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Quincy Gems Looking for Host Families

Believe it or not, the 2014 edition of the Quincy Gems Baseball team will be taking the field on Wednesday, May 28 when they travel to Hannibal to meet the Hannibal Cavemen. It will also be the season and home opener for the Cavemen. The Gems first home game will be on Friday, May 30 when they meet Danville at Q.U. Stadium. That will also be "Y101 Night at the Ballpark".  

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Andy Lyons, Getty Images
Andy Lyons, Getty Images

Yankee and Cardinal Fans, Hop on the Big Dog Express Memorial Day

Memorial Day will be a memorable one this year at Busch Stadium as the New York Yankees play the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3:15 game. Our friends at Destination Travel want you to experience it with me, the Big Dog. I will be hosting the round trip Motor Coach to the game with the bus leaving Quincy at 10 a.m. that morning and stopping at locations on the way and then returning after the game concludes (we should be back in Quincy around 8:30).  

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David Banks, Getty Images
David Banks, Getty Images

Chicago Cubs Can’t Have Their Cake and Win Too

Last week the Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field and did so in style. There were all kinds of activities associated with the birthday including a cake that was a replica of Wrigley Field. The 400 pound cake  was made at Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey.  

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Former Chicago Cub Rick Monday (C) speaks while standing near a flag (Bottom-R) he rescued from being burnt by protesters more than thirty years ago at Dodger Stadium,
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Today is the Anniversary of Baseball’s Greatest Play by Rick Monday

Today is the 38th anniversary of what is considered by many to be the greatest play ever made in Major League Baseball. The play never involved a ball, a bat or a glove but it will go down as one of the most memorable.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Where Did the Saying ‘Can of Corn’ Come From in Baseball?

The Annual Wild Game Cook Off is coming up on May 3 at the Ridge View Winery in Mt. Sterling, Illinois. They will be cooking things like Squirrel in a crock pot, Beaver Burgers, Elk Roast, Turtle Stew, Deer Sausage, and God knows what else. It got me to thinking about the pioneer days when people actually ate those foods on a daily basis. They did it for survival. 

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Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Images
Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Images

Five Trivia Questions Regarding the Cardinals and Cubs [Quiz]

The Cardinals and the Cubs are one of the best rivalries in baseball. There is plenty of history between the two teams. How much of it do you know? Take this 5 question Cardinal-Cubs quiz and see how you do!

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Schedule, Jeff Dorsey
Schedule, Jeff Dorsey

Why Do the Cards and Cubs Have A Day Off Today? Here’s Your Answer!

The St. Louis Cardinals are in first place and the Chicago Cubs are in last place after both opened their seasons on the road with the Cards winning in Cincinnati and the Cubs losing in Pittsburgh. Both games were by 1 to nothing scores.There are still 161 games to be played and a lot can happen between now and then. But you can't get to game 162 without playing game #2 next.  So you may be asking, "why do they play one game and have to take a day off before playing game #2?"  Well, here is your answer.

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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

White Sox Offer a 3-Pound Ice Cream Sundae

Last week I told you about the "Colossal Corn Dog" that will be sold at the Arizona Diamondbacks concession stands this season. That corn dog will sell for $25. Now comes word that the Chicago White Sox will be offering a life sized batting helmet sundae at their games this year. 

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Bob Levey/Getty Images
Bob Levey/Getty Images

Here are the Big Dog’s Major League Baseball Picks for 2014

Ozzie Smith started campaigning for it weeks ago but I said it a year ago…opening day in baseball should be a national holiday in America. The 2014 season begins this weekend (with the exception of the two games already played between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks last weekend in Australia) and thousands of Americans and Canadians will be heading through the turnstiles into ballparks.

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Batting Cage, Jeff Dorsey
Batting Cage, Jeff Dorsey

The Big Dog is Ready for The Batting Cage to Open April 11

With the advent of the 2014 baseball season upon us, the Batting Cage bug has hit me. The bug to go to the batting cage and smash some baseballs around is attacking me like I would a fastball. The bad news is that the Quincy Park District’s Batting Cage is closed. The good news is that it will open for the season on Friday, April 11 at 3:30pm. The countdown is on.

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