29
NOV
2010

Derek Jeter’s Legacy

This seems to be happening a lot lately, doesn’t it? Someone we love, or in this case, someone we want to continue loving because we’ve become used to the idea of them as a hero, starts to muddy the water with irrational behavior. Well, irrational in our eyes at least. I’m going...
27
NOV
2010

Black Friday

Travel days— they can really break a player down. In bed at midnight, up again at 4 a.m. Grab a cup of coffee then get on a bus to a plane to a minor league town you’ve never heard of. Some of us will play on no sleep, others on just a few hours snagged between bouts of...
24
NOV
2010

Signed Copies for the Holidays

Since the holiday season is coming, I’ve had quite a few requests for signed or personalized copies of The Bullpen Gospels. However, I wasn’t comfortable giving out my home address (for those willing to ship me a copy), and its tricky setting something up with my...
23
NOV
2010

Pitching Mechanics, and You.

I used to do pitching lessons in the off-season. Since paychecks stop coming in when the season ends, lessons are a great source of player revenue for desperate minor leaguers. In fact, depending on what level of the minors you’re in and how many students you have, you can make...
23
NOV
2010

Fan Mail

Dear Dirk, My name is *Beaker Humperdink*.  I was drafted as a catcher out of high school by the Mets in 2009.  I have played 2 years of rookie ball so far, and I am currently spending my 2nd fall in the Dominican Republic for Instructional League.  After spending last fall down...
22
NOV
2010

The Big Train

This past weekend I was asked to be the Key Note speaker for the Bethesda Big Train’s (a collegiate summer league team located in Bethesada Maryland) annual live auction and benefit dinner. It was a big honor, usually reserved for guys with long, detailed baseball careers...
20
NOV
2010

That Time I Almost Died

The news was significant for a lot of reasons. First off, I get nervous around celebrities. I feel like they have the power to pluck me from my otherwise mundane existence with a simple gaze of recognition. Everyone feels this to some degree, I believe, that if we interact with a...
19
NOV
2010

Baseball’s Retirement Home

Yesterday I caught a post from Buster Olney over at ESPN that read something along the lines of how older pitchers want to go to San Diego to rebuild value. He didn’t cite any names, but he did say the reason was “Spacious Petco park”, implying the field is...
17
NOV
2010

The Bullpen Gospels, The Lost Chapters #2

Quit, a verb meaning to leave, depart, or withdraw from. For the competitor, the word quit carries a meaning so potent, it seems something closer to suicide or euthanize would better define it. I guess it depends on how it relates to your life. Quitting doesn’t belong in an...
16
NOV
2010

King James Who?

I had the pleasure of flying through the Cleveland airport the other day. I say pleasure because the place has been efficiently renovated and brought up to date with other icon city airports, complete with stylish nods to what makes Cleveland, Cleveland. There is now a Rock &...
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