Articles By: Matt Whitener

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5 Factors To Winning The 2014 MLB All-Star Game For Each League

Tonight is Major League Baseball’s annual entry in its traditional summer showcase — the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event toes the line between exhibition and impact game, due to nothing less than World Series league advantage on...
July 15th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Cheap Seat Fan’s ‘Real’ 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters

First of all, I would like to say that I am stunned by the accuracy of which the All-Star vote relayed a very good representation of putting close to the best possible lineup for each team at the head of next week’s 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. As The Rev said yesterday in his surveying...
July 9th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The ‘Just A Bit Early’ 2014 MLB All-Stars – Volume 2

The 81st game and technical halfway point of the Major League Baseball season has been met for each of its clubs, while the ceremonial midway mark is two weeks from today as the All-Star Game looms in Minneapolis. And with that, it is time to take the top-of-the-month look at what the 2014 MLB All-Stars...
July 1st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Did Clayton Kershaw Pitch The Greatest Game Ever?

Early on in the year, it’s seemed like something has been missing in Major League Baseball for some reason. That’s because there was: the ever-present specter of Clayton Kershaw, looming every fifth day to more likely than not showcase pitching brilliance of the most florescent manner. Kershaw...
June 20th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The True Legacy Of Tony Gwynn

Coming up in the early to mid-1990s, there was a simple answer as to who was the best hitter in baseball: Tony Gwynn. Maybe there were better players in Seattle and Pittsburgh, and perhaps there were folks who won more in Atlanta and New York, but when it came to the pure, sophisticated science of wielding...
June 17th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The ‘Just A Bit Early’ 2014 MLB All-Stars — Volume 1

The marathon of the Major League Baseball season lends itself to both patience and context in some very constant fashions. For example, here in June it is too early to declare anybody having established himself as a “frontrunner” for anything, but it is not too early to declare a few teams...
June 4th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

50 Cent ‘Dies Tryin’ With First-Pitch Attempt

Pitching is a particular form of artistry. At its best, it is a choir-like blend of coordination, thought, strategy, power and head-to-head battle. A perfectly set up pitch that bites a corner is just as impressive a sight as throwing one hard enough that the batter never seems to have known it was...
May 28th, 2014 | Baseball, Et cetera, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Terms Of Endearment With Troy Tulowitzki

As long as there are seasons for sports to exist, there will always be a healthy side of “what ifs” to go with the main course of the games. One of the most consistently served items on the Major League Baseball menu is “What if Troy Tulowitzki was healthy?” and it has been a question that has...
May 22nd, 2014 | Baseball, Sports, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Rest Of The Road For Albert Pujols And St. Louis

Last Tuesday, Albert Pujols hit his 499th and 500th career home runs, which put him in elite company all time in baseball’s timeline. While he had long established his standing as a future Hall of Famer, it is moments like this that affirm that early acclamation was bestowed accurately. However, along...
April 28th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Rank ‘Em: The WrestleMania Main Events, 1-30

Last night was the summit of the “pro wrestling” year, as WrestleMania 30 took over the pop culture/sports universe for a night. The WWE’s premier event has long been the showcase for the greatest stars of the wrestling industry, and Wrestlemania has been the scene for the matches that...
April 7th, 2014 | Lists, The Cheap Seats, Wrestling | Read More

Numbers Never Lie: Karl Malone Was The Best Of His Era

The unpopular opinion usually becomes what it is because not enough people are willing to face the truth. In sports, this happens for a variety of reasons, which can include rivalries or flat out not liking a player. The latter of the two reasons is what has led to one of my biggest issues for more...
April 1st, 2014 | Basketball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

14 Questions To Shape MLB Opening Day 2014

With two false starts to the 2014 Major League Baseball season already under our belt, today is the day the that ribbon to the spring is truly cut and the full slate of games gets under way. As they always do on Opening Day, hopes spring eternal around the MLB. Also as always, there is a buffet worth...
March 31st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: It’s Baracketology Time Again

There’s no shortage of cool things about the POTUS. But one of the coolest things President Barack Obama has done annually throughout his tenure in the nation’s highest office is his annual feature on ESPN where he picks his NCAA brackets with Andy Katz. The series, known as “Baracketology,”...
March 19th, 2014 | Basketball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 10-1

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here, Nos. 75-51 here, Nos. 50-26 here, Nos. 25-11 here and the top 10 below.] What more can be said about where this list is at now? Over the past two weeks, as I have dissected...
March 19th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2010 NCAA Final – Duke 61, Butler 59

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Matt Whitener, who speaks the gospel of the truest story of Hoosiers we’ve ever seen. Oh,...
March 15th, 2014 | Basketball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 25-11

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here, Nos. 75-51 here and Nos. 50-26 here.] We are finally rounding third with the top 100 baseball players of 2014, and predictably it’s getting tighter and tighter the closer...
March 13th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Summer Of ‘The Yes’ And Daniel Bryan

Since the middle of last summer, there has been a movement rumbling up in the World Wrestling Entertainment world, and it’s summed up singularly by the word “Yes.” Daniel Bryan has brought the people to their feet in WWE arenas across the country, and the upward pointing/chanting “Yes!”...
March 12th, 2014 | The Cheap Seats, Wrestling | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 50-26

  [Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here and Nos. 75-51 here.] It is the midway point in of the top 100 baseball players for 2014 countdown, and now the climb toward the top moves into the top 50. Quite honestly,...
March 10th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 75-51

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here.] As the case always is, the game’s elite talent is spread around the diamond at every stop and in every role. While thus far only the first half of the list is being revealed,...
March 7th, 2014 | Baseball, Columns, Sports, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 100-76

  To say that winter has been rough this year would be like saying Willie Mays was just a “decent” ballplayer. But somewhere in the world, where sun is shining with God’s favor, baseball is being played. And with the season on the verge (and hopefully a true and just spring along with it), it...
March 5th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More