There are different types of sports played all over the world. Each sport has its own share of benefits and followers. While football has a huge following in Europe, in US it is baseball, which rules the masses. I often get into intense fights with my friends who are fans of football and basketball on which is the best sport to be played ever. Naturally, I always speak for baseball.
The most common fact that I point out about baseball is that while it has several rules, they are not that huge, when compared to the penalties that you need to memorize in a football game. And as for basketball, it surely is a wonderful sport, but does not contain the complexities that keep you alert and on edge, as in baseball. Moreover, people love it in spite of the complexities present.
Here are some of the more compelling reasons that make it the best sport ever:
My friend is a compulsive gambler and loves to bet on all types of sports, especially basketball and football. We met recently in college baseball match. I was surprised to see him there, as he is more of a basketball fan. He said that he had been trying his hand at baseball betting and found it quite profitable. In fact, he said that he’d made more profits from baseball than other sports. Other than being one of the top US attractions, baseball is also gaining popularity among sports bettors.
Sports’ betting is one of the most profitable forms of gambling and has been indulged in by fans and gamblers alike due to the huge profits it can reap. While many sports bettors say, baseball is the easiest and most revenue earning sport, it is still not that prevalently wagered upon.
The argument that football and basketball betting is common among sports gamblers, but they are not familiar with baseball betting, is a misconception, as baseball wagering is quite easy. You don’t have odds or point spreads here. Here are some tips that help you earn good profits in baseball betting
A prospective baseball gambler should first understand about money lines properly. In baseball, both professional and smart bettors do not indulge in odds more than 140. And they usually bet on the underdog. Even if you just focus on underdogs, it is possible to win at least half or lower of your bets but you still have good profits this way in the long term.
Other than the money line, another important consideration is the run line. Run line is a blend of money line and point spread.
Last week I got a call from my cousin living in England. He had booked for a seven-day trip to the U.S. and wanted to know about the best places to visit. Though he had been to my place a few years back, it was a very short visit and he couldn't get to see the tourist attractions because of the busy work schedule he had. Now he has saved up for a longer stay and wanted to see as much as he can in the one week that he'll be here.
The United States is one of the countries worldwide that boasts of diversified nature right from its skyscrapers to the natural and stunning beaches and landscapes. From man-made wonders like the Golden Gate Bridge and skyscrapers to natural splendors like Niagara Falls and Grand Canyon, there are several places to view, when you visit the United States. While there are numerous must see places in the country, I've limited it to the most important ones in this list.
Sports fans in general love watching sports-themed movies. Over the years there have been quite a few classics. The stand-out feature of the last thirty years is probably still Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky. As teenagers, most of us have seen The Karate Kid. Jacky Chan’s remake of the original is also pretty good. Now, this film, already fifteen years old already, is still being re-watched and talked about by American football fans and sports fans in general. Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday is a sports story of epic proportions in which Coach D’Amato, played by Al Pacino, brings his Miami Sharks back from the brink of sporting infamy.
Baseball traditions will endure
By now, most baseball fans have seen the earlier production of The Fan, directed by the late Tony Scott. Even if you only have a passing interest in sports, you will notice that this picture has a moral to its story. Basically, it shows how fans should not behave when watching their favorite baseball team. It also reminds baseball players, recreational or pro, of their own idiosyncratic superstitions and celebrity-styled behavior, on and off the diamond.
One would have thought that in the modern era of professional sport, players would have moved on from old habits and superstitions. Professional baseball players, whether chewing tobacco or scratching their crotches, will continue to argue that while the superstitious practices don’t always work, it will remain a tradition which is in no danger of dying. That should sum up the ethos of baseball, but most followers of the game know that there is much more to it.
The opening hit of the opening game of the new season will always remain one of the most exciting moments in every baseball supporter’s life, whether still a kid or a retired salesman.
How baseball pros relax off the diamond
Gil Renard (Robert de Niro) was not a retired salesman. In fact, he was fired from his job. Movie watchers will have noticed just how much his manic fanaticism for the game had damaged his life and that of his family irreparably. Desperate to restore his own lost glory as a young player, Renard took his extremism just a bit too far and impacted the life of his beloved San Francisco Giant’s latest superstar, Bobby Rayburn (Wesley Snipes), who in his own superstitious mind, stubbornly wanted to hold onto the prized number eleven shirt.
Before the drama truly unfolds, there was one quaint scene which reminded this fan of how pro players relax away from the game. There was no need for a functional golf travel bag and other golfing accoutrements because Rayburn was practicing his swings at the local driving range. Nevertheless, the story’s climax shows that this baseball superstar achieves redemption and perhaps also overcomes his professional phobias.
Always love the game
The lessons that fans can take from this show should be obvious. Respect the players and those who root for the opposing side. Never take this beautiful game too seriously, but always love it.
In an earlier blog post I mentioned that an English friend of mine came over for an extended visit. I decided to share some of the important sites, landmarks and landscapes across America that visitors should see during their once in a lifetime trip. Because America is such a large country, I’ve left out many places which are usually found off the beaten track. It’s a pity because that’s where hardy tourists will find the true essence of what it means to be an American. Visiting these out of the way places and even some of the smaller boroughs of many of our famous cities, you’d get to experience the richness of our cultural diversity.
An off-beat journey
It’s a pity that most tourists don’t have enough time or money to truly get around. Tragically, many Americans haven’t moved beyond their own neighborhoods for a number of reasons that can’t really be helped. Fortunately we can make up for this by indulging in some of our national pastimes which don’t even need us to leave our living rooms. Where baseball is concerned, I’m one of the few, lucky exceptions because I rarely miss a live game.
Sitting at home one weekend during the off-season, I came across a DVD pack of the off-beat British travel production, Long Way Round, starring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. Now, these guys headed off on an epic journey of a lifetime. By the time they had reached the barren plains of Russia, I was inspired, never mind that their journey on two long-distance motorcycles (and not much else) was pretty challenging. But as an alternative to travelling conventionally, this demonstration of tenacity and endurance got me thinking.
Done and dusted in a matter of weeks
This DVD pack had an extended cut which took place before these guys left their home town in Great Britain. Watching them plan their trip and put together their huge inventory, I wondered whether they had been to Motorcyclist Life, considering that this ambitious adventure was a first for them. Anyway, I was thinking, what better way to see your own country than from the saddle of your bike? Of course, you’d need to take at least a couple of months off from work to do this.
But these guys showed that a motorcycling cross-country trip could be done and dusted in a matter of weeks. They ended their hundred day plus journey across twelve countries in New York City, by the way. It’s been a while since I saw this show, so I’ve lost track whether Charley and Ewan were using GPS-equipped Bluetooth helmets. For a journey of this magnitude I would imagine that it would be ideal. But I’m not going to need one just yet because my trip, when it happens, will be shorter and less challenging.
Ultimately, whether I go by bike, bus, or walk, this inspirational trip of a lifetime would have to be done during the off-season because there’s not a snowball’s chance that I’m going to miss one pitch.
Love the time we live in! Love it! Love it! The technology is great, people are great, and everything is just perfect! I enjoy my life to its fullest. I have beautiful friends and I live in the best country in the world. And as you know, I love baseball! Everyone should enjoy every single thing in their life. And if they don’t have anything to be happy about, they should find it. The biggest love in my life is, of course, baseball, but I’ve found another thing I really enjoy and want to share with you - my longboard.
I love everything about it. I love to travel with it, do tricks with it, everything! And the chicks love it too! It’s unbelievable what can you do when you have longboard. Life becomes so much easier when you have it. My friends and I often go to a place which is just perfect for riding a longboard. It is a local mountain that has the best road in the world. We start from the top and have a half an hour ride through pure nature. The chills that I get when I start to slide down the road are the best thing there is. The colors that surround you are awesome, with the encouraging breeze on your skin which gives you nothing but peace in your life.
Nothing is far away when you have longboard and that’s why I got myself a great one! If you want a nice longboard too, here is the page I visited while picking mine out. I don’t need to go by bus anymore and my life is so much easier now. I thought in the beginning that I’ll need a lot more time to learn how to ride it, but no, not at all. I learned the basics in a couple of days and the rest came as I started to treat my longboard as my friend. We have a special connection now. Everywhere I go he comes with me. I started to practice at the local skate park. In my opinion that is probably the best place to practice. That and the roads of course!
But for the roads you need to be careful though. One of the best experiences I had with my longboard was when I went to the sea side with my friends. I learned some of the best tricks I know from a random guy who I met there. Today I don’t have problems with doing any tricks and I feel better about myself in general. My spirit is free just because I started to ride longboard. My confidence, thoughts, attitude, everything is better.
I’m a lot more positive person since the first day I placed my foot on my board. One other thing regarding positive attitude is the hangouts with other longboarders. Many of them are also baseball fans and like the same things I do, and they have really become my friends. They’re all positive people. So the lesson here is - boarding is really cool and I think everyone should try it at least once!
Baseball. Oh, everyone who wants to understand a soul and heart of the USA should better begin with a baseball. The Americans began playing this game many years ago and are still fond of it. Baseball World Cup is held since 1938 for men and 2004 for women. In September 1986, the IOC included baseball and softball to the Summer Olympic Games, but then excluded because of the insufficient popularity in most of the countries. Anyway, it’s impossible to say the same about baseball games held in the USA.
The best way to involve teenagers to physical culture and sports is game-oriented sports. As we know, most games are games with a ball of different size. It becomes our friend from the first years of our lives. A child perceives the most essential life skills thanks to the ball: reaction to the flying subject, the basics of agility during its catching and passes, belt, stop or dribbling. You may find these elements of interaction with a ball in any sports game.
Ball game brings joy not only to children, but to people of any age. After all, you can show your best in the ball games, show what you can do. And baseball offers you these opportunities. Firstly, it is available to both boys and girls of any age, and secondly, it becomes more and more attractive with mastering the technique of gaming feints. Baseball makes players more dexterous, quicker and of great resolve. And these qualities are important both in life and in sport.
All the movements and techniques of the game as close to natural human movements, which are used in the daily life. There’re walking, running, jumping, throwing in large volumes. But physical advantages should be combined with mental advantages. All great baseball players train their mental toughness. It’s a strength and self-command in any situation, self-confidence and sufficient concentration on your goal. A key component of the mental toughness is knowledge of how to think in a right way, how to make your brain to overcome the disappointment and reject all negative thoughts, when nothing can hold your mind from the goal.
Recovering after baseball training should only stimulate to work harder and harder. It’s an important part of the mental toughness development. A game of winners demands agility, speed, accuracy, and unique skills of mental ballast and peace of mind. Moral resistance means constant work to achieve the goal - no matter what happens. One game is not the whole life. There will be more games. It’s the worst idea in the world to focus on the bad game.
Every coach knows that baseball includes a great part of psychology at half of game moments. That’s why self-confidence is a key to success in hitting, pitching and playing defensive shifts in baseball. A young player needs only ten seconds to destroy his self-confidence because of the bad game, but baseball pros got accustomed to look further and don’t stop. They understand that there’s a big teamwork, that they can handle all the challenges of the game together.
Many athletes who are just getting started find themselves faced with all kinds of information that needs to be taken in, processed and committed to memory. That’s just talking about plays, drills and exercises though. There are lots of other concerns most amateur athletes don’t initially understand or even know about, like proper diet. One question I’ve heard a few times from a friend of mine was about lean protein compared to other sources. That is, why should people go for the lean stuff rather than the more traditional proteins found in beef, pork or goat? Well, I can name a few good reasons.
First and foremost, these other meats tend to come with a much higher fat content than, say, turkey or chicken. But that doesn’t necessarily make them bad protein choices. If you don’t have enough fat in your diet, it could literally kill you as the neural networks of your brain depend on the myelin sheaths between neurons to keep electrical impulses flowing smoothly, and fat is what keeps those together. Some fat is good. When meat has too much fat in it, that’s when it becomes a bad choice. Some beef might be good, for instance; some can be very lean, like 7% fat.
On the other hand, veal would be a terrible choice, since that’s the meat from baby cows which are fattened up to make them tender and juicy. It’s very fatty meat – tasty but bad for you if you’re trying to stick to an exercise and diet regimen. You could always cut off excess fat and grind meat yourself with something like this though. Because burning off carbohydrates is much easier than convincing your body to convert fat into energy, foods high in protein and simple sugars are generally better than foods high in protein and fat. Foods which are simply high in protein are some of the best.
This brings me to beans, legumes, cottage cheese and other foods packed with protein which don’t also pack on the calories. While I’m ready to admit there are differences between plant and animal protein, and that I’m no chemist or biologist who could adequately explain those to you, I still know one thing for sure: people who eat lots of fruits and vegetables tend to be better off for it, rather than worse. If you count low calories cheeses in there you can get a good deal of protein through dairy sources too, which is especially good for growing children and older adults.
Ultimately, not all high fat sources of protein are bad. Moderation is the key to balance and happiness in many facets of life, and food and health are counted among that number. With a powerful meat grinder, fresher foods sourced closer to home and making some other, relatively minor changes to your diet, you could have some serious health benefits like a lighter body with increased mobility, endurance and strength. These are all qualities important to any basketball player, but they’re positive and good for everybody else too.
Hi everyone! In today’s post I’d like to mix things up a bit. Of course I’m going to talk about baseball again, namely baseball players, but I thought it would be fun to list those whose talents go beyond the baseball court. You’re probably feeling a bit puzzled right now, but don’t worry, I’ll clear it up for you right away! So, what we’re going to do today is talk about all the famous baseball players who were or are known for their great musical talents as well. And here they are! I hope you enjoy it!
Bernie is a former Yankee, a famous player who got himself through no less than 16 great seasons! Apart from showing an awesome talent on the baseball field, he is also a great musician. He had been playing the guitar for years, but couldn’t have an actual musical career because of all the time and effort he had to spend on his baseball career. But that all changed when, in 2006, he retired from playing baseball and started performing as a really cool jazz guitarist. He even released two albums, one of which, “Moving Forward” was nominated for a Grammy!
Although not as famous as Bernie Williams, Carmen Fanzone was a great utility man and player of the Chicago Cubs. He was at his professional peek in 1972, during which he posted career-numbers in home runs, games and RBI. His success, however, can’t be limited to the things he achieved on the baseball court. Like Bernie, Fanzone is also a talented musician, and had a very successful career playing a rich-sounding trumpet.
This guy played with no less than six different minor league clubs, but is most famous for being a Brooklyn Dodger player. His talent in baseball is still being recognized, especially since he earned himself a place in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Apart from being awesome on the field, Basinski is also a trained violinist, and such a great musician that people nicknamed him the Fiddler. He actually spoke about the relationship between his two careers, saying that there really is a correlation between the speed you have to achieve while playing a violin and the one involved in playing baseball. All in all, quite an interesting guy!
Arroyo, current player of the Atlanta Braves, already has quite a background. This amazingly skilled baseball player has been a member of Pittsburg Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. Apart from being a good enough player for some of the greatest baseball clubs, he is also a talented singer and guitarist. His debut album, released in 2005, included covers of many famous bands, such as Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters. It also includes “Dirty Water”, the famous Red Sox victory song, which is really cool! Arroyo also appeared as a vocalist in Chad Perrone’s song “Since You”, and as a performer at the Hot Stove Cool Music, a fundraiser held in Boston.
One of the worst things you can do is to invest a lot of money into something and then do nothing to protect that investment. Now, it’s not like you can buy stock insurance in case a company or companies you’ve invested in go bankrupt and belly up – no insurance firm would be willing to guarantee anything so volatile and risky. Fortunately there are lots of other investments in your life which can be protected with insurance, like a home, automobile or your physical, dental or vision health. You can even protect things like aquariums and the fish in them, which is what I really want to talk about.
I know, I know – most of you probably think I’d sooner write something about keeping rare and valuable sports memorabilia safe. That’s rather easy already though, especially with banks, safety deposit boxes and the like. As for investments you can’t simply set into a drawer and forget about, like living, breathing fish, you have to approach those a little differently. As always though, the first step to protecting your investment is taking steps of precaution to guard against any loss, damage or theft in the first place. I don’t really see people stealing fish, and they probably won’t walk off on you, but they can be harmed.
This harm could come from a number of sources – even from other fish sharing the same tank. But you’d have to be a fool to spend thousands of dollars on fish only to put ones that want to eat each other into the same space, so I’m not going to cover that. Improper cleaning and filtration of water can lead to a lot of harmful health effects for fish. If you have large aquariums or tanks with lots of fish producing lots of fish waste, this problem only gets worse. You need a fine aquarium filter to keep the water clean; avoid using chemical cleaning agents whenever possible.
Don’t go thinking that a few algae-eating fish will do enough to keep the water clean either. While they might stop the walls of your aquarium from taking on a sickly greenish-yellow color thanks to the fact they eat the stuff, being herbivorous they will only eat plant life. They aren’t filters that can suck in wastewater and produce fresh, clean liquid in the process. This is a major misconception among first time fish owners that I wish wasn’t so common. For big tanks with lots of fish, you need a big filter built to accommodate them, like the ones you can find at http://canisterfilterguide.com/.
This simple precaution can help prevent many of your fish from becoming sick or dying before their time. Such a thing is instrumental to those who breed fish for resale, but even if you aren’t running a breeding operation, thousands of dollars’ worth of fish is still a major investment. You can insure those fish against death too if you can find an insurance company willing to offer the policy, and there are insurers who exist specifically to cover household pets, so it shouldn’t be too hard to protect such an investment.
The odds are pretty good you could go look up ways to save money and get bombarded with dozens, maybe hundreds of different articles all claiming to help the reader with that exact topic. I’m all for saving money, but in my experience, it’s better to look at the things you don’t really need instead of trying to cut back on the things you do. Rather than focusing on ways to save money, I like to think about the ways I’m wasting money, or the potential purchases I’m thinking of making and whether or not they would end up being wastes of money.
I could go on and on about the different ways I’ve found to waste money, and I really could here. But I want to focus on one that I think most people reading this also experience, and one which, like me, many of you could diminish the effects of with a minimal effort. I’m talking about food if you couldn’t guess. Lots of people waste lots of money on food – not that they don’t need to eat, because they do, but they don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to be well-fed and healthy. It’s not as simple as that either since we all deserve a little blame for the way things have become.
Very few of us have land which could support a farm, and even if we did, the odds are pretty good it’s zoned for residential use and nothing more, which kind of prohibits using it for growing food on a large scale. But that doesn’t stop any of us from operating our own garden, or even a greenhouse, and I’ll tell you why this isn’t a waste of money. For one, you’ve got fresh fruits and vegetables all year, ready to eat whenever you want them and within walking distance to boot. You could set up a little tent or maybe a traditional greenhouse if you’re sure to check this website for proper lighting.
If you’re willing to spend enough on the greenhouse itself, you won’t need any artificial lighting to keep it producing for most of the months throughout the year. But without that artificial light and more importantly, the heat it produces, many plants will still shrivel up and die when colder months come and temperatures get too low for them to bear. So there are some things to consider if you want to try this for yourself – including the amount of money you could save by growing your own much healthier produce.
Look at how much you spend on fruits and vegetables over the span of a month, or maybe three months, or even a year if you have the receipts for it. Now imagine all of those costs gone, save for a small fraction which remains and has been redirected to your energy bill. Yes, there is the small matter of waiting several months for your own little “farm” to get up and running. But once it does, well, you’ll wonder how you ever got by paying those ridiculous prices at your favorite grocery store.
Active dealing with baseball means daily, exhausting training. To give maximums of yourself in the game, you need to be trained and have an excellent physical condition. Intense training exhausts the body, so it is very important to recover after training. Whether you train professionally or recreationally, enable the body to compensate the lost power.
Hydration is the most important item after training. I'm one of those that connect the hard practices with a picture of heavy sweating. Yet, all that sweat is the fluid that should be compensated. It is therefore, very important to drink plenty of water after a hard training.
Food is there to regain your lost energy. During hard workouts, muscles consume carbohydrates that are, in some way, their fuel. After a training, you should choose foods that are rich in carbohydrates and supplement your reserves of fuel. Of course, you should not exaggerate. Strenuous training does not mean that you're immune to the creation of fat reserves. Moderation is the best in all fields. It is also very important to bring in proteins because they build and recover muscles. The best way to compensate proteins and carbohydrates is to consume them in a liquid form. They need a minimum of time for the breakdown. That is the reason why protein drinks are increasingly popular. However, do not forget the need to eat. A meal with eggs, meat, servings of fruits are also a good choice.
Massage enables relaxation of muscles that were strained during hard training. It often happens that after great efforts appear muscle spasm. A 20-minute relaxing massage after training allows the muscles to relax and boosts the faster breakdown of lactic acid.
Renew your skin. Running on the baseball field can often cause skin changes in the form of injuries, scratches, bruises, scars. But life does not take place only on the sports field. Out of the pitch, every one of us wants to look their best. One of the prerequisites of beauty is healthy and beautiful skin. The path to perfect skin is not distant. You only need one Microdermabrasion machine, such as this which you can see here. You will remove all the minor imperfections.
Allow yourself relaxing in the bath.If the massage is not available, the bath after a hard workout will please your muscles. After a workout, your muscles are already warmed up. The cold bath will allow better blood circulation and prevent muscle inflammation.
Get enough sleep. For a good rest, you need to choose the right time for sleep. The best time to go to bed is between 22-24 h. We're naturally programmed to sleep at night, and be active during the day. During this period, the body produces growth hormone, which is essential for the growth and development of body and mind. For a complete recovery and a good dose of energy for a new day, you need enough growth hormone.
In baseball, as in other sports, good training is very important. However, we should not neglect the importance of a good recovery. This is the shortest way to the best results!
I know many people for whom a barbecue is a favorite food. This love recognizes the market, so there is a bunch of fast-food restaurants that offer food from the grill. The problem with barbecue is that it cannot be called fast food when you prepare it yourself. And it is good that this is so because it is believed that excessive eating barbecue can have serious health consequences. For example, HCAs (heterocyclic amines), potentially carcinogenic substance, lurks from barbecue meat.
When the weather is nice, I like to gather my friends. Is there anything better than enjoying the pleasures of barbecue with friends? I'm trying to prepare meat that is healthy and delicious. To avoid the pitfalls of HCAs I often marinate meat. I have learned to prevent and reduce the occurrence of HCAs that way. Moreover, I take care about the temperature at which the meat is prepared. Although black, charred pieces of meat can have their charm, I know that they are potentially dangerous to health. So I got a good thermometer and carefully prepare my barbecue, to avoid meat burns. If that happens, everything that is burned, I scratch.
HCA's develops when the meat is cooked on the temperature over 325 degrees. Get a smoker who will give a taste and smell of smoke, but at the low temperature, is the ideal way to enjoy the barbecue often, and to avoid this health dangers . Yes, it takes longer, but it is healthier. Backyardbbqguru.com offers an excellent choice and the biggest source of information about these smokers.
We all know what makes a barbecue special. It is the smoke flavoring. I know many people who are not meat lovers, but when it is smoked, they cannot resist trying it! Preparing a barbecue at ordinary backyard grills can be a really tedious job, and buying a barbecue in fast -food restaurants is not the healthiest choice. So I've been thinking about purchasing a gas smoker like this one: http://www.backyardbbqguru.com/best-gas-smoker-reviews-2014/
Cooking meat in the microwave before grilling reduces the possibility of HCAs for 90%. This is a very significant percentage, and since it does not take up much time, I always prepare the meat for roasting - I warmed it in the microwave for 2 minutes, and I throw out the juices.
Because HCAs lurking from meat, to those who are skeptical I offer a portion of grilled vegetables. It has the same flavor smoke, but with no hidden dangers.
I have to say that it is very important to maintain the cleanliness of the grill. It is believed that the average backyard barbecue has more bacteria than the toilet.
As an exceptional baseball fan, I know how healthy food is important for a sport. Meat is an excellent source of proteins that are important for building muscle. However, fried or baked meat, hides an extra fat. The meat from the grill, if prepared properly, is definitely the best option. Especially in good company.
The first defensive shift originated, when the Cleveland Indians positioned three infielders to the second base’s right when left-handed Ted Williams held the bat in the year 1948. Williams rarely hit balls in the opposite direction. While Williams could have easily managed hitting in the opposite side, and taken a single, he wanted to hit home run with a hard swing and thus the highly popular defensive tactic came to be a part of all matches.
Even if the tactic is highly effective, it is not used much nowadays. And certainly not in case of right handed players. This is because first baseman needs to be nearby to receive the throw leaving a big hole in the defense in case the other fielders are on the opposite side. And with left handers too, the tactic was used only on extreme hitters. If manager find even a minor chance of the batter hitting towards the third base the standard defense was only used.
Aggressive vs defensive shift
It is true that defensive shifts do bear fruit. Recently I love the aggressive tactics of Tampa Bay Rays. I make it a point to watch their game whenever possible even if I had to travel long distance. I drive by myself if other arrangements cannot be made immediately. I always follow road safety rules and further I have installed a nice LED light bar on my car, which helps in better visibility at night. The Rays team known for its radical moves shifts more towards aggressive approach.
While the Rays play in the smallest market and their players get the lowest pay packets, they have still managed to reach playoffs in the last few seasons. This is because of the aggressive play they involve in. Instead of just using a couple of infield placements, such as the defensive shift and normal placement, the team alters the field placement for every hitter. This has brought them quite a good rate of success and the defensive positioning is cited as one important tactic that had made them maintain a consistent edge continuously for nearly three seasons.
Defense strategy tips
In general, defense strategy involves the following:
- For every ball that is hit, every fielder moves to a base, backup position or the ball.
- Every ball is thrown with a target in mind
- Outfielders should throw ball at the base just ahead of runner and not behind the runner. When a ball is fielded, it should be thrown to relay
- Ball should be prevented at any cost from bouncing past a fielder. He should get to it or block it with his body and prevent it from flying past.
- When runner occupies base, shortstop should back up all return throws that go from catcher to pitcher.
- For balls that are between fielders, the one occupying the best spot should make the call. He should not catch it unless the call is made. The other fielder called off moves immediately to a backup spot.
- Throws to cutoff or relay should always be hard, low and at shoulder level of fielder.
Finally, you win more games with your glove than with the bat. Remember that every hitter is dangerous and should be prevented from making a big inning.
Last week I got a call from my friend. He wanted me to go with him on the white water rafting trip he had planned. As summer sets in everyone gets into a frenzy making all kinds of preparations to enjoy the great outdoor atmosphere. Some go on sightseeing trips, while others like my friend are all set to enjoy the summer outdoor adventures as much as they can. One cannot blame them as the winter is certainly a trying time. Being confined indoors can get on one’s nerves and no wonder summer brings on the frenzied activities. For those of you who haven’t yet got into the summer spirit, here are some key destinations to enjoy the spectacular weather.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Colorado River is the best white water rafting spot in the country. You can additionally learn about geology too, while you float down the river. The detached cabins and rooms available make the stay quite peaceful and enjoyable. Reservations and permits should be made in advance, however, as at peak season there is quite a rush here. I enjoy whitewater-rafting in my awesome kayak, which I’d seen positive review at Kayak website.
If you’re a fan of hiking, the Appalachian Trail, one of the oldest trails in the country is the best one to go on. The trail covers about 2,160 miles north to south. It takes about five whole months to finish this trail which includes the Presidential Range and the Great Smoky Mountains.
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park
Situated in California, El Capitan, also called as El Cap, is a huge vertical rock feature that is about 3,000 foot in height. You can even camp on the National Park grounds or stay at hotels nearby and enjoy the serene and natural scenery. The rock climbing trip is a must do activity here that every visitor should participate in.
The North woods in Maine area are best for canoeing trips. Seven mile trips are arranged, which takes you through the spectacular woods letting you connect with nature and enjoy the serene atmosphere. The calmer waters are great for fishing too and you can have a wonderful experience when you use the good kayak, like this one.
Boundary Waters Canoe
Located in Minnesota, this place provides camping and exploring of the wilderness and has information on travelling to the region, paddling outfitters, guidelines, and camping. Canoes and kayaks are provided by some of the resorts here. And cabins are available for overnight stay.
Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau
Located in Alaska, this glacier can be visited by plane or ferry only. You need to book the ferry ride at the Marine Highway in Alaska or take the flights that are available from all major cities. The glacier center has trails and programs arranged around the main glacier. You get guided hikes too.
Other areas of interest include the Wind River Range, located in Wyoming. Horseback riding is the best way to explore this range. You can make reservations ahead for the horseback trips and accommodation. For hiking enthusiasts, the Narrows situated in Zion National Park is a good spot to try out. With so many places to enjoy summer in, you are sure to find a suitable spot that caters to your tastes and is available too.
Hunting is a sport that I love to indulge in. But not as much as I would enjoy baseball. Nevertheless, I occasionally go on hunting trips with my friends, when I don’t have any of my favorite teams playing at that time. To say the truth, hunting gives me as much adrenaline rush as baseball does, only I feel excited just by watching the game, while in hunting I actually experience it firsthand.
The only thing that I don’t much favor in hunting is the preparations. But without being prepared, hunting is not possible. For a successful hunt, you need to plan carefully and prepare thoroughly. If not, you are sure to struggle through the hunt and worse find yourself in some dangerous situations too. So here are some tips that I learnt and would like to share with you.
The game is the important part of hunting, so it makes sense to talk about it first. This is the most crucial part actually. Only when you know what game you’re going to hunt can you prepare accordingly. This is not a short-term process but a long one that you will master with practice. In fact, you’ll see a great improvement with every trip you complete. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot learn anything short-term. By knowing about the game, you not only ensure a successful hunt, but also stay safe knowing that you’re hunting game that is allowed legally.
Before the actual trip, you should have some basic knowledge of the chosen games’ unique characteristic. This involves studying your game, the location where you intent to do the hunting and get tips from expert hunters. I purchase all my hunting related gear at EdgeHunting.Com, so I need not worry about that part of hunting preparation.
Things to focus
Some of the key aspects you should focus on include:
- Studying the traits and identifying marks of intended quarry
- Understand the unique behavior of your quarry, and on how the behavior alters depending on the weather, particular time of a day and the environment.
- Learning about the sounds, the intended quarry makes. Since each animal has certain range of sounds with each bearing a particular meaning, when you learn about them, it’ll be an added advantage to you. Having the right tactical knives too gives you a decided edge in the hunting.
- You need to learn to identify the signs correctly to be successful in landing the game.
And make use of off-season to polish your hunting and trailing skills. It is the best time to get valuable information and experience on the trails to use. You can further find more about the behavior, movement, and habits of intended game. Hunting is best enjoyed when you do it safely and with the right preparation.
Hi guys! I wanted to do kind of a more personal entry, so I decided to write about some fun things I like to do when going out. Finding things to do during one’s free time can be a daunting task if one feels that have been through most of the experiences that life has to offer. This can lead to long and boring nights in the house alone as one does not feel like joining their friends in doing the same old thing over and over again. However there are quite a number of things that one is able to take part in if they are creative enough to find new things to do. It is essential for an individual to find things to do with their extra time thus just because one is able to have a myriad of experiences, they should not look down on all the other things that one has yet to experience. One way of finding new things to do is thinking outside the box, different people have different opinions on what one is to do for fun thus thinking outside the box involves looking past the usual options that an individual would usually take into consideration when going out.
Some of the more obvious things that one can do for fun should be considered as well especially if one has never bothered to have such an experience before. Some of these options can include:
Going Out To Karaoke
Karaoke is one of the most popular activities that one can take part in. Going out to an individual’s favorite hangout for a night out of karaoke can be one of the most fun times that one can have with their friends especially if they happens to fans of music. Most clubs usually have a night that they have dedicated to karaoke and thus it is easy for one to find such a place that coincides with their free time. If one would rather have a more private event, an individual can also choose to purchase their own karaoke machine like the ones at Karaoke Isle and invite their friends over for a night of fun at their place.
Going To the Movies
If one is not exactly attracted to the concept of a lovely karaoke machine, one can decide to choose what can be considered to be one of the most popular pastimes on a global scale. Very few people do not enjoy a good movie and thus it should be considered a necessary alternative for anyone who is looking for a fun thing to do when they are bored. The whole movie experience does not have to do with the movie alone but the amount of fun that one is able to enjoy when they visit the theatres. To enhance this fun, it can be suggested that such a visit be turned into a festive occasion with friends or family.
Joining a Book Club
This is one activity that is not considered by many young people when searching for a fun thing to do on their night out but it can be quite interesting especially if an individual loves reading as one of their hobbies. One would need to be able to find a book club that has individuals with similar tatse in their love for books.
I have always been a hasty spender, and I have had to train myself over the years to save money and not spend it like crazy. Here’s what I learned in the process. Saving money is something that almost every individual is interested be it the rich and famous, or the ordinary Joe looking to make a couple of extra dollars that they could add on to their savings accounts. The biggest difference that can be seen in the two groups of people that have been mentioned above could most likely be the amount of money that one is aiming to save as well as the period of time in some circumstances. However, since the rich and famous can get professional advice from their accountants and other consultants, in this instance the main focus of saving money would be the number of methods that can be applied by the ordinary Joe who is less likely to visit a wall street executive when looking to improve on the balance of their bank accounts.
Saving money can be likened to having a pool heated with this, not everybody has one but it is still an attractive idea to anyone who thinks about it. It is essential for one to stay focused on their goal should they wish to continuously save money and though this task may seem simple enough in general, it is much more arduous when they are faced with the everyday temptations that individuals come across. Before one chooses the methods which they can utilize to save money, it essential for the said individual to know their strengths and weaknesses. This is to say that one needs to be aware of what they are able to give up at a low cost without exactly feeling the burden of its loss. This part can act as a stumbling block for most individuals as one tends to choose what seems to them will save them more money instead of picking what would be the easiest to cut from their budget.
So if one is attempting to get that proverbial pool heater like this http://poolheaterworld.com/best-solar-pool-heater-reviews/ in the financial swimming pool, it is necessary for one to ensure that the challenges they have set for themselves are not too daunting to face. This is especially true if the individual in question has just started saving which means they do not have any experience with cutting down on their budget. The more experience an individual has with this activity, the more they are able to save up and the more successful they will be in their endeavors. Some great ways of saving up some extra cash for first timers can include:
Skipping Meals – This is especially a good way to save up on money if one views certain meals as a means of social interaction rather than a physical need. Most individuals are able to go without lunch during the day but seem to take part in it anyway as it is viewed as a time when one can take a break from work.
Saving on utilities – These include bills such as electricity and water which many may not see as an actual cost that can be reduced. However, simple tasks such as switching of the lights when no one is in a room can go a long way in reducing the overall costs of an individual’s bills.
The changing economic times have taken a toll on most people around the globe and as a result penny pinching has become an art that is most revered in individuals nowadays. Saving money where possible is an important trait for most lower and middle class families around the world and could be the decider between insuring one’s future financially and facing economic ruin in the long term. There are a number of methods that one can take up to save money and these practices do not actually hinder the quality of life that one is able to enjoy in the process.
The problem lies in the fact that most people view these methods as minimal reductions that would have no significant change on their finances. This is far from the truth however and a steady commitment to these practices can lead to a combined effort that makes a difference in the long term finances of an individual when they are all added up.
Looking for new ways of saving money does not mean that someone has to discover means of saving thousands of dollars at a time because every penny counts and when one is able to scrounge up a little extra savings here and there, they develop a knack for saving on costs that tends to show in the overall state of an individual’s finances.
Some of the easy ways that an individual is able to save on money can include:
- Homemade meals
What a lot of people don’t realize is that eating out can be an expensive habit even for those who may not have a big family to care after and thus consider the cost of a large bill whenever they go out for a bite to eat. Individuals who may visit these establishments on their own could also build up to quite an expense over a period of time. A person who goes out for lunch during their work break for example could find that they are spending quite a bit of money, as compared to preparing a simple dish on their own that they can carry to the office. Avoiding such a simple cost could prove very effective in the long run as it is much cheaper to make a simple sandwich from the ingredients of one’s own kitchen than it would be to purchase the same sandwich from a commercial establishment.
- Alternative Transport
Putting on a pair of comfortable shoes for standing around all day found at http://nicershoes.com/would prove a better investment than the fuel needed to travel about every day. The journey that is made every day from a person’s home to their place of work can be a costly expense. Finding means of reducing this cost can save an individual a whole lot of money in the long run as well. One can do this through finding an alternative means of transport that is more cost effective than their current one. One may choose to use public transportation or even walk to work if the distance is suitable for such an endeavor. This would be cheaper than using a private car to drive to work every morning.
What I love about baseball is the precise way it is played. It is a game of high precision. Every move in baseball needs to be error free to score for the team. The throw of the pitcher, the bat’s swing and the fast running of the player who crosses home plate all need to be accurate to get a score.
All these skills need the player to be endowed with high strength, agility and speed and the sport places high demands on the player. To enhance the skills of a player, the baseball power workout is needed. The workouts have been chosen specifically because they can boost the performance of a player on field largely. Additionally a player also needs hand eye coordination.
The high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts help in increasing the explosive speed of the players. This is also good for anyone who wants to improve his or her athletic performance. Short bouts of intense and very explosive movements are done followed by low intensity exercises or short rest span.
Instead of the low intensity training exercises like jogging or walking, this HIIT workout program helps in increasing the strength and speed of players in baseball greatly. Tabata is one great form of HIIT workout that helps in increasing player capacity. Tossing the Med Ball, Ice Skaters and Kettlebell swings are some variations of Tabata that can be tried. Tabata generally includes 20 seconds of high intensity workouts, 10 seconds rest, 20 seconds high intensity and so on for eight times. This comes to about four minutes. This raises the anaerobic capacity by nearly 28% and the aerobic capacity over 15%.
Med Ball tosses are very important as they improve player performance on field more. The Kettlebell swings help in transferring power right from the ground upwards. Ice skating is for storing and releasing power from the hip region.
Plyometric exercises help to increase the explosive speed essential for the base runners as well as the defensive players. The plyometric workouts help in boosting the cardio vascular capacity and endurance too. When done twice in a week, these plyometric exercises help improve performance. The exercises enable muscles to contract in full force, when they are lengthened or loaded. For instance, in a jump squat you jump vertically from a squat posture.
The plyometric workouts for baseball incorporate the movements identical to that of the on field movements of players. Training done for vertical gain utilizes the muscles used in forward movement just like in sprinting. The exercises are perfect for building lower body explosive speed. Squat jacks, jumping lunges, broad jumps, squat jumps, lateral jumps and mountain climbers are some of the plyometric workouts used for baseball players.
Boost core strength
Core strength enhancement is vital for baseball training as many actions performed need amazing level of stability and core strength, particularly in the oblique muscles. The throwing and pitching too need trunk and torso strength. Oblique exercises are hence required to strengthen the muscles of the torso, so the twisting movements used in the game can be done effectively. While this is vital for performing well, it also prevents back injury in players. The core strength exercises should be done twice in a week for three reps to get the needed benefits.
Build strength in upper body
Workouts that target the back and chest help in improving strength in the upper body. These workouts should be done two to three times in a week. However, remember to not repeat the exercises when the muscles feel sore from your last round of workouts.
Speed and agility
Since agility and speed is essential to reach home base safe or to steal the opposing team’s base, a player should be well trained for running fast. The plyometric workouts help to increase speed. The speed workouts should be done for two days a week.
Lower body workouts
Lower body workouts help in raising the cardio effect and further tone and strengthen the legs largely. The exercises should be done continuously, so you get full effect of the workout properly.
One thing that players need to keep in mind, while performing these exercises is they should stretch or do warm up exercises before and after the workouts to prevent strain, muscle tightness and injury.
Power workouts for lower body
The lower body workouts enable higher power and strength buildup that is required for player to boost their throwing velocity, running speed and hitting force. They provide proper balance too. Here are three exercises to boost lower body strength.
- Box squat- This is for increasing strength as well as power in the lower body not only for baseball but for other sports as well. The squat is effective as it helps in increasing explosive power, while the player sits on a box. The muscles in the lower body as well as hamstrings relax while sitting and contract explosively, as the player stands up. This static over dynamic change is seen, when you start from first base where you are in static position. The exercise hence helps you burst forth in full force sharply.
- Heiden Jump- This is a weight room workout, which players can perform to build the lateral body power just as the movement when a pitcher does to remove the rubber.
- Lateral Sled Drag- This is for improving strength, power and work capacity. It also builds strength of ligaments and boosts overall body power too. Since baseball is a lateral type of game, simple dragging of sleds back and forth, do not have any effect. Lateral sled drags should be used instead. For more power, a step over type of sled drag can be used to build the hip strength.
In baseball, some general rules for training are present. You can use medicine ball, body weight, free weights, kettlebells as well as surgical tubing workouts, but not lifting heavy weights using pressing movements. This is because the movement may risk injuring your shoulder.
Lightweight for upper and heavy weights for lower body should be used. And training the core muscles namely the lower back, buttocks and hips is very important. Lightweight should be used to work the rotator cuff region muscles. Since baseball relies on explosive action and reaction, where you are required to explode, stop or start instantly, getting your body fit to perform well is necessary. The power workouts help you accomplish this effectively.
I had a great time last week watching the local baseball competition sponsored by the local neighborhood organization. I also caught up with a longtime friend of mine who I’d lost touch with for a few years now.
When I enquired about his work, he said that he had just finished his nail technician course and was looking for a job here. I was surprised, when I found about the salary paid for nail technicians, as it was quite good. Back to baseball, there have been several new technological advances introduced that take the game to a new level of performance than ever before.
Tracking skills expertly
One newest technology on the block is the tracking technology that helps to keep track of the performance of players. The statistics including, how fast a player fields a ball and the efficient way he rounds the bases, are tracked with this tech. The tracking scout tech is now installed in many of the home games in the third and first baselines. These measure the fastness of the center fielder and his ability to catch a shallow level looper. The distance of each hit ball whether it is a foul or fair one is also recorded. These electronic trackers work continuously helping to record vital game statistics for the coaches, so they can train the players better.
New metrics for baseball
While batting average and percentage on base are done to grade the players’ skills, the new tech including Field F/x and talent scout trackers help in analyzing quantitatively the skills of players that are hard to track. Some of them include
- Base runners- The Field f/x tech helps to chart all the base lines so the efficient routes taken by the players would be known. If for instance, a runner takes a base, the tech can decide on whether the player could have departed a bit later in wake of the pitcher’s windup
- Catcher- The throwing arm of the catcher right from the home plate to the stolen base can be measured in both accuracy and strength with the cameras.
- Outfielders: In case a centerfielder goes for a strong diving catch, the reason for the dive can be determined with the images captures. The reason such as slow reaction for a normal hit, or whether the batter had hit out of the range of fielding can be known. This helps in better training.
- Infielders- The response of the infielders can be tracked accurately by the Field f/x cameras and the scout tech trackers can identify the shortstops that show the quickest reaction to the grounders thus giving information on the fielding range of the players.
There are several other new technological wonders that are being introduced into baseball. While the match I watched with my friend did not have any such tech support, I however enjoyed the game immensely and it was partly because of my friend too. I said so to him and was glad he had finished his training as we could watch our favorite game together more. He said that the nail technician school he had gone too was quite good and reputed, click here for more info. He was confident of landing a job soon because his credentials were good and I wished him luck too!
The baseball diamond is an iconic part of the game. It has all the distances metered properly, so you don't have to run farther from first to second base, or second to third, or so on. The diamond shows why standards and measures are important in sports games and just about everything else for that matter. However, it’s certainly possible to train for playing baseball without ever setting foot on a diamond or field. The only thing those chalk lines do is show players which way to run, really. You can still do all associated exercises while at home, maybe even in your garage.
Have you ever heard of the Garage Gym? Like the name would make you think, it’s a kind of small, personal gym which you could set up in your garage, or elsewhere in your home for that matter. It is a kind of power rack, which will let users do pull-ups, deadlifts, leg exercises and more, all with the same machine and all without forcing the user to purchase a number of other expensive accessories and items to get the job done. Everything about the power rack is manual; there is no power or electricity to it, despite the name.
While it doesn't offer the full range of motion you would get from say, running a lap around your block, a power rack can still help you to strengthen your legs and make them able to do more work than they can already. This will in turn help you to move faster, which can be the difference between beating a ball to a plate or getting called out and heading back to the benches. By combining the time on your garage gym with those free exercises you can do in any open field, you will get the greatest benefit and keep your body from getting used to any single exercise, which is a major part of building muscle.
The arms are just as important as the legs to any baseball player, and even more so if you happen to be the pitcher for your team. There are too many arm exercises on a power rack to count them all. To figure out the best exercise for your specific workout, you need to figure out where you as an individual could use the most improvement and where you are already strong enough. Just because you can lift all day with your bicep doesn't mean your tricep is equally as strong, for example. Specific exercises are available for working specific parts of the arm (or leg, or anything).
Even if you don't play baseball, your body will benefit from a device like the garage gym. Stronger arms and legs make better swimmers, boxers, basketball and football players, and more. Whether you’re looking for some simple conditioning or you want to bulk up and increase in size and strength, you may find it worthwhile to purchase one of these small devices. You might get away with a gym membership too, but who wants to work out in front of a bunch of other people, in a place which constantly reeks of body odor?
The hands are very important for baseball players. Catching, pitching and passing all rely on the person manipulating the ball to have a certain level of dexterity, so the throws don’t veer off course and the catches don’t end with dropped balls and errors. There are a lot of standard drills for improving hand eye coordination, but there are some other, non-traditional things you could do to make your fingers work better too. I’m talking about other activities where the fingers and hands play a key role in making something happen, or getting something to work. Have you ever heard of a serger?
Well, a serger is a kind of sewing machine that uses different types of thread simultaneously to create unique stitching and embroidery. It’s also a very useful and often unused tool when it comes to improving hand eye coordination. There’s even some footwork involved if you’re using a machine that comes with a pedal for turning on the motor, so there’s that to consider too. Watching with your eyes while you move fabric or cloth with your hands to create stitches without stabbing your fingers can be a little intimidating for those who have never sewn before, but don’t let that stop you.
The truth is, you won’t find another exercise quite like this for making your hands and eyes work together better while you’re out on the diamond. Working with a serger can be fast-paced and risky, even for those with lots of experience using them, so as a freshy you should be very careful with them. Now naturally, practicing catching will help you to catch balls more often too – but this sewing thing really helps with detecting moving objects (the ball) and then reaching for them with your hands. This skill is vital to success in baseball and this is an ingenious way to help develop said skill.
Stitching by hand can have a similar effect, while being far less dangerous to the person doing the sewing. The needle on a serger, or any sewing machine for that matter, is connected to a motor which makes the thing stab again and again and again. The motor doesn’t care if the needle is sticking flesh instead of cloth and it will simply make the needle keep stabbing, even when you wish it would stop. All this said, if you don’t have any experience with a sewing machine, hand stitching is a great place to start your path toward better hand eye coordination.
These training methods come with secondary benefits too. Normally things like repaired socks and knit pants would be the primary benefit, but you’re sewing to get better with your hands – not specifically for sewing, itself. Plus you’re also learning a useful skill you can take with you throughout life. As long as clothes, sheets, blankets and other items are made from cloth and kept together with stitching, there’s going to be a need for people who know how to work stitches. With all the benefits here so readily apparent, there’s no reason not to start sewing soon.
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