THE CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH

Ah, the ceremonial first pitch; one of the baseball’s rituals… The ball originally was thrown from the grandstand, but that changed after President Reagan threw the first pitch from the field. Often today the pitch is done from in front of the...

DANGER TO BIRDS

The Big Unit, Randy Johnson, a Hall of Famer.  Stats tell the tale: 10× All-Star (1990, 1993–1995, 1997, 1999–2002, 2004) World Series champion (2001) 5× Cy Young Award (1995, 1999–2002) World Series MVP (2001) Triple Crown (2002) MLB wins leader (2002) 4× ERA leader...

Inspiration

Baseball teaches us many things.  It really does, not the least of which is patience, as well as camaraderie.     Baseball is very cerebral.  The pitcher trying to out-think the batter, and the batter guessing at what is coming his or her way.   The runner on base may...

DOUBLE PLAY

A thing of beauty? It’s relative, right?  If it is against you, well, that’s not good! Way back on July 12, 1920, under the title “That Double Play Again”, a poem was published in the New York Evening Mail.  It became known as...

SIGH… YOUNG

The video below is a slice of history, to be sure. When the moderator reveals who this is to the panel, and talks about his utterly remarkable accomplishments (back-to-back wins in a double header, I mean, and a whole lot more), well, one of a kind to be sure.  Then...