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SOME VINTAGE VIN SCULLY, THE LYRICAL POET OF BASEBALL

KINDRED BLUE RECENT BLOGS

SKY

When he stepped into the batter's box When she stood tall on the mound When he swung When she pitched When each played Sky's the limit shimmering like a diamond Their lives showing us their skills their dignity their ability their determination Teaching us by their...

FANTASTICAL FACTOIDS

Hello there.  You know a fair amount about baseball.  Well, this column, as a public service to those who don't care if curiosity maimed the cat, presents a bunch of far out baseball circumstances that might convince you to go back and make sure you touched each of...

IT’S A BUSINESS

If your kid grows up to be a major league pitcher, you will not (I repeat NOT) name him Homer...  Except, well, the Los Angeles Dodgers just traded some of their stalwarts, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood, for Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds, among others...

Blue Blue Christmas

Seasons Greetings from the Dodgers.  Reading some very cool letters from kids.... Even if you are not a Dodger fan, this is good stuff. https://www.mlb.com/dodgers/fans/holiday-card?partnerId=ed-13307011-1113178103 Note, you may have to cut and paste the link into the...

SIGN SIGN EVERYWHERE A SIGN

"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?" So said The 5 man Electrical Band.  And, all this time you thought baseball was scenic, quietly purring along, a bit slow, and gradual.  In fact...

LOSS

Darkness at the break of noon Shadows even the silver spoon The handmade blade, the child’s balloon Eclipses both the sun and moon To understand you know too soon There is no sense in trying               - Bob Dylan On that cheerful note, there is also  a popular...

Happy Birthday

It's your birthday and I wanted to get you something for all you have done for me (and a few others) But you act like you don't know me You whispered in my ear for years And when I was younger you were speaking to me even sometimes as I lay in bed and fell asleep You...

BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL?

    Two fine fellows are sitting next to each other on a bench. They were having a very spirited exchange, which I overheard and then ran home to type up as quickly and as accurately as possible: “So you’re telling me football, the game of football, is far superior to...

WHAT IF?!!??!

It can't all be serious - I  mean, what fun is that? Ok, here goes - please feel free to add your own! What if they played a baseball game but no one scored?  Would you zero it out? What if the pitcher threw a ball that got caught in a bowl of lard?  Would you toss...

Baseball Punnies

A rookie pitcher was struggling at the mound, so the catcher walked out to have a talk with him. “I’ve figured out your problem,” he told the pitcher. “You always lose control at the same point in every game.” “When is that?” “Right after the national anthem.” Why was...

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