Archive | July, 2012
29 Jul

Moonlight Graham's Umbrella

Jon Lester, as he walked off the mound at Fenway Park last Saturday, was booed so heavily that some Red Sox fans on Twitter were saying they wouldn’t even boo a Yankee that loudly. It was a sad sight. Lester, Boston’s 28-year-old left-hander who entered this season having won 65 games in four years, had just relinquished 11 earned runs to the Toronto Blue Jays in four-plus innings. Stone-faced, he walked somberly to the dugout and then sat dejected as the crowd grumbled. This was the tip of his iceberg, the outing that exemplified how dreadful his nightmarish 2012 season has been. What’s wrong with him?

He hasn’t experienced a drop in velocity, and he has been mixing his pitches as is customary, but the location has consistently been poor. So many offspeed pitches have hung up in the zone, and so many fastballs have been straight and served on…

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27 Jul

slicethelife

Took in the past two Cubs-Pirate games at PNC Park. The red-hot Pirates of course go into a big hitting slump and score just one run total in both games.

I have been to 33 major league ballparks- including 17 of the current ballparks and if I were to rank them PNC comes out on top of the current ballparks, my favorite ever is Tiger Stadium in Detroit. I have lived to have seen ballgames in three baseball parks in Pittsburgh. When I was young I saw about 20 games at Forbes Field. My grandfather took me to the next to last game ever played there in 1970. Forbes Field was wonderful. Then we had from 1970-2000 the cookie cutter Three River Stadium which was an awful place to see a ballgame. Brutal.  In the past 12 seasons I have not heard anyone say “Boy, I miss Three River Stadium”

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Replicating Your Environment

26 Jul

Have you ever stepped on set, and immediately wished you had a digital scan of it? Or have you wished the set was still there after it’s been taken apart? You might think you need a time machine, but all you need is a 3D scanning company with the right tools. This is why we provide a service akin to insurance scanning. It’s the same concept of scanning characters in the event that they become unavailable later during production. With insurance scanning, you can have the sets scanned, and the data archived in case you need it in post production. The same can be done for location shooting as well.We can scan houses, buildings, and structures that may be on the location to provide you with the ability to add (or subtract) cleanly from the scene. Sometimes pedestrians or traffic may be obstructing a location, and in that case, we can scan in the middle of the night with our infrared laser scanners.

via Replicating Your Environment.

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25 Jul

slicethelife

A view of Pittsburgh from PNC Park. The bridge going across the Allegheny River is the Clemente Bridge named for one of the greatest Pirates ever- Roberto Clemente. They close down the bridge to vehicle traffic a few hours before ever game so people can walk across the bridge on their way to the game. A great walk, parking the car across the river and coming across the bridge.

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24 Jul
22 Jul

canada.com

THE CANADIAN PRESS

WHITEHORSE — Jenna Caira and Danielle Lawrie combined on a three-hitter as Canada shut out the Netherlands 4-0 in seven innings at the ISF Women’s World Fastball Championships on Saturday.

It was a must-win playoff game for Canada, which dropped a 4-2 decision to the United States on Friday.

Caira pitched five innings while striking out four. The Toronto native gave up three hits and no walks.

Lawrie, sister of Toronto Blue Jays star Brett Lawrie, pitched two clean innings while striking out two. The Langley, B.C., native was pitching on little rest after going the distance in Canada’s loss to the Americans.

Jennifer Yee of North Delta, B.C., Calgary’s Sheena Lawrick and Caitlin Lever each had an RBI for Canada.

Canada is now 7-2 at the tournament and will play the winner of the Australia versus China game later Saturday.

17:39ET 21-07-12

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21 Jul

The Midwest Sports Report

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Meet Tommy Milone, the 25-year-old rookie lefty is 9-6 with a 3.34 ERA. Milone threw one of his best games of the season Friday when he went 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 10 K. As noted earlier, Milone has allowed 2 ER or less in 13 of his 19 starts this season.

A key part of the trade that sent starter Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals, Milone owns a 1.20 WHIP and 1.9 WAR.

Drafted in the tenth round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of University of Southern California, Milone progressed consistently through the Nationals organization. At 21 years old, Milone posted a 3.51 ERA with Washington’s low A and single A teams. The following season, Milone went 12-5 with a 1.19 WHIP in high A ball. Washington bumped Milone up to AA in 2010 where he again with 12-5, this time with a 1.17 WHIP. In…

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