I’m very satisfied, happy and, yes, even proud of my performance in the CrossFit Games Open last night. I had never been able to do more than a few double-unders in a row, either in practice or during a WoD. But last night, I was able to string together double-unders ten-plus- and fifteen-or-more-in-a-row consistently for the first time!
Last night’s WoD:
10-minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible)
15 snatches or clean and jerks, 75-lb barbell
I finished four complete rounds plus another 15 double-unders.
I’m already looking forward to next week’s workout!
in the park with the second toughest run-scoring park factor (per Fangraphs) in the entire MLB last season.
To partake in the Padres “Swing for Your Seats" promotion. Whoever hits a home run over the Petco Park outfield wall in fair territory wins a pair of 2014 Padres season tickets in the “Upper Infield” section of Petco Park.
It’s already a win before I’ve even swung!
I will get to walk onto an MLB diamond to step into the batter’s box and take a swing at a live pitch (from a pitching machine)! If I want to I can even take a pitch before taking my cut.
And I plan to take a Herculean cut that will Jose Canseco proud.
(Though I’m considering taking an inside-out swing to take aim at the right field corner, which is just a mere 322 away from home plate).
And after I’ve hit my dinger, you can bet I’ll be making a slow Big Papi-esque trip around the bases.
Ralph Kiner, baseball Hall of Famer, died today in his California home at the age of 91. I grew up listening to and watching Ralph Kiner, the Mets television broadcaster and host of Kiner’s Korner, the Mets postgame wrap-up show.
I think I would have enjoyed watching Ralph Kiner the ballplayer too.
Photo credits: Top: photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Daily News 2nd Row Left: photo by Associated Press 2nd Row Right: Kiner catches a Ted Williams flyball in the bottom of the 3rd inning at the 1950 All-Star Game 3rd Row Left: Kiner’s final Spring Training camp with the Indians in 1955 3rd Row Right: photo by Hy Peskin Bottom: boblemke.blogspot.com/2012/12/ballplayers-babes-ralph-kiner.html
I have always been a fan of the Winter Olympics. The events were so much more exciting and different! The summer games were just running, gymnastics and basketball. Yawn. But the winter olympics? You could win a medal by sweeping a broom, or by riding in a sled down a twisting ice course, or by stopping to shoot at targets after trekking through the woods on cross-country skis, or by launching yourself off a ridiculously steep and tall ski ramp!
i was captivated by Dorothy Hamill in 1976, heartbroken for Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner in 1980, and loud and patriotically proud for the US hockey team in 1980. I mimicked Phil Mahre on the slopes and Eric Heiden on the ice.
I don’t know who the medal contenders are, or what story lines to watch, but I do know this…
I will be watching the Winter Olympic Games at Sochi whenever I can.
Photo Credits: Top: Eric Heiden, by Tony Duffy/Getty Middle Left: Jim Craig Middle Right: Phil Mahre Bottom Left: Dorothy Hamill Bottom Right: Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner
The first Filipino to secure a spot in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is the now 16-year old Michael Christian Martinez. In this performance from the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Japan, Martinez became the first Filipino to also successfully execute a triple axel jump in competition (look for that jump to become a quadruple axel as he matures). He also concludes his performance with a Biellmann spin!
Congratulations to Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas, who this summer will join fellow electees Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre to form arguably one of the greatest classes ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Photo Credits: Top Left - Tom Glavine, photo by AJC.com Top Middle - Greg Maddux, photo by USA Today Sports Top Right - Frank Thomas, photo by Getty Images Bottom Left - Bobby Cox, photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images Bottom Middle - Tony LaRussa, photo by Michael McNamara/Sporting News Archives Bottom Right - Joe Torre, photo by Getty Images
Greg Maddux will not become the first unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame, because Dodgers beat reporter and MLB.com writer Ken Gurnick submitted a ballot with just one candidate’s name - Jack Morris. Here is Gurnick’s idiotic explanation for his ballot:
Morris has flaws — a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace performance that included three 20-win seasons, Cy Young Award votes in seven seasons and Most Valuable Player votes in five. As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them.
There are so many things wrong about Gurnick’s reasoning that it’s easy to lambast him. Let’s start with this, as NBCsports.com writer Craig Calcaterra notes, Jack Morris won 131 of his 254 career wins after 1986, when Jose Canseco won the Rookie of the Year award. That’s 51.6% of his wins during the “period of PED use.” By Gurnick’s own flawed logic, he shouldn’t have even voted for Morris!
Maybe Gurnick only remembered Maddux’s two brief stays with the Dodgers, which were still pretty good (19 starts, 8-7 record, 112 ERA+, 1.111 WHIP).
BBWAA heal thyself. Take away Ken Gurnick’s HoF voting privileges. He clearly is incapable of handling the responsibility.