The Green Diamond Gallery in Cincinnati is different but cool

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Last month after the All-Star Game Fox’s Rob Neyer was nice enough to let me tag along with him to a neat place. It’s called the Green Diamond Gallery and it’s a baseball memorabilia museum of sorts just north of Cincinnati.

I say “museum of sorts,” because it’s not the sort of place you can just enter. It’s more like a club. You need to have a membership and they’re not cheap. And there are a limited number of memberships. But what you get for your money is really, really cool. Today Rob writes about our visit there and talks about what makes the Green Diamond Gallery so cool. Mostly it’s about the monthly programming featuring baseball greats in an intimate and casual setting. Really, you get to drink beer and shoot the breeze with immortals, with them not bugged by autograph-seekers or media, which lets them put their guard down and you not overwhelmed by hundreds of other fans trying to get in close to the legend.

For my part, I’ll say it’s the best memorabilia collection I’ve seen outside of Cooperstown and it’s wonderfully organized and arranged. The owner, Bob Crotty, has things separated by decades, teams, 500-HR club, 3,000 and 4,000-hit club, Hall of Famers and other sorts of breakdowns which makes the 5,000 square foot space seem very manageable and organized. You don’t get that overwhelmed feeling there like you do in some places.

Oh, and there’s a picture on the bathroom wall of Pete Rose and Tony Perez on toilets, side-by-side, and who wouldn’t want to see that?

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Go read Rob’s article about it for more a more mature take on it.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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