Thanks, dude

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Most people are either already travelling or pretending to work today or something, so I can be forgiven for a personal post, right?  Of course I can.

I got an unexpected package today from an old friend.  In it was this baby: a vintage cast iron mechanical baseball bank:

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Yes, I see the ump’s right arm is missing. I think it makes it even better. This thing was loved/abused by some kid or perhaps many kids over the decades. It didn’t sit on some collector’s shelf. There’s love in this thing.

On the bottom, my friend taped a note:

To Craig,

This is the only thing you can control in life.

Your pal,

Todd.

Gettin’ a little dusty in here.  Thanks, dude.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

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Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.