April is here at last

It’s finally April, at least on the calendar. It feels like April was here a few weeks ago, or maybe like April never came at all this year. But no amount of warm weather could bring the baseball season any earlier. Spring training is an annual ritual, which must be carried through to its completion.Continue reading “April is here at last”

The essence of baseball

Without the number nine, there is no baseball. There’s nine players on a team, nine innings in a game, and without those two you components you have some other game going on besides baseball. I once memorized Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s classic “Casey at the Bat” for a presentation in class, and the first line isContinue reading “The essence of baseball”

Who says baseball is in trouble?

The World Series that just concluded last night has demonstrated that baseball is alive and well. And if anybody wants to point to television ratings as an indication of anything, I’ll simply say this: Baseball was around before anyone knew what television was, and it will still be around after nobody can remember what televisionContinue reading “Who says baseball is in trouble?”

A strange but exciting feeling

As Mel Allen used to say, “How about that?” It turns out that Major League Baseball decided to include my humble little blog on its MLBlogs page. I just about had a heart attack when I saw my picture splashed across their web page. But I’m not complaining about it one bit, thank you veryContinue reading “A strange but exciting feeling”

Countdown to #Cubs #DoubleTriple now at 40 losses

The Cubs lost again today, and had to survive blast furnace conditions at Wrigley Field to do it. And if today’s announced attendance of 38,000+ souls are really foolish enough to go to the ballpark in these conditions, humanity is in bigger trouble than I thought. But at least the journey through baseball in theContinue reading “Countdown to #Cubs #DoubleTriple now at 40 losses”

Countdown to the #DoubleTriple

The second part of the baseball season begins tonight. Many teams, perhaps even most teams, still have something to play for, whether it’s a division title or a chance at a wild card berth. My team, the Chicago Cubs, isn’t so lucky. They ended the first part of the season at 18 games below theContinue reading “Countdown to the #DoubleTriple”

Hats off to the champions

I am not an NBA fan. I remember the Bird and Magic era in the 1980s, and the Jordan era in Chicago is looking better and better as time goes by. But the sport itself doesn’t interest me that much. Certainly not like baseball does, and probably not as much as football, either. And thereContinue reading “Hats off to the champions”