The 2015 Baseball Book Festival

The 2015 Baseball Book Festival

Save this date on your calendar: February 28th, 2015. The Baseball Book Festival is in Indianapolis this year at the Rathskeller. There will be an author panel, keynote speaker, and book fair. Some great authors will be there and if you love baseball, this will get you ready for Spring Training. Check out the website here. 

Tickets are $30 and 100% of the proceeds go to support Play Ball Indiana and the RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities). Can’t make it on the 28th? You can join the Virtual Baseball Book Festival. For a $30 subscription, you get free downloads from today’s top baseball authors for an entire year!

Carry on, Citizens!

Beavers On A Plane

Beavers On A Plane

Several years ago, my friend convinced me to go see Snakes On A Plane. He still owes me my money back. Of course, this Samuel L. Jackson flick was far-fetched and horrible. Hopefully, Hollywood will do better when it makes Beavers On A Plane. Why would Beavers On A Plane be better than Snakes On A Plane? For one very simple reason: It’s a true story!

Beavers On A Plane takes place in (or over) Idaho. Of course, you would have to travel to Idaho to encounter such wackiness. It seems that the state had problems controlling the beaver populations so they flew 76 of them to the backcountry and tossed them out with parachutes. Check out this link from the website Gizmodo for the full story.

It makes me happy to know I live in a country where we have the pluck to relocate beavers via parachute and the technical skill to see that 75 out of 76 survived. There is hope for our nation.

Carry on, Citizens!
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New Minor League Affiliations Winners & Losers

New Minor League Affiliations Winners & Losers

Several Minor League teams have changed affiliations for the 2015 season. Here’s who won and who lost.

Winners: Daytona

After 22 years with the Cubs, the Daytona franchise of the Florida State League in now affiliated with the Reds. Rather than adopt the name of their parent club (a practice I personally hate!) they revealed their new name yesterday: Welcome to the newly named Daytona Tortugas!

Losers: South Bend

The franchise will now be named the Cubs. Their previous name was the Silver Hawks in honor of the Studebaker Silver Hawk that was manufactured in South Bend. It’s always a shame when a name with local meaning is replaced by a parent club name that could change again in just a few years.

Winners: Tri-City Dust Devils.

Their new affiliation with the Padres should keep their unique nickname safe for a while.

Losers: Oklahoma City, Pulaski

Once again, a team name with local meaning falls by the wayside. OKC becomes the Dodgers and Pulaski becomes the Yankees. Pulaski has a long tradition of being named whatever their parent club is named, so this is no surprise. However, they have a great old ballpark and were once named the Counts!

For a complete list of affiliation changes, click here.

Carry on, Citizens!

This is How Bad Kansas City is Taking the World Series Loss

This is How Bad Kansas City is Taking the World Series Loss

Last night I was stuck in the Kansas City Airport for a bonus 4 hours because of a flight delay. Of course, I hop online to see if there is any free agent news in the world of baseball. I got to the Padres main page okay, but the first article I clicked on produced the screen you see above. Same with the next article and the next. Apparently, KC is so traumatized, they’re treating MLB.com like a porn site.

Carry on, Citizens!