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Must-Click Link: Inside the baseball scenes from “The Naked Gun”


You love “The Naked Gun.” I love “The Naked Gun.” Everyone loves “The Naked Gun.” And today, if you have the time, you can take some time to read Jason Foster’s in-depth story behind the making of the baseball scenes of “The Naked Gun” over at The Sporting News.

As anyone who has seen it — and maybe a lot of people who haven’t seen it — knows, the final third act of the 1988 cop movie parody takes place at Dodger Stadium where, for reasons explained in the article, the Mariners and the Angels meet up for a day game with Queen Elizabeth in attendance and features Reggie Jackson with murder on his brainwashed mind.

The story, featuring interviews with the movie’s writers/directors David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Pat Proft, talks about how the movie came together and why they decided the final scenes had to take place at a ballgame. It also talks about the broadcasters and the players involved, who were a handful of actual minor league ballplayers who lent themselves out to movie productions which needed realistic baseball scenes. The group was managed by Ernie Banks’ son. Ernie Banks himself visited the set, and was quite impressed by Leslie Neilson’s handheld fart machine, after which he asked his son to purchase two for him. I am not making that up.

A great story about a great scene from a great movie. What more can you want on a slow news day?

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

The MLB Playoffs are underway!
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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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