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THIS IS NOT TAX DAY – IT IS JACKIE’S DAY

THIS IS NOT TAX DAY – IT IS JACKIE’S DAY

April 15 may be "tax day" for some, but it should be much better known as Jackie Robinson Day. Here are some quotes from the man: “Plenty of times I wanted to haul off when somebody insulted me for the color of my skin, but I had to hold to myself. I knew I was kind...

BUCK, The Award

BUCK, The Award

One thing (among many) that we like about baseball are the stories. After all, baseball embraces itself, unabashedly, and well it should. Did Babe point to center field and predict his home run? Well, I hope so. Lou Gehrig, being taken down by a disease which bears...

SAVING SOMEONE IS THE BIGGEST HOME RUN

SAVING SOMEONE IS THE BIGGEST HOME RUN

Andrew Toles played for the Los Angeles Dodgers just a few years ago. Talented outfielder, lots of agility, and hit the ball well. He seemed a little reticent during interviews but also seemed to be coming out of his shell. Fans took to "Tolesy". He showed a whole lot...

POSSIBLY THE GREATEST SONG OF ALL TIME!

A little commercial you can skip in 5 seconds and then a video with possibly the greatest song of all time, which includes dancing you may never have seen before! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H0DFEKaR0c&utm_id=24547&sfmc_id=918640

GETTING PUNCHED IN THE MOUTH CAN HELP

GETTING PUNCHED IN THE MOUTH CAN HELP

Yes, it is so important when you get knocked down to get back up. The problem is that it has become cliche. Truth is it hurts to get knocked down. It hurts to lose. It hurts to get bad news. But there is little if any substitute for resilience. Recently the great...

A BASEBALL TRANCE?

A BASEBALL TRANCE?

"Is dad ok?" "What do you mean?" "He's just sitting there like he's in a stupor -- two hours! Smiling, but I mean is he ok?" "Are you for real? Spring training, baseball is back, he's in his glory!" "I dunno - he has not moved in two hours. You sure he's even alive?"...

DOCTORING THE BASEBALL???!?!?!?!

DOCTORING THE BASEBALL???!?!?!?!

The reports are MLB is going to take some steps so the baseball this season is a bit deader - doesn't fly out of the park so much, or something along those lines. Wait a second. Hold on. Whoahhhhhhhh! You can't throw a spit ball. You sure can't use a foreign object...

LONGING

LONGING

It's not my fault Dad took me to baseball games and I swooned He loved it the crowd the noise the chatter food sounds so many unique sounds and even the aroma We held hands on the way home win or lose The other guys were bums are bums that's how it is Today I got a...

HANK

HANK

When we finish singing the National Anthem we may embellish a bit: "And the home of the..... brave!!!!!" For 21 years Hammerin' Hank Aaron was one of the braves. An outstanding one. A remarkable one. A legendary one. He had 7 siblings, born and raised in and around...

TOMMY

TOMMY

Tommy Lasorda was a lot more than just a unique and lovable baseball manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He won titles in the minors, in the majors, and as well in the Olympics. Yes, colorful. Yes larger than life. Also, managed to an appreciable degree by instinct,...

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS (And Don’t Forget)

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS (And Don’t Forget)

I complain too much, and I know it.  Covid.  Dissension in the country.  Unemployment rising. Baseball may not start on time again.  I look in the mirror, and it is not quite what I would most like to see there - older, grayer, a bit of a paunch. A friend of mine...

I PROTEST

I PROTEST

That there is a photo of Babe Ruth the Sultan of Swat Way larger than life Swagger legend loud brash a whole hurricane of things that guy I protest Struck down too soon Gehrig, look what he went through "You should cherish the memories!" I should cherish his being...

ANAL LYTICS

ANAL LYTICS

Taking out Snell in the sixth game of the world series... based on analytics. The Dodgers are so grateful. After all Dodger management has done stuff like that for years now, confounding and frustrating fans so much it is hard to put into words (at least words you can...

NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME

NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME

You think life will ever be the same? Nope not with Covid Presidential politics Climate change Yep but that isn't why Oh? Something I missed? Something else? Baseball the world series the Dodgers won first time in 32 years Changes everything Every thing (silent pause)...

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