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Friday, October 17th, 2008
While the national sports media has been pulling for a Red Sox vs. Dodgers World Series, the rest of us have been rooting for the long shot Tampa Bay Rays. I personally believe that the Rays could save baseball. Not the type of saving that we thought we had with McGwire vs. Sosa in a steroid infused chase to Roger Maris’ home record. The type of saving I am talking about is an underdog story. The same type of story that gives March Madness it’s luster. The Tampa Bay Rays are Major League Baseball’s George Mason or Kent State. They give the everyday person a sense of accomplishment when they see a team with the second lowest payroll dominate the mighty Yankees and Red Sox. Major League Baseball has fallen behind the NFL, NCAA Football, and NCAA Basketball as America’s game. They lack something that those three leagues have: Parody. Baseball doesn’t have regular underdogs like Gonzaga in basketball or Boise State in football. They don’t have the parody that never lets you count anyone out in the NFL. They have the Red Sox and Yankees….Until this year. So I think Major League Baseball should forget about their market sizes and realize that baseball needs an underdog. We need parody. We need the Rays.
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
So I heard about this new product called the Heatr Warming Sleeve from WSI Sports. WSI Sports manufactures baseball-specific performance wear in Eagan, Minnesota. They have some very innovative products that promise some awesome results, but I wanted to see if the hype was for real.
The product claims that Wikmax HEATR generates heat while it wicks moisture off your skin. Designed to help get muscles warm and keep them warm. The WIKMAX HEATR material is located in the key muscle areas used in the pitching mechanics. The HEATR also helps get oxygen to the blood faster and keeps your muscles warm thus helping with recovery time.
So the Heatr Warming Sleeve is a compression sleeve worn from mid-biceps to wrist, that is made of the WIKMAX HEATR material. Seems like a great idea, but does it work?
I opened up one of these sleeves and put it on. I threw some balls in the cage, and took some swings. I felt multiple benefits from the sleeve. I like the compression aspect, and my muscles did feel slightly warmer in my throwing arm, but not hot or sweaty. It was very comfortable, and did not hinder my motion at all. The sleeve seems well manufactured, and the stitching seems very heavy duty. It feels like a quality product. I would have to pitch a complete game to tell you how it works over the course of nine innings, but after an initial review I would give the Heatr Warming Sleeve two thumbs up.
WSI also sells catcher’s shirts and compression pants, sliding shorts, moisture management apparel, and more. Right now you can get a free Heatr Warming Sleeve with any WSI Sports purchase at Baseball Rampage.
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
Each year, as the weather cools and the hysteria of the Major League Baseball post season winds down, 28 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America decide on several regular season awards. Although many are debatable, this is the first year in recent memory that the writers will absolutely get one wrong.
The Cy Young Award is an award that is given to the most outstanding pitcher in each league. It is given to the player that exemplifies the most dominance over hitters in their respective league. In my opinion this is an easy choice, but there is an unwritten rule that will disqualify the most deserving player of his chance at grabbing his second Cy Young Award in as many years. This rule, of course, is that a player must play the entire season in one league. Baseball writers will undoubtedly take one away from C.C. Sabathia.
How do I know C.C. has no chance? Follow me back to 1998. Randy Johnson was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Houston Astros. He went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA and led the Astros to the playoffs. Johnson finished seventh in Cy Young Voting. While Johnson should have won, I would argue that Sabathia’s NL performance was without a doubt more dominating than Johnsons. C.C. couldn’t have been more dominant if he was pitching against the Milwaukee Over 50 Recreational League. But voters don’t look at dominance. They go to MLB.com and sort stats by wins, innings pitched and strikeouts. Even though Sabathia went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA, 7 complete games, 3 shutouts, and one “unofficial” no hitter, you will most definitely see Brandon Webb or Tim Lincecum accept the hardware. Not to take anything away from Webb’s 22 wins or Lincecum’s 2.62 ERA, but these two weren’t rolled out to the hill on three days rest or forced to pitch almost every game until the game was over. Sabathia was a workhorse that dominated from the very first time he took the mound in the NL, and is the most significant reason the Brewers are in the playoffs. If that doesn’t exemplify dominance, then I don’t know what does.
But what do I know? I’m just a blogger, not a Baseball Writer…
Monday, September 15th, 2008
“Let your equipment play extra innings,” is the mantra of Pitch In for Baseball, a non-profit organization founded to help provide equipment to kids in need all over the world.
New baseball gear comes out every year, and kids outgrow equipment extremely fast. Instead of throwing away used gear, or letting it sit unused in the garage or basement, Pitch In for Baseball allows you to donate it to the less-fortunate. They also accept monetary donations, which generally help offset shipping and administrative costs.
I think this project is a great idea and I would love to help. I think that people need to do as much as possible to help kids. Giving underprivileged kids a chance to play ball could help keep them off the streets and out of trouble.
Check out the Pitch In for Baseball website and send them your used gear:
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
Team Rampage is an 18 and up mens baseball team competing in the Central Ohio Men’s Adult Baseball League. Baseball Rampage is the proud sponsor of the squad, and the guys had a great first year.
Team Rampage went 12-12 with 6 of their losses coming by 2 runs or less. Team Rampage was led by all-star selections Judd Ballard, Brad Garrett, and Chris Lozan. Ballard was a dominating force on the mound and Garrett and Lozan finished the regular season 1 and 2 in batting. You can view more stats at http://centralohiobaseball.com/.
Team Rampage entered the play-offs as the six seed, and played well against the Columbus Bobcats. They swept the double-header last Saturday 17-5 and 8-5.
Team Rampage is set to play the Westerville Titans on Saturday, August 22 at 10am in Pickerington. This will be a tough match-up, and is sure to be a great day of baseball.
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
Aluminum baseball bats cost up to $400 these days, so taking care of them properly is more important than ever. Here are some tips for taking care of your baseball bat.
- Limit the bat to your individual use only.
- Rotate the bat 1/4 turn each swing.
- Do not use in temperatures below 60° (16° C).
- Do not store the bat in extreme hot or cold temperatures, such as in a car trunk or garage.
- Do not clean metal spikes or cleats with your bat. Use with leather-covered balls only, not plastic or rubber cage balls.
- Do not hit waterlogged balls.
- If using a softball bat, do not use balls that exceed 400lbs. compression.
- Routinely check your plastic end cap and replace it if it cracks or becomes loose.
These simple tips can save your bat wear and tear, and keep you from having to buy a new one every year.
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