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Baseball’s Opening Week Brings a Little Something for Every Fan

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Ahh, baseball.

If you’re anything like me, you wait, somewhat impatiently, through all of football season to get to that one coveted day in April known simply as “Opening Day.” This year, that day fell on Sunday, April 3rd. In the days since, we’ve seen some fantastic games and some pretty amazing home runs, too. While home runs (Colorado Rockies rookie Trevor Story had three in two games!) and big plays are something every baseball fan keeps an eye out for, this first week has been overshadowed a bit by controversy – already!

The game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays was the first to end in what can only be described as anger and confusion. In the ninth inning, Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays slid into second base, as runners do. However, replay footage  showed Bautista gripping second baseman Logan Forsythe’s right ankle. Was it to interfere with his fielding of the ball? Who really knows, but the newly-developed Rule 6.01 was called upon. This new slide rule states that a runner cannot interfere with the fielder at second base. The runner also isn’t allowed to change his “pathway for the purpose of initiating contact with a fielder.”

Whether Bautista’s slide and subsequent action broke that rule may be hard to tell, but the umpires called it interference. Just like that, Tampa Bay won the game 3-2. Want to see for yourself? Check it out below:

Controversy definitely isn’t the only thing baseball fans have loved about this week. The game between the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins could be one of the best early-season comeback wins we’ve ever seen!

Through five innings, the Tigers led 5-0 and pitcher Justin Verlander carried a no-hitter. Amazing, right? It gets better. Giancarlo Stanton gets to the plate and blasts a three-run homer to get the Marlins right back into the game. Wait! It’s gets even better yet. Another player hit a run-scoring double, tying the game at five. In the end, Ian Kinsler hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning to win it for Detroit, but what a game.

Interested in seeing that Stanton homer? Check it out below:

If you’re one of those baseball fans who just loves it when managers get going, you probably would’ve loved the game between the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners. It was pitcher Tom Wilhemsen’s debut for the Rangers, and boy, was it an ugly one. In the 8th inning, Seattle managed a fabulous run, scoring six runs. Needless to say, the Rangers got a little upset. Wilhemsen hit Chris Iannetta with a pitch, and things seemed to explode.

Iannetta yelled at Wilhemsen. Wilhemsen yelled back, and was ejected a short time later for arguing with the umpire.
Then the managers got into the mix. The Rangers’ Jeff Banister yelled across the diamond to the Mariners’ Scott Servais.
It was…interesting, to say the least, and in the end, the Rangers won 10-2.

Tom Wilhemsen even called the entire thing “ugly and embarrassing” in a post-game interview. You can check that out here:

All of this excitement already – and it’s only the first week of the season! If you’re a baseball devotee, there’s no doubt that you’ll be following your favorite team(s) the rest of the year. Watching the games and checking stats online is commonplace, of course, but are you looking for other ways to keep tabs on America’s Greatest Pastime? We offer some more great options below!

Magazines for Those Who Love the Game

Because no two people follow their favorite teams in the same way, we’ve got some fantastic magazines to keep you up-to-date in everything baseball-related. Let’s take a look at them.

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Baseball Digest

The oldest and longest-running baseball publication in America, Baseball Digest delivers the broad spectrum of baseball coverage every devoted fan loves. From team and player profiles to stats and more, everything you need to keep tabs on your favorite team can be found here.

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Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated has been a go-to for sports fans since the first issue appeared in 1954. While cover stories change from issue to issue, the magazine’s devotion to quality baseball coverage does not. You’ll find everything you need about your team, as well as league news, stats and other important info to get you through the season.

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ESPN: The Magazine

This magazine, though newer than Sports Illustrated, is another title that you don’t want to be without, especially if you’re a true baseball fan. Each issue includes in-depth reporting on everything in Major League Baseball, and a special issue –The Pitching Issue – delivers pitching coverage like you’ve never seen before. You won’t want to miss out!

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Junior Baseball

The major leagues aren’t the only kind of baseball out there. Sure, it’s popular, but where would your favorite players be today if they hadn’t started playing as kids? Junior Baseball is the perfect magazine for kids and youth coaches. It breaks down tips for batting, pitching, fielding and other facets of the sport, and is great for any youth player looking to improve his or her game.

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Sports Illustrated Kids

One of the most popular sports magazines for kids, Sports Illustrated Kids won’t disappoint when it comes to baseball coverage. Kids get the chance to learn about their favorite players and teams, while also getting to see a side of those players off the field. SI Kids is sure to be w hit with kids of all ages.

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Beckett Baseball

Here’s one for the collectors out there. Becket Baseball is a popular choice among card collectors, as it allows for easy searching and pricing of baseball cards. Got those old cards handy? Becket can help you understand what they may be worth. If you collect baseball cards, you won’t want to miss out on this title!

And with that, I’ll leave you with my favorite video from Opening Week (so far). There have been some pretty fun anthems!

Sports Illustrated Feb. 22, 2012

Why Linsanity is Better Than Tebowmania

Sports Illustrated February 22, 2012

Jeremy Lin's second Sports Illustrated cover Feb. 22

Sports fans are going “Linsane” for New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, and why shouldn’t they? An underdog of underdogs, Lin has done what even Tim Tebow could not.

Have you gone “Linsane” yet? It’s the latest sports sensation sweeping the country since Tebowmania had us checking the clock for Tebow Time. But Linsanity is different (and perhaps soon to be trademarked), and it was even all over Sports Illustrated—covering the sports magazine for an unlikely two weeks in a row in February. Not unless you’re Michael Jordan or Dirk Nowitzki do you get that kind of love–ever.

Second year Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow had people—both diehard fans and casual observers—glued to their TV sets all season, particularly in the fourth quarter because that’s when the magic happened. And while Tebow’s ability to succeed in the NFL as a quarterback was questioned, no one had ever doubted whether or not he’d succeed. He was, after all, one of the most sought-after high school recruits who went on to play at the University of Florida, where he won a laundry list of awards—and broke as many records—while leading the Gators to two BCS National Championships and earning himself the coveted Heisman Trophy.

Raise your hand if you had heard of Jeremy Lin before he stepped in for an injured teammate and did what even Tebow could not. That’s exactly what makes Lin’s story even better. Here’s a kid who played basketball at Harvard University—despite his coaches thinking he was better suited for Division III ball, if any. And just this year, he bounced around the NBA and its developmental league, being cut by two teams before landing with the New York Knicks. So under-the-radar was he that he was crashing on his brother’s couch–until, of course, he became an overnight sensation.

Now Lin has his own couch. His signed rookie card sold for more than $21,000 on eBay, and it’s unlikely that most of us could watch the phenom in person as he’s had his effect on ticket prices, too. Not bad for a kid we never saw coming.

Sure, it was nice to see Tebow silence his critics at the next level. But Lin didn’t even have the luxury (or curse) of those who knew of him enough to criticize him. At least not through major media channels. (By this point in Tebow’s career, we’d heard of him ad nauseam.) Despite the Knicks dropping a couple games, the Linsanity continues, helped along by those back-to-back Sports Illustrated covers and the clamoring for Lin jerseys and other merchandise.

No, it won’t last forever. But regardless of its duration, it’s nice to see—and to be reminded—that even the most ordinary or unheralded among us can overcome the odds if we’re simply ready to take the chance when it’s presented.

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Why Letting Go of Joe Paterno Will Be Impossible

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Sports Illustrated Jan. 30, 2012

Despite Joe Paterno’s controversial final days at Penn State–and in life–he’ll remain a positive figure, much like Bear Bryant in Tuscaloosa.

It is impossible to completely let go of a legend—just ask Tuscaloosa, Alabama, or any coach, save maybe Nick Saban, who’s tried to fill the very large shoes of Paul “Bear” Bryant.

More than a quarter century has passed since Bryant died, barely more than a month after coaching his final game. But he lives on through a museum, a statue, a stadium, a street—all of which bear his name—not to mention the popular houndstooth pattern of his iconic hat.

Perhaps not enough time has passed nor perspective gained to definitively articulate the magnitude of the loss of another legend and one of Bryant’s peers, Joe Paterno.

Had it not been for the child sex abuse scandal that surrounded his otherwise spotless career, maybe it would be easier to rush to hoist the bespectacled JoePa on the shoulders of history. Now, it’s puzzling.

That’s not to say that Paterno won’t—or shouldn’t—be revered for his many accomplishments. But it’s almost as if there are more questions that should be answered before that can happen.

Then again, that may go for those of us outside of Happy Valley. A photo in Sports Illustrated magazine’s Jan. 30 issue captured a scene of what must have been thousands of mourners at a candlelight vigil held Sunday, Jan. 22, the day Paterno died. Like fans and families do, we circle the wagons when one of our own has fallen or is called into question.

Penn State wasn’t much in terms of football or academic reputation before Paterno arrived. But the fiery coach with the Brooklyn accent turned it into one of football’s premier programs and, arguably by virtue of that recognition, a respected one academically as well.

For Paterno, the final chapter of his legacy can’t or won’t be written for many until after the legal battles are fought and settled. That’s fair.

But, regardless, for State College, Pennsylvania, the good that Joe Paterno did and stood for cannot be bricked up or painted over. It will shine through, even decades from now, and fans, alums, students and residents will find that it’s impossible to completely let go of a legend.

Just ask Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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5 Inspirational Lessons to Take Away from the 2011 College Football Season

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Sports fan or not, the 2011 college football season contained important life lessons. Michelle Ryan recaps five of them and what they mean for us all.

The 2011 college football season officially ended with the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans Jan. 9. And, much like the entire season, it wasn’t without its controversy. Typically, year-ending and season-ending events make us nostalgic and reflective, but too often the negative gets a nod on best-of, worst-of, most-controversial or top-story lists.

So, in keeping with the hopefulness that’s still fresh (hopefully) for 2012, this list will be slightly different, focusing on what we learned and how we can continue to apply it this year. Here are the top five positive events—and the lessons we can take away from them—from the 2011 college football season:

1. Eric LeGrand Returning to the Field: Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand led his Scarlet Knights onto the field in his wheelchair, almost a year after being paralyzed from the neck down in a 2010 game. Voters tabbed the emotional scene as Sports Illustrated’s 2011 Moment of the Year, and it was featured on the cover of the Dec. 26 issue. LeGrand continues to slowly improve, and just last month was able to sit up.

What It Means: Medicine may explain how the body functions, but it can’t touch how heart and determination can help you overcome the odds.

2. Alabama Winning the National Title: Much like the New Orleans Saints after Hurricane Katrina, the Alabama Crimson Tide brought the championship home, this time a symbol of hope for a town rocked by deadly and destructive tornadoes.

What It Means: When you think you’re at your weakest, your fight and resolve can be at their strongest.

3. BCS Controversy: Had it not been for the controversial rematch between two teams from the same division in the same conference that had already played, do you think the BCS would be considering alternatives right now? Not likely. Detractors of the system have long lobbied against it. Ironic that the very matchup they didn’t want to see may have the power to finally enact the change they wanted.

What It Means: If you don’t like something, you have the power to change it. Just don’t give up. Ever.

4. Alan Moore Making the Team: He wasn’t in the Heisman race, nor was his team battling for the national championship, but there’s much to be learned from Alan Moore. At 61, the Vietnam veteran returned to the football field for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., to become the oldest kicker in the NAIA.

What It Means: It’s never too late to achieve your dreams, as long as you don’t let them die.

5. New Beginnings: If your team came up a little—or a lot—short, there’s always next year. ESPN announcers got an early start on that the day after the national championship game by naming their way-too-early top five teams for the 2012 season, which doesn’t kick off until September.

What It Means: Don’t go by the calendar or season to get going. Starting over can mean tomorrow or the top of the next hour—or minute.