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Your Saturday Baseball Post

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You know the drill, it’s Saturday; and even though it’s NFL Draft weekend, this is still baseball’s day during the springtime.

Friday was pretty quiet as far as offense goes, so this is sure to be a wild and whacky day of action and who even knows what is in store.

Saturday is of course the greatest day of the week. And we’re here each Saturday to remind you during baseball season that it’s the greatest sport on earth.

Your classic rock song of the week that should be blared on a ballpark loudspeaker nearest you is Bruce Springsteen, Out in the Street:

So don’t peak too much at the NFL Draft. No one exciting is being chosen today. Use your precious spare time to watch more baseball. Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers. Enjoy your Saturday, folks.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s Saturday, and it’s the best day of the week. Today is Blake Snell’s big league debut; and after getting car sick and puking all over her new car seat, me, and the backseat of my car while simply going to get breakfast, my kiddo is safe and sound and down for a nap. Not even a car-sick kid can ruin a baseball Saturday.

I’m going to collect my bearings, I’ll be back with more later today.

Here’s your Saturday song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker nearest you. Thank you for your continued support and readership of Diamond Hoggers baseball blog. Enjoy your Saturday!

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s the best day of the week, at the best time of the week, on possibly the most beautiful day of the entire year. Full slate of baseball on tap as always and this post is here to salute that and the week that was of the greatest game on earth.

My wife and I are taking our 17 month old to her first baseball game ever today, at our Alma Mater. It’s best to test the youngster out at a game that charges minimal admission before you take her to the show later in the summer and you’re wanting to pluck all your hair out after three innings; so we’ve heard. I’m planning on seeing about four pitches today in between chasing her and making sure she doesn’t trip over any blunt objects.

That said, it’s a Saturday; and there’s baseball. And you can feel summer in the air. Enjoy your Saturday and thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers! We hope all your teams win today unless you’re a Cardinals fan.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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Has it ever felt better to get to the first Saturday afternoon of the MLB regular season?

There is a full slate of games on tap on a Saturday for the first time in about seven months. We’ve all waited a long time for this. I’ve spent the morning on Daddy duty, and surely the hardest part is behind me.

Hopefully your fantasy teams are off to a shining start and you aren’t losing your bets on your heavy moneyline favorites. Hopefully you can catch nine innings tonight without being interrupted by the other stresses of life. Hopefully you see something really special.

Today’s 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker nearest you is Fallen Angel by Poison. A real classic:

So enjoy your Saturday! Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers – where we always put the flag at half mass on Saturday during baseball season to give thanks to the best sport on earth.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s your first Saturday Baseball Post of the offseason, we’re 58 days from Opening Day. Pitchers and catchers will report soon. Your fantasy league should be filling with familiar faces and it won’t be long until we’re all gathered round rooting for the same old categories that remind us it’s truly spring.

As for us, well we’re trying to sell our condo. It’s truly the most miserable experience to do the daily drill of showings and offerings and counters. Please don’t ever sell your home. It shows you that every person in this world has some shrewdness in them. And when you do show it you will be forced to vacate and loiter at your nearest convenience store for hours on end. So if you care about yourself and your family you will stay where you are!

Today’s 80’s song of the game that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker near you is a true classic! Enjoy your Saturday.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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There are only two games today, and college football has really taken center stage. But it’s LCS Saturday, and the Cubbies and Mets kick things off in Queens tonight.

Leaves are on the ground, the fall nip is in the air, and for the first time it really feels like October baseball all around us. We definitely needed to give homage to this with a Saturday baseball post.

Hopefully you don’t miss too much of the action because you’re being into going somewhere to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes trounce Penn State. This Cubs game tonight will be tight and full of drama! The only thing that would have made it perfect is if it would have been at Wrigley.

Soon enough.

Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers and the greatest game on earth. Enjoy your Saturday, all.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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This is the final Saturday before the last Saturday of the MLB regular season. In some ways it’s so hard to fathom. The baseball season has been a blast, seeming like it’s been just a few weeks long. In other ways you think back to some stuff going on in your life in April, and you think it was two seasons ago. It’s been the best of times, it’s been the worst of times.

Overall though, we would prefer that it not end. There’s just something magical that comes with a full slate of games and every team in play on a Saturday. It stinks to think about not having that until next spring.

We’re also at that weird part in the season where you get two teams playing for absolutely nothing and you know it’s a formality and they’re playing simply because it’s on the schedule. And it’s at those times that you get some really weird and unpredictable outcomes.

We implore you to enjoy your Saturday, and enjoy this final week of baseball. Pull out all the stops in fantasy baseball to get the finish you desire and what you’ve worked all season for.

Your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker at a park near you is Chicago, from 1988. Look away, baby look away:

Enjoy your Saturday all, and thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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This post really should have been up a lot earlier today, but I was at the pool all day with my nine month old.

However; it’s a Saturday… and on Saturday we honor baseball. The Cubbies just wrapped up a Wrigley Field winner. I am honestly moving closer to ‘Anthony Rizzo is my MVP of the National League crowd’. He hit his 25th home run of the season today.

In other matinee action, the Pirates won in the bottom of the ninth in Pittsburgh, the Yankees won at Yankee Stadium; coupled with the Cubbies winning, those are three things that truly are good for baseball. There’s an excellent night slate ahead with the other twelve or so games kicking off right as this post is going live. And there’s nothing better to do when you have a slight sunburn and your kid has just fallen asleep than take in a few innings.

And today was near a perfect day really. Perfect weather, a day with my family, and baseball on tonight. So what better than to make the 80’s song of the week be by my all-time favorite band, The Cars. It wasn’t their greatest hit but in my opinion it’s in their top five. Magic.

Saturday is the best day of the week, we maintain; and baseball will always be the greatest sport on earth. Just like it was in the 60’s and 70’s when the immortals our fathers talk about were hitting in the heart of the order in the city nearest you. It binds time and generations together like no other sport can. On this day each week, we salute baseball.

Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It is the dog days of summer, and the sun with the way it sets has that August-y feel to it. Football has started, and we’re sad to admit we’ll be watching some of it tonight on the side with some baseball on here and there.

There’s a great night slate going on in baseball tonight, the Reds are in Los Angeles; the Nationals are in San Francisco, and the Yankees have already completed their game in Toronto. The pennant races are heating up.

Your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker near you is Starship. It’s a song that had to have been popular at the Kingdome in Seattle, right? This song makes me think of the blue walls and that emerald turf of the Kingdome. I miss the damn Kingdome.

The summer is basically gone, which is sad. We salute this greatest game on earth every Saturday. Thank you for your continued reading of Diamond Hoggers. Enjoy your Saturday everyone.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s Saturday, the best day of the week and a Saturday in the summer when every Major League team is in play qualifies as one of the best days on earth. We always put the flag at half mass and salute here during this time of the week.

So while focus in the sports world might be turned towards the NFL kicking off it’s season with the Hall of Fame in Canton, definitely take the time to stop and appreciate the unique talents of the players on the diamond.

Today’s slate is interesting, one game at Yankee Stadium at 1:00; a couple games sprinkled in at 4:00, and then the rest tonight. It’s kind of a nice slate to enjoy if you aren’t up to anything.

Your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker somewhere near you is one you all know. A good old good one. Toto, Africa:

Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers, and baseball. Enjoy your Saturday!

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s the best day of the week, and there are four early games on the slate with the rest going on stage late here as we begin summer’s final month.

Even if you aren’t feeling your best, even if you’re taking care of your sick kid, there’s something harmonious about baseball on a Saturday in the summer that can make everything seem alright for a couple of hours. Let’s not forget that Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Kuechel throw today.

While you were sleeping, Mike Trout had another amazing Mike Trout game last night in the City of Angels. He had three hits, two of them coming off the lately unhittable Zach Greinke. He drove in all three Anaheim runs in a 5-3 losing effort. He hit his league-leading 32nd home run of the year. Mike Trout is God’s gift to the game of baseball.

Today your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker near you preferably in between innings is “Something so Strong” by Crowded House. This is from 1986 when the New York Mets ruled the world.

So enjoy your Saturday. We say it every year but sadly, soon enough the boys of summer will be giving way to the guys on the gridiron of the NCAA and NFL. We aren’t quite ready not to be able to watch baseball on impulse at any time of the day on the weekends yet.

Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s Saturday, the best day of the week and the best baseball day of the week. Today, no games start until 4:00 so you’re not going to miss anything good if you have things to get done. Your wives should be home from their bridal showers by then.

A week from now, there will be a boatload of new players in new places and uniforms. Last night the action got kicked off a little early with the franchise unearthing trade of Kelly Johnson to the Mets!

And now the 80’s song of the week that should be played at a ballpark loudspeaker near you:

I think that song played doing my warm up tosses between innings about a dozen different times when I was playing on many late July days like this one.

Enjoy your Saturday – a day where we always remember to put the flag at half mass here at Diamond Hoggers to salute the greatest game on earth on the best day of the week. Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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This post should have been up earlier, but I have my hands full with an eight month old all weekend being on daddy duty.  It’s Saturday, we are setting the proverbial flag at half mask; and we wanted to just throw this post up to salute the greatest game on earth while we still have a small part of the afternoon left.

We can’t wait until that 6:30 PM ET bedtime here in the steamy Midwest to turn on some baseball. We’re missing Kershaw in Washington right now to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney Junior. Not kidding. It’s Witching hour folks. You don’t want to piss her off.

Your Gentleman’s Game recap post will be up later today. Here’s the classic rock song of the game that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker near you:

Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers Baseball Blog. Enjoy your Saturday.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It doesn’t seem like almost twenty years ago that these two Goliath’s of the game took aim at the original home run record. It’s hard to believe that on this date in 1998, Mark McGwire already had 38 home runs and Sammy Sosa had 35; Sosa just wrapping up a June I remember very well with 20 alone in that calendar month.

There will be no legendary home run chase this season. There are a few guys with a shot at hitting 50, which seems like the new high-water mark in today’s game. With all the flamethrowers that will take the mound today in a starting role and in relief, that’s still pretty impressive.

It’s one of the nicest days of the summer outside. Summer is fading very quickly, and just a few short weeks from now we’ll be talking about the kids being back in school and the pennant races wrapping up. Time flies in life and in baseball.

Your 1980’s song of the week that should be played on a loud speaker at a ballpark near you is one that everyone knows.

Enjoy your Saturday. Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.