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SOME VINTAGE VIN SCULLY, THE LYRICAL POET OF BASEBALL

KINDRED BLUE RECENT BLOGS

OH YEAH?

With the season on the horizon, some of us have donned boxing gloves (ok, not really, baseball mitts), but we're ready.  We are REDDDDDDD DEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! Just in case anyone asks what's such a big deal about baseball, that slow, yawner, boring game where players...

DAD

Dad took me to baseball games slapped my knee when something good happened played catch with me after sometimes at night under the moon On those rare occasions when he was not working he talked to me about baseball players some he really admired Had all sorts of very...

THE BABE’S BIGGEST FAN

Julia Ruth Stevens died recently at the great age of 102 (which is less than one seventh of the home runs hit by her adoptive father George Herman Ruth). Babe married his second wife, actress and model Claire Merritt Hodgson in 1929, and adopted Julia thereafter. She...

ARGUING AGAINST THE KNIFE

Ulnar collateral ligament reconstructions, also known as Tommy John surgery.  The first was in 1974, thank you to  the remarkable Dr. Franklin Jobe whose patient was indeed Tommy John.  When Dr. Jobe did the surgery back then, he projected about a 1 in 100 chance of...

A BASEBALL POEM ABOUT A KID

Could be a girl you know In fact may just be. Could be anyone's kid you know probably is. Gotta watch as the kid takes swings stands ready to hit that pitch to maybe you know well make you stand up and shout wildly like a crazed person. But, when did being a parent...

LANDSCAPES

Hope you enjoy this video -- I might have had you in mind, it is possible!

DREAM

All of us dream. We dream as kids.  We dream as adults.  I think that dreaming, day dreaming mind you, can be a very good thing.  I want to say "Tell me what you are dreaming and I think you are on your way to becoming just that..." My earliest dreams were with...

HERBERT JEFEFRIS PENNOCK

Some will tell you that the 1927 New York Yankees, you know the ones with "murderer's row", remain the greatest baseball team of all time.  The moniker murderer's row describes the first six hitters in the lineup: Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob...

SECRECY AND SUBVERSION

"Is this the class about how to throw a curveball?" "Yes, you're in the right room." "But, well, what's with this secrecy and subversion stuff?" "You want to throw a curveball, and try to make sure the batter is not aware that's your plan?" "Sure..." "Let's talk about...

ANTICIPATION

So you stand near the track and look out rooting for that horse "Come on baby!" Or you stand in front of the large window as the plane lands and then the passengers come through the walk way there she is! There! Or you know it's the holidays and maybe a bit much but...

WHIFFING IN 2018

Might Casey-itis?  Is that what this is? In August 2018, the New York Times wrote: "This could be the first season in major league history to feature more strikeouts than hits, a slowdown that worries many league officials. Thirty years ago, batters compiled nearly...

VINtage

Vin Scully is a unique, lyrical part of baseball. His way of describing the plays before him transformed what may seem to be "just a game" into something quite a bit more, for so many of us. The movie "Field of Dreams" captures the poetic nature of the sport, of the...

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