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Americans have always and will always love sports. Though baseball once reigned supreme and was hailed as America's pastime, football as taken over in recent years. In fact, 37% of U.S. adults say that football is their favorite sport and baseball is at its lowest point ever, with only 9%.

Plenty of off-field drama has hurt the NFL's reputation recently, but baseball, rather than capitalize on the NFL's perils, is no stranger to off-the-field drama, either.

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MONSTER LEAGUE BASEBALLLast night, the San Francisco Giants captured the pennant and were declared World Series Champions, thus ending another season of Major League Baseball, and sending the Kansas City Royals back into the shadows of shame. But what if the Giants weren't giants at all, but were aliens... and not from San Francisco, but New York? This is just one of many mysteries to ponder in MONSTER LEAGUE BASEBALL, the new video from family music artist, ERIC HERMAN. But it's not a song, it's a radio play, and there may not be Giants, but there is a Giant Spider who calls upon STAR WARS' most famous Dark Lord of The Sith, DARTH VADER, to pinch-hit. Gather the kids and turn up the volume on that there computer box, and get ready to find out what would happen if Count Dracula, The Mummy, Bigfoot and The Invisible Man happened to play for Chicago. It's a perfect entry for Day 30 of 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014I'm all about harnessing the power of imagination, and when new ways to do that pop-up, I'm always interested. Dress-up play is a big deal here at Rock Father HQ, and one recent element comes from Bleacher Creatures, who have rolled out Princess Tiara and Wand Sets, along with Superhero Capes for a variety of Major League Baseball Teams - and some NBA, NHL, NFL and collegiate crews as well. They're affordably-priced and make great gifts. We have this Chicago White Sox collection from the MLB here at Rock Father HQ... Dress-up + Imaginative Play + Sports all rolled into one!

Well this comes out of left field, yet could be a home run. Yes, I'm feeling punny tonight, but after coaching a full season of Pee Wee Baseball this year, I'm still in a sorta ballpark vibe, and when news slid into Rock Father HQ about a partnership between KISS and Major League Baseball, you can bet I was interested. Epic Rights (rep for KISS) teamed with MLP licensee Liquid Blue for a new clothing line called PLAY BALL WITH KISS. The initial run of mashup t-shirts features the iconic band as players for a dozen MLB teams, all themed around the DRESSED TO KILL album art

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SI KIDS Brand AmbassadorAs the 2013 MLB World Series is set to begin tomorrow, the folks at OYO Sportstoys have teamed with my friends at Sports Illustrated Kids for a special video that animates some of the best moments from the 2013 ALCS & NLCS into brick and minifigure form. Yes, bricks and minifigures... OYO makes sports-themed minifigures that could be considered the distant cousins of similar brands like MEGA Bloks and LEGO. Honestly, I wasn't aware of them until today, but now I have my eye on a few. Check out the toy versions of the BOSTON RED SOX and ST. LOUIS CARDINALS rockin' the bases below...  

As of yesterday, it's officially Baseball Season. I have a weird relationship with baseball. I grew up on it, and like many, played from t-ball through my Junior Year of High School. I had some ups-and-downs, and had a couple real pieces of shit for coaches along the way - the kind of guys that have such miserable lives that they take out their internal frustration and lack of self-control on kids a few nights a week. Yes, those guys. I collected the baseball cards from Topps, Donruss, and Upper Deck religiously. No, they never became the "goldmine" that the people at the card shops tried telling me they would, and I finally gave them all away to some neighborhood kids awhile back... just because I was tired of lugging them around between moves as an adult. Now, I'm a 30-something parent, and I still dig baseball.

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