The high priests have looked to the sky and determined that the Baseball Solstice will coincide with Christmas this winter, to be celebrated from sundown on Christmas Eve to sundown Christmas Day. The Baseball Solstice, noted in this blog a year ago, marks the midpoint of the long layoff in play between the final out […]Read More O Holy Cow: The Baseball Solstice coincides with Christmas
There’s nothing “tender” in the dispensing of major league contracts to baseball players. San Francisco last week declined to offer a contract to Brian Wilson, the fierce and funky closer who in 2010 helped the Giants win their first World Series since the franchise bolted New York for the West Coast. Wilson has been rehabbing […]Read More Who’s the more aggrieved Bay Area athlete – Alex Smith or Brian Wilson?
I was a bit late in catching up to the news today that Matt Cain was named National League starter for the All-Star Game tomorrow in Kansas City. That surprised me, because I figured R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets would likely be chosen by virtue of his higher victory total. What didn’t surprise […]Read More Did R.A. Dickey get hosed by not being named National League starter for the All-Star Game?
Opening Day in baseball always brings up memories for me, most of them taking me back to the finger-stinging cold that usually accompanied an Indians opener on the shore of Lake Erie. And somehow this week popped into mind Gomer Hodge, a utility infielder who was the toast of Cleveland in April 1971. Keep in […]Read More Gomer Hodge and other forgotten baseball heroes of Opening Day
On these posts I’ve complained, whined and kvetched about how America’s major television networks and the media overall are obsessed with the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. Super Bowl XLVI is upon us, and we have another Boston-New York matchup with the Patriots and Giants. The network executives must be mighty pleased that those two big northeastern […]Read More New York vs. Boston again – but I’m OK with that
A colleague at work and a huge baseball fan, my friend Kelly Jones is making a bid for the MLB Fan Cave for this baseball season. She’s put up a YouTube video making her case, which you can watch here. That way you can find out why she talks through her mitt so much! (Good […]Read More My friend Kelly makes a bid for the MLB Fan Cave
Since proposing that fans celebrate the “Baseball Solstice” last week, I’ve received a good amount of feedback and I really appreciate it. The response impels me to keep the idea going by suggesting how baseball fans might observe the solstice, which will be Friday, Dec. 30. Over the past week I’ve been thinking about the right […]Read More How to observe the Baseball Solstice
Can there be any choice but Kirk Gibson for manager of the year? After inheriting a dreadful Arizona team from 2010, he led the Diamondbacks to the NL West title. How can anyone top that? Not only did the D-Backs win the West, they put the defending world champion San Francisco Giants out to pasture. […]Read More Manager of the Year? Give an arm pump for Kirk Gibson of the Arizona Diamondbacks
The San Francisco Giants shook up their roster today, jettisoning veterans Aaron Rowand and Miguel Tejada while calling up Brett Pill from the minors. I’ve had days in my career like Rowand and Tejada are having, and I’ve also had a few call-up moments. I congratulate Pill on his ascension to the big leagues, a move […]Read More The Giants cut two veterans, and the sobering reality of Major League Baseball
Anyone reading my blog knows I’ll buy a baseball cap at, well, at the drop of a hat. But the All-Star game caps just don’t do it for me, this year or any year. The design is actually not bad. But I just can’t get excited about a batting practice cap. It’s so manufactured, not […]Read More Baseball All-Star Game caps? Not for me