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Steve Bartman incident revisited

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Steve Bartman is a name that will live in infamy for a long time.

As we reminded you yesterday, LBS will be posting some great moments from recent MLB postseason history to get you pumped up for the MLB playoffs. FOX Sports will be televising much of the playoffs and this is a friendly reminder that the NLDS will be televised on FOX Sports 1. You can see the full MLB playoff TV schedule here.

The Bartman incident is one of those things that will go down in the history of the Chicago Cubs until they finally win another World Series. It doesn’t matter that every other fan in the area was also going for the ball. It doesn’t matter that he wasn’t the guy who gave up hits to Pudge, Derek Lee, Mike Mordecai or Juan Pierre. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t make an error at shortstop on a Miguel Cabrera ground ball. All that matters it that Cubs fans forever will blame him for losing Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS.

Below is an infographic about the Bartman incident:

Steve Bartman infographic

Roy Halladay’s playoff no-hitter revisited

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Roy Halladay retired after last season after a combination of injuries and age led his velocity to drop off significantly and his ERA to spike accordingly. It’s hard to believe it, but only two seasons prior he was an All-Star and second in NL Cy Young voting. Three years prior, Doc won the NL Cy Young Award in his first season with the Phillies. Today, we revisit his awesome postseason debut from 2010 when he became just the second pitcher in postseason history to throw a no-hitter.

As we told you last week, LBS will be posting some great moments from recent MLB postseason history to get you pumped up for the MLB playoffs. FOX Sports will be televising much of the playoffs and this is a friendly reminder that the NLDS will be televised on FOX Sports 1. You can see the full MLB playoff TV schedule here.

Below is an infographic featuring some cool info about Doc’s remarkable postseason debut.

Roy Halladay infographic

David Ortiz’s walk-off hits in 2004 ALCS revisited

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David Ortiz joined the Boston Red Sox in 2003, and it didn’t take long for him to establish himself as a clutch postseason hitter. Though the Sox were eliminated in seven games in the 2003 ALCS by the Yankees, Ortiz hit two home runs and drove in six that series. He was even better the next year when the Sox made a historic comeback from down 0-3 to the Yankees to win the series in seven.

As stated earlier this week, LBS will be posting some great moments from recent MLB postseason history to get you pumped up for the MLB playoffs. FOX Sports will be televising much of the playoffs and this is a friendly reminder that the NLDS will be televised on FOX Sports 1. You can see the full MLB playoff TV schedule here.

Today we take a look at the back-to-back walk-off hits Ortiz delivered in Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS. Before we shared the infographic, we must go over his numbers from that series.

Ortiz hit at least .308 with a 1.086 OPS in all three postseason series in 2004. His numbers in the ALCS were off the charts — he hit three home runs and drove in 11. The guy is just a postseason monster.

Here is some more info on his walk-offs.

David Ortiz infographic

‘Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!’ Ozzie Smith hits walk-off home run in 1985 NLCS

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As stated on Wednesday, over the next week LBS will be posting some great moments from recent MLB postseason history to get you pumped up for the MLB playoffs. FOX Sports will be televising much of the playoffs and this is a friendly reminder that the NLDS will be televised on FOX Sports 1. You can see the full MLB playoff TV schedule here.

Yesterday we visited Curt Schilling’s bloody sock game. Today we’re covering Ozzie Smith’s walk-off home run in the 9th inning of Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS between the Cardinals and Dodgers, not to mention Jack Buck’s classic, “Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!” call.

Ozzie Smith infographic

A few other notes to put the improbability of the home run in context — The Wizard only had one home run in 42 career postseason games … and that was it. He also hit a career-high 6 home runs that season, which doubled his highest total in any other year (he hit 3 home runs four times!). The Cards won the game 3-2 and took Game 6 7-5 to advance to the World Series.

Curt Schilling bloody sock game revisited

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FOX Sports will be televising the NLDS this postseason, in addition to the NLCS and World Series. In order to get you pumped up for the MLB postseason, we will be posting cool infographics over the next week about some of the more memorable moments from recent MLB playoffs history. We’re starting today with an infographic on Curt Schilling’s infamous “Bloody Sock” game (I still say it was a ketchup packet). To see the full TV schedule for the MLB playoffs — and remember, many of the games will air on FOX Sports 1 — click here.

Curt Schilling Bloody sock

Even though I joke about the blood being from a ketchup packet, a very solid source told me several years ago that Schilling, despite being a drama queen, pitched through momentous amounts of pain in that game. He also said the blood was real. Below are some video highlights from Schilling’s performance.

The bloody sock game was also the same game where A-Rod infamously slapped at Bronson Arroyo:

#neverforget

SummerSlam 2014: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena – it is so on

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One of the premier events of the summer — SummerSlam 2014 — will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles for the sixth straight year, and it will feature some fantastic matchups that have to get you pumped. The big-time event will be available on WWE Network (as are all WWE pay-per-view events) and will not be available on DirecTV or Dish Network.

The headlining match that will get you excited is Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena. Cena won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground last month. The next night on Raw, Triple H announced that Brock would square off against Cena at SummerSlam for the championship. Lesnar is coming off his huge upset at WrestleMania 30 where he beat The Undertaker and ended the Taker’s 21-match winning streak at WrestleMania.

Will it be another big win for Brock? Or will it be You Can’t See Me?

Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho will also meet in one of the more exciting matches. Wyatt lost to Jericho at Battleground, which sets up this rematch. Keep in mind that Jericho has been attacked by The Wyatt Family twice — once on Raw in June and then again in July where he was attacked in the locker room. Another notable angle is that Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have been banned from ringside for the match. Will either superstar figure out a way to get involved? We’re guessing yes.

This video will definitely get you warmed up for the Bray Wyatt-Chris Jericho match:

One of the more fun feuds in the past several weeks has been between the Bella Twins and Stephanie McMahon. It all started at Payback when Brie Bella quit after McMahon issued an ultimatum to Brie’s husband, Daniel Bryan. Rather than have Bryan forfeit the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Brie quit and slapped Stephanie’s face in the process, but that wouldn’t be the only slapping done. At the July 21 edition of Raw in Miami, Brie was in the audience and was slapped by McMahon. Stephanie was then arrested and hauled off for assault and battery in what was one of the more exciting developments in recent memory.

Brie came back at Stephanie a week later and told her she would drop the charges if Stephanie agreed to face her at SummerSlam. That’s how this exciting singles match came to be.

In addition to these three awesome matches, Jack Swagger will face Rusev in a flag match. The idea for the flag came about after Rusev hit Swagger with the Russian flag. AJ Lee and Paige will meet for the WWE Divas Championship. It will be Roman Reigns against Randy Orton in a singles match after the two feuded with each other the past few weeks. The Miz will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler, whom he last eliminated in a battle royal to capture the title. And Dean Ambrose will face Seth Rollins in a match where Ambrose will choose the stipulation.

It will be a busy week for the WWE Superstars and Divas, who will be busy with charity functions leading up to SummerSlam, such as appearances at children’s hospitals, an anti-bullying rally, a Special Olympics event and Make-A-Wish event.

And for the real fans — and anyone else in the Los Angeles area — one of the cool attractions are the SummerSlam Confidential Panels at Club Nokia. Hulk Hogan will speak on the Friday panel; the WWE 2K15 roster reveal will take place on Saturday with D-Generation X featuring Triple H and Shawn Michaels speaking on the Saturday evening panel; and Stone Cold Steve Austin will host the Sunday panel.

The panels are huge opportunities for the WWE Universe to ask some questions to their favorite stars.

‘Every Street United’ brings us some great undiscovered soccer talent

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The 2014 World Cup has shown us some of the best soccer players in the world, and most of them are very well-known. We all know Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin Van Persie, but have you ever heard of guys like Jordan Mariani and Nabil Akaazoun? Many of their skills are just as impressive.

A new series that is featured exclusively on Xbox called “Every Street United” chronicles eight of the best street soccer players from across the globe. To give you an idea of what the show is all about, have a look at our personal favorite player, Nabil Akaazoun of The Netherlands.

Why do we like Akaazoun so much? Aside from his trick looking incredibly difficult, he named it after himself. You know you have a unique set of skills when you call your soccer trick “The Akaazoun.”

If you’re a soccer fanatic, we strongly recommend checking out “Every Street United.” A new episode is available every Sunday on Xbox