palm Desert – 7

Palm Springs – 13 @ Shadow Hills – 12

Cathedral City – 34 @ Indio – 7

 

Bloomington Christian – 6 @ Joshua Springs – 52

University Careers & Sports Academy – 38 @ Desert Chapel – 20

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All Star Game leads to Chargers Stadium?

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San Diego hosted the Major League Baseball All Star Game earlier in the week and by all accounts, the fans loved coming to San Diego for the game.Standup

With the San Diego Chargers trying to get a football stadium downtown next to Petco Park, could the success of this All Star Game be a catalyst to a downtown San Diego Chargers stadium?

Cody Krupp and I asked the fans what they thought about the All Star Game events in San Diego.

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Canadian Controversy at the All Star Game

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A member of the musical group The Tenors altered the Canadian National Anthem and held up a sign that said “All Lives Matter”.

Fox decided not to air the song due to the political statement, but it did air in some parts of Canada causing controversy.

Below is a portion of the national anthem with a close up of the sign.

The Tenors released a statement later condemning band member Remigio Pereira as the culprit of the controversy.