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DID YOU EVER IMAGINE THIS?

DID YOU EVER IMAGINE THIS?

Baseball fans have any number of reasons for liking the game. For me, the crowd, being there. It drowns out the rest of the world. Feels safe. It's fun (well if the team isn't screwing up too much). The food. The tradition. Baseball fans are part of an extended...

WHY A FAVORITE PLAYER?

WHY A FAVORITE PLAYER?

Young, or not so young, we often have a favorite player. Years ago my favorite player was a catcher on the Dodgers, Johnny Roseboro. He is probably most famous for getting hit on the head by a baseball bat in the hands of then-Giants pitcher Juan Marichal. I actually...

KER PLUNKITY

KER PLUNKITY

Fighting.  Fighting for justice, ok.  Fighting in self defense, ok.  Fighting for the sake of fighting... sucks. Quite a few Astro players have been plunked already in spring training.  The majority of folks I have talked with, to date, are not troubled by it and in...

I STILL BELIEVE

I STILL BELIEVE

I have read stats about the number of trash can sounds in any given Houston Astros' game in 2017.  Read data that at least suggests their sign stealing played a major role in a lot of games.  Read how fans and players alike are howling about what went down, including...

WRIGLEY’S MILLION DOLLAR PALACE

WRIGLEY’S MILLION DOLLAR PALACE

A little splotch of history to chew on, so to speak: Wrigley Field was a ball park in Los Angeles back in the day, for over 30 years.  In fact, the Los Angeles Angels played there when they were in the Pacific Coast League. Of interest is that the park was designed by...

WHY ARE YOU SO UPSET GRANDPA?

WHY ARE YOU SO UPSET GRANDPA?

A young granpa all things considered 64 grand son 7 they get along well Granpa loves (I mean really loves) telling his grandson baseball stories Sure he embellishes a bit but most are true and most did happen And grandpa loves to take the kid to the ballpark Has since...

JUST PLAIN BETRAYAL OF US FANS

JUST PLAIN BETRAYAL OF US FANS

I am a fan of baseball. Have been, and will be. Babe Ruth was a womanizing sleazy bum who has been wrongfully deified?  Pete Rose, that jerk, who bet on baseball... Charley Hustle, right?.  Charley Scumbag would fit better you say?  And good ol' Shoeless Joe.  The...

THINK FAST

THINK FAST

This is from a wonderful web site entitled Science of Baseball: "A major league pitcher can throw a baseball up to 95 miles per hour -- some can move it even faster. At this speed, it takes about four tenths of a second for the ball to travel the 60 feet, 6 inches...

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