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1. If you’re not reading the New York Times’ baseball blog, BATS, for updates from the MLB Congressional hearings, than you are chump. The highlight so far, in my opinion:

(Christopher) Shays (R-Conn.) continued, and later during his five minutes referred to Rafael Palmeiro as “Palmerry.” Mitchell kept his composure during a confounding question, regarding whether Palmeiro had tested positive “before his three-hundredth hit?”

A knowledgeable baseball fan despite recent events, Mitchell responded: “I’m sorry, before what?”

2. The Philly Phanatic is voted number one sports mascot. No argument here. Though, I will take issue with the ninth ranked mascot, Rally, who apparently is affiliated with the Atlanta Braves. Has anybody ever heard of Rally? I lived in Atlanta for three years and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a Braves mascot.

3. Bill Conlin takes a moment to do the only thing that he really does well — talk about stuff that happened 50 years ago. In this case, he’s talking about the life of recently deceased Johnny Podres, who was a pitching coach for the Phillies under Jim Fregosi, and before that led the Brooklyn Dodgers to the 1955 World Series championship. It’s a good read. You can also read about Pods here and here.

4 Responses to “Good Tuesday readin’”

  1. No way Rally is ninth in all of sports. He’s not even ninth in Atlanta.

  2. Coley Ward says:

    So Danny, you’ve heard of Rally? B/c he’s news to me.

  3. Oh yeah, he wears a Braves Jersey (surprise) and has a big red fuzzy head with yellow lightning bolts tatooed on his cheeks. Not sure if he is supposed to be a “Brave” but the whole thing is most certainly dumb.

  4. Hey guys. I was actually Rally for the Braves from 1998 to 2003. He was the Braves first mascot after “Chief Noc-a-homa”. Later, Homer was added…the baseball headed mascot, very similar to Mr. Met.

    Rally was the official mascot for the Braves until 2005 when the Braves sent him off in to mascot retirement (along with all the cartoon network characters that use to appear at games). Homer is the only mascot for the Braves now.

    I am suprised he is on this list since he has not worked in two years!

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