Sometimes Baseball Is Just Too Hard, Even For the Pros

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There’s something encouraging about watching professional baseball players do things that make them look as incompetent as I look every time I play. [Read more...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Adam Eaton Channels Superman”

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Earlier today, the White Sox’s Adam Eaton made a catch. OK, that’s not fair. He didn’t “make” a “catch.” He full-on Iron Giant-ed it. (That’s probably not an actual term, but should be. So if it’s not, I’m coinin’ it right now.) Your browser does not support iframes. Gosh. Just…wow. Definite shades of Jim Edmonds, [Read More...]

Maximizing Major League Baseball’s Emotional Impact

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An interesting baseball story broke this past Friday. And since there’s nothing of sporting note going on right now, I thought it’d be a good way to get everyone in the mood for the regular season. (I kid, I kid, college hoops fans. Sort of. Dominic, the First Son, is probably watching the NCAA Basketball Tournament [Read More...]

Cricket, Growing More Cricket With Each Passing Day

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I have a guilty secret. …OK, so maybe it’s not a secret, because I’ve actually admitted it publicly on the blog before. But still… Some nights, when I’m all by myself, I watch cricket. Now, if we’re talking about The-World-At-Large, the fact that I enjoy this strangely-familiar (to my irretrievably-baseball-ish mind) game  would make me pretty [Read More...]

The Winter of Our Discontent, Made Glorious (Again)

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Our long national, annual nightmare is over, at last. (OK, so maybe it’s just my long, annual, national nightmare. But either way, it’s over.) The rebuilt front office retooled the Dodgers roster over the winter and now it’s time for the players to take over, as pitchers and catchers reported Thursday for Spring Training at [Read More...]

SVS: “The Battered Bastards of Baseball”

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Bing Russell was a largely-unsung character actor. Someone whose face you recognize immediately, but whose name lags far behind — often to the point of anonymity. He appeared in a host of Westerns, most famously as Deputy Clem Foster in 50+ episodes/13 years of “Bonanza,” but his greatest claim to fame is probably the fact that his [Read More...]

Little-League Baseball in Big-League Wineskins

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As I’ve remarked in the past, one of my favorite things about baseball is its unpredictability; its often mesmerizing and just as often hilarious unpredictability. But my favorite kind of mesmerizing-hilariously unpredictable thing is the one that involves Major Leaguers doing things that I myself (or my Little-League-playing kids) would do. Because along with being such [Read More...]

Kershaw’s Historic Night

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So, Dodger ace (and all-around good guy) Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter last night. (Against the Rockies, which means my MLB.com account had me blacked me out for most of the game. Because Wyoming. …though they relented when things got REALLY interesting.) It was probably the best pitching performance I’ve ever seen (on TV). Clayton [Read More...]

Dipped in Magic Waters

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I’m not the world’s greatest Field of Dreams fan. I’ve enjoyed it pretty much every time I’ve seen it, and I’m glad for its fame. I’m even planning to celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary Year with a re-viewing or two. But if I’m honest with myself, I find that I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the story [Read More...]

A Special Anniversary for Dodger Fans

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Yes, I realize this is a day late. But I almost missed it altogether. Thanks to Jon Weisman, though, I didn’t: Ten years ago tonight, Alex Cora stepped into the batters’ box in the bottom of the seventh inning against Matt Clement of the Cubs. You could be excused for thinking that 10 years went [Read More...]


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