Craig Calcaterra

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MLB opens up a pop-up shop in London

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Always seems to happen. You’re walking around Covent Garden, getting ready to take in a performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera House and, wouldn’t you know it, you don’t have your Mets cap or a big foam finger with Chief Wahoo on it or what have you.

Now your problems are solved!

Major League Baseball is testing the waters across the pond with a pop-up store in downtown London, baseball’s first standalone retail space in Europe.

The MLB Official Pop-Up Store, located in London’s Covent Garden district, officially opened to the public on Monday, Sept. 12. The shop sells clothing and memorabilia from all 30 teams. It will keep its doors open until the end of 2016.

All 30 teams, eh? Would KILL to see how many Diamondbacks or Rays shirts they sell in London. I assume they sell Kansas City merch like crazy, though.

Tigers minor leaguer pleads no contest to charges arising out of a bar fight

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A couple of weeks ago Tigers minor league pitcher Warwick Saupold and two Pirates minor leaguers were involved in a bar brawl. Saupold allegedly punched someone in the face during the fracas, which took place outside of the Bronze Boar bar, which is across from the Toledo Mud Hens’ ballpark. Saupold was arrested and, subsequently, suspended by the Tigers.

Now he’s the legal system’s problem, but the legal system is gonna make short work of him. From Katie Strang of ESPN:

According to court documents, Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Warwick Saupold appeared in Toledo court this morning and entered a plea of no contest on the assault charge he faces from his arrest last month.

Strang reports that Saupold is likely to be forced to do some sort of telephone/online course as punishment after which the charges will likely be expunged, all of which is pretty typical for a guy without a record whose only offense was gettin’ chippy with some dudes outside the Bronze Boar.

I hope we all learned something out of all of this. I think we did. *Hugs*

October 2 is it: Vin Scully will not do any Dodgers playoff games

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Vin Scully told the Los Angeles Times yesterday that, unlike in some past years, he will not call any Dodgers playoff games on the radio. That means that the Dodgers final regular season game — October 2, against the Giants in San Francisco — will be the last game he calls. September 25 with be his last game called from the booth at Dodger Stadium.

Scully gave two reasons: first, if he’s doing playoff games, he really doesn’t have a definitive end date. He equated it to an opera singer giving multiple encores, and said that’s really not his style. More poignantly, as he told Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider, he noted that October 2, 1936 was a special day for him: it was the day that he saw the New York Giants’ line score from the World Series which made the then eight-year-old Scully a baseball fan for life. Scully said “My last game, my wonderful last game after 67 years with the ballclub, will be against the San Francisco Giants. It will be October the 2nd, 2016. Exactly 80 years from when that little kid saw that Giants score.”

Most of us don’t get to pick how we’ll go out, professionally, personally or otherwise. Scully gets to and I like that he’s sticking to his guns about his last game.