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SOME VINTAGE VIN SCULLY, THE LYRICAL POET OF BASEBALL

KINDRED BLUE RECENT BLOGS

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)...

MARVELLOUS MOOKIE

MARVELLOUS MOOKIE

Mookie Betts, full name Markus Lynn Betts (yes, that is M L B in initials) is a wonderful player to watch on and off the field. Last night the Dodgers were in game three of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Mookie found himself on second base, saw his...

OH TO BE A FAN

OH TO BE A FAN

A fan is entitled to be a little fickle But when the bases are loaded with no outs to then feel a nervous tickle To pray and to say "Please please win today!" To boo and to hiss when the umpires miss To exhort your great team through thick and through thin To second...

IMAGINE BEING NAMED WHITEY

One of the great qualities of baseball is that it really does not focus on names, colors, creeds, or political views. Baseball at its best is tolerant and utterly non discriminatory. It is about agility, and character. Grace and determination. Not many, if any, name...

WHAT A SCREEN SAVER!

WHAT A SCREEN SAVER!

No crowds... playing in a bubble... shortened season, but you still get this. In the thick of a post season game, Codi Bellinger steals a home run from Fernando Tatis Jr... and probably saves the win. He had to circle back, he had to time it just right. Wow. This is...

A PIONEER R I P

https://www.legacy.com/news/celebrity-deaths/betty-bushman-1931-2020-pioneering-baseball-announcer/

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