15
FEB
2013

Trevor Bauer and the Coalescence of Rookie Thoughts

I’ve played with guys who want to do their own thing. March to their own drum. Listen to their own inner voice. I’ve even played with a few that listened to their own inner voices. If they don’t stab you because one of their voices told them to do so, I tend to...
12
FEB
2013

Ramble #3074

It’s strange writing books wherein you are the head character. People read them and they get an incomplete idea about you. Wrong, right; I don’t think it can be either. It’s just a guess, based on a passage of time presented using story elements, that will...
06
FEB
2013

Gibby and Togetherness

I liked Gibby as soon as I met him. He’s got that casual ball player irreverence. That easy smile. That enviable ability to take the serious and make it not so serious by way of cowboy slang and self-deprecation. A wink and a giggle at the media beast, anxious to devour...
06
FEB
2013

Wild Pitches & Book 4

Today I’ll find out if Wild Pitches makes the New York Times best sellers list. I’m hopeful, of course, but not as worried about it as I have been for the others. Reason being, the book is really short stories, extra chapters, and journal entries from the other two...
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...
31
JAN
2013

My Grandma’s Ass Just Wont Quit

My brother-in-law, Captain Peter St. John,  flies Apaches in the army. He’s deployed in Afghanistan right now and will be there for a year. I write him stories to keep his spirits up. Here is one of my recent ones   Dear Pete,   I’m sorry to be the one to tell you...
30
JAN
2013

A-Rod: Putting the “Tool” In Five Tool Player

Face it; you’re not mad at Alex Rodriguez. You’re not even shocked. You might be, like some sad eyed father, “a little disappointed”. But in a way, you’re kind of happy this happened to him. Why? Because you like it when A-Rod screws up. We all do. Even Yankee fans like watching...
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...
28
JAN
2013

Dear Angry College Pitcher Who Hates His Coach…

Dear angst ridden young college pitcher, angry at his coach. Ah yes, the public call out. Those always go over so well… Nothing says “pick your head up” like being called a coward in front of an entire team of peers and friends. I’ll bet it shook you up....