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...
06
FEB
2013

F U Rays, and Other Myths

I’ve been sharing links to my literary tinkering lately. I tinker with words a lot since I don’t have baseball to tinker with anymore. Some tinkering goes well, some not so well, and some I’m just not sure about. But I guess that’s what a blog is for—a place to test content, see...
03
FEB
2013

Rays Book Excerpt 4. Meet Your Teammates

Excerpt from first rough draft. Errors expected.  …He played catch with David Price, who, by contrast, was naturally cool and never had to try to be accepted at anything. Price oozed charm and charisma. He was like the entire team’s older brother who also happened to be the...
29
JAN
2013

Excerpt from Rays Rough Draft 4. Maddon’s Office.

Rough Draft Excerpt. Errors are Okay.  The next time I’d talk to Joe was in that private meeting. It actually wasn’t between just Joe and I, it was most of the top level staff, including Andrew Friedman. They wanted to get to know me, talk about why they brought me in, get a feel...
26
JAN
2013

Rays Book Excerpt 3. Meeting Maddon

Unedited excerpt from Rays Book Pitch first draft. Errors are OK.  We all sat in a huddled half moon on outfield grass, Joe Maddon at our core with a few coaches and staffers in a deep orbit behind him. He wore white rimmed sunglass with a designer inlay and held a fungo bat like...
23
JAN
2013

Dumb

“Your mom called me while you were out.” Said Bonnie. “Did you tell her I was dead?” “No, I told her you were at the gym.” “What’d she want? No. No, don’t answer that. I know what she wanted.” I took near drum sized canister of protein from a cabinet in the kitchen and rationed...
22
JAN
2013

Excerpt 2, Jan 22. Rough Draft Rays Book

What I really needed was a reason to get up and hit the gym. A better reason. My agent would advise me to keep training as if I had a job. Coaches would say a prepared man creates his own luck. But my heart, that silly, skittish, vessel of illogic kept telling that if another job...
02
SEP
2012

The Weight of Injury

I talked with Jeff Niemann after the game yesterday, before the media scrum jumped on him to ask him what his physical malfunction was out on the field. It was a strange encounter. I knew he was ready to address the media, and when a player gets ready to talk to the media he puts...
01
SEP
2012

A Player’s Manager

I had a chance to talk with Joe Maddon today. I also had a chance to talk with Price, Jennings, Moore, and, well, everyone else on the team. I know just about all of them, and their personalities and it was great to be around them again. It’s a treat to be in a locker room...
31
AUG
2012

Maddon Being Maddon.

People ask what makes the Rays the Rays. Well, a large part of it is Joe Maddon. Very few managers in the game are as proactive in shaping the social structure of a team as Maddon is, and he does in multiple ways (a multiple tool social structure manager?). The way he...
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