Excerpt from my manuscript, “Between the Lines: A Father, A Son, and America’s Pastime” There’s no feeling in baseball, maybe not in any sport, like the feeling of hitting a home run. As an oversized kid playing on an undersized Little League field I was lucky to learn that at a young age. No matter […]
Whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies rebound from their slow start to the 2012 season, remains to be seen. But if we are watching the changing of the guard in the NL East, then the May 6 evening that Cole Hamels plunked Bryce Harper, claiming it was “Old School,” will certainly be seen as a […]
One thing about Bryce Harper’s steal of home a few days ago, it brought a smile to the face of his manager Davey Johnson. Johnson has otherwise found too little to smile about during the first month of the 2012 season, despite the overall good performance of his team. Davey was a hitter. That is […]
Existen muchos momentos de un juego de béisbol cuando pueden estar ocurriendo tantas cosas a la vez que quienes se quejan de la lentituddeljuego se llevarían la mano a la barbilla. Un juego perfecto. 27 bateadores. 27 outs. En fila. El gran logro de todo pitcher. El sueño de cualquier aficionado. Es la situación ideal […]
Lewis “Hack” Wilson enjoyed one of the most inspired seasons in baseball history in 1930. Playing outfield for the Chicago Cubs, he hit .356 with 56 home runs and a major league record 191 RBI. He had set the National League RBI record the year before with 159, but shattered that with his inspired play […]
Tony LaRussa retires and Davey Johnson returns. It might seem that the trade off leaves the managerial ranks about the same, but there is a changing of the guard occurring in the leadership of Major League Baseball. LaRussa’s 33 years as manager is unequalled except by Connie Mack–whose 53 years in the dugout is one […]
Ver a Terry Francona bajar la cabeza y descender los escalones hacia el club house de los Medias Rojas de Boston en Camden Yards, luego de perder el último juego de la temporada y toda oportunidad de ganar el comodín de la campaña 2011; me hizo regresar a una noche de octubre de 2004. Los […]
La gerencia de los Marlins acaba de dar un paso convincente, con respecto al mundo de promesas que ofrecen para la próxima campaña, con la contratación de Ossie Guillén como manager del club. Claro, el tipo no es un mago, por lo que hay que poner en sus manos el equipo que pueda competir; es […]
September 26, 2011 Adios, Ozzie When the Chicago Bears fired Mike Ditka 19 years ago many Chicagoans were crushed. How can you get rid of an iconoclastic icon who finally brought us a championship? Simple: it’s time. Now the situation is the same on Chicago’s South Side where the White Sox have released Ozzie […]
Sunday afternoon, embattled starter A.J. Burnett, with his postseason life largely on the line, toed the rubber against the freefalling Boston Red Sox. Seven and two-thirds of an inning later, Burnett moseyed toward the Yankees dugout, having struck out six, allowed but two earned runs, and driven another nail into the quickly closing coffin surrounding the Red Sox season. With the capacity crowd on its feet loudly cheering his name, Burnett ambled to the bench with all the alacrity of Mo Vaughn heading to a salad bar, clearly trying his hardest to make that moment last forever.
The Yankees had clinched everything they possibly could, they had the Sox under their boots, and the quixotic Burnett had thrown a gem.
Unfortunately, for Joe Girardi, that’s the worst thing that could have happened.
Last night in Detroit, Rays outfielder Justin Ruggiano came flying around third and slid hard into home plate, avoiding the sweep tag of Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila. Ruggiano slid past the plate, spun around and nailed the plate with his foot just before Avila went to tag him again. (The second tag was further […]
Aquel comienzo de 1969 habÃa sido muy movido para la pelota venezolana. Magallanes habÃa clasificado a la final de cuatro equipos pero hasta allÃ llegÃ³. Una vez terminada la temporada hubo mÃ¡s movimientos. Magallanes fue vendido a un grupo de Valencia. A medida que pasaron los dÃas les preguntÃ© a mis hermanos quiÃ©n serÃa el manager. Me dijeron: Carlos Patato Pascual. â€œEl mismo que dirigiÃ³ a los Tigres de Aragua la temporada pasadaâ€, dijo Felipe con cierta esperanza. JesÃºs Mario mantuvo su habitual escepticismo. â€œEsperemos que no deje tanto a los pitchers como NapoleÃ³n Reyesâ€.
Hay temporadas que son consideradas como el tope de una carrera. En ellas un pelotero lo hace todo por su equipo, desde animar a los compaÃ±eros en el dugout hasta discutir con los Ã¡rbitros. El jugador pareciera estar dotado de una fuerza excepcional que le hace alcanzar logros paralizantes.
When Rick Ankiel laid down the perfect squeeze bunt in the seventh inning yesterday all the thoughts of the Nationals nagging center field question disappeared like Brad Wilkerson going back into the dugout after waving to the crowd upon hitting for the cycle early in the 2005 season. Â Nyjer who? Â And what was that other […]
Los sucesos del 09 de marzo de 2011 en el primer inning de un juego entre los Bravos de Atlanta y los Cardenales de San Luis, hicieron que mi memoria tratara de nivelar el momento difÃcil de conocer que Luis Salazar habÃa recibido un pelotazo descomunal en la cara, cuando un batazo de Brian McCann se estrellÃ³ entre su nariz y su ojo izquierdo mientras veÃa el juego parado desde el dugout.
Quick, look over there. You better not blink because you just might miss the best play you will ever see. For better than 40 years, that’s what folks came to expect when teams like the Indianapolis Clowns came to town. Think of the Harlem Globetrotters in their heyday. The Clowns might pull off some hijinks […]
They should bottle Showalter’s elixir and sell it outside Camden Yarks. Â The Baltimore Orioles are showing signs of life in response to their new manager’s tonic after flat-lining for more than half of the 2010 season. The Orioles’ record since Showalter stepped into the dugout is 17 – 10. Â That is a .630 winning percentage […]
El pasado miÃ©rcoles 21 de julio de 2010 falleciÃ³ en su casa de Winter Haven, Fla el manager de los Yanquis de Nueva York, Tigres de Detroit y Medias Rojas de Boston. De inmediato imÃ¡genes de mis lecturas sobre los Yanquis de comienzos de los aÃ±os sesenta tintinearon en la pantalla de mis recuerdos. El eco de sus declaraciones y de algunos de los peloteros de esos equipos resonÃ³ en algÃºn lugar de mi crÃ¡neo.
At the top of the seventh inning the crowd began the chant, “Let’s Go Stras-burg” to the same cadence that fans in DC have grown tired of listening to from Philly, Dodger, Red Sox and just about anywhere fans. Â But this chant was all DC and it grew and built. Â “Let’s Go Stras-burg” the entire […]
Beginning with a low rumble on draft day 2009, the Stephen Strasburg hype built gradually in the city of Syracuse, spiking after each successful start for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators and peaking gloriously Friday night, when The Phenom took the mound at Alliance Bank Stadium for his first Triple-A start.
The Washington Nationals have a negative run differential of minus fourteen, yet a winning record at 12-10. Â When they have been bad they have been horrid, but give their bullpen a lead into the late innings and they have been extra-ordinary. Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps have done it by allowing a scant three runs–two […]
For a few weeks now, things have been a little different for me.Â Iâ€™ve had a spring in my step, a twinkle in my eyes, and a smile curling from the corner of my lips.Â The grass has been greener, the sun shining brighter, and the pollen count off the charts. Iâ€™m in love, you […]
A scant year ago, Jim Bowden departed Washington, DC with the Nationals baseball team as ruined as his reputation. Â Just as we tend to forget the desert at the first oasis, so the barren geography of hopeless losing was washed away this weekend as Matt Capps converted his first five save opportunities and up and […]
The accident scene was so eerily similar to his reckless existence. Steven Roy Howe lay dead on a California highway with his late-model vehicle resting on top of him; a witness told cops that Howe’s truck simply drifted off the roadway. When I first read of the death of this once-promising athlete from Michigan, I […]
A while ago, thinking about Jim Abbott and his missing right hand, I wondered how much power he could possibly have generated swinging the bat with one arm. I found this story from the USA Today of March 19, 1991, about Abbott hitting a triple in spring training: Ever since he began his career with […]
Pedro observaba inquieto la forma como el niÃ±o repetÃa el lanzamiento y la pelota pasabaÂ muy lejos de la mascota del catcher. A cada lanzamiento el seÃ±or bajaba un escalÃ³n en la tribuna. Desde el dugout se oÃan los gritos de los compaÃ±eros de equipo. â€œSal de ahÃ Juan. Eres malo como pitcherâ€. Un viento […]
Uno de los grandes misterios del bÃ©isbol para los aficionados y quizÃ¡s tambiÃ©n para muchos analistas profesionales y aÃºn para los rivales tiene que ver con la secuencia de actividades que asume cada pitcher luego de realizar una apertura. Muchos hablan de que la relaciÃ³n con el catcher es determinante, otros que el manager influye […]
A few months ago, the memory of devouring Ron Lucianoâ€™s four collections of tales and anecdotes from his umpiring days when I was a kid led me to look up the story of his suicide in 1995, 15 years and one month ago today. In the process, I discovered a long interview he gave back […]
Back in the mid-70s, when I was perhaps 11 or 12 years old, I vividly recall asking my grandfather if he ever pitched to Babe Ruth. At the time, it seemed like a logical question; not knowing much about baseball history, nor about granddadâ€™s career, I simply pulled from thin air the most famous old-time […]
You may recall my last post when I wrote about how I ended up attending Murray State University, tried out and made the baseball team. While there, I was part of a most remarkable experience. It all began with one of my teammate’s box score: 3 At Bats 0 Hits 0 Runs 0 RBI and […]
Billy Martinâ€™s death on Christmas evening 1989 provided the troubled finish to a melancholy year for baseball. As a way to look back on that day and Martinâ€™s career, as well as the reasons why he had such an impact on baseball and the players he managed, here are some memories of the man. In […]