Film Review: ‘Fastball’

Film Review: ‘Fastball’
A baseball documentary for old-timers and young analytics acolytes alike, “Fastball” sets out, as its nominal goal, to deduce who threw history’s all-time fastest pitch. That intention, however, is merely the pretext for an alternately mythologizing and scientific inquiry into the art of pitching — a seemingly simple act that, over the course of baseball’s century-plus lifespan, has taken on legendary status. That’s especially true of those blessed with velocity at which to marvel — not always easy an easy task, at least for those ensconced in the batter’s box. With an all-star lineup of hall-of-famers waxing nostalgic and poetic about their time on the diamond, writer-director Jonathan Hock’s documentary has a thrilling pop that should help it strike a competitive chord with anyone even remotely enchanted by our national pastime.

Narrated by Kevin Costner in a reverent “Field of Dreams”-style tone, Hock’s film divides itself into chapters,
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Exclusive Interview with Director Jonathan Hock for ‘Fastball’

The most respected and feared pitch in baseball is definitely the fastball.

Every major league pitcher strives to perfect the fastball and every pitcher has the fastball pitch in their repertoire. Only a few can have the bragging rights to throw more than 100 miles per hour or even to have the fastest fastball ever.

In Jonathan Hock’s documentary Fastball, it explores baseball’s favorite pitch by attempting on who may have the fastest fastball in history from the perspective of the scientific community and the past/present famous baseballs players who tried to hit or to throw that pitch.

Some of the interviews include Justin Verlander, David Price, Derek Jeter, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson and more great players trying to push their perspective on the fastball. The documentary is narrated by Kevin Costner.

Fastball will be in select theaters and on-demand this Friday, March 25. Also check out
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Watch Royals Drench Paul Rudd in Beer Shower After World Series Win

He was way too dry! Paul Rudd isn't the only Kansas City Royals fan in Hollywood, but he's the one who got his own personal beer shower after the Royals won the 2015 World Series last night, marking the team's first win in 30 years.

"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet had a rivalry going with Mets fan Jimmy Kimmel, so we'll have to wait and see how that taunting goes on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (beyond Eric's smug tweets), but for now just watch "Ant-Man" star Paul Rudd get sprayed with love after the Kansas win:

#Royals drench Paul Rudd during #WorldSeries celebration. #TakeTheCrown

- Mike Oz (@mikeoz) November 2, 2015

Love how he happily agrees "I'm Way too dry!"

Paul is not a casual fan, he's a lifer, and the Royals shared a photo of him at Game 5 with legend George Brett:

It wouldn't be a World Series celebration
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Mlb 15: The Show Review

It’s amazing to think how far Sce San Diego and the Mlb: The Show franchise have come over the past decade. The first entry in the revitalized series was a pleasant enough surprise, but was still overshadowed by the more well-known Mlb 2K series. Over time, though, the quality of The Show began to steadily improve, and in turn, gamers turned to it in order to get their digital baseball fix.

Now, after several years of dominance, Mlb 15: The Show essentially finds itself alone on the marketplace, as Sce San Diego’s digital replication of America’s pastime has turned away all competitors. With little opposition, outside of the digital only R.B.I. Baseball series, the question has turned to whether the studio would continue to innovate, or whether they would become complacent with their success.

At this point, it almost feels ridiculous to talk about the
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Lorde’s Royals Banned by San Fran Radio Stations for World Series

Lorde said her hit song “Royals” was inspired by baseball Hall of Fame player George Brett. That was enough to get her song banned on two San Francisco radio stations for the duration of the World Series. Good fun, or bad sportsmanship? The San Francisco Giants will play the Kansas City Royals for the championship starting Tuesday. The song isn't about baseball, or Brett. ...Read More
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San Francisco Bans Lorde's "Royals" Until After the World Series

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Source: Getty / Erika Goldring Two San Francisco radio stations have announced that they are putting a temporary ban on Lorde's hit song "Royals" until the end of the World Series. See, the San Francisco Giants are facing off against the Kansas City Royals, and, apparently, the two stations want to create a "Royals"-free zone in their city, even if that means extending the ban to Lorde. No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, Kfog Radio will be a "Royals"-free zone. We're sure... — KFOGRadio (@KFOGRadio) October 17, 2014 Thanks 4 your comments! #Lorde #Royals will be removed from the @965Koit playlist until the end of the World Series #GoGiants... — 96.5 koit (@965Koit) October 17, 2014 Not to be outdone, Kansas City radio station 99.7 The Point has announced that they'll play "Royals" every hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, the day of the World Series opener.
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San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's "Royals" For World Series

San Francisco radio stations have banned Lorde’s smash hit “Royals” from the airwaves until the World Series are over.

Sf Radio Stations Ban Lorde's "Royals"

The San Francisco Giants will face off against the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and two San Francisco radio stations fear that Lorde’s addictive track will give the Royals an edge.

104.6 Kfog and 96.5 Koit announced on Friday they would not be playing the song throughout the series. “No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, Kfog Radio will be a ‘Royals’-free zone. We’re sure you understand,” wrote Kfog on their official Facebook page.

Post by Kfog Radio.

Kansas Responds

Royals fans have not taken the ban lying down. Instead, fans have been flooding Kfog with requests for “Royals,” and Kansas City radio station 99.7 The Point declared it would be playing Lorde
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Lorde Gets Banned In San Francisco Because Of Silliest Reason Possible

Lorde Gets Banned In San Francisco Because Of Silliest Reason Possible
Two San Francisco radio stations ban Lorde's song 'Royals' during the World Series.

Remember that time Lorde wrote a song praising the World Series contenders from Kansas City called 'Royals'?

Oh, you're saying that song had nothing to do with baseball at all?

Video: Lorde Releases New Single From The Hunger Games

Well, someone might want to tell that to Kfog and Koit, two radio stations in San Francisco who will not be playing the song at any time during the 2014 World Series, where the Sf Giants will face off against the Kansas City Royals.

Both stations tweeted the news to their listeners that, at least for the duration of the series, "Royals" will find no airplay with them.

Thanks 4 your comments! #Lorde #Royals will be removed from the @965Koit playlist until the end of the World Series #GoGiants...

— 96.5 koit (@965Koit) October 17, 2014

No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, Kfog Radio will
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Fright Rags Reveals Garbage Pail Kids Horror Shirts

The Garbage Pail Kids trading cards from Topps were a far cry from the company’s offering of sports cards. Instead of displaying the likes of baseball’s George Brett or Don Mattingly, the Gpk cards showcased characters like the skin-shedding Peeled Paul and the snot-spewing Leaky Lindsay. Now Fright Rags has teamed up with Gpk artist Brent Engstrom to create new limited edition shirts that feature an all-new Gpk character composed of popular horror movie villains.

Available for pre-order on beginning Friday, May 23rd at 10:00am Est through 10:00am Est on Friday, May 30th, these three limited edition Gpk shirts feature a character that’s equal parts Pinhead, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, and even the bladed ball from Phantasm. Brent Engstrom captures details from these cinematic killers and gives them the trademark Gpk twist. Prices range from $27 to $37 depending on the shirt,
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George Brett -- Michael Pineda's Stupid ... You Gotta Hide the Pine Tar Better Than That

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When George Brett talks pine tar -- and cheating in baseball -- people listen ... and the Hall of Famer just gave TMZ Sports an earful about Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda's ejection for blatantly using the substance.Pineda was tossed in the 2nd inning of Wednesday night's Yankees-Red Sox game when the umpire said he had pine tar on his neck. The allegation is Pineda was using the substance to get a better grip on the ball.
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Lorde Meets Her 'Royals' Muse

Lorde finally got to meet the inspiration behind her hit song “Royals.” And who knew it was a former baseball player? The N.Y. Post reports this morning that Lorde got to meet Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett – probably most famous for the “Pine Tar Incident” against the New York Yankees, when umpires disallowed his home run back in July 1983 for using a tampered bat — the acknowledged muse behind the smash hit. Photos: Clive Davis Party: Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters Pose for Class Photo Last night, the 17-year-old Grammy

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Lorde Finally Meets Baseball Star George Brett, Inspiration Behind Her Hit Song "Royals"

Thanks to baseball star George Brett, we have Lorde's smash hit "Royals." The 17-year-old singing sensation met the former Kansas City Royals third baseman, the inspiration behind her breakout single, at her concert on Tuesday in Las Vegas. "And now you're Royal. @lordemusic meets @Royals icon George Brett," Mlb tweeted on Wednesday, along with a snapshot of the smiling duo. The Grammy winner divulged last November that the song was not about a certain set of privileged individuals the likes of Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry. "I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs," the pop star told VH1. "He was a...
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George Brett -- Meets Lorde ... Before Vegas Concert

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We told you it was gonna happen ... and last night, right before Lorde's concert in Las Vegas ... she finally came face-to-face with George Brett -- the man who inspired "Royals." The two had been trying to meet up for a while ... ever since the singer revealed that she wrote her most famous hit after being inspired by a 1976 photo of the Mlb star in National Geographic ... but they couldn't get their schedules to work out -- until last night.
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TMZ Sports: NBA Star Larry Sanders -- Bar Brawl Investigation

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Milwaukee Bucks star Larry Sanders is under investigation for a bottle-smashing bar fight. What made the Bucks' $44 million man lose it ... and will he be charged? We have the latest on the bizarre incident. Plus, happy 24th birthday Aaron Hernandez! Yeah, not really -- but at least the ex Patriots star gave us some insight on what birthday celebrations are like behind bars. Here's a tip: Don't get arrested!And ... baseball Hall of Famer George Brett
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Joel Peralta Pine Tar Incident: 'P*ssy Move,' Joe Maddon Says Of Davey Johnson (With Video)

Where's George Brett when you need him?

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson broke form with baseball's oh so important unwritten rules last night, instructing umpires to inspect the glove of Rays pitcher Joel Peralta for pine tar. Rays manager Joe Maddon called Johnson's play "bogus," "bush" and a "pussy move." And Maddon is one hundred percent correct (video of Maddon discussing the incident below).

Peralta pitched for the Nationals in 2010, so his former teammates must have known that Peralta likes to load his glove with pine tar, which is illegal for pitchers, but not the least bit uncommon. Johnson, acting on inside information on Peralta, requested that umpires inspect Peralta's glove. Umps found what they called a "significant amount of pine tar" and Joel Peralta was ejected before he even threw a pitch.

The problem with what Davey Johnson did is that his info on Peralta was ill-gotten. It didn't
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Facebook: Rush Limbaugh's wedding photos include Elton John

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Talk about stealing the bride's limelight on her special day.

Global music legend and outspoken gay marriage advocate Elton John is certainly in a lot of the wedding photos that conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh just posted on his Facebook page.

The Rocket Man, 63, serenaded the 400 guests at Limbaugh's Saturday (Aug 7) wedding to his fourth wife, Kathryn Rogers, who is 26 years his junior. People reports that the couple had a lavish reception in the Ponce de Leon ballroom of the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach.

How much was Sir Elton paid for his night's work? $1 million. Gulp.

Wedding guests included former Bush adviser Karl Rove; actor-politician Fred Thompson; former Kansas City Royals slugger George Brett; Fox News commentator Sean Hannity; former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; former Clinton adviser James Carville and his wife, Gop analyst Mary Matalin; and golfer Tom Watson. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was also in the house.
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Elton John sings at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding for $1 million Conservative right was entertained by far flung left after radio commentator Rush Limbaugh hired Elton John to sing at his wedding.

Per People magazine, John, who is an outspoken gay civil-union advocate, crooned to a crowd of 400 until the late hours of Saturday. Limbaugh, 59, tied the knot with Kathryn Rogers, 33, in Palm Beach, Florida.

Price for Limbaugh to hire Elton John: $1 million. Given John’s politics, it’s jaw-dropping to hear that he would actually play at the wedding of someone so controversial as Limbaugh. No word as to whether John will donate his paycheck to charity.

The wedding included an all-star line-up from the Republican party including: former Bush adviser Karl Rove; actor-politician Fred Thompson; former Kansas City Royals slugger George Brett; Fox News commentator Sean Hannity; former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft; former Clinton adviser James Carville and his wife,
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Rush Limbaugh Weds for 4th Time, and Elton John Sings

Rush Limbaugh Weds for 4th Time, and Elton John Sings
Talk about an odd couple: conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh and outspoken gay-marriage advocate Elton John. But, according to a News Corporation (which owns Fox News) wire report, the Rocket Man, 63, serenaded the 400 guests Saturday night to celebrate the marriage of Limbaugh, 59, to Kathryn Rogers, 33, in the Ponce de Leon ballroom of Florida's fabled Breakers hotel in Palm Beach. Sir Elton's fee: $1 million, the report notes.Amid dozens of giant bouquets of white roses, reports the Palm Beach Post, guests at the wedding included former Bush adviser Karl Rove; actor-politician Fred Thompson; former Kansas City Royals slugger George Brett; Fox
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Father’s Day Blu-Ray Round Up, May 26, 2009: ‘Fletch,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Seabiscuit’

Chicago – Universal Home Video is releasing a wave of titles timed for Father’s Day gifts. Some of their choices - “Field of Dreams,” “Fletch” - seem like logical picks for a better HD daddy day than another striped tie while others seem chosen purely because they have the word “Men” or “Man” in the title - “Children of Men,” “Cinderella Man,” “Inside Man”.

Most are pretty good and some are great. Pick your favorite and give it to your Blu-Ray pop.

Inside Man” will be released on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009.

The other five titles were released on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009.

Children of Men

Photo credit: Universal Synopsis: “No children. No future. No hope. In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, Clive Owen portrays an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former love, played by Julianne Moore to escort a
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