MLB Umpire Loses the Count, Proving that Baseball is Still Boring

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Gary CederstromI’m no fan of baseball. I know that disliking “America’s Favorite Pastime” somehow makes me less of an American, but I don’t really care. Baseball is boring to watch and play and, frankly, I have better things to do with my time.

Despite my dislike of the sport, I have been to several Major League Baseball games in my life and I have even played for a couple of years. However, despite the experiences I have had with the sport, I have never witnessed something as absurd as what happened in the Toronto-Chicago game this past Tuesday.

During the game, home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom lost track of the count. That’s right, the professional umpire couldn’t remember if there were two balls, one strike; one ball, one strike; three balls, one strike; three balls, two strikes; two balls, two strikes; one ball, two strikes; just one ball; just one strike; just two strikes; just two balls or just three balls (did I forget anything?).

So what happened when the then-at-bat Chicago White Sox Adam Dunn disagreed with Cederstrom’s count? Cederstrom waltzed over to the home dugout, picked up the phone and got some clarification. That’s right, the ump went into the dugout and phoned a friend.

I don’t know what’s worse, a 50-year old coach walking out and kicking dirt on an umpire or the umpire failing at the main part of his job. I mean, come on, how hard is it to keep track of, at most, five to seven pitches? And don’t most umpires have little counter thing in their pockets? Or is that counting how many bottles of beer on the wall they are at in their head?

I will give Cederstrom credit though. He did own up to his lapse and actually sought help to keep the game going with the proper count instead of just guessing. But still, for a person whose entire job is counting pitches it is a little absurd that he forgot the count. If this is any indication of future games, it appears as if the MLB’s umpires are warming up for a great postseason of embarrassing mistakes.

Source: Yahoo! Sports – Video: Umpire uses phone after losing track of count

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Oakland Raiders Get an Absurd New Stadium Name

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Oakland Raiders stadiumSo, whenever I think of professional sports stadiums, or even some well-known and high-class college sports stadiums, I think of names that have meaning or that sound intimidating or are just plain normal. However, there are some stadiums out there that tend to go overboard when picking a name. Maybe they choose it because of the sweet endorsement deal they get from it or maybe they just love being the butt of the joke, who knows?

Now the National Football League has been pretty consistent with having normal or acceptable names if you don’t count the short career of Land Shark Stadium. However, all that is about to change thanks to the lackluster Oakland Raiders out of Oakland, California as the stadium in which the Raiders, as well as the MLB’s Oakland A’s, play all their home games is about to change its name.

That’s right, the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum Authority has just announced that the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum shall hence forth be known as the Overstock.com Coliseum. That’s right, the Overstock.com Coliseum. This new agreement with the internet retailer will run for a total of 6 years and costs $7.2 million.

However, even this name might not be permanent as Overstock.com is considering changing their name from Overstock.com to simply O.co. Overstock.com also has the right to change the name of the stadium to O.co Coliseum at any time they wish. I can hear the Sports Center commentators now.

This name is not the most absurd stadium name ever created, I mean it could be worse, it could have a name like the KFC Yum! Center. What do you think? Yay or nay on the new stadium name?

Source: Yahoo! Sports – The Oakland Raiders get a new, ridiculous stadium name

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