7 of the top 10 Facebook check-ins were at ballparks in 2012

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I don’t do the Foursquare thing, but I do use the Facebook Check-in thing sometimes. Almost always at restaurants and bars so that my family can be assured that, yes, I do occasionally leave my home.

Want to know something surprising? Seven of the top ten locations for Facebook check-ins occurred at ballparks last year:

  1. Times Square, New York
  2. Disneyland, California
  3. AT&T Park, California
  4. Yankee Stadium, New York
  5. Rangers Ballpark, Texas
  6. Fenway Park, Massachusetts
  7. Dodger Stadium, California
  8. Universal Studios, Florida
  9. Wrigley Field, Illinois
  10. Angel Stadium, California

Which is insane because if there is anywhere I can’t get a good freaking signal it’s at ballparks. But there you are.

(thanks to Melissa D. for the heads up)

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.