Getting infused with baseball #AllSummerLong

We’re past the All Star Game, and closer to the MLB trade deadline.’detroitgirlbeach

 

Hey SI fans!  It’s been a crazy week, and lots going on in the sports world. Not sure about you but I’m excited to see how things unfold this year in the MLB. As much as I would like my favorite MLB team, the Detroit Tigers, come out on top this year, I felt early on that they were missing that ‘it’ factor. I’m definitely a bit disappointed with where the Tigers sit in the AL Central, only I’m not surprised.

I had every intention of stopping by this site yesterday to write about the topic that Pam’s co-host, Fish, wrote about last week, that being whether NBA players would respect a female coach but I’ve decided to put that topic on hold.   I’ve got family visiting and we’re hanging out watching the MLB games.  To me there is nothing like a great baseball game to get you infused and energized!  So I decided I’d just write a brief article about the overall energy I’m feeling as the season continues to unfold.

Which team is going to come out on top?  Which teams will be sellers, or buyers and which teams will press their luck with the status quo.  Where my team in in the standings, won’t cause me to give up on baseball this summer, and I’m enjoying the races in the other divisions.  Last night I happened to be out and notice the score in the first inning of the Yankee game, and it was 5-0 Texas on top.  Within a few minutes it was 7-5 and from that point forward the Yankees just didn’t stop putting runs on the board.  What happened?  Thought the Yankees were supposed to be somewhere in the background this year?

Just thinking it’s anybody’s game this year.  Just when you think the Royals might have it in the bag, they go and lose to the Indians 12-1.  It’s a close race in the NL East, and the NL West, and looks to be pretty close in the AL West, too!

 

Sports Infusion Show Guest ! 7-29-15

We are so happy to have Chad Ricker on Sports Infusion July 29th at 9:30 PM On the Double G Radio Network!  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Chad, He is a NASCAR hopeful and loves to drive! He’s just as passionate about his campaign called Help Save The Next Girl ! We will talk to Chad about this campaign and more !

Special Thanks to Sports X Michelle for introducing us to such a great person!

Red Sox “Ace” Buchholtz, Its All A Head Game

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Clay Buchholtz isn’t Going Anyplace at the deadline,And I think that’s just the way Clay Buchholtz wanted it. Listen I’m not a doctor and, although id be a damn good TV doctor. I don’t even play one on the tube, so I can’t tell you if the “Arm of Clay” is truly strained. Dr Andrews seems to think so, so why shouldn’t we right? Right. After all he’s the most respected man in his field. But there is something quite uncool about the latest trip to the DL for this one of five aces. In a piece by Gordon Edes For ESPN Boston Buchholtz was quoted as saying

“I’ve been here my whole career, I don’t want to go anywhere.”

Well wish granted.. It just strikes me as funny that when Buchholtz is rolling and the banter, that began right here, then with local Talk Radio and Fish Wrapping companies in the main stream, started to focus on (Trade Clay Now or Don’t Trade Clay) headlines and talk show teasers that this suddenly happened AGAIN. Yes people I think all this trade talk got into Clays head and this entire thing could be nothing more than cause and effect of the psychosomatic mind of Clay Buchholtz not wanting to go anyplace at all. Think about it, we all know what a head case Buchholtz is and the mind can take the body to places it wants it to go. If it can block out pain fire-walkers and wingnuts who like to lay on beds of nails endure why couldn’t it take Buchholtz to Dr James Andrews office and Injections of Platelet Rich Plasma? Like how I went the distance there and didn’t just type P.R.P? You’re welcome. But lets digress.

Buchholtz is a loon, and nothing on this earth upsets a man with issues like Clay more than the thought of picking up and starting over in a place where he has no one in his corner. No one in Houston – Colorado – Pittsburgh or Kansas City is going to have his back and protect him from the likes of me, at least that’s what I think was running through the mind of Clay. So how do you fix the situation of being an attractive piece of trade bait on a 200 million dollar team that has a snowballs chance in hell of making the playoffs or being a buyer and not a seller at the deadline? Convince yourself something is wrong and get someone to believe you. Get a few injections, get a fifteen day DL stint bumped up to shut down for five or six weeks, and problem solved.

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Baseball always infuses me

Hey there, it’s Michelle [ @Sportsxmichelle ] and as promised I’m back for my weekly infusion. In keeping in alignment with my promise to write about uplifting topics about sports, I’ve decided to write about my favorite sport, and how it can bring so much joy into my life.

In his book, ‘You Can’t Make this Up’ Al Michaels talks about how it’s best not to get jaded, and he reminds us that it’s possible for everyone to be enamored with sports no matter what our age.  He talks about feeling like a kid of six, while he watched the NJ Jersey Devils play against the Las Angeles Kings, in the 2006, Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He suggests that only sports can do that.  If you are a sport fan, you know exactly what he means.

It’s true that sports can unite us, and give us a sense of joy.  For me that joy comes often whenever I take in a baseball game.  That baseball game does not need to be a Major League game.  It can be a Little League game, a game involving those who play in an ‘Over 30 league’ in Central Park, Minor or Major League.  It matters not.  Quite simply, I brake for baseball.

Lately, I have heard that people think baseball is boring or the game should be made faster, and on the heels of the recent 18 inning game, perhaps many are wondering just why is baseball so long.  I’m not one of those people.  It’s sort of like the short game in Monopoly vs. the long game.  I mean, that’s how I would describe what might happen if we look to cut the game short.  Okay, so you’ll be able to get on with other things like sign on to your Facebook account faster, but what about just sitting back and enjoying the game.  Why not think about the experience of being there, watching the game, and savoring every moment?  Why do we always need to look to rush through things instead of looking to appreciate every single moment?

I’m not interesting in hurrying the game up.  I’m very happy to have baseball played in a manner that simply allows the game to unfold.  I’ll be there watching, ’til the last pitch is thrown, regardless if my team is winning or losing.  I love baseball, and I think the problem, these days, is people are always in such a big hurry.  Why not, just stop, and enjoy the game?

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Red Sox, Brian Johnson and Hell’s Bells

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It was February 1980. I remember exactly where I was, I could tell you where but I would need to change names to protect the innocent. A news flash interrupted my afternoon MTV enjoyment; Bon Scott lead singer of AC/DC had died tragically. AC/DC the band that give birth to heavy metal blues was no more. Or so I thought. Enter Brian Johnson and Back In Black. What does this have to do with the Red Sox and the call up of Brian Johnson from AAA Pawtucket? Nothing much, its July, It’s the middle of the all star break work with me people. Jesus,

But here we are Mid-July Clay Buchholtz has made his yearly pilgrimage to the DL, Rick Porcello is grasping at the last good four innings he pitched and Wade Miley just reminded us last Sunday that he’s Wade Miley. So now the sox have finally found room for Brian Johnson. I’m glad no one had to drink themselves to death (you and I included) to wake Ben Cherington up to making this move.

A few of us clamored for this move to be made in late may early June, myself included. But I had cooled my Jets when the wheels came off this bus. I mean what was the sense in brining up a young promising lefty into the mess that this clubhouse had become. But just then Clay went on his usual great stretch of six to ten and the bats woke up. Again I wondered why Johnson wasn’t getting the call. The team was rolling there was a spot for him in the rotation and their would be less pressure on the twenty four year old to do more than he was capable of. Now the Sox don’t have that choice. Buchholtz 2015 vacation has made that impossible. Now Johnson needs to come up here and pitch as well as he has in AAA, 18-8 with an ERA right around 2.50 in 36 starts over the last two seasons in Pawtucket, that’s a lot to ask of a rookie. Or is it ? Yea okay it is, but still it will be asked, at least by me. If the Sox bats can keep up the pace they set for themselves this month and this kid can pitch to just an ERA of three and a half? August and September will still mean interesting if not meaningful baseball. After all this is the AL East we are talking about. Anything is possible.

For Those About To Rock We Salute You

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Street Soccer USA gets infused in New York City

Hey everyone, it’s Michelle [ @SportSXMichelle ] from Twitter, and as promised I’m back over here at SI, to help you get infused!  Today I would like to share about how Street Soccer USA hosted their third annual Times Square Cup on Sunday, July 12 in New York City, where more than 125,000 spectators attended.  The event was supported by New York City’s Department of Homeless Services, UNIQLO, New York Cosmos, TAG Heuer and other program partners.

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It was my pleasure to take time out to talk with Lawrence Cann a few days before the event to learn how he believes a sense of belonging for those who may be homeless and also considered at-risk youth and adults are benefiting from the programs offered by Street Soccer USA.  This was the first ever team sporting event hosted in the heart of the city.  The following information was shared with me after the event, and it’s my pleasure to share it here, so that you can become inspired by not only those who are helping others to regain their sense of belonging within a community, but also be inspired by the players.

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“This event raises awareness through soccer as a vehicle to help build a support system, teaching invaluable life skills that will help homeless regain employment, housing and relationships,” says Carlos Menchaca, New York City Council Member. “We are proud to support Street Soccer USA and look forward to seeing a positive impact in our community.”

32 teams (ages 16 and older) competed in front of 125,000 spectators throughout the day in a pop-up stadium on the 42nd/43rd St. Plaza in New York City. Also, 10 youth and adult teams from SSUSA’s social programs participated in the tournament.

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Teams were geared up with inspirational jerseys by leading apparel brand UNIQLO. SSUSA’s messaging was highlighted through custom crests on jerseys that define why program participants play the game. They included change, character, confidence, dignity, empowerment, family, hope, independence, integrity, loyalty, opportunity, peace, possibility, pride, respect, strength, structure, support and unity.

One of North America’s most iconic professional soccer teams – the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League — entered a front office staff and supporters team. Its first team leading goal-scorer, Lucky Mkosana, and striker, Mads Stokkelien, were both in attendance.

The tournament featured two 52 foot by 72 foot street soccer courts with four foot walls and 12 foot by four foot goals. Games were high-paced and featured teams from Brazil, Italy, Mexico and across the U.S. who battled all day to be crowned the lone champion of New York City.

At the event’s welcoming ceremony, official time keeper of the Times Square Cup, TAG Heuer, recognized New York Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty with the “Sport for Social Change” award, presenting a special watch in honor of his commitment to using soccer as a force for good in society.

In addition to NYC, SSUSA oversees programs in other 15 U.S. cities which use soccer to build safe, healthy communities. Since its inception, the organization has reached over 3,000 at-risk and homeless youth and adults through partnership with over 20 social service partner agencies. SSUSA’s program has seen impressive results with more than 75 percent of participants connecting jobs and furthering education or employment within a year of joining.

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More information: www.streetsoccerusa.org.

About Street Soccer USA

Street Soccer USA (SSUSA), a 501(c)3 organization and an affiliate of HELP USA, is a national sport development program for social change in 16 cities across the United States. Teams train and compete in local leagues and work through a special curriculum of life and job skills.

SSUSA uses soccer as a team sport to help adults and youths overcome poverty and homelessness. Players commit to change their lives by setting three, six, and 12-month personal goals. By creating a team environment that is fun, positive, and universal, participants are provided with a family support group to build relationships of trust and stability. Players are challenged by personal motives and team expectations to advance individual character, confidence and hope.

More information: www.streetsoccerusa.org.

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 1.38 trillion yen for the 2014 fiscal year ending August 31, 2014 (US $13.6 billion, calculated in yen using the annual average exchange rate to the end of August 2014 of $1 = 101.5 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 1,500 stores in 16 markets worldwide including Japan, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and the U.S. In addition, Grameen UNIQLO, a social business established in Bangladesh in September 2010, currently operates several Grameen UNIQLO stores in Dhaka. UNIQLO manages an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

About The New York Cosmos

The New York Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the North American Soccer League, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer to the USA. This included Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto. It had been nearly 30 years since the Cosmos, an iconic global soccer club, have played in a professional league. Yet throughout their absence, the club maintained a loyal and dedicated fan following.

On Aug. 3, 2013, the New York Cosmos returned to the NASL with a sell-out win at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium, before embarking on a season that would see the Cosmos win the 2013 North American Soccer League Fall Season. The club closed out its inaugural season by winning the 2013 Soccer Bowl with a 1-0 victory against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Nov. 9, 2013 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, Atlanta, GA. The championship is the sixth NASL title in the club’s history.

The Cosmos also submitted a privately-funded economic development proposal in 2013 to the State of New York to build a world-class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium at Belmont Park. More information about the proposal and renderings can be found at www.newcosmosstadium.com.

For more information on the New York Cosmos, please visit www.newyorkcosmos.com, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @NYCosmos. Season tickets for the 2015 season are also now available by calling 855 712 6766 or via the club’s official website.

About TAG Heuer

The Swiss Avant-Garde watchmaker since 1860. Its rich heritage is built on pushing boundaries and breaking rules: harnessing mental fortitude to overcome technology restraints and create daring watches and chronographs. Long-lasting partnerships with motor racing teams and charismatic ambassadors drive it to break with watchmaking conventions, and, as a consequence, master time with unparalleled precision. The brand’s motor racing DNA, as well as the amazing athletes who belong to its dream team, reflect its core values of teamwork, mental strength, courage and ambition. Its slogan, DON’T CRACK UNDER PRESSURE, is far more than a claim–it is a mindset.

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David Ortiz: Always On The Record

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Let me explain a few things to you, the main stream and anyone else who you may care to share my ratings with around the water cooler. If you ask David Ortiz an honest question, he’s going to give you an honest answer. Ortiz doesn’t care if you like the answer or not. He doesn’t care if it makes him look like a saint a hero or a selfish son of a bitch. It’s how he feels and opinions be damned about how David Ortiz feels. In this day and age of players and coaches quotes of

“ I just want to focus on being a flame”

“ That’s the coaches decision “

And

“ We’re on to Cincinnati “

I find David Ortiz’s candor refreshing. I like an athlete that isn’t going to sugar coat opinions for the mass media twitter driven feed me now world we live in. and making Ortiz all the more inspirational is the fact that he’s almost always right. Call it selfish call it self-serving call it egotistical. It doesn’t change tha fact that when David Ortiz says

“ I need protection in the batting order “

“ I can’t play first base at my age “

Or

“This is our Fucking City”

He’s absolutely right. When Ortiz cries for protection in the order he knows that to be at his best, to do the most for his team he needs that, every ball player does. If you have no one hitting behind you you’re going to see a steady diet of nothing to hit.When he complains that the strike zone has never been bigger, you can see it with your own eyes. And when he says at 39 he cant be playing first base all the time he might be more right than ever. Some will say that Ortiz is just thinking of himself. He’s only thinking of that magic 500th Home Run or extending his career. SO? Isn’t what’s beast for Ortiz what’s best for the Red Sox anyway? Hasn’t he earned that after earning three World Series Rings? Cant the man get cut the least bit of slack for speaking his mind? Especially when the selfish son of a bitch is right. David Ortiz doesn’t call press conferences like Bill Bellichick he doesn’t storm WEEI like John Henry. He sits at his locker and reporters and columnist flock around him, stick microphones in his face, ask him questions, and he answers them

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Get Infused #SundayNightFantasy contest

Greetings! It’s Michelle, aka @SportSXMichelle from Twitter.  To those of you who don’t know me, I’m a freelance writer and also Pamela Michelle’s co-host on the fun new ‘dating show’ that airs live on Thursday nights via VOC Nation.  Although you’ll usually find Pam/me talking about sports, this show has nothing to do with sports, and everything to do with dating/relationships, as well as, what’s been written about in popular men’s interest mags.

As part of the show’s format, we both do write-ups on the blog we co-publish, www.thebestmensmagblog.com. Our articles address topics that we’ve found written about in men’s mags, and /or our own thoughts about what men might find of interest. We use these articles as the foundation for the show, and allow them to serve as a means to segue into a fun discussion about dating.   We then invite callers to call in to share their thoughts.  In the future, some episodes of the show may have something to do with sports since many times what’s being written about in men’s mags involve sports but for the most part, we will try to stick to stuff that’s non-sports related. We will look to include stuff like, ‘what’s the craziest pick up line you’ve every heard?’  The show is a lot of fun and we get to connect with our followers.  Of course, you don’t need to be single to call in and share your thoughts.  Obviously if you’re married, chances are you might know a little bit about dating and may have even done something right, or chances are you would still be single.

So what does the new show have to do with the title of this article, and my #SNF contest involving Sunday Night Fantasy?  Nothing really, but you know how Pamela can bring up ‘Shameless Plugs’ on her Sports Infusion show?  Well I thought I’d show that I’ve been paying attention.

Actually, I’m just kidding, I did not bring up the contest to introduce  a ‘Shameless Plug’ for the www.sundaynightfantasy.com contest.  I actually did write an article about this topic on our men’s mag blog, and the way we will allow it to segue as a topic for a future show, will be to talk about whether fantasy sports can hinder a date or relationship.  Something like, “Is your guy heading to Vegas without you for that Fantasy Sports convention again?  What’s a girl to do?”

Another reason I wanted to write my first article for this site, about my Sunday Night Fantasy contest is because it’s this idea that caused me to be introduced to Pamela in the first place. That’s because we were both on a show that featured women in sports, and I was invited to be one of the women on the panel.  I was invited to talk about the sports social media work I was doing and I was also asked to share about what I planned to do with my dynamic fantasy domains.  So you see, its fantasy sports and the idea for this contest that brought Pam/me to one another in the first place, so that’s why I thought it would be a great topic to begin with.

I love that Pamela has given me the opportunity to write on this site.  I look forward to sharing some articles that will be fun, and uplifting, and sports related.  Those who know me know that  I am an advocate and passionate about social issues in sports, and I tend to be very serious at times.  Advocates are like that.  In my writing that has been published elsewhere, I have addressed issues like: domestic violence, sports betting vs. fantasy sports, college athletes being paid, sexual assault, locker room bullying, racism, and how brain trauma is often overlooked as a possible variable in many violent crimes.  I’m a teacher, a tutor in Drug Court, and someone who devotes 99% of her time to helping to make a difference in the world.  The remaining 1% I reserve for sleeping.   Writing on this site will allow me to shift in a way, that will allow me to write about things other than serious issues.  My goal for my work here will be to be in alignment with Pamela’s amazing upbeat personality, and serve as an agent to help others get infused.  You’re not going to see any serious stuff from me here! [ If you know me, you know just how hard that might be! ]

If you’d like to follow our show account on Twitter, the one that coincides with our dating show, it’s @men_mag.  If you should be looking for me, you’ll find me @SportSXMichelle.  I will end by thanking Pam, for the amazing conversations, the awesome support and the way she has infused not only me, and others by being there more often than not, both as a friend and a colleague.  It’s my pleasure to write for her site!

 

Get Infused With Special Guest JJ Birden

Wednesday Night July 8, 2015 Get Infused at 9pm ET with Hosts Pamela Michelle, and Andrew “Fish”  Fain as they welcome former NFL Kansas City Chief Wide Receiver JJ Birden at 9:30 pm Et ! JJ will discuss his new book When opportunity knocks 8 surefire ways to answer.

If you miss the live show listen anytime here >>>>>>>  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/doublegsports/2015/07/09/si-7-8-15

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