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SOME VINTAGE VIN SCULLY, THE LYRICAL POET OF BASEBALL

KINDRED BLUE RECENT BLOGS

A BASEBALL, THE POEM

A BASEBALL, THE POEM

A ball an actual major league baseball with all those stitches the real deal from the field of play now in my mitt I am mesmerized Not sure what to do or say Is this like winning an Oscar? I held it up in the air People cheered "Good catch!" Kept looking at it during...

YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS!

YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS!

"What's your name? I have seen you before What's your name? May I walk you to your door? It's so hard to find a personality with charms like yours for me What's your name?" -- Don and Juan (oldie but a goodie) Name brands, brand recognition, trade names, logos, all of...

I AM GOING TO LIVE MY DREAM

I AM GOING TO LIVE MY DREAM

Born in Kansas City, Dan Clemens’s family moved early on to Denver, Colorado.  By happenstance they were able to pick up a radio station out of Lexington, Nebraska, and listen to the Kansas City Royals games. Granted the radio connection faded in and out due to the...

TOO ERR IS HUMAN, TO UMPIRE DIVINE

TOO ERR IS HUMAN, TO UMPIRE DIVINE

Technology and Major League Baseball are waltzing together.  The radar gun. Instant replay  Pitch graphics.  Doppler radar.  Every single MLB stadium is equipped with triangulated tracing cameras that follow the ball from the pitcher's hand until it crosses home...

WE WUZ ROBBED!!!

Thank you to Skip Collinge who posted this on Say What!! Baseball Oddities and let me borrow it here.  My reply to this:  Amen! I was so looking forward to the Yankee Series this weekend. Dodgers- Yankees is all about history and tradition. Look at these pictures-...

BASEBALL, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?

BASEBALL, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?

"War, good God, what is it good for?  Absolutely nuthin!  Say it again..." Now, that's a well-known song from awhile ago.  Given all the complaints I am hearing and reading, and the analyses, that very refrain could apply to the great (or once) national past time,...

BASEBALL: TO LIST OR NOT TO LIST

BASEBALL: TO LIST OR NOT TO LIST

Let me ask:  Do you keep lists?   Would you have a list that tells you where to find the list you were working on the other day?  Is that called "listing"? Are you checking your list twice, or is that just for Santa to do? Major league baseball has lists, and I am not...

DID YOU KNOW THAT HITTING IS ROCKET SCIENCE?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HITTING IS ROCKET SCIENCE?

Ty Cobb wrote a pamphlet entitled "Science of Batting", published by no less than the Louisville Slugger Company (Hillerich & Bradsby Co., Inc., to be exact).  It has topics that range from the bat grip, to the body position and stance, to the psychology of...

BULL PEN?

BULL PEN?

You come out of the bull pen, you may be asked to get the team out of a jam.  Or you may be asked to keep it close, or keep the team ahead.  You may indeed be the closer, who is such a key, critical part of the equation.  And, the situation you walk, jog or skip into...

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