Category: Miscellaneous

Videos — Dads Ditching Kids for Baseballs: Probably Me Some Day

My wife says this will be me some day: a ball comes into the vicinity and I drop my kid for a $15 baseball. It’s ridiculous, illogical, and so, it makes us laugh so very hard when it’s not us. This will be me someday. After Chris Young‘s ground-rule double into the RCF grassy area, we were treated to this gem:

The legendary (and tiny) GIF of the best moment when the dad realizes what he’s done:

So great. This next one is probably my favorite. From a baseball game in Taiwan:

I mean…

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Nnnnno thanks.

This one’s pretty good, too. From a Marlins-Dodgers game:

Dad gets out of it by tickling his daughter? That daughter should have asked for an autographed baseball because dropping her is just… woo boy.

So let this be a lesson for you parents, because men aren’t the only ones that will fall victim to this. We’re just a heckuvalot more likely to do it. Duct tape your kids to you when you’re at a baseball game. Otherwise you will suffer the wrath of your partner, and it will involve much sadness. But as long as your kid’s OK, the public will be more than happy to laugh at you.


Apply through Sunday: @SFGiants is Hiring for their Orange and Black Attack Squad

So you have some free time before, during, and after the home games at AT&T Park? Why not apply for the Giants cheerleading and friends-of-the-fans squad:

I’ve never met anybody doing this, so I can’t tell you my experiences with them, but I would it’s cool because you get paid to be at AT&T Park, which normally, you pay them. That’s pretty neat. They links to photos the people do, a job description, and some minimum qualifications. I’ll highlight some for your information:

  • Assist in the execution of Giants special event nights at AT&T Park
  • Serve as Giants ambassadors at street festivals, events and promotions throughout the Bay Area

I interpret that as, “Walk with Willie Mays and Willie McCovey to the field and escort Barry Bonds to his seats near the dugout.” That second bullet point I interpret as, “Be a part of the parade when the Giants win the World Series again.” I mean, that’s got to be pretty excellent.

  • Display an outgoing, energetic and engaging personality

So, not Brandon Crawford‘s Wells Fargo radio commercial.

  • Be comfortable in front of large groups upwards of 42,000

Everybody will be watching you. Everybody. Approximately 84,000 eyeballs at least.

  • Have reliable transportation and live in or close to San Francisco

But living close is probably better because going to San Francisco is a nightmare.

  • Demonstrate good moral character

Jarred Cosart has been ruled out.

  • Knowledge of baseball and the San Francisco Giants is preferred

You could be a fair weather fan and it’s OK!

This gig sounds great, if you have the time and maybe you’re looking at this as a possible customer service or social media internship. It does require a good amount of your time, though. Hopefully, if you are a good Giants fan — guy or gal — you apply and you get it. Best of luck, don’t miss the deadline.

This @Dodgers Tweet Could Be Taken The Wrong Way #StadiumSeries

For the hockey game on Saturday night between the Kings and the Ducks:

This could be taken the wrong way, as in:

  • “Hockey is stupid. This is Los Angeles.”

Actually, that’s probably the way in which you would sum it up.

They would clarify later with baseball fan Lana, that they indeed ❤ hockey, and that a 140 character limit may have prevented an explanation of their initial tweet:

It was about fifty minutes in between tweets, so for about fifty minutes, people were probably left thinking, “Gosh, whoever runs that Dodgers account really hates hockey.” Unless you gave them the benefit of the doubt, which, most people probably should because why would you poop on an event you’re hosting? Doesn’t make any sense.

From #62 to #25 on the platform: Thanks to the Readers

It would be something if the blog were #62 or #25 on the whole internet for baseball stuffs, but you and I know it’s not. Still, there are a lot of aspiring writers and plenty working hard to get noticed. So that even on this platform I am able to rank on it, I am humbled that people have stopped by, that they have subscribed, and commented on something my then-girlfriend and now-wife suggested I do because she knew I was interested in sharing my thoughts on baseball.

Last year, I was happy to be in the Top 100 at #62, and it was with great happiness that I saw I climbed the ladder to #25, even with taking a couple months to be a co-editor with my friends over at Around the Foghorn. I cannot maintain the dedication to writing daily like I did at AtF on this site, but I still want to write. As long as I’m being a school counselor down here in North County San Diego, I realize that the difficulty of my dream of getting into an MLB Press Box has gone way up due to my lack of free time, and since this blog doesn’t pay the bills and I enjoy my full-time job, I’m OK with that. By no means am I done, though my frequency in posts may go down, I do hope to write a lot in 2014 about topics that I am happy to post.

So, thank you, to everybody that’s helped me climb the ladder on the platform. For your subscriptions, your link clicking, and encouraging me to do something I enjoy, even if I’ll never be up at the ranks of someone at Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, ESPN, or any bigger news company. I hope I become a better baseball fan this year, learning more about the history of the game, and being better at analyzing what’s happening and has happened. I hope you will help me and I encourage you to always leave comments or engage with me on twitter to talk baseball.

To a great 2014.

2013 Year in Review for The Splash Hit Blog

WordPress made a fancy-shmancy report for my 2013 year in blogging, and I invite you to take a look:

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Other highlights:

  • 250 new posts in 2013 (including this one!), well short of my goal of one post a day I wanted to do, but I did begin commitments to Around the Foghorn as one of their co-editors, and a full-time job as a school counselor beginning this school year
  • People flocked to the site for that GQ article on Buster Posey and Barry Zito
  • was listed as one of the top 5 referring sites for this site, which I found interesting

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to more blogging in 2014!

The Baseball Christmas Gift I’ll Never Get, Always Get, and May Get Someday

It’s December 25th, Merry Christmas to all. We’re not religious in this household for celebrating why Christmas is Christmas, but we do celebrate the giving and receiving, as well as the family togetherness traditions that come on a major holiday. Instead of making this post about things I want and things I don’t want, or things I get or don’t get in general, I’m making this one baseball-oriented (shocker!). In my world, everything is better with baseball. Can it make me sad? Yes, but I’d rather be in the middle of a 100-game losing streak in July than be in December with no baseball. Just like with regular Christmas wishing, your list is going to be different from mine. Now, to the main content:

The Baseball Christmas Gift I’ll Never Get

  • Season Tickets — I live in North San Diego County, 45 miles from the nearest professional baseball stadium, and in the short-term there, have no plans to get significantly closer. Even if something unexpected were to happen and I move back to Long Beach or San Jose, a season ticket expense, especially for the Giants, isn’t something reasonable nor is it something I expect my significant other to blow a month or two month’s worth of wages on — and that’s just for one person’s rations.

The Baseball Christmas Gift I’ll Always Get

  • The reminders of the success of the Giants in 2010 and 2012 — Flags fly forever, and it is a beautiful thing. Unless the Dodgers win, then it will be beautiful and annoying.

The Baseball Christmas Gift I May Get Someday

  • This one is a maybe because I could see this happening, but this would be a very special occasion gift: Fantasy Camp — Every January the Giants have a fantasy camp in Arizona that involves former players and coaches and you get to pretend to be a member of the Giants and play baseball games, wear the uniform. Instead of living vicariously through my kids, I can kind of live a dream myself. My wife knows about how I’d love to do this, so maybe someday…

I think it’s good to have things to aspire towards, while also having events you can reminisce on. Keeps you honest and working hard. On a separate and final note, I hope you and yours have a wonderful set of holidays. Enjoy!

Photo: Bruce Bochy Could Be Really Mean to Rich Renteria

Here’s a picture of the National League managers from the Winter Meetings:

Bruce Bochy is supposedly 6’3″ and Rich Renteria is 5’9″ all this according to Baseball Reference’s bio pages. Imagine if Bochy stole Renteria’s lunch money, or his cap, or stretched his arm way up high, stood up on his tippy-toes and told Renteria to give him a high five in order to get those stolen items back. That’d be pretty mean, and now I’ve made you think Bruce Bochy is a mean guy. I’ve never heard that. It makes me feel good that there is a manager in baseball that’s about my height (I’m not over 6′ tall).

Meanwhile in the American League, everybody seems to be around the same height.

Really looks like Bochy is way taller than Renteria, more than the half foot BRef has for them.