Game 1 impressions from around nation

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phillies_091028.jpgIn the wake of an impressive showing by the Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series, let’s take a stroll around the nation and see what’s going on …

In New York, they were actually eating cheesesteaks. And no, that’s not some kind of euphemism for what Cliff Lee did to the Yankees.

Speaking of Lee, they’re worshipping him in Philadelphia with a video tribute, and rightly so.

How impressive was he? He did something that hadn’t been done since the FIRST World Series game.

In Cleveland, they tried not to pay attention. And they’re still mad about LeBron wearing that Yankee hat.

On the radio, Suzyn Waldman made some history as the first woman to broadcast a World Series game.

In Milwaukee, they were handing out awards to guys like Manny Parra (A for occasional effort).

In Atlanta, they’re jacked up about the idea of keeping Tim Hudson out of free agency.

In Los Angeles, they’re amassing lawyers (and body guards) along the border, preparing for war. And probably trying to decide if they’re happy about another year of Manny.

And finally, in Boston, they’re gloating, and wondering if Pedro Martinez can make it 2-0.

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Adrian Beltre puts his helmet on backwards to face a switch pitcher

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“A” switch pitcher is probably not the most accurate way to put that. It’s more like “The” switch pitcher, as Pat Venditte of the Mariners is the only one extant.

Last night the right-handed hitting Adrian Beltre had to face Venditte, who obviously chose to pitch righty to the Rangers third baseman. Before coming up to the plate, Beltre jokingly donned his helmet backwards and pretended that he’d hit left-handed:

 

He needn’t have bothered. Beltre doubled to left field off of Venditte, showing that at some point, platoon splits really don’t matter.

MLB, MLBPA donate $250,000 for Louisiana flood relief

BATON ROUGE, LA - AUGUST 15:  Richard Schafer navigates a boat past a flooded home on August 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Record-breaking rains pelted Louisiana over the weekend leaving the city with historic levels of flooding that have caused at least seven deaths and damaged thousands of homes.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana.

The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players – the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope – will each receive a $62,500 contribution.

According to the joint press release, several players with connections to the area, including Reid Brignac, Will Harris, Wade LeBlanc, Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Ranaudo and Ryan Schimpf were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support.

Nice move, union and league.