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Columbia Fireflies' Ownership Defend Tim Tebow

Less than 24 hours ago the announcement came that Tim Tebow would be playing in Columbia, SC for the Fireflies. This led to the Greenville Drive twitter account making fun of the move and Tim Tebow. I reached out last night to Fireflies' Managing Owner Jason Freier for his reaction to the tweets and the assertion that Tebow is nothing more than a publicity stunt. Here is his statement in full:

I'm sure they meant it as a joke.It is certainly unusual for someone to be playing class-A baseball at 29 but this isn't any normal guy or situation. This is a world class athlete and a champion.  It is a guy who has shown tremendous leadership, determination and work ethic in everything he has done.He's 29 and trying to learn to do the hardest thing in sports--hit a baseball--so it is certainly an uphill battle. But anyone who is counting him out obviously hasn't paid attention to his career to date.
And there is no way in which this is a publicity stunt.  He is one of the mo…

Out of the Park Baseball 18 Review: Highlights

It is the most wonderful time of the year. The newest version of Out of the Park Baseball is on my computer. Here is a video I made while I was trying things out. I focused on the new highlight feature and a new feature from last year that got some love this time around.



20 Years Later, We Found Out

Twenty years ago we slapped Kentucky around at home with Dick Vitale in the building. As the game ended Dick Vitale warned the Gamecocks of their demise in the rematch game in Lexington on Senior Day.

Senior Day in Lexington was for the SEC regular season title. I was nervous and so was my roommate. Five minutes into the game I sat back in my chair. This incredible feeling came over me. We were the better team. They weren't going to beat us. I told my roommate, we were just better.

A 15-1 record in the SEC led to a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. We were finally going to find out what it felt like to make a run in March Madness. It didn't happen. It didn't happen the next year either as a #3 seed. The lawn furniture on our college apartment porch would pay the price. We missed our chance. Would it ever come again?

In 2017 Gamecock fans would grow frustrated wondering how good we could be if Duane Notice and Chris Silva played well in the same game. Sunday night in Greenvi…

Trash Talking Tim Tebow

The news broke today that the New York Mets would be assigning Tim Tebow to their Single A affiliate in Columbia, SC. The news was met with trash talk but not from fans, from the Greenville Drive twitter account 






The Drive are the Single A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and play in the South Atlantic League with Tebow's brand new team.  The Greenville Drive didn't back down when they received some complaints.



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The Greenville Drive eventually did apologize....sort of...



Welcome to Tebow Time in minor league baseball.


Tebow Time Coming To Columbia

More good news for Columbia, South Carolina. Not only is it home to Sweet 16 basketball teams but it will also be the minor league home for Tim Tebow. As some of you know, I am based in Columbia, SC and have been fortunate enough to get media credentials for the Fireflies. Looking forward to seeing Tebow up close and personal this season. Here is the press release from the Columbia Fireflies:


COLUMBIA, S.C. — ‘Tebow Time’ is coming to Columbia. Former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time BCS National Champion Tim Tebow will start his professional baseball career with the Columbia Fireflies, Mets Manager Terry Collins announced. Tebow will continue with the Mets in spring training at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, before breaking camp the first week of April and heading to the Palmetto State’s capital.

 “No one works harder than Tim did this Spring,” said New York Mets manager Terry Collins in an interview today with Marc Carig from Newsday. “He was a pleasure to have…

Not in Tournament: Celebrating Clemson Basketball

Tonight could be the night that 2,000 lucky Clemson fans get to enjoy one of the most historic nights in Clemson basketball history. The Tigers will be going after yet another NIT victory. I think we all remember the last time Clemson hosted an NIT game....It was epic




To celebrate Clemson basketball in all its glory here is a satirical piece I wrote in November of 2015 after their double overtime win against basketball power Lenoir-Rhyne. If you are a tater and don't know what the word satirical means, let a neighbor or google help you

Clemson Shocks Lenoir-Rhyne in Double Overtime

November 8, 2015

The football team may be getting most of the press but the basketball team did their part to thrust themselves into the national spotlight with a shocking come from behind win over Lenoir-Rhyne in double overtime. It may have just been an exhibition but Coach Brownell feels it was as big of a game as his team will play all season.

"This was huge. I told our guys before the game tha…

The Greatness of George Brett

One of my all time favorite non-Red Sox players is George Brett. He is in that class of guys like Chipper Jones, Willie Mays, and Pete Rose. Guys who never played for the Red Sox but I wish they had.

I have always liked Brett and I even got to see him play 6 games in Fenway Park in 1990 and 1991. I recently went down a George Brett rabbit hole on the internet and I was reminded why I really liked him as a player.

The first thing I loved about him is that he hated the Yankees and still hates the Yankees. The Royals and the Yankees had some battles during the 70s and 80s and Brett was right in the middle of it all.

Brett was also a Yankee Killer, especially in the playoffs. Brett played in 17 postseason games against the Yankees and had 24 hits, 6 homers and 14 RBI. Not bad.

Here he is going deep three times in Game 3 of the 1978 ALCS



We all know what a prick Goose Gossage has become, here is Brett turning on a Gossage fastball in 1980 and sending it into the third deck of Yankee S…

A Date with Rat K?

Is there a better time to debut a Gamecock-centric blog than the day after Selection Sunday? Usually that would be a big fat no but for just the fourth time since I became a Gamecock (1993), the Gamecocks are dancing and looming in the distance is Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils.

Yeah...I know what you are saying. We haven't won a tournament game since 1973 (I was born in 1974) and I am already looking ahead to Duke. Trust me, winning on Friday night over Marquette is going to be a tough task and I will get more into that game later in the week. Humor me for a minute.

For now, let's just imagine a Sunday prime-time showdown in Greenville, SC against Duke. Can we beat Duke? Sure. Will we? Listen, I am not even sure we can beat Marquette. The point is this is the kind of game our program needs. We blew it in 1997 and 1998 and frankly haven't recovered until maybe now. A Sunday game against Duke in the NCAA Tournament gives us a huge leap towards basketball relevancy. These…

Bad News for Johnny Vander Meer

Eight years earlier Johnny Vander Meer did the impossible and threw back to back no hitters. In 1946, he would make 25 starts going 10-12 with a 3.17 ERA. The Reds would finish at 67-87 which was good for sixth place in the National League.

In our simulation of baseball history, Vander Meer will just make three starts as an injury will force him to miss the rest of the season.

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The Reds are off to an 8-4 start thanks in part to the strong start by Vander Meer. They will have to move on without him now.

Here are the real box scores from both of Vander Meer's No-Hitters

First No Hitter

Second No Hitter





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The Teddy and Dom Show

The Red Sox are 12 games into their 1946 campaign and they are being carried by Ted Williams and Dom DiMaggio. Williams is expected to dominate but the kid brother of Joe DiMaggio is showing off some unusual power to start the season.


Here is a closer look at his red hot start

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Ted Williams has been even scarier

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Could David Ortiz Become The Next Johnny Bench?

Commissioner Manfred is worried about baseball's future and the appeal it has to the younger generation of fans. It made me think about my childhood and how I became such a huge baseball fan. I suddenly found myself on YouTube watching old episodes of This Week in Baseball and The Baseball Bunch. I thought to myself, why isn't there this time of programming for today's kids? Well, it could be on the way.

 The idea to bring The Baseball Bunch back isn't a new idea. In 2001 it was real close to coming back but was shelved by ESPN. Well, it is back on the table now and guess who is rumored to be this generation's Johnny Bench? You guessed it, David Ortiz. Can you think of a better fit? Me either. Here are the details on the possible revival of The Baseball Bunch:

 Steve Church began development on another Baseball Bunch, this time under a production shingle N-X211 Entertainment / CG Partners with actor John Goodman, This re-boot would still have a MLB star as host…