Archive for the ‘Baseball’ Category

Win Or Lose, Remember The Kansas City Royals

Baseball used to remember its losers so well. Whether it was the Whiz Kids, the Go-Go White Sox or Dem Bums, anytime a team broke the sport’s paradigm, fans and writers memorialized the effort with a catchy nickname. And for good reason. Baseball is a game given to failure, where, to paraphrase...
October 23rd, 2014 | Baseball, No Class Friday | Read More

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants

The excellent thing about baseball’s postseason will always be the inaccuracies that bring poetic endings. No one would believe the amount of incredible catches, seeing-eye singles and thrifty trips around the base paths the Kansas City Royals enjoyed en route to their first Fall Classic in 29 years. It’s...
October 22nd, 2014 | Baseball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Fear Factor: The San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals And The NLCS Mirror Match

Over the past four years, the destinies of the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals have often run parallel. When one team was not winning the National League crown, it was the other doing it instead. Yet for the first time since the Giants’ classic comeback in the 2012 NLCS — and the...
October 10th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

Shock The World Chronicles: The St. Louis Cardinals, The Playoffs & The Best Day In Baseball

There are few places in the world like St. Louis, Missouri, when there is postseason day baseball to be played. Actually, allow me to retort, there is NOWHERE like St. Louis when there is playoff baseball that awaits. Now, I am completely aware that I could, and shall, be called a “homer” and a...
October 9th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Wild Impact Of The MLB Wild Card Game: A Working History

By force of habit or by resilience to preserve tradition, which is all-important in tying together the ends of the game, Major League Baseball is slow to embrace change. When the decision was made three years ago to expand the postseason even further and create a second Wild Card spot in each league,...
October 1st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Clarifying The Confusion: 4 Reasons Why The Derek Jeter Farewell Tour Matters

There has been an odd habit that has become popular as the baseball summer draws to a close and subsequently is taking the career of Derek Jeter along with it. In the winter of his days as a New York Yankee, there has been a tug of war between the push to show appreciation to his career and to also...
September 26th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Paul Konerko Deserves Some Of Your Attention

For reasons that are beyond obnoxious at this point, the good, bad and absurd commentary on Derek Jeter’s farewell tour — and the man himself — continues to rage. It’s obnoxious for all sorts of reasons, but the largest that looms is that there’s far more talk about a player and team that...
September 25th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

Here Are 5 Potential World Series Matchups That Are Intriguing As Hell

If Robin Williams’ character in Good Will Hunting taught us anything, it is that once upon a time, the World Series was second only to true love. Every once in a while, there is the prospect of a World Series that is so epic that it creates that undeniable chemistry with the fall that only its...
September 24th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball fan from New York, Oakland or Philadelphia is familiar with the man known as “Mr. October.” Being one of those Philadelphia baseball fans, here’s what I’ve...
September 16th, 2014 | Baseball, The Book Club, The Rev | Read More

Ron Washington And The End Of An Era For Texas Rangers Baseball

When things go to hell in the world of a team and its season, fans have various ways of dealing with the disaster. Some stay right in the midst of the mess, right in the heat of the fire with their team, game after game, knowing in their hearts that it will not get any better and that the season is...
September 8th, 2014 | Baseball, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Fascinating Life Of Ichiro Suzuki

Every so often, an athlete comes along who simply mesmerizes fans. Ichiro Suzuki is one of those athletes for me. From the moment he took his longstanding legend in Japan to the Seattle Mariners, he hooked me in. Maybe it was his cannon arm from right — so surprising from such a diminutive baseball...
September 5th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

MVPitcher? How Clayton Kershaw’s Worth Is Underrated

Clayton Kershaw is really, really good. So there, the understatement of the year is out of the way early. On Wednesday, he pushed his record for the summer to 16-3, becoming the first pitcher to reach the 16-win mark on the year. In the process, he lowered his MLB-best earned run average to 1.73 (which...
August 29th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Andrelton Simmons Is The Man

“The only security a man can have is the ability to do a job uncommonly well.” — Abraham Lincoln When the 16th president of the United States said those words, I’m pretty sure he didn’t think he’d be talking about a Curaçao-born baseball player and his work. Hell, I...
August 28th, 2014 | Baseball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge Park. This really isn’t just any stairway, however, but one of the few remnants of history that was torn down over five decades ago. When the final and most famous Polo Grounds...
August 25th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

10 Of The Greatest Moments Lost In The 1994 Baseball Strike, 20 Years Later

Some years just have a different vibe to them. Teams are clicking, the games are exciting, the performances are just a bit more spectacular more often. For Major League Baseball, the summer of 1994 was one of those years. There was a great franchise at the peak of its power in Atlanta that faced an...
August 18th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Remembering The Greatness Of The Now Struggling Ryan Howard

By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 We have all witnessed, with frustration and, for me, sadness, the steady decline of Ryan Howard over the past three years. After bursting onto the scene in 2005, we watched with joy and excitement the Big Piece’s rise and run of success, including six very good years...
August 5th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

On Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen And Respecting Baseball’s Rules Of Engagement

There are two rulebooks in baseball: the one that moves games along and the one that holds the game itself together. While the balls and strikes are important, perhaps the rules of engagement that bind “the boys” together are more important than any other rules. Things like not stepping on the mound...
August 5th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones

It has been clear for months that Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is playing for keeps. From the onset of the December free-agent spree and well into the summer, he has changed the usual status quo that his measured, “Moneyball” famous approach has traditionally gone. Instead,...
August 1st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has proven that he will talk to anyone any type of way, and there’s nothing you will do about it but take it. He doesn’t care for your pomp and circumstance. He doesn’t...
July 24th, 2014 | Baseball, Boxing, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

RE2PECT: A Female Fan’s Tribute To Derek Jeter

By Jennifer Azano / @jenniferazano  When Derek Jeter first announced his retirement back in February, after shedding some tears, I immediately began reflecting upon his illustrious career and what he has meant to baseball … and to me. There’s no doubt that when most people think of baseball, Derek...
July 18th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More