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...
06
SEP
2012

Zobrist, Tebow, and Jesus.

The following contains religious content. Baseball only fans be warned. After the Jays game in which Omar Vizquel ran headlong into Molina and got squashed like road kill, Ben Zobrist and I went on friendly reunion tour of Toronto. We rented Bixie Bikes and road the streets of...
28
JAN
2012

Out Of My League, Chapter 64

Chapter Sixty-four I got the call again that night. It was getting easier to manage the big league stadium factor now that I’d made a few trips to the mound. I wasn’t comfortable by any stretch, but I did make it through the eighth inning without much trouble, which gave me some...
28
JAN
2012

Out Of My League Sample Chapters!

    Chapter 16 of Out Of My League   Chapter 1 of Out Of My League   Chapter 35 of Out Of My League   Chapter 64 of Out Of My League  
27
JAN
2012

Out Of My League, Chapter 35

Chapter Thirty-five   On Monday, after losing a day game with the Bees, we packed up and hopped a flight to Colorado Springs, home of the Rockies’ Triple A team, the Sky Sox. Sky Sox Stadium is the highest-altitude park in baseball, even higher than the infamous Mile High Stadium...
23
JAN
2012

MiLB Survival Tip #4 — Think For Yourself.

  I’m going to say this as plainly as I can: stop doing stupid shit just because everyone else on the team is doing it. It’s not a good reason to do something in any other walk of life so don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a good reason now. Being on a team is a lot like...
05
DEC
2011

The Xylo Diaries: Water Dog

The name of the place was Bow Wow Beach, or something nearly as corny,  and for December 4th it was pretty busy. All shape and size of dog owner with all shape and size of dog patrolled it, barking and correcting as they went. While the name was a little sappy, the facility was a...
26
NOV
2011

The Xylo Diaries. Picking Him Out.

  Before I coaxed him into the car, before I got the papers signed, and before the lady who gave him to me went on this hyper anal retentive rant about how the breed is second only to God in value to man kind and how I better reconstruct my house to accommodate his every...
19
SEP
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #24—Learn How and When to Cheat

No no no—not steroids. I’m not talking about the kind of cheating wherein in you put your life in jeopardy. I’m talking about the kind of stuff that an umpire like Joe West would have a conniption about if he caught you doing it. The kind of stuff Gaylord Perry, Whitey Ford, or...
13
SEP
2011

Little Giants

Once again I was on the yellow line edging the football field, the same yellow line this annoying mom with an inferior camera ran me off of earlier because, as she said, “It’s against the rules.” “I just want some good shots of my cousin, no reason to get...
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