Baseball

The Imperfect Game

The Lesson of Jim Joyce. June 2, 2010. There was something beautiful lost in the Jim Joyce fiasco, something that I hope I remember for as long as I remember the blown call. Yes, it’s hard to think about beautiful things when you have just watched one of the most absurd injustices in the history Read the full article…



RIP Harmon Killebrew

The Gentleman Called Killer. May 16, 2010. The gentleman the sportswriters somewhat desperately called “Killer” was just 23 years old in 1959 — but by then Harmon Killebrew already had played parts of six seasons in the major leagues. Six seasons. He was of that peculiar bonus baby time, when owners (as owners tend to Read the full article…


Baseball Night in America

Game 162. September 29, 2011. Baseball, like life, revolves around anticlimax. That in many ways is the beauty of it. I realize that’s a hard thing to explain to someone who doesn’t love baseball, no, more than hard, it’s an impossible thing to explain because many people want sports to be more than life, they Read the full article…



Ode to Quiz

Dan Quisenberry. September 2010. This is going to be an essay about Dan Quisenberry. It is something I plan to read at the last Quisenberry Golf Tournament for the Harvesters food bank, which will take place Monday at the Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kansas. The tournament has been going on for 17 years, Read the full article…


RIP Mark Fidrych

The Bird. April 13, 2009. Maybe baseball just seems a touch more magical when you’re 9 years old. It just so happened that I was 9 the year that Mark Fidrych came on the scene. And, even now, it seems to me that was a time for magical young pitchers. They called John Montefusco “The Read the full article…


RIP Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts. May 6, 2010. A few years ago, I came home and found a message on the answering machine from someone who claimed to be Robin Roberts, the Hall of Fame pitcher. The person was calling because he had read some of my work, and he liked it, and he happened to be in Read the full article…


RIP Ernie Harwell

Ernie Harwell. May 2010. Every now and again, I would wake up early and go to my computer, check my email, and there would be the most wonderful thing in there: An email from bbpeach80. BB for baseball. Peach for Georgia. That was Ernie Harwell. The emails were never long, never more than a sentence Read the full article…


Greinke

Zack Greinke. March 2009. A Zack Greinke story: This happened in Chicago one warm August evening after he gave up three home runs to the Chicago White Sox. A handful of reporters surrounded him as he stared at the ceiling and gave reluctant and halting answers to their questions. “Well,” one reporter said, in an Read the full article…