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KINDRED BLUE RECENT BLOGS

BASEBALL, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?

BASEBALL, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?

"War, good God, what is it good for?  Absolutely nuthin!  Say it again..." Now, that's a well-known song from awhile ago.  Given all the complaints I am hearing and reading, and the analyses, that very refrain could apply to the great (or once) national past time,...

BASEBALL: TO LIST OR NOT TO LIST

BASEBALL: TO LIST OR NOT TO LIST

Let me ask:  Do you keep lists?   Would you have a list that tells you where to find the list you were working on the other day?  Is that called "listing"? Are you checking your list twice, or is that just for Santa to do? Major league baseball has lists, and I am not...

DID YOU KNOW THAT HITTING IS ROCKET SCIENCE?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HITTING IS ROCKET SCIENCE?

Ty Cobb wrote a pamphlet entitled "Science of Batting", published by no less than the Louisville Slugger Company (Hillerich & Bradsby Co., Inc., to be exact).  It has topics that range from the bat grip, to the body position and stance, to the psychology of...

BULL PEN?

BULL PEN?

You come out of the bull pen, you may be asked to get the team out of a jam.  Or you may be asked to keep it close, or keep the team ahead.  You may indeed be the closer, who is such a key, critical part of the equation.  And, the situation you walk, jog or skip into...

I’VE BEEN TRADED?

I’VE BEEN TRADED?

Is it like being told you are going to be stationed overseas? Perhaps in a place where there's a risk of harm to your person? And, you don't really know even when you'll be back? Or, worse yet, if? Reminds you of a divorce? "Ok, pack your things, and get out!" "Or,...

SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO FOCUS ON THE GAME

SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO FOCUS ON THE GAME

Four photos at the ball park the other evening, over the course of a few innings. The game was of interest, don't get me wrong, but I kept looking at the sky. Not sure just what I was looking for out there, but my buddy next to me was talking, and I don't recall much...

WHEN THE CLOSER IMPLODES

WHEN THE CLOSER IMPLODES

Should there be even the slightest resemblance to anyone alive or no longer alive, it is purely coincidental. And now the poem: The wheels came off and rolled up to the plate the throw at home was far too late "We pay him so much just to save the game, but he blew the...

FACELIFT

FACELIFT

I have not had any "work" done.  Oh, I could sure use it, but hey, time does what it does. Over the next year, or thereabouts, the ballpark in Los Angeles where the Dodgers play (the Doyers some would say) is getting a $100 million face lift.  I cut and pasted the...

MATT-GICIAN

MATT-GICIAN

Do you believe in magic?  That's a wonderful song from, oh, a few years back, but it is about magic "in a young girl's heart..."  This is a bit different. First, you may not have heard of Matt Beaty, or not heard much.  He is 26, just up from the minors this year, on...

BASEBALL, THE NATIONAL HEART TIME

BASEBALL, THE NATIONAL HEART TIME

Friday afternoon traffic in Los Angeles... if you like crawling you are in for a real treat.  By the same token, many are getting off work and looking forward to the weekend. Where is everyone going?  In our cars, so often just one to a vehicle. Dodger Stadium was our...

AND NOW THE ANGRY LITTLE BIG BOY

AND NOW THE ANGRY LITTLE BIG BOY

Anger is not such a good thing.  I mean, it can motivate.  But, if you have enjoyed a beer, and it's the eighth inning.  Your team is ahead.  Life is good.  A very fine pitching job by the starter, and someone comes in from the bull pen to simply keep things intact. ...

INTERVIEW WITH THE BASE BALL

INTERVIEW WITH THE BASE BALL

In this unusual piece, our intrepid reporter managed to get an exclusive interview with a baseball, freshly made, and at a major league park. The ball is very unique because it is able to communicate, has a voice, and did not roll away. Following is the verbatim,...

CHAMP

CHAMP

We admire champions.  To win a championship is a challenge, a respected feat.  To the victor goes the spoils...  Ladies and Gentlemen, the Champeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnn of the World!   We salute all sorts of champions.  Not just those who triumph in sports, but who...

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