Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:59 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 9:18 pm

Video: Mattingly and son in trick shot video

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Warning to all bears in the greater Evansville, Ind., area -- don't wear a Giants hat. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn't like that.

Or at least he doesn't in this video with his son, Preston.

These trick shot videos have been around a while, and while some of the tricks are impressive, I'm never sure why these guys are so excited about making them. If you have seven minutes worth of trick shots -- no matter how impressive -- you pretty much expect to make some, right? And doesn't it get old after a while?

Oh well, at least the younger Mattingly, 24, signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees earlier this month as a minor-league free agent. The 2006 first-round pick of the Dodgers hit .232/.281/.354 at two levels of Class A ball last season.

The video, though, is for a good cause. The group, which also includes Orioles minor leaguer Kipp Schutz and Indiana tight end Max Dedmond, used the video to sell T-shirts raising money for Evansville Boys and Girls Club, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. The T-shirts feature the bear mascot of Mattingly's alma mater, Central High School. The bear is named Bearwinkle, hence the Trickwinkle name of the group raising money. The group has already donated "around $1,000" to the Boys and Girls Club, with more on the way.

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 10:26 am

Brian Wilson is '2 Legit 2 Quit' in political ad

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Wouldn't you know it, but Brian Wilson is "2 Legit 2 Quit" -- but you probably knew that already.

The Giants closer is featured, alongside MC Hammer, NFL legend Ronnie Lott and others in an ad for San Francisco interim mayor Ed Lee's election bid. Yep, the Giants' closer isn't just schilling for chalupas, he's also getting political in his own way.

Lott is appearing in his second video for "2 Legit 2 Quit" video -- back in 1991 he was in the original along with Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Kirby Puckett, Roger Clemens, Deion Sanders, Isiah Thomas, Jerry Rice, Andre Rison, Chris Mullin, Roger Craig, Lynette Woodard, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, David Robinson and Jerry Glanville. None of those guys back in the day had the stones to rock the hammer pants, though, like Wilson does. 

Sure, I don't live in San Francsico, but if I did, how could I not vote for Lee with an ad like that? 

And, if like my sister-in-law, you can't get enough of Wilson, there's even the outtakes of his dancing. Hey, it's the offseason.


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Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:31 pm

Army major surprises wife at Double-A game

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Maybe it's because I remember what it was like when my dad would go away for six months on a "cruise," as they call Navy deployments and how excited I was when he came back, but I'm a sucker for these welcome home videos that are making the rounds.

The latest is this one from Mississippi, where U.S. Army Major Michael Harlow surprised his wife with his return from Afghanistan at a Double-A Mississippi Braves game. Harlow's wife, Darla, threw out the first pitch and didn't notice who the catcher was when she threw the ball in there. The video is fantastic.

The Welcome Home Blog has more of these kinds of videos, including Air Force Sargent Chris Weichman being reunited with his wife and two little girls during a Spokane Indians game. It doesn't have the creativity of the Mississippi reunion, but it has all the emotion.

Bless our men and women in service (and as a side note, I'm excited that my sister's fiancé will return from Cuba next week, so, yeah, it hits home) and hopefully we can see more and more of these -- I don't know about you, but it never gets old to me.

HT to 'Duk at Yahoo's Big League Stew.

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:32 pm

Video: Phanatic hit by foul ball

By C. Trent Rosecrans

I mentioned the Phillie Phantaic being hospitalized this morning after being hit with a foul ball in Pepper earlier, but NBCPhildealphia.com has the video, and that deserves its own post.

Here it is:

Tom Burgoyne, the man inside the green fur, was taken to a hospital shortly after the incident and was released shortly thereafter. He updated his status on his Facebook page Thursday:


Talk about a gamer, though. The show must go on, and it did. I'm not sure if I got hit in the head with a baseball, I'd stay in character. And not only that, he was just helping out the minor league team, it wasn't even during a big-league game. You, Mr. Phanatic, are truly an inspiration -- the wind beneath the wings of mascots everywhere. 

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