Posts tagged "Baseball"

My First Baseball Game

My First Baseball Game
My first direct memory of baseball was not with the Chicago Cubs, but with the Oakland Athletics, one of the teams in my home territory of Northern California.  This probably explains why I was so disappointed when the A’s crapped out in the 2014 playoffs, and also why I was thrilled when the San Francisco... Read more »

MLB Looking to Stem the Tides of Tommy John

MLB Looking to Stem the Tides of Tommy John
Look at that picture of Chicago White Sox ace pitcher Chris Sale, and ask yourself if it’s natural to see an arm bend that way.  Now imagine having to do that 100+ times in an outing every week or so.  Think about the amount of crazy torque you have to put on that arm, the... Read more »

Baseball Thinking

Baseball Thinking
As a teacher I don’t have the time to keep up with news real time anymore, which is why I’m glad to be part of a huge blogosphere that includes NBC’s HardballTalk.  Today, for example, I learned that former Cubs player Ryan Theriot said something stupid.  Anno already talked about it over on our mother... Read more »
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Random observations as the NFL gets ready to overshadow MLB again

Random observations as the NFL gets ready to overshadow MLB again
There are still a number of compelling races in MLB with just two weeks left in the season.  For example, in Sunday night baseball, the Yankees had gone ahead in the top of the 9th in Baltimore on a Brian McCann homer (by the way, it’s interesting how he’s been worth only a win or... Read more »

Hanging out with Grandpa

Hanging out with Grandpa
Last month a couple of my friends, the boy and my father-in-law went to Wrigley Field.  It was my father-in-law’s first visit to Wrigley and he really enjoyed himself.  He got to spend a chunk of the game just hanging out with the boy while the big boys watched the game (a win, yay!) and... Read more »

Girls and Baseball

Girls and Baseball
My friend is visiting from Madison this week (we went to a Cubs game last weekend if you missed that) and we did a lot of baseball-related stuff.  I don’t usually get to air it out on throws because my son is only 9 and he doesn’t have the mechanics or arm strength to go... Read more »
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Appreciating the Opportunity

Appreciating the Opportunity
The American League won the All-Star Game again on Tuesday night, so I hope that means the Oakland A’s get to open up the World Series at home this October.  It was, of course, Derek Jeter‘s final All-Star appearance as an active player, and he was pretty good with a multi-hit game.  Mike Trout was... Read more »

#Whiff to support Chicago RBI

#Whiff to support Chicago RBI
I don’t even remember when I joined Twitter, but at least since last year, Major League Baseball teams have been participating in this #Whiff contest.  I had little idea at the time what the point was…in fact it was a bit annoying, especially when the Cincinnati Reds Twitter account kept hashtagging #Whiff even when nobody... Read more »

Baseball is a Not-So-Guilty Pleasure

Baseball is a Not-So-Guilty Pleasure
Fearless leader at Chicago Now asked us to blog about this: Write a post passionately defending your guilty pleasure(s).Think food, TV shows, celebrities, publications, movies, in-laws, whatever it is that probably kind of sucks but you (and maybe only you) definitely kind of love. In many ways, both baseball and the Cubs are considered to... Read more »
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I Miss Baseball

I Miss Baseball
As finals wind down for me in my first year as an urban Chicago public charter school teacher, I’ve finally been able to take a breath (still have to grade up a storm to get the semester marks in before Friday though).  It’s been a challenge and a welcome distraction from the fact that there’s... Read more »