Mike Venditti Blogs

Bases Loaded: Mid-Season Report

Ah yes! Bases Loaded is back! Welcome in to the premier baseball blog on ESPNUpstate.com! For those who aren't familiar, Bases Loaded was originally a baseball podcast I did in Orlando. I then created this segmented blog to accompany the show. So, now that the blog is back stay tuned for more... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: Stop Accepting Mediocrity

Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets are not committed to winning. Since buying into the Hornets organization back in 2010, acquiring controlling interest of the team, Jordan's Hornets have been far from spectacular. The Hornets since the 2010-11 season have made the playoffs just twice and... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: Bring the Rays to Charlotte!

Rays owner Stu Sternberg has officially quit on the Tampa Bay area. Tuesday, Sternberg discussed with the media a plan to split future seasons of Rays baseball between Tampa/St. Petersburg and Montreal, Canada. He claimed that the Tampa area was incapable of supporting the team on their own and... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: A Wise Kawhi Would Stay

NBA free agency is almost more exciting than the NBA regular season. With the trades and mega-signings across the league, there is never a dull moment during the offseason. This year is no different with potential free agents like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and most importantly, NBA Finals MVP... Read More

ITMOD: You're Up, Red Sox

Over the past few weeks, we've seen some monster contracts in baseball, from Bryce Harper's monster deal with the Phillies, to Mike Trouts even bigger contract extension with the Angels. Now it's time for the Red Sox to put up or shut up, or they could be without a generational talent in two years... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: Really LBJ?

I think it may be happening...I think I might be turning on LeBron James. Now, seeing him in that god awful purple and gold doesn't help, but this goes beyond my Sacramento Kings homer-dom...this is about something LBJ said. With just 25-games left in the regular season, the Lakers are sitting 3-... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: An Embarrassment to the League

The NBA is a players league, the NFL is starting to realize that they're going to have to become the same...but Major League Baseball is going the opposite way, and it's pretty embarrassing to see. In recent history we have seen players signed by MLB franchises for ungodly amounts of money, and yes... Read More

ITMOD: Necessary Change

I've said it for years and have heard the same response every time, but the inevitable might finally be here. Major League Baseball is discussing the implementation of the Universal DH and it's about time they did. Deep breaths purists...your typical responses haven't swayed me yet and they won't... Read More

ITMOD: It’s About Time, Now Do Better

It took until 2019, but we finally have a unanimous vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame and it is in the form of former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Good. Great. Now, BBWAA, DO BETTER! It is an absolute travesty that Mariano Rivera in 2019 is the first unanimous vote for the Hall. With... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: Shut Up and Enjoy the Greatness

Why yes, this is unquestionably going to be a homer time blog. So, you've been warned and can click away right now if it's going to upset you...but...I'm still going to write it. It's time to shut up and enjoy greatness. Seriously. I've had enough of the hate. I know inherently, we are haters. We... Read More