Heart of the Game

The Bats blog’s Ihsan Taylor has an interview with S.L. Price, author of a new book about the late Mike Coolbaugh and Tino Sanchez, the man whose foul ball ended Coolbaugh’s life. I’ll admit that when I first heard about this book I was skeptical that it would be something of a ghoulish cash-in on […]

Think happy thoughts . . . think happy thoughts

I’ve always kind of admired Lou Piniella. For all of his bluster, he seems like a sensible and innovative kind of guy. Which makes this rather surprising: Modern technology is a wonderful thing for 21st Century baseball managers, who have computerized scouting reports and stats at their fingertips at all times. But sometimes older is […]

Ratings are down

So sayeth the Wall Street Journal: Lousy weather, delayed games and a lackluster matchup hurt World Series ratings last October, but household ratings for Fox Saturday Baseball, the sport’s so-called Game of the Week, are off 9% to date from last season, and 23% from 2000 . . . . . . Fox Sports spokesman […]

My Morning in Exile

It was a slow morning writing-wise for me as my bosses decided that we needed to have several meetings today to make up for not having any yesterday. God I love government service. I hope you citizens are thankful for my efforts. Ohio citizens anyway: The Red Sox should make a deal. They shouldn’t go […]

Baseball’s Savior tapped for Supreme Court

No, not Cal Ripken: President Barack Obama tapped federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, officials said, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a justice. If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter. Two officials described Obama’s decision on […]

And That Happened

Brewers 1, Cardinals 0: This is the sort of game I hope I’m watching just before I die in my easy chair at, oh, 108 years-old. Can’t help it, I’m just a pitching guy, and I get all giddy when two aces match up against one another like this. Chris Carpenter was perfect into the […]