Baseball is back! Well, sort of. Spring Training baseball is back. And while it doesn’t have the same intensity or emotional verve as regular season baseball, there are a few … Continue Reading The Beautiful Absurdity of Spring Training Baseball
Like many civic-minded Americans last night, I was watching the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates debate on stage in Nevada. Also like many Americans, I was only half listening, spending most … Continue Reading Presidential Candidates…as Baseball Teams!
Baseball is in a weird place. It has been one of the strangest offseasons I can ever remember as a fan. While big money was spent on free agents (finally), … Continue Reading My Airing of Grievances: The Astros, Manfred, and the State of Major League Baseball
That’s how CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz begins all of his broadcasts. “Hello, friends.” It’s a reassurance, welcoming listeners to pop in, stay a while, put your feet up, grab a … Continue Reading Hello, Friends
I’m a fan of the Detroit Tigers. Needless to say, it’s been a long few years. I was there during the Cinderella season in 2006, when the Tigers won the … Continue Reading Winning Isn’t Everything; It’s Irrelevant
Yankees’ starter Masahiro Tanaka trundled off the mound, shoulders slumped in dejection, wondering how the hell he gave up six runs after only getting two outs. It was the worst … Continue Reading A Wild Slugfest Brings Baseball’s Best, And Worst, To London
When Scott and I decided to take the leap and buy tickets for the London Series, we both had no idea how MLB was going to promote this event. In … Continue Reading London Series Hype: How MLB Marketed the Game to Europe
Life gets in the way sometimes. That’s what Brett and I have to keep reminding ourselves as we think back to that unseasonably warm evening two years ago, at the … Continue Reading Another Year, Another Ballpark Tour, Another…Country???
There was a brief moment just after Chris Davis stroked a 0-1 offering from Yusmeiro Petit towards left field where Orioles fans thought that maybe, just maybe, history would be … Continue Reading Futility, Thy Name Is Chris
Early-season stat lines lend themselves to absurdities. Cody Bellinger is on pace for 109 home runs and 306 RBI, for example. The Red Sox are on pace to win 32 games. … Continue Reading The Detroit Tigers Have the Best Rotation in Baseball — Wait, What?
It hasn’t happened since 1994: a total stoppage of work in Major League Baseball that crippled the league and made fans turn away from the game. The 1994 strike devastated … Continue Reading Are We Marching Towards a Strike in Baseball?
How much would you pay if you, a baseball team owner, knew you were getting the greatest player of his generation, and likely one of the greatest players to ever … Continue Reading That’s a Lot of Trouts, Mike
The trucks have made their way down south. The lockers have been packed with care. For many, it feels like a strange combination of Christmas and spring all at the … Continue Reading Hope Springs Eternal
Now that Scott finally bought a microphone that works properly, and Brett managed to dig himself out of the snow in Ohio, it’s time for a new Standing Room podcast … Continue Reading The Standing Room Podcast, February 2019
Baseball fans get defensive over the sport they love, especially one so rooted in tradition and nostalgia. “The game is perfect the way it is!” we shout from the rafters … Continue Reading A Love Letter to Pitcher At-Bats
There’s a saying that a watched pot never boils. At some point, though, after tears stream down our face and our eyeballs turn to dust from staring at the pot … Continue Reading DO SOMETHING!!!