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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.

Your Happy 4th of July/Saturday Baseball Post

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Other than Christmas and Thanksgiving, the 4th of July has always been my favorite holiday. I guess that’s because of it’s close association with baseball.

It’s just a great day and a great time of year. This year it of course falls on the best day of the week, and the fine people who make the baseball schedule have games going on all day for us. This includes the 11:00 AM start in Washington DC which kicks off in about ten minutes.

We have a seven month old, so we’ve already been up and had a full day in. Our kiddo did not make it through the full parade before melting down.

So enjoy your family, the full baseball slate, a Hebrew National hot dog, and of course whatever fireworks display you’re going to. This holiday has a wonderful way of taking you back to the days of your youth. That’s why we love it.

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

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s hard to believe that spring has spawned into the final Saturday in June already. The season is in full swing, and 75% of the action today kicks off at or before 4:00. It’s kind of a weird Saturday slate.

As with all Saturday’s during the baseball season; it’s the best day of the week and we salute the game we love with this post.

We’re spending the entire weekend taking care of our seven month old for the first time without mommy. If it weren’t for a nap that will surely be all too short, we wouldn’t even have time to do this post.

Your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a loud speaker at a ballpark near you is One More Try by George Michael.

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

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s a rainy Saturday, and in a few hours I’ll be spending the rest of the day watching my seven month old daughter for the rest of the day while my wife caters a wedding. There will be little baseball for me until bed time.

That said, it’s still a Saturday, and we put the flag at half mass here at the blog on this day to recognize baseball as the greatest game on earth.

There are a couple 10:00 late night starts tonight and games sprinkled regularly throughout the day all over the schedule. Even though the weather is brutal here in the midwest and there are sure to be rainouts, it’s still the best day of the week. Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.

No 80’s song of the week this week – instead we go to Grantland Rice’s poem, Game Called from the Documentary When it Was a Game. You can’t just watch this once.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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Happy summer Saturday. We are headed to the pool in a little bit and everyone is in play. It’s officially gotten hot enough that you have to be using your AC, and if you don’t have AC; we feel sorry for you.

On Saturday – we use this post to put the flag at half mass and recognize the greatest game on earth. Saturday is the best day of the week and baseball is our country’s greatest sport. Someone has to recognize it somewhere. We know our long-time readers feel this way.

Your song of the week that should be played at a ballpark loudspeaker near you is The Load Out by our boy Jackson Browne. This is one of the greatest rock songs ever created. It’s actually not an 80’s tune, it’s from 1977.

‘Til those lights come up, and we hear that crowd, and we remember why we came’. Classic.

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

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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Welcome to Saturday, the best day of the week to be a baseball fan; the best day of the week just in general. If you’re like us, you’ve already been up and at it for a few hours and seen the wild parts of of ‘Africa’ or ‘the Congo’ at your local zoo.

And yet the day in baseball is just beginning. The Nationals and Cubs kicked off things with a neat noon start time in the nation’s capital. The Redlegs have an afternoon tilt with the Padres in the queen city. There are actually three games that start after the 10:00 eastern time hour including one at Dodger Stadium, which means if you want to fall asleep to Vin Scully, you can. There’s virtually baseball going on from the time you start your day until you go to bed today. That’s the way it should be for the first Saturday in June; now that it’s officially summer time.

Here’s one from 1984, your 80’s song of the week that should be played at a ballpark loudspeaker near you:

This song also has a quiet cameo in Breaking Bad as the series begins to roll towards it’s ending. You will miss it if you aren’t watching (or listening) closely.

So enjoy your Saturday. Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers, and the game of baseball. The greatest sport on the planet.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s a beautiful Saturday morning of a holiday weekend, if you have a normal job you’re definitely not working Monday, and there’s a full-slate of baseball on tap for your viewing pleasure today, tomorrow, and Monday.

Summer officially begins with this weekend, it’s okay if you don’t have your tan yet. The kids are out of school and baseball finally begins to take center stage.

Your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker near you deals with Lionel Richie. It’s Dancing on the Ceiling. This plays good at any park in the big leagues.

Enjoy your Saturday, your holiday, and God Bless. Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers, and the best game on earth. Do not burn yourself on the grill this weekend.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s hard to believe we are just a week from Memorial Day Weekend, which means in baseball the things you are seeing are officially real and not a figment of your imagination.

Saturday early afternoon and morning are the best time of the week to be a baseball fan. Soon, your neighborhood pool will be open and the AC will need to be on 24/7 and the dog days of summer will be upon us. Cherish these times as a baseball fan. If you’re forced into doing some type of yardwork or labor by your wife, put a game on the radio and listen to a few innings. The work will pass and the ballgame will be good for your well being.

Baseball is the greatest sport on earth and we salute it with this weekly post.

Now, for your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker near you. We’re going with a little REO Speedwagon. Because REO Speedwagon is one of the greatest 80’s groups ever. You cannot listen to this song and be anything but happy.

Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers. Enjoy your Saturday and full slate of games. Don’t you dare forget to set all your fantasy lineups.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s Saturday, and it definitely feels like summer outside; and it’s baseball season. It doesn’t get much better than that in life.

And today is an extra special Saturday; because the Cincinnati Reds play a doubleheader in a ballpark they typically don’t play in. I can’t in fact remember seeing the Reds play at Comiskey/US Cellular in my lifetime. Due to last night’s inclement weather and us all being cheated out of a game on a Friday evening; we get two today. One is the debut of Carlos Rodon as a starting pitcher.

Small footnote about another pitcher; the one pictured above there in the post. If anyone who knows me wants to know how I fell in love with fantasy baseball, it may have been that the year I started playing I grabbed Pedro Martinez in the first round. At that point, it was not a sexy pick. It was a reach. I would like you all to take a look at his 1999 season game log. To own this guy and watch the K’s pile up all summer was like something out of a dream. I was hooked. Look at how the son of a gun got stronger as the year wore onwards.

Here is your 80’s song that should be played at a ballpark loudspeaker near you:

Enjoy your Saturday everyone. It’s the best day of the week and baseball needs saluted on this day. Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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What, you thought we would forget about the Saturday baseball post? It’s the NFL Draft, the Kentucky Derby, Pacquio vs. Mayweather; yet at the center of our universe is the MLB full slate.

The Mets and Nationals. The Reds and Braves. The Yankees and Red Sox. The Brewers and Cubbies.

These are just a few of the rams that are locking horns this weekend in baseball. At some point today, something will take place that’s never happened before in baseball. Even though it’s essentially the same game that was played 100 years ago, you’ll see something completely unique today or tonight that seems interesting or new to you. How does anyone live without being a baseball fan?

It’s also date night. That happens about once every six months when you have a kid. I’m going to try not to peak too many times at my phone to check scores because it bothers my wife. Yeah, good luck.

And oh man, do we have a good 80’s tune cooked up for you today – a tune that should be played on the loud speaker at a ballpark near you. The Warrior.

Or for you Grand Theft Auto V fans (if you want some, let us know and come get some online), a little Survivor.

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

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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Welcome to Saturday – the best day of the week if you’re a baseball fan. A time when we lower the flag to half mass and salute the greatest game on earth.

It’s a damp, solemn little final Saturday in April. It’s hard to believe the first month of the regular season has almost concluded. If you had the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals as our best teams – raise your hand (liar).

So you best have your fantasy lineups set with everyone in them. We’ve got a full slate with everyone in action, another best part about baseball on a Saturday. Unless you’re subject to some funky blackout restriction, you should be able to see just about anyone you want on television today.

There’s a couple national games on Fox Sports One and MLB Network tonight for those who are lucky enough to have those on their television package. Do yourself a favor tonight: stay in, turn the lights down, and watch some ball.

Now here’s your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a loudspeaker at a ballpark near you:

It will always remind me of Walter White sadly touching that chemistry lab for the last time in Breaking Bad; and it reminds me a little bit of my daughter for some reason. Great song, in any event.

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