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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/26/17


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1. USA Baseball - I'm selfishly putting this at the very top. The World Baseball Classic as a whole was superb entertainment. However, with the USA (finally) winning it all, it was a nice story, especially for those who chose to represent the country in the tournament. 

2. NCAA Tournament - As stated last week, it's nice to have such an eclectic mix of teams in the tournament. This is especially a great change from the "usual suspects" we have become used to in college basketball. The Final Four should be fun. 

3. Ted Koppel - Kudos to Koppel for saying it like it is - especially to Sean Hannity (of all people). Unfortunately, many have become desensitized into accepting political rhetoric rather than deciphering facts. And for the record, Hannity claiming he's not part of the "media" is insanely laughable.  

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1. British Parliament Attack - I'm so over terrorism. So over it. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones in the recent attacks this way. 

2. Missing Girls in DC - So, when do we all start taking this seriously? Can you imagine if a significant amount of white teenage girls were going missing in a city? 501 cases in 2017? Come on. 

3. Outlets for Lavar Ball - Look, I don't dislike Lavar Ball. The man is promoting and is getting his brand out there at the expense at some of these platforms who will do anything to make a headline. When did sports become like this? When did hyperbole statements all of a sudden warrant attention. Beat Michael Jordan? Seriously. Ugh.

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1. Thailand Boys Rescued - This story was captivating, and even becomes downright addictively intriguing when you really get into the research methods used to save these boys and their coaches. And let us not forget some of the fatalities that occurred to get this done as well.

2. World Cup - How absolutely phenomenal was this event? I'm already sad to see it go. With a newborn in tow for myself, I watched so much of it, and it all, was so, so, so good. Best in my lifetime, for sure. Congratulations to France - albeit via immigrants of African nations. But that's a different message for another post on immigration hypocrisy.

3. Isner vs. Anderson - 6 Hours and 36 Minutes. Just as great as the World Cup has been, Wimbledon was just as fantastic. Isner and Anderson provided an absolute classic.

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Dear Son, Prior Generation

--22 Days Old---

Dear Son,

It's been three weeks since you entered this world, and ever since then, you've given us joy, smiles, love, countless Google searches, plenty of shoulder shrug I-give-up moments, countless "spit-up" shower/laundry drills (we have this down now - it's such a tight operation), a lifetime subscription to sleep deficiency and an immediate annoyance to parenting advice from those who wish to give it unsolicited.

But you know what, between all the unknowns, the shrugs, and the fatigue, you flash a moments smile, and we're back in the game. And if we capture it on our phones, it's like a bases loaded, 3 RBI, triple.

Yet, as the days peel off the calendar board, and sunrises and sunsets aren't exactly lining up mentally in our place in comparison to earth's time continuum, this third week of your existence brought you visitors - your first! - in the likes of your grandparents.

By now, you probably know you are lucky and that yo…

The Pondering 10 - Favorite MLB Uniforms

Unlike most sports, baseball uniforms carry a lot of tradition and history. It's rare that you see baseball teams deviate away from the history of a club, and if they do, it's usually an ownership change. For the most part, in baseball, the uniforms are sacred. Because of that, Major League Baseball has many teams with uniforms that are very, very significant, and also, very stylish. As we did for the NFL (Pondering 10 - Favorite NFL Uniforms), the following Pondering 10 will take a look at my favorite MLB uniforms.

What if A-Rod Joined the Red Sox in 2004?

So, A-Rod...
Yup, the most fascinating athlete in my lifetime (in my opinion of course) is giving us more material and more head shaking fodder than we can digest these days. As I've stated before, I've long written and wrapped up A-Rod's career once all of this Biogenesis stuff began (Homeless: A-Rod's Legacy Is defined). 
However, it was in a conversation with my brother-in-law and my wife's cousin (Cousin-in-law?) about all things baseball in which a light bulb suddenly went off in my head. In the midst of discussing on base percentages, the relevance and applications of WAR and defensive metrics, the ideal number two hitter, Tony LaRussa's quirky use of the pitcher in the eight spot, and of course, A-Rod, it occurred to me how much his failed trade to the Red Sox changed so many things in the game.  
Back in the early parts of 2004, the Red Sox and Rangers had a deal in place to swap Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, only to see the deal fall apart. Don…