Giants 2010 home opener proved to be a harbinger of October

San Francisco GiantsAs the San Francisco Giants celebrate their first world championship since 1954, it's interesting to look back at the team's home opener to consider how April optimism morphed into October glory.   

In what seems like forever ago, the April 9 game vs. the Atlanta Braves opened with a spectacular F-18 flyover on a perfect San Francisco day. 

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Edgar Renteria seeking another first

After Thursday night's 9-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, the San Francisco Giants are halfway to capturing the 2010 World Series. Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria broke a scoreless fifth inning tie, after blasting a solo homerun to left field off Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson. Renteria would finish the night with two hits and three RBI. Game 3 of the Fall Classic will take place Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.

Edgar Renteria

Nolan Ryan's incredible business success in baseball & beyond

One of the most notable storylines surrounding the Texas Rangers first-ever American League Championship has been the omnipresence of Hall of Fame pitcher and new team owner Nolan Ryan.

Nolan Ryan

The Twins success at Target Field has much to do with design

This season, the Minnesota Twins celebrated their inaugural season of play at Target Field by winning the American League Central Title for the sixth time in nine years. Playing home games outdoors for the first time since 1981, the Twins led the AL with a 53-28 home field record.

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Michael Cuddyer has witnessed it all

Michael CuddyerTuesday night, the Minnesota Twins clinched their sixth American League Central title in the last nine years. Since this run of Twins success began in 2002, many outstanding players have taken the field at both the Metrodome and Target Field. Amid all this assembled talent, only one player has been present for the entirety of this era, that man is Michael Cuddyer.

Michael Cuddyer

Buster Posey has come a long way in a short time

Buster PoseySan Francisco Giants catcher/first baseman Buster Posey has burst onto the big league scene.  The fifth pick in the 2008 draft has moved from college star at Florida State, to minor league sensation, to now being a significant contributor to his team's chase for the National League playoffs.  Entering Thursday's game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, Posey is hitting .324, with 13 HR and 59 RBI, in just 92 games.

Buster Posey

Classic video of Jim Thome hawking cars in Cleveland

Jim ThomeEntering Tuesday's game, Minnesota Twins DH Jim Thome has crushed 587 homeruns during his 20 big league campaigns. This season, the former Indian, Phillie and White Sox has contributed 23 long balls to the Twins American League Central leading efforts.

Jim Thome

Baseball history on display for fans at the new Yankee Stadium

In a previous article, analyzed one of the most glaring negatives of the new Yankee Stadium, autograph accessibility to both Yankee and visiting players. Today's piece will focus on how effectively the two-year old ballpark showcases the great history of our nation's most famous sports franchise.

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Meeting Jim Leyland outside Yankee Stadium

I was walking around the perimeter of Yankee Stadium, prior to a Yankees vs. Tigers game, when I met Tigers manager Jim Leyland.  Ironically, I was spending my day chronicling the difficulties of attaining autographs at the new stadium when I encountered Leyland.

River Avenue Garage At Yankee Stadium Not Built For Autograph Seekers

The South Bronx intersection of 161 Street and River Avenue is home to the most hallowed grounds in all of American sports. From 1923-2008, the original Yankee Stadium stood to the south and west of this very distinct part of the world.  “The House That Ruth Built” witnessed 26 World Championships, the most significant NFL game in history (1958 NFL Championship Game) and a bevy of noteworthy boxing matches, college football games and even religious gatherings. The stadium's unpa

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Hunter & Carew represent the Angels, Twins & baseball extremely well

This week's All-Star Game festivities in Anaheim featured a decidedly Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins flavor. The reason for this was the very prominent roles of Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter and Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

Torii Hunter