Summer and baseball go together like Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel and incoherent sentences—you just can’t imagine one without the other. This formula lends itself for even the average baseball fan opportunities to create memories with family and friends by taking in a game at any level, whether professional or little league, or making a pilgrimage […]
When you have any type of hobby there are different levels and degrees that you can carry your interests to. Sports always offer a wide variety in general, from casual follower to the beloved degenerate gambler who would put money on anything, to the collector of artifacts and memorabilia. Of the four major sports, baseball […]
Memorial Day is the “unofficial-official” start of summer for many. It is also the time when even the most casual of baseball fans start to peruse the standings and pay attention to the everyday reality show grind known as baseball’s dog days of summer. If you happen to live in the Delaware Valley chances are […]
Anyone who has even remotely come in contact with the game of baseball has heard the old adage of how fans of the game use it to mark the times in their lives almost like mile markers on the road. It is an understandable claim, as this sport itself has been around for almost as […]
One of the things I enjoy most about baseball is reading about the history of the game ranging from entire books revolving around a single memorable moment, to those about a well-known or infamous era of the game. With baseball’s extensive history you can easily find yourself getting caught in a specific genre where you […]
I do not know where to begin, mainly because I cannot believe that it has come to an end. A week ago I put up a post saying how Phillies’ fans needed to get behind the Yankees to make the World Series in order to seal a remarkable and, by most franchise standards, historic season. […]
Was there ever any doubt? The Phillies just wrapped up a 162-game warm-up schedule and now their real season begins. Starting in April and running through the end of September it was merely an exercise in the inevitable. First place? Better be. Never a doubt. Their biggest competition was themselves. How many games over .500 […]
After almost 38 years I finally made my way to Fenway Park, and as you can guess it was well worth the wait. I am going to save you the boredom and monotony of praising this shrine to baseball, as it has already been done by members of the literary community who have communicated its […]
I was visiting Chicago recently on a trip from baseballâ€™s â€œland of milk and honey,â€ also known as Philadelphia, and had the opportunity to take in a ballgame and cross another stadium visit off my list.. Chicago, baseball, Cubs, Wrigley is how the order of it all plays out in my mind when I think […]
A few days after MLBâ€™s Opening Day pageantry is when my interest in baseball starts in earnest, and that is Minor League Baseballâ€™s Opening Day.Â I will be the first to admit that I am in the vast minority (maybe the only one?) of baseball fans who gets fired up about the start of the […]
Once the Super Bowl ends there are certain signs that I look for that tell me that baseball is close to starting again. The obvious first one is the date pitchers and catchers report, which appropriately fell on Valentineâ€™s Day this year. The next is when the first game of spring is played in either […]
I cannot wait for Valentineâ€™s Day.Â There I said it.Â As a matter of fact I will tell this to anyone who will listen to me.Â Sometimes I will find myself just staring at the calendar with January at the top and tease myself and flip the page over to February.Â I will then scan […]
For most Phillies fans this is the toughest October that they have had to endure over the past three years. Though being christened â€œthe team to beatâ€ from the start of the playoffs, someone forgot to pass that memo on to the San Francisco Giants who refused to be steamrolled by the Phillies’ highly regarded […]
October baseball is now a rite of passage in Philadelphia. No longer are Phillies fans left to wonder about â€œnext yearâ€ or suppose â€œwhat ifâ€ or try to convince themselves that they had better appreciate fall baseball because they may not see it again for awhile. No, not for the foreseeable future in this town. […]
Labor Day is usually seen as the last marker before the final push for a spot in the MLB post-season.Â Interest for fans hoping for a miracle or those just praying to hang on to that final spot gets turned up a notch. Â For a small niche of baseball fans though, Labor Day also marks […]
The last time that I was in Harrisburg, home of the Eastern League AA Senators, was in 2004 to watch them play the Reading Phillies. Two things from that game still stand out to me; watching a kid by the name of Ryan Howard crush the ball all over the field and, to be frank […]
The Phillies open a series against the Atlanta Braves this Memorial Day only a half game up on them in leading the division. Not surprising is that the Nationals are in last place with the Marlins; what is, though, is that they are both only four games out of first place. Almost 50 games into […]
After the game on April 14th I double checked the Phillies’ promotional schedule and it was not listed as â€œDrunk Loser Nightâ€ despite what I had seen. It has been about a week and a half since Philadelphia has been held up once again as a shining example of how a few knuckleheads can make […]
I have been an admirer of ESPNâ€™s Jayson Stark since I was knee high to a batting tee and he wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The way he combines his baseball insight, humor and â€œUseless Informationâ€ pieces is a perfect mixture if you want to maximize your baseball knowledge yet keep the tone light. Stark […]
Hardcore Phillies Phan? Looking to take your Phandom to a new level? Want to be the Phillies Guru at work? If you answered â€œYesâ€ to any of these questions then the Maple Street Press 2010 Phillies Annual is a must have. The kind people at MSP provided me with a complimentary copy of their publication […]
Over the next five weeks or so the average baseball fan is going to come across numerous predictions via TV, sports talk radio, newspapers, magazines and the web. Letâ€™s face it, the majority of experts are going to play it safe and you are going to hear and read the same things ad nauseam â€“ […]
Spring training is almost here and living right outside of Philadelphia I can tell you that most Phillies fans are up in arms about dealing away Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners. It is not that there is unhappiness with Roy Halladay, it is just that the fans wanted Halladay AND Lee. Does it sound […]
The last thing that needs to be written is another post burying Mark McGwire, who has finally placed the steroids noose around his neck and stepped off of the ledge that his hollow records have built, merely confirming what any reasonable person has known for years. I am rather surprised, though, that Tony LaRussa has […]
â€œAnd on the seventh day He rested and watched the MLB Network.â€
Iâ€™m not sure when it happened but somewhere along the line the believing part of Christmas that comes with being a kid passed me by.
Who was the best center fielder in New York in the 50â€™s? Willie, Mickey or Ed? How about the time George promised the sick boy he would hit a home run for him? Then George went out and did it. Winning the Denton Young Award all of a sudden doesnâ€™t sound as glamorous. I would […]
Through much of my childhood, and probably further in to my adult life than I would like to admit, I followed pro wrestling. One of my favorite wrestlers was the bad guy and heavy weight champ Ric Flair. Flair would hold up his championship belt and yell, â€œTo be the man, you have to beat […]
Now that the playoff field has been set, and the bright lights of October have been switched on, I was mulling over the possible World Series match ups I wanted to see the most and what I think would be the most entertaining.
To those who have heard those words it represents the holiday season lasting for about a six week stretch from Thanksgiving through New Years. For the die hard sports fan those words mark the stretch of time from mid-September through October when you have the baseball schedule taking on new meaning with the minor league […]
When someone mentions the state of Maine what is the first thing that you think about? Moose. Lobsters. Lighthouses. How about baseball?
Eastern League All-Star Game, Kyle Drabek and a Trip to Vegas â€“ Just Another Week for a Minor League Baseball Junkie
All things being equal I would rather go to a Minor League game than a Major League one. Maybe itâ€™s seeing the big name players before they get spoiled by life in the majors, knowing that there is a chance to see just about anything at a game because not every player is top notch, […]
Philadelphia and the surrounding area offer some great places to catch a ballgame.
This October will mark the 90th anniversary of when baseball first lost its innocence as a result of the Black Sox scandal in the 1919 World Series.