Monday, May 15, 2017

A Baseball Hall of Fame Spelling Bee 5/15/17

Hey baseball fans!

Want to play a fun game with your friends and family? Have them try to spell the following names of baseball Hall of Famers! They're tougher than you think:

Craig Biggio
Bert Blyleven
Lou Boudreau
Earl Combs (it's pronounced "Cooms")
Ed Delahanty
Bobby Doerr
Harmon Killebrew
Nap Lajoie (pronounced "Lajoway")
Heinie Manush (pronounced "Manoosh")
Bill Mazeroski
Phil Niekro (I actually always miss this one up)
Mike Schmidt (common last name, but still hard to spell)

The last name deserves its own list for how many times I've misspelled it: Carl Yastrzemski. Once you get tripped up in the middle, there's no turning back.


Could your friends spell these names? I highly recommend you test them out. It'll be fun! Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My Top Five World Series That I've Watched 5/10/17

Hey baseball fans!

I've done a lot of "Top Five" posts on BwM that have been about me recounting history from stories, but for this "Top Five" post, I want to count down something I witnessed firsthand: my top five World Series I've watched (in person or on TV). Since I became a baseball fan during the 2007 playoffs, the Series in contention start from 2008.

Number Five: 2009
End Result: Yankees over Phillies in six
Why? This one is special because it's the only World Series where I watched my favorite team win. I loved that 2009 Yankees team and it will always stay near and dear to my heart.
Favorite Moment: Hideki Matsui had a record six RBIs in Game Six en route to his World Series MVP and he swung at a pitch that almost hit the ground for a home run.


Number Four: 2010
End Result: Giants over Rangers in five
Why? The Rangers had just beaten the Yanks in the ALCS and I wanted to see them really get destroyed, which they did. I was also very happy for the Giants, who won their first World Series in 56 years in 2010.
Favorite Moment: Seeing Brian Wilson and Buster Posey jump into each other's arms after the final out of Game Five always gives me the goosebumps when watching something about the Giants' dynasty of recent years.

Number Three: 2014
End Result: Giants over Royals in seven
Why? Oh my god was this series insane. It went back and forth and came down to the final play. It was nail-biting all the way through.
Favorite Moment: Giants second baseman Joe Panik helped turn an insane double play in Game Seven that helped San Fran keep the 2-2 tie at the time. It went through a bunch of replays before finally being called a double play.

Number Two: 2011
End Result: Cardinals over Rangers in seven
Why? This was a World Series that will be remembered for the Cardinals' clutch batting towards the end of Game Six. They escaped two situations in which the Rangers were a strike away from a World Series title. The entire series was full of history and although I wanted the Rangers to win, they still gave it a fight.
Favorite Moment: David Freese's 12th-inning walk-off homer is the single most important home run I have ever witnessed firsthand, because it was the first baseball history moment that people will ask me where was when I saw it and who I was with at the time. It was that momentous!!


Number One: 2016
End Result: Cubs over Indians in seven
Why? What other World Series was it going to be? It had great moments and two gigantic World Series droughts were on the line. I was extremely happy for the Cubs when they won and the Series as a whole revived baseball just a little bit.
Favorite Moment: Easily the World Series-clinching ground ball fielded by Kris Bryant and thrown to Anthony Rizzo. What a time for the city of Chicago.


Do you agree with my picks? Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."