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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bumgarner Brings San Francisco A Third World Series Title

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Three rings  in five years for the San Francisco Giants as their ace and 2014 World Series MVP, Madison Bumgarner does the unthinkable pitching five innings in relief, giving up two hits and no runs on two days rest to preserve a 3-2 victory.  Giants manager, Bruce Botchy wasted no time putting Madison in the bottom of the fifth inning with a one run lead thanks to a fourth inning rbi single by designated hitter Mike Morse scoring Pablo Sandoval.

The 25-year-old Bumgarner threw a shutout in Game 5 came back in heroic fashion helping the Giants end a streak of home teams winning the last nine Game 7s.

The ninth inning however didn't go without a little drama as Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed a two-out Alex Gordon line drive single that went for a two-base errors.  Many Royals fan hopefuls wished Gordon would have continued to circle the bases deciding the game at the plate.  It didn't happen and with Salvador Perez up with the season on the line.  Here is how the 2014 World Series ended: (via MLB.com)
Bruce Botchy is the tenth manager to win 3 World Series title.

-LeRoy McConnell III

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jose Canseco in hospital after accidental shooting

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Former slugger Jose Canseco, is now recovering in hospital after accidentally shooting himself in hand Tuesday afternoon in his Las Vegas home, according to a neighbor. The 50-year-old Canseco is now recovering at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, according to police.

The six-time all-star spent 17 seasons in the majors on eight different teams.  He retired back in 2002 with numerous of comebacks but never prevailed.  Canseco was Rookie of The Year in 1986,  American League MVP in 1988 where he was the first player in the Major Leagues that join the 40-40 club.  Canseco finished with 462 home runs, 32nd all-time.

-LeRoy McConnell III

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Top ten reasons how the Royals got to the World Series

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Kansas City Royals punch in their World Series ticket for the first time since '85!  That was so long ago that George Brett, the heart and soul of that team is now 61-year-old.   Ronald Reagan was in office for a second term, the popular star-studded song "We Are The World" was a smash hit, Coca Cola's introduced New Coke, Rod Carew of the Anaheim Angels became the 16th player to achieve 3,000 hits in a career and I had a head full of hair!  It's now 29 years later and the Royals are back in business running through American League playoffs unscathed.  Here are the top ten reasons  the Kansas City Royals are back in the World Series for the third time in franchise history.

10. Eric Hosmer's triple in the 12th inning  hosmer  

The 2014 Kansas City Royals had to do the unthinkable.  In order for the Royals to get to the World Series they had a must win wildcard game.  This is baseball's version of March Madness, win or go home.  KC was down 7-3 to the Oakland A's in the eighth inning before tacking on three runs in the inning follow by a clutch run in the bottom of the ninth.  Tied at seven in extra innings, Oakland struck first by scoring the go-ahead run.  Kansas City came up in the bottom half and showed their will by a one out triple by Eric Hosmer. (via MLB.com)

9.  Salvador Perez's walk off single in the bottom of the 12th inning gives KC a 9-8 victory!bleacherreport.com bleacherreport.com

After the heroic triple, Hosmer scored off an infield single by Christian Colon.  Colon soon stole second to get into scoring position.  Which sets the stage for Salvador Perez who was 0 for 5 at the plate with two outs.  Check out his game winning hit. (via Great Baseball Plays)

8. Nori Aoki makes two outstanding catches that keeps the game knotted at 2. www.cbc.ca
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Game 1, on the road, in LA, game tied at 2.  The Angels had men on first and second looking to blow this game open.  If Aoki doesn't come up with that Howie Kendricks' long flyball then the Angels might have won that game. (via Carrington Harrison) and you can view the second catch below (via MLB.com)

7. Mike Moustakas' go-ahead HR in the top of the 11th as KC defeats LA Angels 3-2!AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

As the clock strikes midnight Mike "Moose" Moustakas delivers the crushing blow giving the Royals a win in Game 1 of the ALDS.  No better way to start your post-season career by belting out a home run in the area where you grew up. (via MLB.com)

6. The Royals have a knack for stealing bases. butler
Kansas City tied a MLB record stealing seven bases in the wildcard game against Oakland A's out of eight tries. It continued in the ALDS as slugger Billy Butler added insult to injury for the LA Angels as he too steals a base! It doesn't matter who KC has on first.  Look for them to continue making their move on the first or second pitch.  Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore are added speedsters coming off the bench to go alongside the likes of Cain, Gordon, Hosmer who will swipe a base on you
Last stolen base was in 2012!

5. Herrera, Davis & Holland sportsnola.com sportsnola.com[/caption] The best law firm I mean bullpen in baseball!  If KC is leading after six inning chalk it up as a Royals win!  It all starts when Kelvin Herrera comes in the seventh throwing ridiculous heat. (via MLB.com) The eighth inning belongs to Wade Davis continues throwing heat! (via MLB.com) Greg Holland is the closer the modern-day Dan Quisenberry!  When he enter the game is over! (via MLB.com)

4. Alex Gordon taking over Game 1 of the ALCS vs Baltimore Orioles bleacherreport.com
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Alex Gordon stole the show in his first ever ALCS game as he breaks his bat hitting a bases clearing double for an early 4-0 lead.  He makes an incredible catch out in the field and breaks a 5-5 tie in the top of the tenth inning to take a 1-0 lead in the ALCS. Here is a look at the broken bat bases clearing double (via MLB.com)

3. Lorenzo Cain's bid for a post season Gold Glove  and MVP of the ALCS  bleacherreport.com bleacherreport.com

I don't think anybody has enjoyed the baseball playoffs more than Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain.  Cain has surprised many with his .533 batting average in the ALCS but the world should know that the Royals center fielder is a magician out in the field.  He has saved the Royals by taking away potential runs from opponents during crucial time. (via MLB.com) (via MLB.com)

 2. Mike Moustakas goes head first over the dugout rail making a catch on a foul ball    kansascity.com kansascity.com 

The Royals defense has taken so many opportunities away from the opposing teams and plays like Moustakas giving up his body is the sole reason why the Royals are in the World Series. (via MLB.com)

1. NED YOST  grantland.com grantland.com
The Royals were 48-50 on July 21st and everyone in Kansas City was calling for Yost's head. Their final 56 games of the season the Royals finished with a 36-20 record that led to an 89-73 finish and a wildcard berth. A playoff berth that hasn't happen in 29 years. Since the playoffs have begun the Cinderella Royals have outsmart the likes of Bob Melvin, Mike Scioscia and Buck Showalter with their managerial moves. Pushing the right buttons making moves to pinch hit and pinch run in the latter part of the game. Yost has succeeded in finding the best pitching matchups in duress situations. Are they overachiever, probably so but if you ask them do they think they belong in the World Series? With an 8-0 playoff record so far, without a doubt! 

-LeRoy McConnell III

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Watch: Lawrence Timmons puke right before snap


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Priceless!  This is Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Lawrence Timmons between plays puking!  Can't hold your liquor huh!   I mean Gatorade!  If the Texans were aware they would run right up the gut!

 -LeRoy McConnell III

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Watch: J.J. Watt scores his third touchdown of the season on a fumble return

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If someone told you that J.J. Watt scored another touchdown your response probably would go like this, AGAIN!  Yes again, the talented defensive end for the Houston Texans has scored his third touchdown of the season.   It is his third different way of scoring.  Already this season he has mastered a pick six, a touchdown reception and now a 45 yard fumble return.  Take a look: (via XFINITY Sports)

Needless to say J.J. has already scored more touchdowns than the likes of Jamal Charles, Roddy White, DeSean Jackson, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Megatron, AJ Green, LeSean McCoy and Larry Fitzgerald.

 -LeRoy McConnell III

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Monday, October 6, 2014

NFL WEEK 5 OVERREACTION MONDAY! COWBOYS VS TEXANS

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It's OVER REACTION MONDAY once again and we will go around the NFL twitter world and list some of the most outrageous quotes from week 5 Houston vs Dallas games.

 Houston @ Dallas  Cowboys win in OT 20-17foster DFW Sports News[/caption]  







 -LeRoy McConnell III

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Watch: Peyton Manning joins 500th club

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Peyton Manning joins Brett Favre as the only members to ever throw 500 touchdown passes. Manning found tight end, Julius Thomas, on a first-quarter 7 yard score against the Arizona Cardinals. Manning is now only nine touchdowns passes away from the all-time record held by Favre. Take a look at #500!

 (via cjzero)

Update alert!  Manning has now thrown for touchdown pass #501 and 502, hitting Demaryius Thomas for a 31 yard  and 86 yard scores. The touchdowns keep coming and coming and coming!

-LeRoy McConnell III

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Watch: Brandon Belt's the game winning home run

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Let's see, what does 8 2/3 innings, three hits, five strikeouts and not giving up a single  run with a one run lead get you in Game 2 of the NLDS.  It gives you a closer who couldn't close the deal.  Oh, I forgot to mention it was Jordan Zimmerman, who threw such a gem and I also fail to include he retired 18 straight batters before giving up a walk in the ninth inning with two outs that led manager Matt Williams, a former Giant great, to pull him for a relief pitcher name Drew Storen. After the leadoff walk by Joe Panik which led to the pitching change.  Buster Posey came up and lined a single up the middle.  The table was set Pablo Sandoval who ties the game with an RBI double in the 9th eventually sending the game into extra innings.  Take a look (via MLB.com) At the time the Buster Posey play at the plate was the biggest play of the game.  Jordan Zimmerman and Giants ace Tim Hudson became an afterthought as the Giants and Nationals played an additional nine innings before Brandon Belt put his two cents in. Take a look at Brandon as he Belt's his game winning home run.  (MLB.com) Quiet on the set!  The nitty gritty Giants snatch game two right out of the Nationals hand.  Giants are up 2-0 in the best of five and are headed back to San Francisco where Madison Bumgarner is slated to pitch Game 3 on Tuesday night.  San Francisco seems poised to win it again as its once again an even year.  The last two even years (2010 and 2012) have result in Giants World Series championships. Here's an interesting fact about the 6 hours and 23 minute marathon.

Tim Hudson was also the starting pitcher for Atlanta in the only other 18-inning postseason game in Major League history, a 7-6 victory by the Houston Astros over the Braves in the National League Division Series in 2005. Saturday's game, which lasted 6 hours, 26 minutes, replaced the 2005 game as the longest by time in playoff history.

-LeRoy McConnell III

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Watch: Mike Moustakas silence the Angels in the 11th

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All it took was one swing of the bat from Kansas City Royals third baseman, Mike Moustakas and the heavy favorite Los Angeles Angels find themselves trailing one game to none in the best of five.  Kansas City Royals came into the playoffs dead last in home runs with only 95 for the season.  Well number 96 came just in time as Moustakas hits the game winner off Angels relief pitcher, Fernando Salas.  Moustakas is only slugging .361 for the year which is way below league average with 15 home runs in the regular season. Take a look at Moustakas go-ahead home run in the 11th inning (via gifdsports)            

Its been 29 years since the Royals have seen any parts of the playoffs and they find themselves winning their first two playoff games. Call it a cinderella story if you want to; but the Angles are finding out that Kansas City will be a difficult team to beat.

-LeRoy McConnell III

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