For the Cubs, nothing’s been accomplished yet

On this day off between the end of the regular season–where the Cardinals played all 162 games–and the postseason–where the Cardinals will watch it on TV like the rest of us–a few thoughts are in order. That dig at the Cardinals sounds a bit petty, but the truth is I’m glad the teams will notContinue reading “For the Cubs, nothing’s been accomplished yet”

Freel fallen

At this time last year, former big league ballplayer Ryan Freel was probably hanging on by a thread. He had played in the major leagues, but had been injured many times and suffered several concussions. We’re only just beginning to learn of the dangers of head trauma, and its role in bringing about a conditionContinue reading “Freel fallen”

Link to a post on ChicagoSideSports and in the Chicago Sun-Times

Baseball has been a big part of my life since the mid-1970s, which is as far back as I can remember anything. Twitter, on the other hand, has been in my life for just a few years. What better way to fuse the old and the new but to write about the two subjects together?Continue reading “Link to a post on ChicagoSideSports and in the Chicago Sun-Times”

The unbeatable Trever Miller

Every old baseball card could tell a story, if you wanted it to. I have thousands of these things sitting in boxes, just waiting for me to pay some attention to them. And many days I have other topics that I’m more interested in writing about. But these things serve as my bulwark against runningContinue reading “The unbeatable Trever Miller”

It’s time for Chicago’s Civil War

Baseball and Chicago are just meant for each other. People sometimes say this is a Bears town, but in reality, there are just eight Bears games played in Chicago every year (ten if we’re really lucky). The Cubs and the White Sox, however, play that many games in a little over a week. And whileContinue reading “It’s time for Chicago’s Civil War”

Say it ain’t so

Unlike a lot of people who pay attention to these things, I was supportive of Ryan Braun’s recent MVP award. Matt Kemp of the Dodgers had a better statistical season than Braun–only a fool would deny that–but the award isn’t really about that. What the award is about is up to the individual voter, andContinue reading “Say it ain’t so”

The power of making the playoffs

Once you get into the postseason, anything can happen. If you don’t believe that, you weren’t paying attention to the St. Louis Cardinals this year. They made it in with a single game to spare, thanks to the wild card format and the collapse of the Atlanta Braves, and then kept on fighting until theContinue reading “The power of making the playoffs”

Process of elimination

On the last night of the regular season, which seems like much longer than eight days ago, we were treated to a sensational night of memorable moments. Perhaps I’m being greedy, but the next thirty-six hours could give us even more moments like this, because three teams will see their seasons end, one way orContinue reading “Process of elimination”

Wow. Just Wow.

If you ever needed proof of the magic of baseball, you got it tonight. “Thrilling” doesn’t even begin to describe these games. Tampa came all the way back tonight, and all the way back in the last month of the season, and now they get to keep playing games into at least next week. BostonContinue reading “Wow. Just Wow.”

Winners go on, losers go home

No other professional sport comes close to baseball for sheer number of games played in a season. Playing (almost) every day, for six months plus the post season, shows that baseball is the American game. Football is too violent to play once a week, and the idea that NBA teams could play two or threeContinue reading “Winners go on, losers go home”

I’m shutting down for the season, too

Maybe this practice has been going on for a long time and I just haven’t noticed it, but there seems to be a wave of players that are being “shut down” for the remainder of this season. Joe Mauer, Andre Ethier, Johnny Cueto, Chone Figgins, and several others have decided–or been told–that they won’t playContinue reading “I’m shutting down for the season, too”

Just ten more days to catch the Killers

I’ve been playing fantasy baseball, in one league or another, for about fifteen years. I think of it as a way to connect myself with the game as a whole, instead of just focusing on the one “real” team that I root for. And it works, on some level, since I sometimes watch games justContinue reading “Just ten more days to catch the Killers”

#MLB got it wrong

For last night’s 9/11 remembrance game in New York, which was broadcast by ESPN and was basically the capstone of the 10 year commemoration of the events of September 11, 2001, Major League baseball got wind of a plan by the players. The full story is here, but essentially the Mets’ players wanted to honorContinue reading “#MLB got it wrong”