Brewers “Happy” Music Video

The Brewers have a reason to be “Happy”. Baseball is back, the went on a 9-game winning streak, and they have the best record in baseball (11-5). Check out their new rendition of Pharrell Williams “Happy”.

April 13th Daily Links: Around the NL Central

aBrewers hold off Pirates, Secure 8th Consecutive Win

http://msn.foxsports.com/wisconsin/story/brewers-hold-off-pirates-secure-eighth-consecutive-win-041214

Clubhouse Leadership has Different Dynamic for Rebuilding Cubs

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/04/11/emma-clubhouse-leadership-has-different-dynamic-for-rebuilding-cubs/

Jameson Taillon Injury: Updates on Pirates Pitcher’s Elbow Surgery and Recovery

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2024610-jameson-taillon-injury-updates-on-pirates-pitchers-elbow-surgery-and-recovery

Pittsburgh Pirates Picking Up Right Where They Left Off

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2025201-pittsburgh-pirates-picking-up-right-where-they-left-off

Goodwill & the St. Louis Cardinals Host Earth Day Electronics Drive

http://interact.stltoday.com/pr/non-profits/PR041014014216637

Info: Charity Runs

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APRIL 12, 2014

9th Annual Race to Wrigley 5k Run

Time: 8:00 a.m. start

Location: Wrigley Field

Benefits: Cubs Charities and The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Runners Receive: 1 beverage (Budwesier, Bud Light or Pepsi product) at Deuce’s and The Diamond Club, Red Ivy, or Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap. Race to Wrigley long sleeve performance shirt. Opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the April 22, 2014 game vs Arizona Diamondbacks

The official race starter will be Danni Allen, Season 14’s Biggest Loser winner.

More info can be found: http://www.race-cubs.com/run

 

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APRIL 19, 2014

Pirates 5K HomeRun

Time: 8:00 a.m. start

Location: PNC Park

Benefits:Pirates Charities

Runners Receive: A commemorative tech T-shirt and a ticket voucher good for a complimentary ticket to any one Pirates home game at PNC Park between April 19-24.

Due to the abundance of support, registration for the Pirates Charities 5K Home Run and One Mile Family Fun Run are now closed.

More info can be found: http://Pirates.com/5KHomeRun

 

RedsMAY 31, 2014

Redlegs Run- 10K, 5K, One Mile Family Run, and Gapper’s Kids Fun Run

Time: 8:00 a.m. start

Location: Great American Ballpark

Benefits:All proceeds benefit the Reds Community Fund.

Runners Receive: All participants receive a race t-shirt (technical shirt for 10K participants), post-race party on the Kroger Fan Zone and one View Level ticket voucher for the Reds vs. San Francisco Giants game on June 3, 2014.

More info can be found: http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/community/race.jsp

 

Brewers JULY 26, 2014

Brewers 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk

Time: 8:00 a.m. start

Location: Miller Park

Benefits: Nonprofits that provide quality programming int he areas of health, education, recreation, and basic needs.

Runners Receive: A commemorative t-shirt, one voucher for a Terrace Reserved Ticket to a Brewers home game, redeemable for one of eight Brewers home game dates in 2014 – August 5, 6, 7, 19, and 20, September 4, 8 and 10, a complimentary bottle of Aquafina and a Klement’s hot dog following the run/walk, and one beer following the run/walk for participants 21+ (must present ID)

More info can be found: http://brewers.race-mlb.com/

 

CardinalsSEPTEMBER 7, 2014

4th Annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run

Time: 8:00 a.m. start

Location: Busch Stadium

Benefits: Cardinals Care

Runners Receive: One voucher for two (2) Cardinals tickets – Monday – Thursday home games, for a specific time frame during the 2015 regular season, commemorative t-shirt, and commemorative medal.

Meet six-time Olympic medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the finishline!

More info can be found: http://www.cardinalscare.org/

Pirates vs Cubs Series Highlights

Wrigley Field April 8-10th

Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

Game 1: 7-6 Pirates

W: Watson (2-0, 2.08)

L: Strop (0-1, 2.45)

SV: Grilli (2)

The Cubs erased the Bucs’ early lead with the help of Starlin Castro’s three-run jack. Castro homered again, and Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-5, but the Pirates never let the Cubs get ahead. Russell Martin broke a 6-6 deadlock in the eighth to put the Bucs on top for good.

 

Game 2: 7-5 Cubs

W: Hammel (2-0, 2.63)

L: Rodrigues (0-2, 5.73)

All 5 of the Pirates runs came from solo shots– Alvarez 2, Martin 2, Snider 1. Wrigley is home-run friendly but when you hit 5 out of the park you expect to win the game. Cubs had other plans for the game with back to back home runs of their own.

Game 3: 5-4 Pirates

W: Cole (2-0, 3.46)

L: Russell (0-1, 6.75)

SV: Grilli (3)

Starting with Travis Snider‘s two-run pinch-hit homer and ending with Alvarez’s fifth home-run of the season, the Bucs overcame an uneven Gerrit Cole start and some shaky defense that put them at a four-run deficit after four.

 

Recaps courtesy of MLB.com

Recap: Reds vs. Cardinals Game 1 4/7/2014

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Busch Stadium welcomed the 2013 National League Champions for the 2014 season last night against Central Division rival the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals spoiled the Reds home Opener with a 1-0 score, and the Reds looked for revenge against the Red Birds.

The Cardinals, however, had other plans.

They got the ball rolling (and flying) early with a three run 1st inning behind a Yadier Molina double into left field with the bases loaded to bring in three runs making the score 3-0. 

Cincinnati attempted to come back in the fifth inning with a Roger Bernadina line drive double to center field, bringing in a run, bringing them within two of the Cardinals.

After the crowd stood up and sang “Take Me Out to The Ballgame” for the first time in 2014, the Cardinals gave their fans something to once again stand up about with RBI hits from Matt Holliday and Craig Allen to widen their lead 5-1.

The Reds were not ready to leave Monday night without a fight, as they loaded the bases in the ninth inning with no outs. Zack Cozart singles to bring in one run making the score 5-2, bases loaded once again, and no outs. A sacrifice fly brings the score within 2 at a score of 5-3, with two outs. At this point, Cardinals fans are on the edge of their seats, hoping for that last out. With a Billy Hamilton pop up to center field, the Cardinals close out Game 1 with a 5-3 win.

Cincinnati’s stater Tony Cingrani was only on the mound for 4 innings, who takes the loss with 5 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.45. Winning pitcher Michael Wacha was on the mound for 6 innings and takes the win with 3 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.71.

Game 2 takes place tonight at Busch Stadium at 7:15 PM, with Cardinals’ Lance Lynn pitching against Reds’ Homer Bailey

 

This Is SportsCenter — Andrew McCutchen

Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen interupts John Anderson’s morning meeting with some friends

April 7th Daily Links: Around the NL Central

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Brewers shut out Red Sox, complete sweep

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_04_06_milmlb_bosmlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=mil&partnerId=ed-8048717-668918753

Villanueva’s solid outing helps prevent sweep by Phillies

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-04-06/sports/ct-spt-0407-cubs-phillies-20140407_1_the-phillies-chase-utley-jimmy-rollins

Instant success for Pirates in replay challenge

http://triblive.com/sports/pirates/5865701-74/call-inning-replay#axzz2xrp1QX61

Family explores selling Cubs shares

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/10724743/ricketts-family-exploring-selling-chicago-cubs-minority-shares-finance-renovation

St. Louis Cardinals Opening Week Recap

 

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A new season means a clean slate to create a championship season.

While the first two series of the season do not show exactly how a team is going to do this season, it’s a great opportunity to get off on the right foot in front of excited baseball fans. 

The St. Louis Cardinals have arguably been the most dominating and consistent team in baseball in the past 10 years. Since 2004, they have four National League Pennants, Two World Series Titles, multiple layoff appearances, and have been a constant threat league wide. After losing to the Red Sox for the second time, they come into this season with a sense of unfinished business.

The Cards opened their season in Cincinnati against division foe the Reds. With Cincinnati starting this season with a new manager in Bryan Price, they too, wish to make a good mark on 2014. The Cardinals looked to Adam Wainwright as their starter, and the Reds gave the nod to Johnny Cueto. Both pitchers pitched a solid game, with Wainwright pitching nine strikeouts and Cueto pitching 8, but it was Cueto that gave up a homerun to St. Louis’ Yadier Molina that would decide the game at 1-0 Cardinals to a sold out crowd. This was the first time the Reds were shut out on Opening Day since 1953.

Game 2 was a chance for the Reds to redeem themselves after a close loss, but it would have to wait after a nearly three-hour rain delay. Tony Cingrani for Cincinnati and Michael Wacha for St. Louis took the mound that day in an equally as intense pitching performance. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 9th inning that the Reds got their number on the board and closed the game with a Chris Heisey walk-off single, making the series tied at one a piece.

While Game 3 was as close at the two prior, it did not take as long to get numbers on the board for both teams. St. Louis’ Lance Lynn gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning with Jay Bruce homerun bringing in Joey Votto to score as well, and then a Todd Fraizer solo shot, leaving the Cardinals down 0-3 in one inning. However, the Cardinals battled back against Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey. Bailey gave up a two run homer to Jhonny Peralta, bringing the game within one again. In the top of the 5th, Matt Holliday doubles to bring in Kolten Wong, tying the game and ending the night for Homer Bailey. The Cardinals sealed the deal in a huge 7th inning by bringing in 3 runs, and while the Reds battled back with 3 runs in their 7th inning at bat, the Cardinals leave Opening Series taking 2 games out of 3.

Before the Cardinals can open the season in front of their home crowd, they take a trip to the Steel City to play against the Pirates. The Pirates had just come off of a historical season by making it to the dance for the first time in 21 years. Their playoff run was short lived by being eliminated in the NLDS by whom other than, The St. Louis Cardinals.

Game 1 took place on a beautiful Friday night in Pittsburgh, and if you ask the fans in attendance at that game, the scoreboard definitely made the night even better. The Pirates demolished their division rival 12-2 behind solid pitching from Gerrit Cole and two home runs by Pedro Alvarez. Matt Carpenter’s two run homer would be the only runs scored for the National League Champions.

After and embarrassing opening game, the Cardinals looked to regroup and walk into PNC Park with their A game, which they did. They Cardinals took Game 2 from the Bucs with a score of 6-1, which started off in a three run 1st inning to start the game. The Pirates attempted to fight back in the bottom of the 3rd, but the Cardinals sealed the deal with homers from Yadier Molina and Jhonny Peralta.

Game 3 brought a warm sunny afternoon in Pittsburgh, and what the Cardinals hoped to be another 2 game victorious series. In a close game, the Pirates would take the series 2-1, despite solid pitching from Adam Wainwright and Edinson Volquez Neil Walker doubled to drive in Andrew McCutchen in the 4th, putting the Pirates on the board. Jon Jay answered for St. Louis with a 6th inning RBI triple, putting the Cards on the board, but Tony Sanchez’s RBI double in the seventh put it away for the Pirates.

After a less than satisfactory Opening Week for the Cardinals, they finally return home to Busch Stadium to their loyal fans dressed in red.

 

 

Jameson Taillon to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow to repair a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. The typical recovery time for this surgery is 12-18 months so Taillon will miss the entire season and possibly part of next season.

Taillon, 22, began feeling pain in his elbow with two weeks remaining in spring training. After two weeks of rest, Taillon again felt pain when he resumed throwing.

Dr. David Altchek, the medical director for the New York Mets and an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York City, will perform the surgery at a date to be determined.

Tommy John surgery is named after former pitcher Tommy John, who was the first pitcher to have the surgery in 1974. The procedure involves replacing the UCL with a tendon from another part of the body, usually the wrist or hamstring. Pirates starter Charlie Morton had the surgery in 2012.

“It’s very unfortunate for Jameson, but he’s a hard worker and he’ll have a good system support both with his family and our organization,” Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said.

Taillon was taken with the second overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. The Pirates gave him a $6.5 million signing bonus which was, at the time, a franchise record. Last year, Taillon was 5-10 with a 3.73 ERA to go along with 143 strikeouts in the minor leagues.

Taillon posted this to Twitter earlier today:

Jameson Taillon@JTaillon19

Thank you all for the well wishes and prayers. I’m really blessed to have so many people that genuinely care about me! Going to be stronger

 

Pirates extend Huntington and Hurdle’s contracts

Pirates extend Huntington and Hurdle’s contracts

Pirates announced that general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle both agreed to three-year contract extensions with option for the 2018 season.

Hurdle, 56, is now in his fourth season as Pirates manager. He won the Manager of the Year award in 2013.

Huntington, 45, has been Pirates general manager since the end of the 2007 season. If Huntington serves out the contract, he will have served 11 years as the club’s GM. In team history, only Joe L. Brown (1956-76) has had a longer GM tenure.

“I hope to be here a lot longer,” Huntington said. “I love the people I work with, this organization. You can’t get a better ballpark, and the fan base has turned its negative passion into positive passion.”

Quotes from Pirates owner Bob Nutting, 2013 MVP & Center Fielder Andrew McCutchen, and 2nd Basemen Neil Walker:

“They bring very different skill sets to the table,” Nutting said, “but have mutual respect for each other. I really believe that a cohesive, stable team is always in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Pirates. I love both of these guys.

“They started building this thing a little while ago,” said Pittsburgh native Neil Walker, “so it’s rightful that they get the opportunity to continue it.”

“It’s definitely good not to have to worry about him being here,” Andrew McCutchen said of his Hurdle. “We know he’s not gonna go anywhere for a while. It’s good to know we don’t have to think about the future. It’s huge for us, to know the skipper will be here in a Pirates uniform.”