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Root…Root…Root At The Office

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Originally Published in Dallas Cowboys STAR Magazine – October 2010

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Long Live The Boss

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Originally Written For New York Yankee Legacy Magazine – October 2010

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From the Bronx to the Living Room

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Strasburg’s Debut is Unforgettable

By Jason Klein

Originally Written For The Official Steiner Sports Blog – 6/9/10

“It’s like your wedding night,” the young Washington Nationals phenom recalled.  “You go into it wanting to really remember everything, and once it’s done, you don’t remember a single thing.”

Speak for yourself kid.

Strasburg Mini Dirt Collage

Last night’s ultra-impressive 14 strikeout, 0 walk debut performance by rookie Stephen Strasburg will long be remembered by baseball fans across the nation.

His fastball was dominant.  His curve ball was filthy.  His command was masterful.  His future is bright.

The most anticipated Major League Debut in the history of the game lived up to the hype.  Strasburg isn’t the first highly-touted rookie, but no other arrival on the big league scene was accompanied by the social media tsunami that confronted Strasburg.  How did he react?  He answered every last Tweet and Wall Posting with seven remarkable innings of work.

Until Tuesday night in D.C., Strasburg’s freakish skill set was just folklore.  He was selected #1 overall by the Nationals during the 2009 MLB Draft, and his Roy Hobbs-like myth immediately began spreading across the country.  In his first start against the Pirates in Washington, the fable came to fruition.

His 14 strike outs are already a franchise record, and he sat down the last 7 batters he faced.  His final pitch, the 94th of the evening, was a 99 mph fastball to Andy LaRoche for the strikeout.  Nice first impression.

A few late runs put Strasburg in position to pick up the victory, and his storybook initiation was complete.  All that remained was a standing ovation, and curtain call from 40,314 optimistic believers at Nationals Park, plus an obligatory pie-in-the-face to punctuate the evening.

The kid certainly set the bar high for himself with his first performance, and fans shouldn’t expect to see double-digit strikeout totals each time he takes the mound.  But for one night in our Nation’s Capitol, the future of Washington Nationals baseball looked very bright.

Kind of like your wedding day, everything was perfect and dripping with optimism and feelings of new beginnings.  A marriage made in heaven.  It was a debut no one will have any trouble remembering.

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Steiner Sports Adds Spice to an Already Hot Rivalry

By Jason Klein

Originally Written For The Official Steiner Sports Blog – 5/7/10

As if fans needed any more reason to watch the greatest rivalry in sports, Steiner Sports has one more!

Now through Saturday, May 8th at 3:05 PM EST, fans who purchase Steiner Sports Yankees or Red Sox player-specific memorabilia will receive their item free of charge should that particular player hit a home run during the game.  It’s that simple.

Fenway Park will host Saturday’s Steiner Sports HR Contest

“To celebrate this weekend’s Yankees-Red Sox Series, we wanted to offer fans this unique opportunity,” says Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports.  “This adds another level of excitement, for fans of both teams, to a game that would ordinarily be must-watch television anyway.”

Fans can log onto or call 1-800-909-9162 to purchase their player-specific item.  Should that particular player hit a home run on Saturday, the fan will not be charged for their ordered item, and will receive it free of charge (however, standard shipping rates will apply).  If that player fails to hit a home run, all orders will be treated as a normal order and will be subject to any impending charges.  Fans will be asked to provide a credit card upon purchase, but will only be charged if, and only if, their particular player fails to hit a home run on May 8th.

“It’s really simple,” says Steiner.  “For example, purchase a Derek Jeter hand signed baseball from Steiner Sports prior to the game, if Derek hits a home run, you won’t be charged for that baseball.  The same would apply for all players on both teams this Saturday.”

Fans are encouraged to place their orders under the following guidelines: Orders must be placed prior to first pitch on Saturday, May 8, 2010 (approximately 3:05 PM EST).  All sales are final, even if a particular player doesn’t appear in the game.  The standard 30-day return policy does not apply.  Game used or Yankee Stadium demolition items do not apply.  This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer and is only valid on new orders placed between Thursday, May 6 at 3:00 PM and Saturday May 8 at 3:05 PM.  Should multiple players appear on a single piece, all players must hit a home run to qualify.

“This sort of promotion really appeals to all fans, no matter how big of a collector they are,” says Brett Schissler, Director of Sales.  “There is a little bit of risk involved, but ultimately, whether a particular player hits a home run or not, fans will walk away with a great Steiner Sports collectible to add to their collection.  This is a great opportunity for anyone to get a special Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or even a birthday gift for free.”

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Want the Dirt At Steiner Sports?

By Jason Klein

Originally Written For The Official Steiner Sports Blog – 3/23/10

Want the dirt?  Steiner Sports has all the dirt!

Looking for the juicy details on who’s dating who from around baseball?  Want to know which players can’t stand each other, or which managers and owners are at odds?

If those scandalous details are of interest, keep looking!  Steiner Sports doesn’t have that dirt…they have THE dirt!

Mariano Rivera scoops up dirt following final game at Yankee Stadium/AP

In 2010, Steiner Sports, an official licensee of Major League Baseball, will offer fans of all thirty clubs the opportunity to own actual dirt from their team’s home ballpark.  Buckets of game used soil will be unearthed following each team’s first home game of the 2010 season, delivered to Steiner Sports corporate headquarters, and made available for fans to own.

This is nothing new for Steiner Sports, the leader in game used collectibles, who already enjoys relationships with the New York YankeesBoston Red Sox, andChicago Cubs.  However, in 2010, capsules of authentic stadium dirt will be available for all thirty teams, and will be available in a variety of formats, including team coasterscrystals,plaques and collages.

So what?  What’s the big deal?  It’s just dirt, right?

After all, players spit on it, dig their cleats into it and managers kick it in disgust, as if their earthly abuse will somehow prove a point or win an argument (see Chicago Cubs Manager, Lou Piniella).

Yet, stadium grounds crews treat it like gold, constantly grooming and raking it, hosing it off, and decorating it with white lime powder around the batter’s box and foul lines.  They make sure it’s perfectly manicured at all times.

With that said, is there any value in owning dirt?

Let’s judge the significance of Major League dirt by its role in the game’s history.  The filthy truth is, since the beginning of time, where there’s baseball, there’s dirt…ever watch “The Sandlot?”  Even in MLB stadiums featuring artificial turf, dirt can always be found somewhere on the field: on the base paths, on the mound, and in the batter’s box.

The dirt has even been a part of some of the most historical, and memorable plays of all-time.  Jackie Robinson kicked up Yankee Stadium dirt on Yogi Berra as he slid into home plate during Game 1 of the 1955 World Series.  Though the Dodgers lost the game 6-5 to the Yankees that day, they went on to win the series in 7 games.  To this day, Berra insists Robinson was out.

During the 1970 All-Star Game, American League Catcher, Ray Fosse was close lined to the Riverfront Stadium dirt in a collision with Pete Rose at the plate.  The famous altercation gave the National League a dramatic 5-4 victory, and permanently damaged Fosse’s left shoulder, and his career.

Dirt from the Oakland Coliseum covered the front of Rickey Henderson’s jersey on May 1, 1991 after he collected his 939th career stolen base, passing Lou Brock for first place all time.  Throughout his career, Henderson made a habit of getting dirty, perfecting the head-first slide and totaling 1,406 career stolen bases.

Dave Roberts turned himself into a New England folk hero when he slid head-first in the Fenway Park dirt, past Derek Jeter’s tag at second base, during Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series.  The legendary stolen base, coming with the Sox down 3 games to 0 and on the brink of elimination, changed the momentum and the history of the rivalry.  The Red Sox went on to win the series in 7 games, and won their first Championship in 86 years.

Stadium dirt played, perhaps, its most prominent role in a game’s outcome during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.  A dribbler up the first baseline, off Mookie Wilson’s bat, skipped off the Shea Stadium dirt, and under the glove of first baseman Bill Buckner.  The legendary gaffe allowed Ray Knight to score the winning run, and sent the series to a pivotal Game 7, where the Mets prevailed.

Imagine owning some MLB Authenticated Shea Stadium dirt taken from the field after Game 6 in 1986?  What if a capsule of that dirt was framed up with an 8×10 photograph of the ball bouncing through Buckner’s legs?

That’s the kind of opportunity that awaits baseball fans of all teams in 2010.  Great moments happen every day in baseball.  Commemorate those moments by owning an actual piece of the field they occur on.

Steiner Sports is just the company to make this revolutionary collectible possible.

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

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