SEATTLE — I paid my first visit June 23 to what is now T-Mobile Park, a delightful place for a baseball game near the shore of Puget Sound. The day was glorious, a Wednesday afternoon in a seam between two heat waves dominating the American West in transition from spring to summer. With the sun […]Read More The antithesis of the Kingdome: Seattle’s new ballpark
With a heaping helping of faith and wishful thinking, I’m picking the San Francisco Giants to win the National League West this year. Even as I typed that sentence, the nagging voice in my head was saying, “What about the Diamondbacks?” The pick comes down to arms versus bats, and the Giants have the better […]Read More My National League West prediction for the 2012 season
As I write this post, the Yankees and Red Sox (again!) are playing on the Sunday night telecast. If the Yankees win, they’ll manage a tie in first place of the American League East not with the Sox but with the Baltimore Orioles. Whoa. And check the AL Central standings. The Indians, who (be honest) […]Read More After the first full week of play, some startling names atop the baseball standings
A family matter brought my wife and me to Tucson for a few days, the closest I’ve ever gotten to Spring Training in Arizona. While time did not permit us to travel north to the Phoenix area where the major league teams are training, I was able to stop by briefly at Hi Corbett Field […]Read More Gaining a new appreciation for the cactus in Cactus League
Like the drips falling off icicles on the eaves, baseball news comes in slowly but steadily during the month of January. I just did a quick check of the latest deals on MLB.com and chuckled when I read that the Rockies have reached a minor league deal with Jason Giambi. If Giambi finds a way […]Read More Jason Giambi keeps hanging in there
“Pennant race” conjures images of clutch hits, great catches, overpowering pitching and long shadows slanting across the diamond. But with baseball’s division structure, there isn’t a true pennant race left. Right now, the team I follow — the San Francisco Giants — has a slim lead over San Diego and Colorado in the National League […]Read More Does the term ‘pennant race’ mean anything any more?
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=baseball&iid=9278128″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9278128/mlb-2010-rockies-beat/mlb-2010-rockies-beat.jpg?size=500&imageId=9278128″ width=”234″ height=”312″ /] For the Independence Day weekend, Major League baseball players are wearing patriotic caps. I think the red bills with white crowns look good, and from the highlights I saw last evening think they go better with most uniforms than previous models. The caps that were used in […]Read More MLB Independence Day ball caps are looking good
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Ubaldo&iid=8438873″ src=”b/b/6/0/MLB_Brewers_vs_237f.jpg?adImageId=12521858&imageId=8438873″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /] Here it is, nearing the end of Week 2 of the Major League Baseball season and I’ve yet to post on anything. This is a good day on which to break my silence. Ubaldo Jimenez (shown in a photo from earlier this season) no-hit the Atlanta Braves, and […]Read More A crazy day for baseball!
Things can sure turn around in a hurry in a baseball game, particularly at Coors Field in Denver. As I drove home from work tonight, the Rockies were leading in the top of the 9th with closer Huston Street on the mound. I pulled into the driveway as Jimmy Rollins scratched out a single, then […]Read More So long, Rockies, and yo, Phillies!
Playoffs notwithstanding, for most baseball fans today is the first day of the long winter. The season is over, the concession stands are empty, the lockerrooms bare as the players have packed up to go fishing or hunting or whatever they do in the off-season. For followers of the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Indians, the […]Read More For most of us, it’s ‘Wait Until Next Year’