Posts tagged "Baseball"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Steroids as the ultimate sin

Steroids as the ultimate sin
twitter: @MRubio52 email: mrubiophoto52@gmail.com Peter Gammons is one of my heroes in sports journalism. During my formative years he brought baseball to me in a real and personable way. I learned a lot from Gammons and he was the introductory course into serious baseball discussion with the masses. He made an unfortunate comparison the other day which... Read more »
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Baseball is not immediate

twitter: @MRubio52 email: mrubiophoto52@gmail.com Winter has nothing for me except for occasional and subtle reminders of my own mortality. It’s a dead season that inspires despair and invites cold, unloving emotions. I hate winter and I hate winter in Chicago. The darkness comes earlier, the cold bites harder and my bones feel the wind cut through me.... Read more »

Baseball America's top 10 Cubs' prospects

Baseball America's top 10 Cubs' prospects
twitter: @MRubio52 email: mrubiophoto52@gmail.com Friend of the blog Craig Goldstein told me about Baseball America’s top 10 Cubs’ prospect rankings before I had a chance to look at them. The list can be found here and it’s free to view. I think that the general consensus among people who care about MiLB rankings is that Kris Bryant,... Read more »

No love for the Beef

twitter: @MRubio52 email: mrubiophoto52@gmail.com All offseason we’ve heard that the Cubs are in the market for a starting catcher. There have been a few names thrown out there. Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are the two most frequent. Matt Wieters is a potential trade target. But perhaps the solution to the Cubs catching situation is already in... Read more »
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What did we learn from the AFL?

What did we learn from the AFL?
twitter: @MRubio52 email: mrubiophoto52@gmail.com The Arizona Fall League is MiLB’s graduate school; it’s the one last test prospects go through on their way to Major League careers. The Cubs had their big four invited to compete in the league. Javier Baez was a late scratch but Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler all competed... Read more »