2010 Little League World Series – Day 2

August 22, 2010 by  
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Scenes from 2010 Little League World Series

This week is Rays‘ week with our podcast featuring the Tampa Bay Rays being released on Friday, August 27th.  This podcast will also cover the 2010 Little League World Series.  Ed Kasputis and Mark Rantala attended this event of Saturday, August 21st and they’ll be giving their insight during our next podcast. The Wise Guys also attended Day 2 of the Series and we’ll get their kid perspective about this grand event.

This is the 64th year of the Little League World Series.  The first Little League World Series took place in 1947.

This year, more than 7,000 teams started the tournament.  The United States had approximately 6,500 of those teams.  Sixteen teams make it to the Little League World Series.  Eight are from the United States and eight are from abroad.

“Every Baseball PhD needs to come to this event” said Ed Kasputis.  “There is no charge for parking or tickets and it’s pure baseball heaven.  I can’t believe that these kids are 11 and 12.  They play like little big leaguers already.  What I would give to be 12 again!”

Hope from Hawaii

Little League World Series video game

San Diego Padres

July 15, 2010 by  
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Episode 21 - San Diego Padres

Ed, Farley and Mark are in America’s Finest City, San Diego.  Our PhD Committee explores all things San Diego.  Ed then gets wisdom from James D. Smith III as he learns about the Padres and the importance of having a hobby.  Ed then interviews Brad Horn from the Baseball Hall of Fame as it prepares for its annual Hall of Fame Weekend which will take place from July 23 – 26.  The Wise Guys get back to the future as they battle it out with a baseball history quiz and ponder what would have happened had Ray Kroc not saved the Padres from moving in 1974.  At the end of the podcast, our PhD Committee salutes San Diego Bay and heads north toward Hollywood.  Next week is Dodgers‘ week, think blue.

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Chicago White Sox

June 3, 2010 by  
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US Cellular Field

We are back in the Windy City for the last time in 2010.  So much to see and do, Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier and Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).  Ed, Farley and Mark review the many sights including Michigan Avenue.  Ed then interviews baseball researcher, Jim Nitz as they review the 1988 baseball classic movie, Eight Men Out.  The Wise Guys battle it out over baseball history, live at US Cellular Field. The podcast concludes as Ed, Farley and Mark prepare to leave the Windy City and head for the next best place for citizens of ChicagolandPhoenix and the Valley of the Sun.

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Detroit Tigers

May 20, 2010 by  
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Comerica Park

Welcome to the Motor City!  Ed, Farley and Mark explore Motown.  Ed then interviews Norm Coleman who puts on a one man play about Tiger great, Ty Cobb.  Ed then interviews Tom Varitek, Senior Program Manager (and cousin to Red Sox catcher, Jason Varitek) with The Henry Ford Museum.  The Wise Guys battle it out over baseball trivia at Comerica Park.  Ed, Farley and Mark then pay tribute to Ernie Harwell and Sparky Anderson before they pack up and head down I-75 to the Queen City of Cincinnati!

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Minnesota Twins

April 8, 2010 by  
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Target Field will open on April 12, 2010 as the Minnesota Twins host the Boston Red Sox.  Target Field will be the only new major league ballpark that will open this year.  Ed, Farley and Mark begin the podcast by talking about Target Field.  Ed then interviews Michael Wekesser, lead designer for the Target Field project.  Mike’s employer is the world renown sports architectural firm, Populous.

The Wise Guys then battle it out over baseball history and then Baseball Bob appears from the shadows to give us the baseball trivia question of the podcast.  What was the name of the franchise that moved to Baltimore in 1954?

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Philadelphia Phillies

March 25, 2010 by  
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Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park

Philly Live!

Philly Live!

Edward Mauger

Edward Mauger

Welcome to Baseball PhD as we explore our nation’s first capitol.  A beautiful new ballpark.  The advent of Philly Live! and a wonderful tour guide who brings General Washington’s plight at Valley Forge to a new light.  Grab a cheesesteak, three extra napkins and enjoy our podcast!

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New York Yankees

March 19, 2010 by  
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Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig

New York, New York!

Welcome to Baseball PhD.  New York, New York,  the unofficial capitol of the world and home to the most valuable franchise in baseball history, The New York Yankees.

In this episode, Ed, Farley and Mark talk about the Big Apple and how to enjoy it to the max.  Farley reviews his first movie – The Pride of the YankeesWatch it here for free!

Next Ed interviews, Jonathan Eig about his 2005 Baseball Book of the Year, Luckiest Man.  After three years of exhaustive research, Eig shares his knowledge about the game’s greatest first baseman, Lou Gehrig. The interview concludes with Ed learning that Al Capone was a loyal Cubs fan.  Learn more about Capone on April 27, 2010 as Eig’s next book, Get Capone is released.

The Wise Guys battle it out over New York Yankees history and Baseball Bob concludes our podcast with the trivia question of the podcast.  Who was the last player to hit four home runs in one game? Lou Gehrig hit four home runs in one game on June 3, 1932 against the Philadelphia Athletics.

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell speech from The Pride of the Yankees, 1942.

 

2010 Season Preview

Read the Sporting News 2010 Season Preview for the New York Yankees.

Yankee Facts:

New Yankee Stadium opened on April 16, 2009.  Capacity is 52,325 and is located across thestreet from Old Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx.

New Yankee Stadium cost $1.5 billion, making it the most expensive ball park ever built.Derek Jeter

Old Yankee Stadium’s capacity of 57,545 was 10% bigger than New Yankee Stadium.

Flagship Radio Station is 880 AM WCBS.  All Major Leagues games can also be heard  on XM Radio.

Public Transit:  New York City has an expansive subway system.  Its the best way to get to a game at New Yankee Stadium.

Another great way to see the Big Apple is through a Circle Line Tour.

Pre-Game Rituals:  Walk the exterior of the ball park and take in the atmosphere.  Enter the park early and visit monument park.  Park opens when the gates opens and closes 45 minutes before the game.  Bring your camera!

Things to see.  The right field bleacher’s creatures roll call salute.  They clap in unison chanting the name of every Yankee on the field until each player acknowledges the cheer.  Alcohol is not sold in the right field bleachers.

Touring NYC

Central Park

Central Park

Times Square

Lower Manhattan

New York Stock Exchange

South Street Seaport

Battery Park

Central Park

Broadway

Greenwich Village

Seinfield diner at West 112th and Broadway

 

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Cactus League

March 12, 2010 by  
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Marvelous Marv

Marvelous Marv

Rodney Johnson

Rodney Johnson

Baseball Bob

Baseball Bob

The Cactus League starts its 65th season and it is better than ever!  2010 marks the first year that the Cactus League has as many teams as the Grapefruit League – 15 teams each.

Episode 3 starts with Ed, Farly and Mark longing for a plane ticket to Phoenix.  In the next best thing, Ed interviews Marvelous Marv, Grand Canyon tour guide extraordinaire.  Marvelous Marv takes our brains through the wonders of the Grand Canyon and teaches us about the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

Rodney Johnson from playballexperience.com teaches us about the history of the Cactus League and then the Wise Guys test their knowledge about spring training in Arizona.  Lastly, Baseball Bob makes his glorious debut and presents his trivia question of the podcast.  What current U.S. Senator pitched a no hitter in both leagues?

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Grapefruit League

March 5, 2010 by  
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Ed Luteran

With the advent of March comes the advent of the Grapefruit League.  Sunny Florida in March is always better than snow.  In this episode, former Pittsburgh resident and current Floridian, Ed Luteran (pictured left) shares his advice on how fellow snowbirds can enjoy their Grapefruit League vacation.  Ed also talks about his duties as an employee of MLB.com during spring training.

Nick Gandy

 

Nick Gandy (pictured left) then joins our podcast.  Nick is the Director of Communications for the Florida Sports Foundation.  Nick shares his views on how to maximize your Grapefruit League vacation and reminds us that his 2010 Grapefruit League Guide is second to none.

 

 

LastlyWise Guys in Studio, the Wise Guys (pictured below) make their podcast debut as the trio battles in a game of baseball history trivia.  Who will win between Who, What or I don’t know?

 

 

 

 

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