Nine positions and universal truth

I got a serious chuckle out of the graphic posted this morning on the Instagram account called The Baseball Authority. The graphic is a distillation of youth baseball, mid-point on the spectrum between cynicism and truth. In grade school gym class ballgames, I started by playing second base. I wasn’t the smallest kid (he was […]

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Post-game drivel

Here’s an absurd, imagined scene: yours truly as manager of the Cleveland Indians, addressing reporters after a ballgame in a press availability that is broadcast live to the masses. The absurdity is not so much that I’d be manager of the Tribe (although it certainly is daft). No, what’s loony to me is that across […]

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Baseball north of the border

Odds are against it, but I’m hoping I’ll get to keep my streak of annual summer baseball journeys to new parks intact. Last summer, I met up with my nephew Toby and his family for an Indians game at Progressive Field (his first first there). We caught a Blue Jays-Tigers game at Comerica Park (my […]

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Keeping the Tiger team intact

When your season is unexpectedly cut short by a pandemic, what’s a college coach to do? At Princeton, Scott Bradley has turned to virtual tools to keep coaching. Through the university’s athletic fellows program, I’ve had a glimpse of how the head coach and his assistants have managed to keep the team together and inspire […]

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BUSHVILLE WINS again!

I spent many happy innings at ballgames at Milwaukee County Stadium when I lived in that great city, but one of my biggest thrills from that long-gone park came this morning in a Strat-O-Matic baseball game. At my dining room table, I played the 1953 Dodgers against the 1957 Braves in Milwaukee, derided in the […]

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Throwing the game (golf)

With my Brewers cap on my head and baseball on my mind, I headed out the back door this morning intent on walking the golf course adjoining our lot. But a funny thing happened along the fairway. On the first hole, I picked up a stray range ball nestled up against a tree. I planned […]

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