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A-Rod’s Brief Farewell Tour

by R. Lincoln Harris

The farewell tour has become a thing in recent years, with Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and now David Ortiz taking a victory lap in their final seasons in the majors. But such a tour was probably never in the cards for Alex Rodriguez, one of the most gifted–and most disliked–baseball players of his generation. 

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MLB Trade Deadline | AL Recap

The American League wild card race is extremely tight and no division leader has run away just yet. What does that mean? The MLB trading deadline was action-packed.

The most exciting professional sports trading deadline has come to a close, so let’s take a look back at the key players heading to an AL team for the final two months of the season.

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The Freak Show Continues in Anaheim

If Tim Lincecum never threw another pitch in the major leagues, his career would be considered a success: Two National League Cy Young Awards, three World Series rings, four All-Star teams, and a probable lifetime association with the San Francisco Giants. His number 55 jersey will be seen in the Bay Area for years, if not decades, in the future.

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The Cleveland Curse Might Be Broken!!!

The Cleveland curse might be broken! Not only have the Cavaliers won the city’s first professional championship in over half a century, but the Cleveland Indians are in first place entering the early days of Summer 2016. 

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Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz : Milestones Within Reach.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has had an illustrious major league career. He has led the Sox to a pair of World Series titles, including an unforgettable win in 2004 that ended Boston’s 86-year championship drought. But with just under four months remaining in his (regular season) MLB career, “Big Papi” still has plenty of milestones to accomplish.

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Progressive Field Is The Place To Be This Summer

2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Cleveland. Not only have the Cavaliers returned to the NBA Finals for a rematch with the Golden State Warriors, but the Indians are right  in the thick of things in the American League Central division standings. And with the Republicans bringing their nominating convention to town in July, people from far and wide will be finding their way to the shores of Lake Erie.

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Cool bobbleheads!

BobbleKen Griffey dual – Seattle and Cincinnati

Bob Feller- Cleveland

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The 7th Inning Stretch Will Be Too Fast In Minnesota This Year

by R. Lincoln Harris
When it comes to major artists, nobody was more closely identified with his hometown than Prince was with Minneapolis. Purple Rain forever linked the Kid with the club known known as First Avenue and 7th Street Entry. While Prince’s star ascended to the very top of the music industry, he continued to make his home at Paisley Park, his compound located in suburban Minneapolis.

Prince’s sudden passing on April 21, at the age of 57, shocked music fans everywhere, but nowhere was the sting more profound than the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Twins immediately paid tribute by shading their Twitter page purple, and by lighting up Target Field in the color he will forever be associated with. “Purple Rain” was soon performed onstage by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Beyonce to Mavis Staples. Magazine covers and art exhibits got into the act as well, but Target Field will top them all, by continuing to honor Prince throughout the baseball season.

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Should you find yourself in the Minneapolis area this summer, on a day that the Twins are in town, a trip to Target Field should make for a memorable experience. Not only is it among the newest ballparks in baseball, with state-of-the-art amenities and dining fare available, the team will play Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” during the seventh-inning stretch for the remainder of the 2016 season. Although Fenway Park’s “Sweet Caroline” is one of the more celebrated fan traditions in baseball, they’ll have nothing on the cities that Prince called home.

 

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Eye-Popping Ballpark Foods

My mother used to always say to me when I piled too much food on my plate, “Your eyes were bigger than your stomach!”. Well these ballpark gastro-masterpieces fit right into that category. With an urgency for teams to enhance the in-game experience, food concessionaires are pulling out all the stops to make a spectacular food item as popular as a home run. Below are some of the new items to hit the stands in 2016:

Atlanta Braves– The Burgerizza
Can’t decide if you crave a burger or pizza? Well now you don’t have to with The Burgerizza! It’s a burger with a pepperoni pizza as the top bun. Maybe you can share it with your section at Turner Field!

New York Mets– 108 Burger
Pat Lafrieda has been making special blends of meat for years. Now he has introduced the 108 Burger at Citi Field. It’s available at Keith’s Grill in Section 132. It’s filled with New York love. The burger comes with hand-sliced pastrami, Havarti cheese and smeared with NY deli mustard. All of this delivered on a pretzel bun.

Kansas City Royals – Champions Alley Burger & Hot Dog
The World Champions are celebrating their victory with new tasty treats at Kaufman Stadium. New to the team is a double play duo of the Champions Alley Burger & Hot Dog. The hot dog comes wrapped in bacon and the burger is stuffed with cheese. Both items are tempura-battered for extra goodness!

Pittsburgh Pirates – Cracker Jack & Mac Dog
PNC Park takes the phrase “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks…” to the next level. Take a hot dog, add some mac & cheese, sprinkle on some jalapenos, and cover it with Cracker Jacks. But wait, there’s more- top the whole thing with caramel! Pirates fans are in for a treat, and a Cracker Jack prize just might be inside!

Texas Rangers– The Wicked Pig
Everybody knows everything is bigger in Texas. The Wicked Pig is no exception. Why not have one sandwich when you can have a double? This double-decker work of art is stacked with pulled pork, bacon, sausage, prosciutto, ham and pork rinds. Add coleslaw and a slathering of barbecue sauce and you are in Wicked Pig heaven. This treat will cost you $27 but its worth it!

New York Yankees – The Barnyard Wedding
Not a lot of barns around Yankee Stadium but the Yankees are presenting the Barnyard Wedding sandwich to their fans this year. This custom-blended beef burger is topped with cheddar cheese, a fried chicken cutlet, hash browns and barbecue sauce, all nested inside a pretzel bun. The farm is well represented when the Yankee fans take a bite of this marriage of fan favorites!

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