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I read a quote this afternoon from best-selling suspense novelist Scott Turow that addressed a concern I’ve expressed more than once during this baseball postseason. Turow wrote, “It’s character-building, when the Cubs stomp on your heart, and you have to put it back in your chest,” he says. “What will it be like for all […]

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A short time ago I listened to Vin Scully call his last half-inning of his last Dodgers-Giants game ever. I have no idea how many contests he’s called over the years between these two rival clubs but it’s got to be close to 1500. It may not sound like much but that was just the […]

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I just finished watching the MLB Presents . . . special one hour documentary on the life of Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, the right handed pitcher who took the baseball world by storm in the summer of 1976. That was quite a year: America was celebrating her Bicentennial, Apple Computers was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, […]

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Okay, Opening Day (Sunday) is winding down here in the NE although the time stamp on this post will read Monday, April 4th. My Buccos won their Opening Day game versus our arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon at a cold but sunny PNC Park. Hooray! That, obviously, is the good news. One other piece […]

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Of all his famous Yogi-isms, “It ain’t over til it’s over” may be his most iconic. It was all the more impressive that he said it when the Mets, whom he was managing that summer of 1973, were all but out of the race to win the National League Eastern Division. Soon after uttering his […]

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Dan Epstein has quickly become the authority on the history of our American pastime during the swinging ’70s. In fact, his first book was entitled, “Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s.” It was one of the most entertaining and enjoyable baseball books I’ve ever read […]

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Many people watch the Super Bowl for the commercials more than for the game. With every passing year, I personally lose more and more interest in both. Here’s one I completely missed from three years ago. My daughter stumbled upon it this morning, no doubt while doing some kind of serious college research on You […]

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Chicago baseball fans have had just about as sad a winter as anyone could imagine. First, “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks dies on January 23, 2015 and now the great Minnie Minoso, essentially Mr. White Sox, has also left the lineup for the final time. Minoso died early Sunday morning at the possible age of 90 […]

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Pitchers and Catchers report today, or at least they begin reporting today for five Major League teams, one of those being the Pittsburgh Pirates, so that’s all that really matters. After three weeks of temperatures and wind chills routinely below zero and snowfalls routinely above 12-24 inches here in the Northeast, this is indeed welcome […]

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Well, the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Show was hyped beyond compare. This, of course, is always a mistake because how can anything or anyone live up to that kind of hype? This show  did not. There were certainly some funny bits and a few touching spots (actually far fewer than there could have or […]

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