Although my wife and most of our goods are still out west, I’m back east in our new home comfortably inside the radio range of the broadcasts for the New York Yankees and Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. While familiar with the Yanks and Mets broadcasts from previous years spent in the New York metro […]Read More Life among the Philly Phanatics
Two players who never failed to impress me during their long major league careers have retired in recent days: Jorge Posada, who played only for the Yankees, and Pat Burrell, who has World Series rings from the Phillies and Giants. Through the past decade or so, Posada was my favorite Yankee. That’s probably because he […]Read More Saying farewell to Jorge Posada and Pat “The Bat” Burrell
It’s no coincidence: The baseball season concluded last night as the Cardinals knocked off the Rangers in St. Louis, and it’s snowing this morning in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York. What more do fans of the Phillies, Pirates, Yankees and Mets need to remind them that the 2011 season didn’t go their way? But what […]Read More The baseball season ends, and winter begins
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance, of which I am a proud member, bestows its annual Stan Musial Award on the best player in baseball by a vote of the group’s members. This is my first year casting a ballot for what is the equivalent of the Major League Baseball most valuable player awards, and it’s a […]Read More And the most valuable player in major league baseball, 2011, is ….
FOX Sports ran a commercial today during the Cardinals-Phillies game on TBS that got under my skin in a bad, bad way. It was a misty-eyed paean to the Yankees, with lots of images of Derek Jeter and Reggie Jackson implying that the Bronx Bombers own October. I hate that. Let me say that again: […]Read More Salary cap for baseball? It’s not the American way
What a crazy night in baseball. Using the MLB app on my iPhone, I just listened to the last inning as the Braves fell to the Phillies in 13 innings to give the Cardinals the NL wild card. Then I switched over to the Yankees broadcast to hear the Rays win in the 12th moments […]Read More What a night in baseball!
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
For this baseball fan, few seasons can top 1982, when the Milwaukee Brewers won the American League pennant and lost to St. Louis in the 7th game of the World Series. I lived in Milwaukee then, but the closest I got to one of the games was watching the Goodyear blimp float over our neighborhood […]Read More Comparing the 2011 Brewers with the 1982 Brewers
The Houston Astros pulled out a hard-earned victory over the Giants in 10 innings today at AT&T Park. Houston has the worst record in baseball, but you’d never know it from how they battled to split the four-game series with the defending world champions. All four went into extra innings, 10 in three of them […]Read More Impressed with the Houston Astros
The Phillies, stewing over losing to San Francisco in the playoffs last year, got into a brawl last night with the Giants, who are stewing over losing to the Phillies this year. Call it the battle of the sore losers. I didn’t watch the game and was only able to sneak a few score updates […]Read More Phillies-Giants brawl was a battle of the sore losers