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Rascal's Birthday, and My Last Senators Game of the Year

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Today I attended my sixth and final Harrisburg Senators game of the season. The game, against the Portland Sea Dogs, also happened to be the birthday of Rascal, the team's mascot, and there were more mascots (to help Rascal celebrate) and a post-game "run the bases" for kids. Rather than recap the experience, because it was very much like the other games I've attended this season, check out my Facebook photo album which has some thoughts on the game and the post-game fun.

Biogenesis Implications

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A Q&A conversation about the implications of the Biogenesis scandal for Gio Gonzalez, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and the MLB as a whole. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

NPR: "Did America's Pastime Originate In England?"

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Did the Prince of Wales play a baseball game in Surrey in 1749? NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks about the evidence. What was played was called "base-ball," but it only resembled the game we know in passing. For more, see this BBC News article from June.

Meet Octavio Martinez, Nationals Bullpen Catcher

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In a video produced by the York Revolution of the Atlantic League, Washington Nationals bullpen catcher Octavio Martinez is interviewed about his career in the minors and independent ball and how he now gets to work with the Nationals pitchers as part of the team's coaching staff.

Help JFK's Quote of the Day:

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Hello, I’m jrockies and a member of Purple Row. Every day I post a baseball related quote to the site noted as "JFK’s Quote of the Day." I have, however, come up with a problem. Most of the quotes I have are from former players/coaches (Berra, Mayes, Hornsby, Peter Uueberroth, etc.) or older authors and sports writers (Boswell, Russell Baker, Kahn, etc.) and I don’t have many from players and writers of today’s period. As an attempt to build my list of quotes I have decided to ask the different baseball communities around SBNation to help me out. I don’t get to read local articles for non-Denver teams very often and I know that players have said something wise/funny/absurd that should be remembered somewhere ("These are thin mints. I put them in the freezer. My favorites. So good." ~Reds outfielder Adam Dunn, on the Girl Scout cookies he keeps in his locker) So here is the challenge: In the comments section post your all-time favorite baseball quotes (I don’t have all of them) and your favorite quotes you’ve heard from around the league in recent years. For the next two weeks I will post my quote of the day in the comments here. Thanks, jrockies JFK

Received Today, a Senators Strasburg Jersey

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When I was at the Harrisburg Senators game last Tuesday I saw a number of fans wearing a red Stephen Strasburg Senators jersey. It was clearly a promotional item, it had the logo of one of the local television stations on the sleeve. The morning after the game I scoured eBay, and I found several for sale. It had been given away at the June 1st game against the Trenton Thunder, and sellers were offering it for between 35 and 50 dollars. I bought one, and it arrived today. I don't know that I'll wear it, but it's definitely a neat collectible to have.

Stephen Strasburg's Dominance

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This article ranks Stephen Strasburg as MLB's top pitching performer of last week.

WaPost: Bud Selig involved in MASN dispute talks, still no resolution in sight

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Washington Post reporter James Wagner has an update on the, "... ongoing talks between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals about the two teams’ longstanding dispute over the value of the Nationals’ television rights fees."

Davey Johnson Literally Stopped To Smell The Roses

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A fan shares a story about seeing Davey Johnson at the Nationals LA hotel on Tuesday.

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