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97.9 WGRD’s Take Me Out to the Ballgame Contest

Summer is officially here and baseball season is in full swing!

97.9 WGRD wants to make sure you get to see your favorite Major League Baseball teams play this year, regardless of whether that's the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs or some other team.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Joyce Hits Ball Back Into Pitching Machine [Video]

If you watch batting practice at a baseball games a million more times in your life, you will probably never see this again.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Who Does the Free Beer Bobblehead Look Like? [Poll]

The local Midwest League Class A baseball team, the West Michigan Whitecaps, approached us a few months ago about doing a bobblehead night for a member of the show.

Free Beer was selected this year's recipient of having a bobblehead made in his likeness. He also won our online contest to see if it should be him.

His bobblehead night was Thursday night at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Free Beer and Eric Zane Throw Out First Pitch [Video]

"The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" crew members have been fortunate to throw out the first pitch at baseball games on a number of occasions.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Clayton Kershaw’s Slow-Motion Gatorade Bath [Video]

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw the second no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season on Wednesday night.

It was nearly a perfect game, but the Dodgers had an error in the seventh inning. He had 15 strikeounts in Los Angeles' 8-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.

In the age-old tradition of the great American pastime, Kershaw was the recipient of a Gatorade bath while being interviewed after the game.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings Flashback: Our Talk with Tony Gwynn From 2007 [Audio]

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away Monday from cancer. He was 54 years old.

We were pretty bummed to hear about Gwynn's passing since we had all grown up watching him play with the San Diego Padres.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Dad Snags Home Run Ball with Baby In Hand [Video]

Dads can pretty much do it all.

From a young age, we learn to look up to our dad as a model of who we want to become. For girls, your father is the measuring stick for every other guy in your life. Dads teach us. Dads show us the way. And when it comes down to it, dads can be pretty damn awesome when they want to be.

Take for instance this dad, who was at the Colorado Rockies-San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball game in San Francisco with his young child on Father's Day on Sunday.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Kansas City Royals Ballboy Screws Up, Tries to Compensate [Video]

You have one job, kid! Scoop up foul balls and hand them to cute kids in the first row. That's IT!

This Kansas City Royals ballboy didn't get that memo and, instead, made a nice play on a ball that was just fair.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Japanese Pitcher Throws Ultimate Eephus Pitch [Video]

If you're not familiar with an eephus pitch, it's basically a junk pitch thrown by a pitcher that is super slow and has a high-arcing trajectory.

This pitcher, Kazuhito Tadano, of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League, has the eephus pitch mastered.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Robocop Throws Out First Pitch at Detroit Tigers Game [Video]

It was Robocop Day this week in Detroit.

To help celebrate the day Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers had RoboCop come to Comerica Park and throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their Major League Baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: 50 Cent Throws Out Worst First Pitch Since Hot Wings [Video]

A couple years ago, when Hot Wings threw out the first pitch at a West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League baseball game, we thought that it was the worst first pitch to ever be thrown.

But step aside, Mr. Wings. There's a new worst first pitch in town!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Fox News Interviews the Texas Rangers’ Generous Foul Ball Kid [Video]

Not since Squints risked his life just to get one magic moment with Wendy Peffercorn has a kid pulled off such a smooth move with a lady.

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