MLB To Help Towns Hit By Tornadoes

Kudos to Major League Baseball for coming to the aid of fellow citizens. This is the essence of America – Friends, neighbors, strangers, businesses helping each other out. This is how the Founders envisioned the country.

Via Fox4KC:

Two homes will be framed outside Kauffman Stadium during this summer’s All Star Game. The homes will be two of the nine Habitat for Humanity homes bound for Joplin and Tuscaloosa. Both cities were hit in 2011 by devastating tornadoes.

One of the homes will go to each community. It’s all part of a partnership between Major League Baseball, the players and State Farm Insurance. The partnership was announced on Wednesday at the K.

Baseball and its players will support nine homes. Five will be placed in Joplin and four in Tuscaloosa to help families whose homes were destroyed. In Joplin, 65 Habitat Homes are being built.

Rangers Unveil Statue Of Fan Who Died At Game

Nice gesture by the Texas Rangers. Well done.

Via CBS/DFW:

Nine months after a Texas Rangers fan died after falling over an outfield railing at a game, his 7-year-old son helped unveil a statue Thursday honoring his father and others who love America’s pastime.

The life-size bronze statue depicts Shannon Stone and his son, Cooper, wearing baseball caps. They are holding hands and looking at each other as if they’re talking. The inscription reads: In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game.

“Today is a celebration of spirit, family and love of the game,” Rangers President Nolan Ryan said. “This bronze represents so many things that are good about baseball — competition, happiness, memories — and I think Shannon embodied what we as an organization hope for in our fans.”

On July 7, Stone was reaching for a ball tossed to him by Josh Hamilton, Cooper’s favorite player, when he fell headfirst about 20 feet and landed on concrete behind the outfield wall. Before the game, Stone had stopped to buy his then-6-year-old son a new glove in the hope of catching a ball.

Witnesses said Stone, a Brownwood Fire Department firefighter, was conscious after falling and sounded worried about Cooper being left alone. Stone, 39, was pronounced dead within an hour.

Read more at this link.

Worst Umpire Call Ever? [Updated]

In the tag seen round the world, Umpire Jerry Meals apparently didn’t think the Pirates catcher Mike McKenry tagged the Atlanta Braves Julio Lugo sufficiently and made a really gutsy call.

This play really reminded me of the Sid Bream play between these same teams from some years ago.

Lugo says he was safe and I have looked at the video below several times as well as one over at ESPN and I can see what appears to be clothing moved by the mitt (see about 2:15 into the video below). Baseball gives second basemen a lot of latitude when completing a double play, but not to catchers?

Credit to Jerry Meals on making a gutsy call. UPDATE: Meals says he ‘missed’ the call.

Exit Question: Should McKenry have blocked the plate a little better?

(Video via Sports Grid)