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Happy Birthday:

Thurman Munson (7 June 1947, Akron, OH — 2 August 1979, Summit County, OH)

I had never heard of Thurman Munson until a couple of years ago. I was far too late.

Munson was an amazing catcher and leader for the New York Yankees in the late 1970s. A first round pick (4th overall) in the 1968 amateur draft, he was brought up to the majors in the 1969 season. The first team captain since Lou Gehrig, he was called by many the “heart and soul” of the team. Under his leadership the Yankees went to 3 consecutive World Series (1976-1978) and won the ‘77 and ‘78 World Series. 

Munson won many awards while he was in the Majors. Rookie of the Year in 1970, a SEVEN time All-Star (1971, 1973-1978), the 1976 AL MVP, and finally, his #15 was retired by the New York Yankees.

Tragically, Munson died on 2 August 1979. He was a private pilot and was flying his own plane when it crashed. He was flying back to Ohio from New York to be with his family. 

His career stats were 1,558 hits, 701 RBI, .292 AVG, .756 OPS, and average WAR of 4.18 over 10 full seasons (11 partial).

Happy Birthday, Cap.

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12 years ago today, November 4th, 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks shocked the world by beating Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees in a wild Game 7.
Personally, I’m a Diamondbacks fan, so I will try to not gush too much. But suffice it to say I think that this series and this game ranks among the best of all time in the Fall Classic.

12 years ago today, November 4th, 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks shocked the world by beating Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees in a wild Game 7.

Personally, I’m a Diamondbacks fan, so I will try to not gush too much. But suffice it to say I think that this series and this game ranks among the best of all time in the Fall Classic.

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vouxcroux:

bonusbaseball:

Neshek finds solace on pitching mound:

Neshek entered the game with one out and a runner on first. He got Omar Infante to hit a grounder to shortstop Stephen Drew, who almost turned a double play, then struck out Austin Jackson to end the inning. As he jogged off the mound he tapped the patch with his son’s initials on his sleeve, looked up, and exhaled.

“Yesterday I said to get on the baseball field you don’t really think about anything else, but tonight I was thinking about it,” Neshek said while fighting back tears. “It sounds so cliché but I felt like I had someone looking down on me and helping me.”

For those that don’t know, Pat Neshek’s son lived for about 23 hours, just a few days before.

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vouxcroux:

I love this. Kirk is just having one of those days and needs to be told that everything will be alright, or at least that it isn’t horrible. And Spock’s like, “What do you expect me to say?”

On a side note, anyone know what episode this is from?

(Source: spockemon)