Archive for May, 2012

Even Willie Mays Had Slumps

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Ask any baseball fan to name the best player of all time and you may be in for a discussion that probably could not be confined by the time limits of a cross-country trip. By train.

On any fan’s short list, Willie Mays must reside. His was a Hall of Fame career of robust statistics, consistency, and hitting ability that pitchers feared.

But it didn’t begin that way.


Yankees For Sale???

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The Yankees without a Steinbrenner at the helm is like a Kardashian without a reality show. Unthinkable. Impossible. And, on a certain level, immoral.

Earlier today, Hal Steinbrenner denied reports from today’s edition of the New York Daily News indicating that he is considering putting a “For Sale” sign on the most lucrative franchise in sports.


Dreams of the Diamond

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Rogers Hornsby did it after an illustrious playing career.

Leo Durocher did it after a not-so-illustrious one.

Joe Torre did it as a journeyman, not achieving success for a couple of decades.


Of Baseball and Bombshells

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Baseball is full of clichés. So is Broadway.

In Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Kirk Gibson hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Oakland Athletics. But this moment was not merely a veteran major leaguer committing an act of prowess at the plate. Gibson was injured. Badly.


A Woman’s Place Is At Home Plate

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Don’t cheer for Mesa Preparatory Academy in Phoenix. It just won the Arizona Charter Athletic Association’s baseball championship game by forfeit. The team wanted to compete rather than win a forfeited game.

And don’t cheer for Our Lady of Sorrows, the opponent school that forfeited the game because Mesa Prep’s team has a girl playing second base.  Paige Sultzbach, a freshman. Oops, I mean a freshwoman.


Houston, You Have A Problem

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

A once venerable symbol of the future is on the precipice of being an ignored relic of the past.

The Houston Astrodome. The first domed stadium. The 8th Wonder of the World.