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Cleveland Indians fans build epic beer pyramid

While the Cleveland Indians lost to the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Friday night, a group of creative Cleveland fans were the clear winners of the game.

Taking advantage of $2 beer night, fans built a 112-can beer pyramid in the stands, SB Nation reported.

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Photos of the impressive “beeramid” were captured and posted on social media before stadium security forced the fans to dismantle their work of inebriated art.

According to Deadspin, the beer pyramid caught the attention of Major League Baseball officials, which responded, “Wow” to the image that was posted on Reddit.

Comment from discussion Indians fans create an impressive beeramid at tonight's game.

 

 

Holocaust survivor fulfills wish, sings national anthem at baseball game

Hermina Hirsch is a Holocaust survivor and a Detroit Tigers fan.

At a spry 89, Hirsch had a wish she had long hoped to fulfill, which was to sing the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers game.

Hirsch, a Czechoslovakia native, says she has loved singing the national anthem for years. After their family was split up by the Nazis when she was 17, Hirsch and an older sister were liberated from a concentration camp in 1945, according to The Associated Press.

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On Saturday, Hirsch was able to cross that item off her bucket list. She sang the anthem Saturday at Comerica Park, before the Tigers took on the Tampa Bay Rays.

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The Tigers beat the Rays 5-4.

But it was Hirsch who stole the show. The video of her singing has generated almost 1 million page views on the Detroit Tigers Facebook page.

Why you should care about baseball's possible new strike zone

MLB officials are working to raise the strike zone a couple of inches, starting as early as next season, ESPN says. This may sound like a boring old rule change, but trust us, this is important. Here's why. 

Strikeout rates in the MLB have been ballooning recently. It's gotten so bad that each of the last eight MLB seasons has broken the big-league record for most strikeouts per game. 

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With that in mind, ESPN reports that MLB execs want to move the bottom of the strike zone from where it is now — right below the batter's kneecaps — to the top of the knees. This is important because more strikes than ever are being called down there. 

The strike zone pictured in the rule book isn't always the one that's called by MLB umpires, who are human, after all. And we might have computers to blame for the rising K rates. 

The MLB rolled out a new computer system in 2009 that charted the location of every big-league pitch and whether umpires called it correctly. 

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Umps soon realized that they weren't calling the game to the current strike zone, which was adopted in 1996.

So umpires corrected themselves. According to an analysis by The Hardball Times, the strike zone grew almost 10 percent from 2009 to 2015. 

This is great if you're a fan of an accurately called strike zone, but for MLB hitters and folks who like offense, it's been bad news.

The possible new strike zone would basically bring things back to the way they were before umps started calling things by the book and would give baseball fans more balls in play and more action to enjoy. See? Big deal, right?

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Young fan has memorable game of catch with Nationals' all-star pitcher

A Washington Nationals' all-star may have just gained a new fan from the opposition.

Max Scherzer took time from practice for a quick game of catch with a young Mets fan.

Joe LaRocca, Sr. captured the once-in-a-lifetime moment on video as his son, who is also named Joe, tossed a baseball back and forth with Scherzer.

It all started, according to Fox Sports, when the younger Joe, who was decked out head-to-toe in Mets gear, told Scherzer "Hey Max, great game last night!"

Scherzer kept the Mets to two runs Tuesday and struck out 10. Earlier this month, the ace pitcher tied a single game strikeout record with 20 against the Detroit Tigers, Fox Sports reported.

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The Nats beat the Mets 7-1 Wednesday night.

The same night, another Nationals' star, Bryce Harper, made a different kid's night, The Washington Post reported.

The small fan was told he had to return a bat that went flying into the stands during the ninth inning. When Harper realized the kid wasn't going to be allowed to keep the Wilson Ramos bat, Harper had one of the reporters hand-deliver one of his own bats to the child.

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