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On Monday, April 11, 2016, the Dodgers renamed the street in front of Dodger Stadium, Vin Scully Avenue, after the longest active member of the Dodger team. Then yesterday, on the 55th Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, and Scully’s last as “the voice of Dodger baseball,” the team¬†held another very special ceremony at Chavez Ravine.¬†Scully, […]

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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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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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In Spring a young man’s fancy turns to romance and, in the good old days, baseball. Sadly, baseball is no longer the national phenomenon it once was. Americans like their sports a little faster and more violent these days, i.e., football. Nevertheless, baseball will always be “the American game.” It’s history is undeniably intertwined with […]

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Baseball fans are a superstitious lot. Even those of us who like to think of ourselves as logical realists still can’t help falling back to the superstitions of our youth when it comes to the grand old game. Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates did something they haven’t done in the last 20 years – they […]

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Forty years ago today, baseball lost one of its greatest players and one of its greatest men. Roberto Clemente was my first baseball hero. I was just one week away from my ninth birthday when his plane went down on December 31, 1972. In the 40 years since that fateful day, he has continued to […]

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As Vito Corleone once said, “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” I live in Western New York, almost eight hours from New York City. I am a proud Italian (Sicilian) American and I love baseball. Somehow, these three facts are supposed to naturally combine to make me a fan of the New York Yankee baseball […]

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