Spring Training!

“Joe, I’m going out and buying a new catcher’s mitt today in anticipation of tomorrow. That’s what tomorrow is all about,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle to Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough as the two of them share their excitement for the start of the new Major League Baseball season as Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Listen to more here.

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera

“Congratulations to Mariano Rivera, a wonderful human being, as well as a great pitcher, who single handedly gave up the greatest hit in the history of the Boston Red Sox—Bill Miller’s single in the ninth inning to drive in a run to tie the game in the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox went on to beat the Yankees,” teasingly says die-hard Boston Red Sox fan Mike Barnicle as Willie Geist and the Morning Joe team commends New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera on being the first unanimous choice for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Listen to a little more of the baseball discussion here.

Who will be the big winner in the pivotal game 7 between the Cubs and the Indians?

“The only sad thing about [this World Series] is there’s not a game 8, 9, 10 and 11 to take us through the weekend,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle at the top of the show, recapping the game. “But we are going to game seven! [The Chicago Cubs’] bats came alive. The kids on the Cubs clearly played a lot looser in Cleveland than they did at home in Chicago.” Listen here to find out who the panel declares will be the big winner in the pivotal game 7 between the Cubs and the Indians.

“You can just lose yourself in baseball.”

“It’s such a relief from the campaign news and political news. You can just lose yourself in baseball,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about Game One of the World Series played last night. Hear the conversation between Barnicle and host Joe Scarborough about baseball – instead of politics – for all of 55 seconds on Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle’s prediction on who will win the World Series

“The [Cleveland] Cavaliers get their rings….The Cleveland Indians begin game one of the World Series. It’s great for Cleveland. It’s great to see these two mid-Western teams in it,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle in conversation with the show’s host Joe Scarborough about the Cavs celebrating their first-ever NBA championship and the Indians in their first World Series since 1948. Tune in to hear Barnicle’s prediction on which team will win the World Series – the Indians or the Chicago Cubs.

Mike Barnicle on the controversial Major League Baseball player Pete Rose

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, contributor Mike Barnicle shares his thoughts on the controversial Major League Baseball player Pete Rose, who was just inducted into the Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame. “Pete Rose belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame,” states Mike. “Put on his plaque what happened and what he did to himself.” The all-time Major League leader in hits, Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing and managing the Cincinnati Reds. Watch the conversation on Rose here and catch Mike’s comments on the Boston Red Sox’s Ted Williams.