Who Has the Best Facial Hair in Baseball History? Our friends at smithsonianmag always ask the important questions.
Never got over Dave Martinez leaving.
JACK WHITE HAVING FUN
Farewell To The Captain
Happy to share with you my debut over at Rolling Stone, in what will be a pretty regular column (hopefully) called Flagrant 2. The culture section at their site is doing some exciting stuff lately, and I’m proud to be part of it.
Today, I wrote about the MLB All-Star game last night, and specifically, how it was a farewell to Yankees legend Derek Jeter. Yes, there are references to gift baskets and the infamous YEAH JEETS! story, because you can’t tell the entire Jeter story without those elements.
You can read the entire piece here, excerpt is below. Enjoy.
Jeter’s accomplishments are well known. He’s a five-time World Series champion, a 14-time All-Star, he won the Rookie of the Year in 1996 and the World Series MVP in 2000. As part of the “Core Four” along with Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, Jeter will go down in Yankees lore as one of the best to put on the uniform.
Baseball may be American’s national pastime, but these days it’s the only reason you’re still up past your bedtime. Ratings are declining and the sport is losing the younger demographic. But what MLB will always have is its appreciation for history, and that’s more important to infrastructure of baseball than anything else. On Tuesday, it was on full display as they bid farewell to number two, Derek Jeter.
Yep, Nats logo beard.
(Care of @sbnation)
There must be one afternoon game every day of the week starting after the All-Star Break.
Taste of your own medicine?
The Hirsute Derby: Baseball’s best beards
If ever there was a mismatch between sponsor and event, it was Gillette and anything related to baseball’s all-star festivities this week. The wire services on Monday filed many photographs of major league baseball players shaving with Gillette’s assuredly capable products.
It’s mostly a losing battle, getting ballplayers to shave nowadays. The accompanying graphic is proof.
The many crimes of Mel Hall: He was a flamboyant player, a charismatic coach, and a sexual predator -
He was a flamboyant player, a charismatic coach, and a sexual predator.
This is an incredible piece. Obivously full of trigger warnings.
I know that MLBO is rather light-hearted most of the time but this is so important it should be read.
Things to Do During the All-Star Break….
Go to Netflix Streaming and watch The Battered Bastards of Baseball.
Brilliant documentary that tells the story of Class A independent minor league team the Portland (OR) Mavericks. So well done. You will not waste any of the hour and nineteen minutes.
Oh, and if anyone wants to star making Portalnd Mavericks hats I would buy one.
(Team photo….which is just wonderful….is courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, which somehow gets to wordmark it even though it’s from the film.)
All-Star Game hats.
Some look great. (Twins, Blue Jays, Pirates, Mariners, Orioles)
Others look terrible. (Diamondbacks, Braves, Marlins, Reds, Rangers)
Modeled after the Twins’ 70s-era batting helmets.
Also…who starts an alphabetical list from the bottom right?
Prince Fielder, sweet swing.
Hey, an out is an out.
Strength. Honor. Courage.
Photo: New York Daily News