I've loved to compete my whole life. It didn't matter what it was - sports, academics, who could hold their breath the longest. I wasn't good at most sports, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the thrill of competition, whether it was against another team or against myself. These days, most of my competition … Continue reading There’s Just Something About Competition
If you are a baseball fan, you have probably heard about the sign-stealing controversy that has led to the firing of some high-profile managers (if you are not a fan of baseball and have not heard about the controversy, you can skip to the end of this post. Just hit the Like button and leave … Continue reading Finally, Someone Agrees With Me
This is a repost of the second entry in my first short-lived attempt at blogging back in 2012. The link to the original post can be found here. No site dedicated to reviewing sports biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs would be complete without a review of Ball Four. I grew up loving baseball and could recite … Continue reading Greatest Sports Book Ever? Ball Four – the Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton
That was one of the questions on today's episode of "America Says", a game show hosted by John Michael Higgins (one of the commenters in the movie Pitch Perfect) and broadcast by Game Show Network. The series, which premiered on June 18, 2018, consists of two teams of four guessing the top answers to fill-in-the-blank … Continue reading “When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”
Who would have known that a decision I made as a nine-year-old would have predicted the career I have chosen for the past 33 years. When I was about nine-years-old I discovered that I liked swimming, and with my parents' encouragement, I joined the local swim team. I think back then swimming was a more … Continue reading A Choice I Made as a Nine-Year-Old Determined My Career Path
Once again, only in Florida... The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp -- the Miami Marlins' Double-A affiliate -- are hosting "Florida Man Night" in what is one of the weirder promotions out there. The team will break a "weird Florida law every inning" on July 26, according to the team. PROMO HIGHLIGHT>> Florida Man Night - July 26 - Join … Continue reading Take Me Out to This Ballgame!
Baseball is a game steeped in tradition; changes to the game are rare, although there have been some over the years. It used to take eight balls to walk someone, then six balls, then four. Walks were called hits and then they weren't. Pitchers had to throw underhand (which is why we still call them … Continue reading Thinking Outside the (Batter’s) Box
Byron Tau wrote a great piece in today's Wall Street Journal about watching a baseball game in Japan. Baseball is my favorite of the big 4 professional sports, probably because it's the one I played the most as a kid (not well, however). It sounds like they take their baseball quite seriously in Japan. Just … Continue reading Take Me Out to the Ball Game – in Japan