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The Rangers are back in the World Series for the second straight season after losing in five games to the San Francisco Giants last year in their first- ever appearance.

After their second straight AL West title and a franchise-record 96 wins this past season, the Rangers disposed of the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS before “Cruz-ing” to a six-game win over the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, as outfielder Nelson Cruz set the all-time mark for most home runs (six) and RBI (13) in a postseason series on his way to MVP honors.

“Behold, here we are with another opportunity,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “They deserve a ton of credit. They got so much character in that clubhouse, so much drive. And as I said, we are a team, and that’s the way they handle their business — as a team.”

St. Louis, meanwhile, is the National League’s version of the New York Yankees, as they are back in this round for the 18th time in team history following impressive wins over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS and the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS.

Of course, the Cardinals needed all 162 games to even reach the postseason, as they rallied from a 10 1/2 game deficit in late August and secured the wild card spot on the final day with a win over Houston coupled with the Phillies completing a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves.

“We thought we had good character, not just good talent,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. “That means you can’t quit and can’t give up. We did get to the end, and a lot of it was our character. This one here has its own mark, because coming from that far back is historic.”

Armed with the best hitter in the game in Albert Pujols, it has been the Cards’ bullpen that has carried them here in October, as St. Louis became the first team to advance in a postseason series without having a starter go more than five innings in any game of its series with the Brewers.

St. Louis last won a World Series back in 2006 and its 10 titles are the most by any NL team.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the matchups at each position:

CATCHER

Tampa manager Joe Maddon dubbed this season the “Year of the Napoli”. Mike Napoli has been a terrific addition to this Rangers club and has hit safely in eight of 10 postseason games and is hitting .316, while providing some quality defense behind the plate.

Widely regarded as the top defensive catcher in the game, Yadier Molina had his best offensive season this past year, hitting .305 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI. He’s hit .279 here in the postseason, but has continued to be a stud behind the plate and will keep the Rangers’ speedsters honest in this series.

FIRST BASE

Michael Young‘s season started with a trade demand, but ended with him being in the discussion for American League MVP, as he was the Rangers’ best player all season long, hitting .338 with 106 RBI. He’s now playing his third position with the team and remains one of the classiest and most underrated players in the game. Mitch Moreland will likely play first base when these games are played in Arlington.

Perhaps playing his final set of games with the Cardinals, Albert Pujols remains the best player in the game. The three-time NL MVP had a down year by his standards, but has been tremendous this postseason and hit .478 against the Brewers with a pair of home runs and eight RBI.

SECOND BASE

Ian Kinsler had a terrific bounce back season after a disappointing 2010. The gritty second baseman hit 32 home runs and scored 121 runs. He’s hit .275 this postseason with nine RBI, while crossing the plate 11 times too.

Skip Schumaker had been the Cards’ everyday second baseman, but suffered a strained oblique muscle in their Game 5 win over the Phillies and was left off the NLCS roster.

Schumaker might be added to the World Series roster, but if he can’t go then Nick Punto will handle the duties, as he did against the Brewers. However, he only had two hits in 15 NLCS at-bats. If Schumaker can’t go and Punto continues to struggle at the plate, don’t be surprised if La Russa goes to Ryan Theriot. Then again if Schumaker can go, Theriot will likely be left off the WS roster.

THIRD BASE

Aside from a three home run effort in the ALDS clincher Adrian Beltre has been quiet at the plate this postseason, going just 10-for-42 (.238) with six RBI. He’s still one of the best defenders at his position in the game, though.

How many Cardinals would you have named before you got to David Freese in picking an NLCS MVP before the series started. Freese was tremendous, though, as he totaled 12 hits with three home runs and nine RBI versus the Brewers. He is hitting .425 this postseason with four homers after batting .297 in the regular season with only 10 home runs.

SHORTSTOP

Last postseason was Elvis Andrus‘ coming out party to the baseball public. This year, though, he’s had a tough go of it at the plate, batting just .205 while being caught stealing twice. He did swipe 37 bases on the season and could be a valuable weapon should he get on base in this series. He’s also an A+ defender.

Rafael Furcal may not possess the same speed or range that he had in his heyday with the Atlanta Braves, but his October experience has proven to be a terrific asset to this Cardinals team. Even though he is only hitting .204 this postseason, he is still one of the better defensive shortstops in the game.

LEFT FIELD

David Murphy has been an invaluable asset to the Rangers, filling in when needed for both Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz this season. He’s hit .391 here in the playoffs with three RBI. Washington also likes to use the defensively- minded Endy Chavez here too.

Matt Holliday appears to be fully healed from a finger injury that cost him the end of the regular season and most of the NLDS. Holliday swatted 22 home runs during the regular season and has hit .375 here in the playoffs with five runs batted in.

CENTER FIELD

Hamilton didn’t quite have the MVP season he had last year, but is still one of the more feared left-handed bats in the game. He’s yet to hit a home run this postseason, but has driven in seven runs.

Jon Jay is another of La Russa’s unheralded stars, as he was a consistent contributor during the season, batting .297 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI.

RIGHT FIELD

Cruz was bothered for a lot of the regular season by hamstring injuries, but has caught fire here in the playoffs. He put on a record-setting performance in the ALCS, belting six home runs and 13 RBI to help oust the Tigers.

Lance Berkman turned out to be one of the best free agent signings of last offseason, as he earned NL Comeback Player of the Year honors after batting.301 with 31 homers and 94 runs batted in this season. He’s only hitting .237 here in October, though, and had just two RBI in the series win over the Brewers.

DESIGNATED HITTER

Young will slide back to his DH role at the start of this series. However, Washington could go with Murphy and leave Young at first for the beginning of this set since Moreland has just two hits in 19 postseason at-bats.

Allen Craig hit .315 for the Cardinals this past season with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 75 games. He hasn’t hit much this postseason (.222) but La Russa will not hesitate to insert him into the DH role when the series shifts to Rangers Ballpark.

STARTING PITCHING

The Rangers lost a big piece of their starting rotation last offseason when Cliff Lee bolted as a free agent. Left-hander C.J. Wilson did an admirable job in assuming the role as staff ace and won a career-best 16 games, while earning his first-ever trip to the All-Star Game.

He’s been atrocious in the playoffs, though, losing two of his three starts and failing to get out of the fifth in the other. Wilson has allowed 14 runs in 15 2/3 innings (8.04 ERA) and has walked eight batters in that span.

But he hasn’t been alone.

Lefties Derek Holland and Matt Harrison and righty Colby Lewis were downright awful against the Tigers, as the group as a whole combined for an ERA of 6.59 in the ALCS. They also own just one quality start in the 10 games they have played in the playoffs.

St. Louis’ starting staff hasn’t been much better, as the Cardinals became the first team to win a postseason series when their starters failed to go more than five innings in any of the six games.

The exception to the rule is righty Chris Carpenter, who is the best starter in the series. A former NL Cy Young Award winner, Carpenter, of course, outdueled Roy Halladay in a decisive fifth game to get the Cards to the NLCS, and beat the Brewers in his only NLCS start, albeit a five-inning, three run performance.

BULLPEN

The Rangers strengthened their bullpen at the trade deadline, acquiring right- handers Mike Adams and Koji Uehara. However, it has been a starter from this season who has dominated in the bullpen here in October for the Rangers.

Right-hander Alexi Ogando, who won 13 games and earned a trip to the All-Star Game in his first year as a full-time starter this season, has been exceptional out of the bullpen in the postseason, allowing just a run and four hits, while striking out 12 in 10 1/3 innings of work.

Ogando picked up two wins in the series against the Tigers, as Rangers starters C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison combined for a 6.59 ERA in the ALCS. The rotation also has just one quality start in 10 postseason games.

With Uehara (33.75 ERA) struggling, Ogando was called upon time and time again to help set the bridge to Adams and closer Neftali Feliz, who has surrendered just one run in the postseason.

St. Louis’ bullpen, which ranked 21st in the majors in the regular season with a 3.95 ERA, pitched in just over 54 percent of the team’s innings — the fifth-highest percentage ever for an LCS — and contributed a 1.58 ERA. La Russa also broke his own NLCS record by making 28 pitching changes.

The bullpen was spearheaded by a pair of mid-season acquisitions in lefty Mark Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel, who along with righty Edwin Jackson came over from Toronto as part of the Colby Rasmus deal.

Closer Jason Motte, the fifth such pitcher to be used in that role, has also found his rhythm, as he converted eight of nine saves in September and has saved four games in the playoffs without allowing a run in eight innings.

BENCH

Outfielder Craig Gentry will be used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement in late game situations. Moreland will also offer some pop off the bench when the games are in St. Louis.

It’s kind of veiled as to who is a starter and who isn’t with some of the Cardinals, as La Russa can’t help himself with the mixing and the matching. When not being used as a DH, though, Craig will be his top bat off the bench with the versatile Theriot finding himself some at bats as well, especially if Punto continues to struggle and Schumaker can’t go.

MANAGERS

Tony La Russa is one of two managers to win World Series championships in both leagues. He is third all-time in managerial victories and with another postseason win he will tie Atlanta’s Bobby Cox for the second most all-time. This is also the third St. Louis team he has taken to the World Series in the last eight seasons. He may drive you crazy with all his little moves, but at the end of the day La Russa is one of the best managers to ever manage a Major League Baseball game.

Washington has his team back in the World Series for the second straight season and with a better team than the one that lost in five games last year to the San Francisco Giants. Players love playing for him and he has made all the right moves here in October. Being in last year’s Fall Classic will certainly help, as Washington won’t get overwhelmed in the moment.

from:  http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=378368

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St. Louis Cardinals roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other
PitchersStarting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

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Outfielders

 

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

 

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60-day disabled list

25 Active, 15 Inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 15-day disabled list
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# Personal leave
Roster updated October 18, 2011
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Texas Rangers roster
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PitchersStarting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

 

Manager

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60-day disabled list

25 Active, 15 Inactive

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Nolan Ryan was born on January 31st, 1947 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nolan_Ryan

January 31st, 1947

1 + 31 +1+9+4+7 = 53 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Straight to the point.

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January 31st, 1947

January 31st

1 + 31 +2+0+1+1 = 36 = his personal year (from January 31st, 2011 to January 30th, 2012) = Managing.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

36 year + 9 (September) = 45 = his personal month ((technically from September 31st, 2011 to October 30th, 2011; however since there is no September 31st, it is instead (from October 1st, 2011 to October 30th, 2011)) = Intense.  Focused.

45 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = his personal day = Hard luck.

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Ron Washington Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers looks on against the Oakland Athletics during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 8, 2010 in Oakland, California.

Ron Washington was born on April 29th, 1952 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Washington

April 29th, 1952

4 + 29 +1+9+5+2 = 50 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = World Series.

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April 29th, 1952

April 29th

4 + 29 +2+0+1+1 = 37 = his personal year (from April 29th, 2011 to April 28th, 2012) = Heartfelt.  Fatherly advice.

37 year + 9 (September) = 46 = his personal month (from September 29th, 2011 to October 28th, 2011) = Historic.  Making history.  And the rest is history.

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Nelson Cruz was born on July 1st, 1980

July 1st, 1980

7 + 1 +1+9+8+0 = 26 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Popular with the fans.  On television.  In the news.  Making headlines.

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July 1st, 1980

July 1st

7 + 1 +2+0+1+1 = 12 = his personal year (from July1st, 2011 to July 1st, 2012) = Reversals.  Have faith.

12 year + 10 (October) = 22 = his personal month (for October 2011) = Lucky.

22 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = 50 = his personal day = World Series.

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Alexi Ogando was born on October 5th, 1983

October 5th, 1983

10 + 5 +1+9+8+3 = 36 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Managing.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

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October 5th, 1983

October 5th

10 + 5 +2+0+1+1 = 19 = his personal year (from October 5th, 2011 to October 4th, 2011) = Proud of his hard earned success.  Front and center.

19 year + 10 (October) = 29 = his personal month (from October 5th, 2011 to November 4th, 2011) = Self-confidence.  Teamwork.

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Michael Young was born on October 19th, 1976

October 19th, 1976

10 + 19 +1+9+7+6 = 52 = his life lesson = Keen.  Astute.

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October 19th, 1976

October 19th

10 + 19 +2+0+1+1 = 33 = his personal year (from October 19th, 2011 to October 18th, 2012) = Loyalty.

33 year + 10 (October) = 43 = his personal month (from October 19th, 2011 to November 18th, 2011) = This is no fun.

43 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = 71 = his personal day = Professional.  Job well done.

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Mike Napoli was born on October 31st, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Napoli

October 31st, 1981

October 31st

10 + 31 +2+0+1+0 = 44 = his personal year (from October 31st, 2010 to October 30th, 2011) = It is what it is.

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William DeWitt Owner William DeWitt, Jr. of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks at a press conference at Roger Dean Stadium on February 16, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.

William DeWitt Jr. was born on August 31st, 1941 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_DeWitt,_Jr.

August 31st, 1941

8 + 31 +1+9+4+1 = 54 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Technology.  Interviews.  Ask questions.

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August 31st, 1941

August 31st

8 + 31 +2+0+1+1 = 43 = his personal year (from August 31st, 2011 to August 30th, 2012) = Celebrating.  Congratulations.

43 year + 9 (September) = 52 = his personal month ((technically from September 31st, 2011 to October 30th, 2011; however since there is no September 31st, it is instead (from October 1st, 2011 to October 30th, 2011)) = Gossip.  Rumors.  Criticism.

52 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = 80 = his personal day = Dealing with the aftermath.

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Tony LaRussa Manager Tony LaRussa of the St. Louis Cardinals watches batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium on August 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Tony La Russa was born on October 4th, 1944

October 4th, 1944

10 + 4 +1+9+4+4 = 32 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Winning.  Victory.  Championship.

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October 4th, 1944

October 4th

10 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 18 = his personal year (from October 4th, 2011 to October 3rd, 2012) = Surreal.  Cardinal madness.  People going crazy over the St. Louis Cardinals.

18 year + 10 (October) = 28 = his personal month (from October 4th, 2011 to November 3rd, 2011) = Vulnerability.

28 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = 56 = his personal day = Tie breaker.

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David Freese was born on April 28th, 1983 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Freese

April 28th, 1983

4 + 28 = 32 = his core number = MVP.

 

 

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Albert Pujols was born on January 16th, 1980 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Pujols

January 16th, 1980

1 + 16 +1+9+8+0 = 35 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Stamina.  Hanging in there.  Never giving up.

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January 16th, 1980

January 16th

1 + 16 +2+0+1+1 = 21 = his personal year (from January 16th, 2011 to January 15th, 2012) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.  Universally appreciated.  Putting things in perspective.

21 year + 10 (October) = 31 = his personal month (from October 16th, 2011 to November 15th, 2011) = Competition.  Rising to the challenge.

31 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 29th, 2011) = 59 = his personal day = Savior.  Redemption.

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Chris Carpenter was born on April 27th, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Carpenter

April 27th, 1975

4 + 27 +1+9+7+5 = 53 = = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Straight to the point.

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April 27th, 1975

April 27th

4 + 27 +2+0+1+1 = 36 = his personal year (from April 27th, 2011 to April 26th, 2012) = Managing.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

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Allen Craig was born on July 18th, 1984

July 18th, 1984

7 + 18 +1+9+8+4 = 47 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Famous.  Internationally known.  Legacy.

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July 18th, 1984

July 18th

7 + 18 +2+0+1+1 = 29 = his personal year (from July 18th, 2011 to July 17th, 2012) = Self-confidence. Teamwork.

29 year + 10 (October) = 39 = his personal month (from October 18th, 2011 to November 17th, 2011) = Compliments.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

A year and a day after a fan fell from the second deck at Rangers Ballpark  and was severely injured, a man sitting in the front row of the left-field seats  plunged 20 feet from his seat to the field level behind a scoreboard on the  left-field wall and later died from his injuries.

The fan, identified by Texas newspapers as firefighter Shannon Stone, had  attended Thursday night’s game between the A’s  and Rangers with his young son. In the second inning, after a foul ball by  Oakland’s Conor Jackson bounced into left field, Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton  attempted to throw the ball toward Stone. He leaned over and caught it before  falling over the rail onto the concrete behind the out-of-town scoreboard.

Several of the A’s relievers were waiting to get through the tunnel to the  bullpen, and they were stopped there while Stone was wheeled through.

“They had him on a stretcher, and they were carrying him out, and he was  saying stuff,” said A’s reliever Brad Ziegler, who was in tears after the team  was informed of the man’s death. “He was saying, ‘Please check on my son. I was  here with my son,’ and people were saying, ‘We’ll check on your son. We’ll make  sure he’s OK.’

“He had his arms splinted, and he was talking, conscious. To come inside and  find out something like this – it’s just tough.”

The A’s clubhouse was silent, and the Rangers did not open their clubhouse  after beating Oakland 6-0.

“The game and everything doesn’t matter,” Oakland starter Rich Harden said.  “What happened – it’s terrible.”

Harden, who allowed five runs in five innings, said, “It’s difficult. You’ve  got to try to refocus. You’ve got a job to do, but it’s hard just to ignore  that.”

Harden was with Texas last year when a fan, Tyler Morris, fell 30 feet and  landed on the people below him. Morris, also a firefighter, was hospitalized  with a fractured skull and broken ankle. Harden called that incident  “awful.”

More than 90 minutes after Thursday’s game, there were officials in the  left-field corner looking closely at the area.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that the man who fell has passed away as a  result of this tragic accident,” Rangers President Nolan Ryan said in a  statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Texas manager Ron Washington told reporters that he will decide today if  Hamilton needs the day off. Ryan described Hamilton as distraught, “as the  entire team is.”

A’s manager Bob Melvin said, “It’s just devastating. I don’t even know what  to say.”

Video coverage of the fall available on the A’s blog at  sfgate.com/sports.

from:  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/07/SPUU1K7LAV.DTL#ixzz1RV4rJjdL

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Shannon Stone

1                     55

 

what he must not do (SN) and how he loses his heart’s desire (SE) both = 15 =

“Ties you grasped to change your life

now hold you tight and cause you strife.”

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Sawed off! University of Florida hitter breaks metal batFri Jun 24 09:26pm EDT

When the NCAA mandated that metal
bats perform more like wood bats
in college baseball this season, what
happened Friday afternoon at the College World Series may not have been what it
had in mind.

During the eighth inning of the
Florida-Vanderbilt game, Gators sophomore catcher Mike
Zunino
snapped his bat while fouling off an inside pitch. Yes, that’s right
— his metal bat broke. Just like a wood one would’ve. Except there was no
splintering, no shards. The barrel of Zunino’s bat just snapped clean off the
handle.

See the break for yourself:

Who was the pitcher who sawed Zunino off, leaving him stunned and holding
nothing but handle?

Vanderbilt senior reliever Mark
Lamm
probably has bragging rights from now until forever. Metal could not
withstand his fastball. (This may also be further testament to the effectiveness
of Tommy John surgery, as Lamm underwent the procedure
in August 2009.)

Unfortunately, the camera followed Zunino back to the dugout as he got
another bat, so the video clip doesn’t show if Lamm blew smoke off his index
finger after that composite metal barrel went into the stands.

Lamm was a
sixth-round pick
by the Atlanta Braves in this year’s
MLB Draft. Might his draft stock have improved if scouting directors and general
managers had seen him destroy metal with his 94 mph fastball?

But Zunino can point to the scoreboard.
Florida beat Vanderbilt, 6-4,
to advance to the College World Series championship. Gators first baseman
Preston Tucker drove in the go-ahead run just before Zunino broke his bat.

story from and video at:  http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Sawed-off-University-of-Florida-hitter-breaks-m?urn=mlb-wp10621

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Michael Accorsi Zunino was born on March 25th, 1991 according to http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=572287

March 25th, 1991

March 25th

3 + 25 +2+0+1+1 = 32 = his personal year (from March 25th, 2011 to March 24th, 2012) = Baseball.

32 year + 5 (May) = 37 = his personal month (from May 25th, 2011 to June 24th, 2011) = Mark Lamm.

[Numerologically, a person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  Mark Lamm was born on March 8th, 1988.  3 + 8 +1+9+8+8 = 37 = his life lesson number.

Michael Zunino’s 37 month indicates that Mark Lamm (whose life lesson number is 37) is significant in his life during his 37 month.]

37 month + 24 (24th of the month on Friday June 24th, 2011) = 61 = his personal day = Plans fall through.  Having a back-up plan.

 

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Mark Lamm

Fri Jun 24 09:26pm EDT

When the NCAA mandated that metal
bats perform more like wood bats
in college baseball this season, what
happened Friday afternoon at the College World Series may not have been what it
had in mind.

During the eighth inning of the
Florida-Vanderbilt game, Gators sophomore catcher Mike
Zunino
snapped his bat while fouling off an inside pitch. Yes, that’s right
— his metal bat broke. Just like a wood one would’ve. Except there was no
splintering, no shards. The barrel of Zunino’s bat just snapped clean off the
handle.

See the break for yourself:

http://d.yimg.com/nl/ynews/blog/player.html#vid=25736163&playlistId=6073551&browseCarouselUI=hide

Who was the pitcher who sawed Zunino off, leaving him stunned and holding
nothing but handle?

Sawed off! University of Florida hitter breaks metal batVanderbilt senior reliever Mark
Lamm
probably has bragging rights from now until forever. Metal could not
withstand his fastball. (This may also be further testament to the effectiveness
of Tommy John surgery, as Lamm underwent the procedure
in August 2009.)

Unfortunately, the camera followed Zunino back to the dugout as he got
another bat, so the video clip doesn’t show if Lamm blew smoke off his index
finger after that composite metal barrel went into the stands.

Lamm was a
sixth-round pick
by the Atlanta Braves in this year’s
MLB Draft. Might his draft stock have improved if scouting directors and general
managers had seen him destroy metal with his 94 mph fastball?

But Zunino can point to the scoreboard. Florida beat Vanderbilt, 6-4,
to advance to the College World Series championship. Gators first baseman
Preston Tucker drove in the go-ahead run just before Zunino broke his bat.

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Sawed-off-University-of-Florida-hitter-breaks-m?urn=mlb-wp10621

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Mark Jordan Lamm was born March 8th, 1988 according to http://vucommodores.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/lamm_mark00.html

March 8th, 1988

March 8th

3 + 8 +2+0+1+1 = 15 = his personal year (from March 8th, 2011 to March 7th, 2012) = Self-promotion.

15 year + 6 (June) = 21 = his personal month (from June 8th, 2011 to July 7th, 2011) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

21 month + 24 (24th of the month on Friday June 24th, 2011) = 45 = his personal day = Intense.  Hardcore.

 

 

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Washington Nationals' Riggleman out as manager

June 23rd, 2011  05:17 PM ET

Jim Riggleman has resigned as manager of the Washington
Nationals over contract issues, the team said Thursday on its website.

Quoting Riggleman’s manager Burt Rocks, the team said Riggleman was upset the
ballclub “didn’t pick up the option year in his contract.”

Riggleman’s departure marks the second time this week a National League East
manager has stepped down.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned Sunday after his team lost 17 of its
first 18 games in June.

Riggleman leaves Washington during a hot streak. The third-place Nationals
were 11 -1 in their last 12 games and one game over .500, beating the Mariners
1-0 Thursday.

An interim manager has not been named, the Nationals said.

from:  http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/23/washington-nationals-riggleman-out-as-manager/

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Jim Riggleman was born on November 9th, 1952 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Riggleman
November 9th, 1952
November 9th
11 + 9 +2+0+1+0 = 23 = his personal year (from November 9th, 2010 to November 8th, 2011) = Sports.
23 year + 6 (June) = 29 = his personal month (from June 9th, 2011 to July 8th, 2011) = Team.
29 month + 23 (23rd of the month on Thursday June 23rd, 2011) = 52 = his personal day = Gossip. Rumors.  Harsh words.
 

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03:06 PM/ET, 06/16/2011

Catching Hell
Über-documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) turns from politics to sports in his newest film,           Catching Hell.  The film looks back at what happened to Steve Bartman, the man who  became Chicago’s least favorite person when he deflected          a foul ball in game six of the 2003 Cubs/Marlins World Series.  The film screens at 4:30 PM on Friday, June 24, and 9:15 AM          on Sunday, June 26.

from:  http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/artsfun/afterhours/19867.html

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Steve Bartman

12545 2192415     41

 

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 41 = Stigma.

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South Carolina dad quits job to see son pitch at College World SeriesTue Jun 21, 2011  01:17am EDT

David Roth vowed he would not miss another chance to watch his son pitch for South Carolina at the College World Series if the Gamecocks returned to Omaha after winning the national championship in 2010.

But when his son’s team made it back, David Roth found himself in a tough spot. Unable to get personal time off from work, he needed to make a decision.

Michael Roth announced it on Twitter on Saturday:

How’s this for dedication? My dad had to quit his job to make it out to Omaha. Couldn’t get here last year. #novacationdays

As decisions go, this one seems as touching as it is impulsive. David Roth, a 57-year-old college graduate, really had quit his job selling Volkswagens and Audis in Greenville, S.C.

He was unemployed but in the stands at TD Ameritrade Park on Sunday, watching his son pitch 7 1/3 innings in a 5-4 victory for South Carolina against Texas A&M.

“Obviously, it was pretty special considering it was Father’s Day yesterday,” [Michael Roth] said Monday. “I’m glad that he’s here. It’s been pretty cool having my family here. […]

“My dad’s been a huge inspiration for baseball for me,” he said. “It’s definitely nice to have him out here.”

Definitely nice, yes. But how many parents out there would make, or could even entertain making, the same call?

South Carolina dad quits job to see son pitch at College World Series 

 

Michael Roth has not allowed an earned run in 37 1/3 innings for South Carolina, and his ERA for the season is 0.97. As a result of his success, the Cleveland Indians made him a 31st-round pick in the June draft. Roth is unsigned so far, but even if he signs, he doesn’t get many guarantees professionally. His career could be over quickly. It could be over this week.

And that’s probably where a lot of his father’s motivation comes from.

Most players reach this point in their baseball career only with the help of one or both parents making sacrifices along the way. But these sacrifices usually take the form of long car rides, expensive camps and equipment, and time. And it all might require a parent getting a second job to make it all come together.

But actually quitting a job? In this economy? Noble, sure. Maybe not as noble as donating a kidney or bone marrow, but good luck getting a transplant if you don’t have a job and health insurance to pay for it.

What David Roth did was risky, even reckless — depending on many unknown (to us) financial factors for the Roths. But even the gesture — “I have quit my job to watch my son pitch in the College World Series” — it boggles the mind. It’s awesome.

Is he worried about his dad getting another job?

“No, he’ll be OK,” Michael Roth said. “Gamecock Nation will help us out.”

Better make sure South Carolina wins again, just in case.

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/South-Carolina-dad-quits-job-to-watch-son-pitch-?urn=mlb-wp10084

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

David Roth

41494 9628      47

 

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 47 = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.

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