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KINDRED BLUE RECENT BLOGS

WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST?

WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST?

If play resumes, possibly in July... If... there are going to be a number of notable changes, at least for the time being.  I do not have a complete list below by any means, but here are some of the changes probably in store.  As you think about it, what will you miss...

DREAM

DREAM

Memorial Day weekend winds down and we look toward a work week. Was thinking about Dodge Stadium, among other ball parks.  Just had this image of their shimmering. Man it would be so great to have the keys to the kingdom.  Some day... be patient my son.  They say the...

SALUTE

SALUTE

Baseball, our national past time, presently is on hiatus.  We face a war caused by a virus. We all miss the ball park.  Many teams salute military veterans at games, and rightfully so.  Baseball, a part of our life, a part of our country, thanks those who stood in the...

PRESIDENT GEORGE HERMAN RUTH

PRESIDENT GEORGE HERMAN RUTH

Well, why not? A hot dog in every pot! There would be swagger, some level of common sense, scandal undoubtedly, perhaps some (ok a lot of) unpredictability, I mean... he was a bit of a wild child. But hey, he might have hit it out of the park!  Kids loved the guy. ...

Charlie O!

Charlie O!

A lot of time to reflect as the season has been put on hold, and even now we are not sure what 2020 will look like. Baseball has so many attributes that make it fun, interesting, a great way to while-away some time.  In its own way kind of like fishing.  If you don't...

I HAD A DREAM

I HAD A DREAM

Sleep comes easily at times Who wants to be awake 24/7 with this Covid thing? Ah to dream and alas when I did there it was Oh my God! The ball park! I swear to you it was shimmering I am not kidding! The organ played the crowd rose the players ran onto the field It...

HOW ABOUT BABE ON THIS VIRUS THING?

HOW ABOUT BABE ON THIS VIRUS THING?

So I think of George Herman Ruth as a larger than life figure, who remains with us, never really left, and who could lift our sprits in this difficult time. I think of the MLB utilizing footage of Babe, dubbing it in a wonderful way, with his telling us "Hey look...

DID YOU EVER IMAGINE THIS?

DID YOU EVER IMAGINE THIS?

Baseball fans have any number of reasons for liking the game. For me, the crowd, being there. It drowns out the rest of the world. Feels safe. It's fun (well if the team isn't screwing up too much). The food. The tradition. Baseball fans are part of an extended...

WHY A FAVORITE PLAYER?

WHY A FAVORITE PLAYER?

Young, or not so young, we often have a favorite player. Years ago my favorite player was a catcher on the Dodgers, Johnny Roseboro. He is probably most famous for getting hit on the head by a baseball bat in the hands of then-Giants pitcher Juan Marichal. I actually...

KER PLUNKITY

KER PLUNKITY

Fighting.  Fighting for justice, ok.  Fighting in self defense, ok.  Fighting for the sake of fighting... sucks. Quite a few Astro players have been plunked already in spring training.  The majority of folks I have talked with, to date, are not troubled by it and in...

I STILL BELIEVE

I STILL BELIEVE

I have read stats about the number of trash can sounds in any given Houston Astros' game in 2017.  Read data that at least suggests their sign stealing played a major role in a lot of games.  Read how fans and players alike are howling about what went down, including...

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