Thanks, Baseball

I didn’t make it to the Major Leagues. I didn’t even get drafted. In reality, I was a decent, but not great, player. Yet, when I think about baseball, my mind isn’t focused on what the game didn’t give me, on what I didn’t achieve, on the...

When Baseball Means Everything

Most of the time, baseball means nothing. On more occasions than I can count, I’ve wanted to shout that to people who put so much stock in what young¬†kids do on the field. On more occasions than I can count, I’ve needed it shouted to me. In the grand...

After Your Worst Day

Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter against the Reds. And that was only part of the misery for Cincinnati. They lost 16-0. I’ve been a Reds fan all my life and it’s hard to recall a worse day on the field than that. You and I know what it feels like, though....

Sometimes You Just Get Beat

I had a front row seat recently to watch two top-five programs, Vanderbilt and South Carolina, duel it out in Nashville. My son and I watched the second of the three-game series and it lived up to its billing. Vanderbilt, the 2014 National Champs, sent hard-throwing...

Sacrifices Make No Sense

I hate the sacrifice bunt. Hate it. Bunting for a base hit is a different story, but the sacrifice? No, thanks. I’m not interested in giving up an out just for an extra base, just to move a runner up one spot, with no guarantee that the guy behind the sacrificer...

Stop and Watch Mike Trout Hit

Mike Trout came to the plate recently in a Spring Training game for the Angels, worked to a full count against a hard throwing pitcher, fouled off a couple of pitches, and then hammered a double off the left field wall. It was typical Trout. Others enter the...