We've reached the point of spring training when the regular season can't get here soon enough. I guess you could argue that all of spring training generates that feeling, but my point is that Opening Day is sooooo close. We're two week away from games than count, which seems both right around the corner and a million years away. But hopefully this third entry of Ask Jason will take your mind off any impatience that's dogging you. On to the questions.
I wrote a column earlier this week that pre-supposed Jose Altuve did not want to be at the White House as President Donald Trump honored the Astros for their World Series championship. I based the column on Altuve’s facial expressions, or, rather, the lack of them at what is normally a genial and light-hearted affair. I interpreted his stern expression through much of the ceremony to mean that he was uncomfortable, that he was silently seething at Trump and his policies.
After a rookie campaign that produced 39 home runs, helped send the Dodgers to the World Series and earned NL Rookie of the Year honors, it would seem there's little room for improvement for Cody Bellinger. But Bellinger's second season will be an important one for him and his teammates; Bellinger looks to avoid a sophomore slump and the Dodgers aim to build on last season's success and make a return trip to the Fall Classic.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".