25
JUL
2016

Adoption Quest, 5. Horrible Little Checkboxes.

“We’re trying.” I shudder to think how many conversations that phrase hijacked over the last few years. We’re trying: Two words that trumpet a baby is on the way. Two hopeful words that I never really understood when I first let them fly, but now know like...
22
JUL
2016

Adoption Quest, 4. The Unforgivable.

Kids. Kids. Kids. Kids. Kids. Kids. Kids. Pounding in the back of my head. Tick-tock, Dirk. Tick-tock. Kids, Dirk. Tick tock Dirk. Tick-tock. Kids. Kids, Dirk, kids. Kids. Kids. Kids. Kids. Kids. Kids. Kids. When Bonnie and I started trying, everything started being measured in...
21
JUL
2016

Adoption Quest, 3. No Diving In The Gene Pool

When I was in high school, I dated a sweet, shy, super smart redheaded girl for the bulk of my time there. I took her to two proms, gave her bales of flowers, and supplied her with enough chocolate to jumpstart diabetes. I thought I was going to marry her. In fairness, I thought...
20
JUL
2016

Adoption Quest, 2. Choosing Adoption.

  I waited 28 years to have sex. 28 frustrating years. And ereey weren’t easy years, just so you know. I didn’t hang with only monks or go through life without knowing what woman was. It was the standard stuff, all those years of typical teenage hormones where...
19
JUL
2016

Adoption Quest, 1. Going For It

Bonnie and I are adopting. We don’t have a baby lined up. We’re not even on a waiting list yet. We are, however, several home visits and thousands of dollars into the process, and I want to tell you right now, honest and unashamed, that so far I frigging hate the...
15
JUN
2016

Height Doesn’t Measure Heart, But it Does Measure…

  Marcus Stroman isn’t very tall. That’s a fact. Marcus Stroman doesn’t let his lack of height impede his competitive desire. Also a fact. Marcus Stroman can throw sinkers just as good as any tall guy in the game… False. Height doesn’t measure...
03
DEC
2015

A True Patriot

  I now work as the Director of Media Relations at a company called Patriot Software. We do payroll and accounting in the cloud. We focus on helping small business owners, and we provide stellar service for a very inexpensive price…………. Yeah, I know… It’s the not so epic...
28
SEP
2015

Choke Slamming Papelbon, Harper, and the System.

In baseball, nothing says your season is over like a closer strangling his MVP teammate, mid-game, on national television. There are other ways to signal irrelevance, of course, but Jonathan Papelbon taking Bryce Harper by his throat and slamming him into the concrete of the...
31
AUG
2015

Injury and Bad Communication: The Tolleson Effect.

Getting injured in professional baseball can be hell. Frankly speaking, getting injured in any walk of life can be hell, with the specific circle of hell you’ll occupy tightly correlated to the severity of your injury. However, for simplicity sake, lets keep this conversation...
25
AUG
2015

When I Was a Gay Athlete

  When I was fourteen, I made the worst decision of my life: joining my middle school wrestling team. It wasn’t the weight cutting or rolling around on dirty mats with sweaty boys that made it so bad. It wasn’t even the humiliation of wearing a singlet. It was what happened...