29
JUL
2014

50 Shades Of Emerald

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic language. Manhood. It’s a competition. Has been since the first grunting, snorting, finger-sniffing Neanderthal scratched out whatever he felt defined it on the wall of his cave. Battle, power, money, looks — they all...
24
APR
2014

Pineda’s Neck

What’s wrong with the following statements about cheating? “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned to steroids to put me over the top.” “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned...
12
APR
2014

Jack of All

People just don’t do one thing anymore, have you noticed that? The days of working at one place until the powers that be hand you a gold watch and send you into the fog are gone. At least that’s the way it feels. In my short 33 years I’ve been an instructor,...
02
APR
2014

Observations on Chris Archer

25 million dollars with a chance for 40+ if everything goes his way? Good for Chris Archer. Good for all of us, too. Of course that’s easy for me to say, I know the guy. I played with him in Triple A for part of a season. I sat next to him in the Bull’s dugout and...
01
APR
2014

Sour Grapes

Yesterday I got called out by one of my former coworkers at Rogers for being/having  “sour grapes” because I spent most of opening day being snarky about the Toronto Blue Jays’ loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. This coworker hypothesized that my “new...
17
FEB
2014

The Right To Break.

I’m going to do my best here, but, as cliche as this sounds, words really can’t express how excited I am that my new book launch is almost here, and that another part of the Bullpen Gospels’ story will soon be in the hands of readers. Nor can words properly convey how thrilled I...
15
FEB
2014

The Proletariat is Right

If, dear minor league player, you decide to tell the general public of your disgust with professional baseball because, for the honor of allowing you to play among its chosen immortals, it’s paying you in stale beer and day old hotdogs, expect your words to echo off into...
16
DEC
2013

Halladay

I remember when I first took serious notice of Roy Halladay. I’d been called up by the Padres to start a few games until Chris Young came back from the DL. Starting…heh, that’s generous. In fact, what I ended up doing was getting my ass kicked. Repeatedly. My...
14
DEC
2013

A Matter of Respect

After reading that Robinson Cano felt disrespected by the Yankees, I couldn’t help but think of my time with Pedro Martinez during the TBS post season coverage this year. Pedro and I were at a pre-production meeting, going over thoughts for the night’s post season...
12
DEC
2013

Thoughts on Home Plate Collision Rule Changes.

The ability to flatten a catcher who is blocking (or, lets face it, close to blocking) home plate has been in baseball since near time immemorial. Outlawing or otherwise mitigating home plate collisions, or any part of the game that’s been around as long, is bound to ruffle...