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...
19
AUG
2015

Zaun is Right: Trout is Better.

I hear there has been some outrage over my former broadcasting comrade, Greg Zaun, implying that Trout is—if we all had to vote now—the clear cut AL MVP, and that it’s not even close. Well, I think it’s kinda close. If you look at their respective numbers it’s certainly close...
15
AUG
2015

Timely Heat

How about them underdog Yankees? Back in first, huh? Yeah, well, see, that’s what happens… There is something magical about the hungry underdog spirt, something about the chase as opposed to being chased. Actually, there is a lot of something. Interesting quote by Girardi, and...
14
AUG
2015

Smile, Crocodile

  I’ve played the role of sports analyst and player, and I can attest that the relationship between the two is a tenuous relationship at best.  Players see reporters as necessary evils. Reporters see players as sensitive man-boys who, if they could just check their egos long...
13
AUG
2015

Tips on Preparing For Your First Off-Season

  Congratulations on finishing up your first season in the minors. After a long college/high school year followed by this dip spit-scented slog through the bush leagues, you really do deserve a break. However, before you cram your team bag full logoed trinkets for mom and...
10
AUG
2015

Something to Believe in

Ever wonder what the difference, psychologically speaking, is between a team that is winning and a team that is losing? Simply put, it’s belief. It used to be that I didn’t like that answer. Belief, meh, it feels like you’re saying if we join hands and chant around a...
07
DEC
2014

Advice For Baseball Job Seekers

  A little while back an individual who was about to hatch from the business world and flutter into the real world asked me about getting a job in the baseball world. He’d sent out all his resumes, and, after months of anxious perseverating over whether his childhood dream...
02
DEC
2014

How to Wet The Bed on Brian Kenny’s Show

Brian Kenny had me as a guest on his MLB radio show today. It’s always a treat to join Brian, who is, for my money, one of the smartest men in baseball. Seriously, he’s so smart that I get a little intimidated coming on his show, so I can only imagine how Harold Reynolds felt...
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...