05
JUN
2014

Buehrle’s Timely 2014 & the Future of Baseball.

This piece was written for Sports On Earth. Ten wins against one loss with a 2.10 ERA is a hell of a way to start a season. If it was Justin Verlander, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey or Clayton Kershaw attached to those numbers, well, I’d be more than happy to dub the lucky...
14
DEC
2013

Death Tease

#notabaseballblog My parents, card carrying members of the baby-boomer generation, are presently getting ready to put their parents, “the greatest generation,” into the ground. My god, the books I could write on the many, many theaters of war they’ve seen tours...
13
DEC
2013

The Bearded Dirk

Tales from the bearded Dirk. #Thebeardeddirk In the offseason I grow a beard. It’s not going to win me the World Series, but it’s also not going to get me back-roomed by Rogers and told I need to shave. I grow the beard in part because the off season is my time and I...
03
OCT
2013

Me And Pedro Down By The School Yard

Today I hosted my first segment of a live television show, ever. Of all things, it was to chat pitching with Pedro Martinez. Wow. Just wow. Talk about boyhood dreams made real… Usually I take a lot of flack after my broadcasts for being a done-nothing/never-was with strong...
23
SEP
2013

The Dream I Dream.

I don’t have a lot of friends. Never have, actually. I look back and I know why: I’m a hard person to be around. I talk when I’m nervous, and I deal with anxiety and depression so I get nervous and or depressed for reasons I don’t really know. It taxes...
14
JUN
2013

Jesus Would Slide Cleats Up, Full Story.

It’s important to understand that, at the time, I was a real Jesus freak. Most of the guys on the team hated this about me. I can’t say I blame them. I was a staunch, proselytizing evangelical who preached Christ through concussion. I routinely ruined the boys’ nights out, guilt...
15
FEB
2013

Groovy Garfoose Special Needs Camp

What kind of husband would I be if I didn’t support the efforts of my wife—efforts to raise money for a free special needs summer camp, based on Broadway musicals, no less!?! A terrible one, that’s what. If you’ve read any of my books then you know I think of my...
12
FEB
2013

Ramble #3074

It’s strange writing books wherein you are the head character. People read them and they get an incomplete idea about you. Wrong, right; I don’t think it can be either. It’s just a guess, based on a passage of time presented using story elements, that will...
06
FEB
2013

Gibby and Togetherness

I liked Gibby as soon as I met him. He’s got that casual ball player irreverence. That easy smile. That enviable ability to take the serious and make it not so serious by way of cowboy slang and self-deprecation. A wink and a giggle at the media beast, anxious to devour...
31
JAN
2013

My Grandma’s Ass Just Wont Quit

My brother-in-law, Captain Peter St. John,  flies Apaches in the army. He’s deployed in Afghanistan right now and will be there for a year. I write him stories to keep his spirits up. Here is one of my recent ones   Dear Pete,   I’m sorry to be the one to tell you...