The number eight

Update: Thanks to all MLBloggers who commented here over the weekend with suggestions for my 8/8 MLB.com story about the number eight. Your input was greatly appreciated!

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You’re writing your story today?*****. I’m not going to Shea ’til tomorrow. I was really gonna look for THE number.

Anyway, isn’t the left field wall at Yankee Stadium eight feet high? That’s always been a great spot for me to use my glove trick.

Also, in a lot of ballparks, box seats are sectioned off in groups of eight. Therefore, when I’m buying a ticket, I often look for seat No. 8 because I know it’ll likely be on the end of the row, enabling me to jump up and fun for foul balls.

-The Baseball Collector

http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/

Let’s see…

8 Hotdogs that Babe Ruth could eat in one sitting, with 8 beers, of course!

I started rooting for the Yankees back in the day as a kid when Reggie Jackson joined the team in 1977, when portable music meant carrying a huge portable 8 track tape player.

I watched Mr. October in the 1977 World Series from the floor of my parent’s living room floor as he hit three home runs, with the third homer coming in the 8th inning of game six.

The Reggie candy bar only cost a quarter back in 1978, but if you want a piece of Reggie today, here are eight things that eight dollars will buy you on Ebay (excluding shipping of course) as of 8 p.m. PST:

1972 SLURPEE BASEBALL CUP OAKLAND A’S REGGIE JACKSON – CURRENT PRICE $0.99 (STRAW THAT STIRS THE DRINK – NOT INCLUDED)

1977 HOSTESS TWINKIES # 3 REGGIE JACKSON YANKEES – – CURRENT PRICE $0.99

REGGIE JACKSON NEW YORK YANKEES BOBBLE HEAD BOBBLEHEAD– CURRENT PRICE $0.99

VINTAGE REGGIE JACKSON AUTOGRAPH MODEL BASEBALL GLOVE – CURRENT PRICE $1.99

REGGIE JACKSON GAME WORN JERSEY YANKEES ANGELS 40/50 !! – CURRENT PRICE $0.99

REGGIE JACKSON ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS JERSEY SZ.4XL – CURRENT PRICE $1.00

FORD 289 COBRA REGGIE JACKSON –UNASSEMBLED – CURRENT PRICE $.01

SPORT MAGAZINE — OCTOBER, 1979 — REGGIE JACKSON – CURRENT PRICE – $0.99

GRAND TOTAL = $7.95

EIGHT MR. OCTOBER MEMORIES = PRICELESS.

Charles and Gabriel, thanks for those…great stuff.

Hi Mark,

Almost forgot – Don Larsen’s perfect game at Yankee Stadium on October 8th in 1956!

Gabriel

http://daboogiedownbronx.mlblogs.com/

//Babe Ruth’s home run record of 60 was broken by Roger Maris who hit 61 in a season that was eight games longer.//

Ooooh. I like that one.

Every post season I consult the “Magic Eight Ball” in hopes of some assuring news that the Yankees will make it to and win the World Series.

Babe Ruth and the number eight:

Babe Ruth was one of eight children but sadly just Babe and his sister Mamie survived infancy.

Babe Ruth’s home run record of 60 was broken by Roger Maris who hit 61 in a season that was eight games longer.

“Baseball” is spelled with 8 letters.

8 New York Yankees have won the American League Batting Title (check it out its true !!)

Greg

http://baseballfix.mlblogs.com/

Love it, Greg, thanks. Although I might not mention the work stoppages, lol! No bad karma here, we’re on a roll! 🙂

Record for putouts in a game by a CF:

Most Putouts In A Game Center Field

AL Lyman Bostock 12

05-25-1977

NL Earl Clark 12

05-10-1929

Score it “8”.

Greg

http://baseballfix.mlblogs.com/

8 inning no-hitter losses for Andy Hawkins 1990 and Matt Young 1992

Baseball has had 8 work stoppages

http://www.infoplease.com/ipsa/A0886203.html

Thanks, Matt, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

Mark,

The National(1876) and American (1901) Leagues each had eight charter franchises.

Gwynn and Wagner, with eight, share the NL record for most batting titles.

And speaking of Gwynn, I was at Petco Tuesday night, where the highlight was a Rubio’s burrito chock full of shrimp, that cost, are you sitting down, eight bucks.

Spooky.

http://azdiamondhacks.mlblogs.com/

Thanks, Zack. Might be heading out there this weekend as well.

Mark-

This is a COOL idea for a story. I should be at Shea in a few days, so I’ll pay extra attention to my surroundings and look for the magic number…

-The Baseball Collector

http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/

P.S. There were 8 comments here ’til I posted this.

The Pirates are always rebuilding in the eighth month of the year after selling on 7/31.

Eight is also the number of strikeouts Pittsburgh pitchers recorded today in their win over the Cubs.

Can’t think of anything that costs $8 at PNC Park.

Sorry I couldn’t do better,

Cory

A New Pirates Generation

http://coryhumes.mlblogs.com

There’s another swing and a miss. Anyone have thoughts about the No. 8 in baseball? I didn’t think was going to be so hard, lots of creative MLBloggers out there…

When I was a kid and went with my baseball-loving dad (a pal of Jake Pitler, a minor league manager, later a Brooklyn Dodger’s coach) to minor league balparks in the towns where I lived – Elmira, NY (to see the Red Wings) and Bradford, PA (to watch the Bees, owned by the Quinns, then owners of the Red Sox), I always 8 a hot dog.

Bull riders have the best 8 — number of seconds they have to stay on the beast.

No question — 3 and 9 are THE numbers in baseball, the way it was designed long ago. But if you want to see some serious disrespect, just look at 2! Gotta bunt over for the good hitter. Runnerup, never quite good enough to win it all. It worked for Avis, though!

How about those 8s, folks? You go to your own ballpark…where do you notice 8s if you really think about it? What costs 8 bucks? What’s a dimension of 8 in the game? Those hidden 8s are out there… 🙂

The number 8 in baseball to me represents falling short. The 8 hitter is so lowly only the pitcher bats below him. 8 innings are one short of a complete game. If you have 8 players that’s not enough to field a team – you need one more. 8 is the minor leaguer who was never quite good enough, always close but never there, not like that magical number 9. The numbers like 9 and 3 are “magic” numbers when it comes to baseball. 8 is always on the outside looking in – who remembers a guy that threw a perfect game for 8 innings? Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. That’s MLB’s “Not So Great” No. 8. Need more? Yeah, Cal Ripken Jr. wore 8. So did Ron Coomer. 8 will always be – to me, anyway – the number of the also-rans, the runners-up, the forgotten, the so close they could taste it but lost.

John

http://thekingsgame.mlblogs.com/

Am sure…but am looking for No. 8 thinking OTHER than what I already have here…

Mark,

Since the Orioles are my team, the Number 8 always signifies Cal Ripken and his Iron Man feat.

Ripken always gave his all to the game and brought the Orioles to a new level with his natural talent abilities for baseball.

Joe

http://dugoutdiary.mlblogs.com

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