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Hero Worship and Baseball: Is A-Rod Today’s Narcissus?

August 14, 2010 by  
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Can a baseball player whose biggest fan is himself still be a hero to others?  Historically, baseball’s great ballplayers have broken down into two camps:  those who refuse to accept the mantle of role model versus those who understand and accept that with great fortune comes great responsibility.  So may he himself love, and not […]

Stick a Fork in ’em, they’re done!

August 6, 2010 by  
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OK Baseball fans, it is time to get a reality check..time to call out the pretenders from the contenders.   We now stand 2/3rds the way through the season, and it is now time to call out those teams that are not going to the post season.  Some of you will clearly agree with the cooking metaphor […]

Trade Retrospective: Curt Schilling to the Red Sox

July 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Miscellaneous

On November 28, 2003, the Red Sox acquired SP Curt Schilling from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitchers Jorge de la Rosa, Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon, and minor leaguer Michael Goss. The Background The Red Sox were in need of a starting pitcher after one of 2003′s main starting pitchers, John Burkett, retired. While Burkett was not an amazing starting pitcher […]

Books on Baseball: State of the Union

July 22, 2010 by  
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It is hard to believe that it was only about 4 months ago when the first article was published.  The article itself is clumsy and non-descript, but the importart part was that I had started.  You see, I kept kvetching to my wife about doing a blog to the point where she finally said stop talking and start […]

Win World Series Tickets and Help a Worthwhile Charity…

July 20, 2010 by  
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…what could be better?  State Farm is sponsoring a contest, Go to Bat, that is teaming up with MLB to support worthwhile charities.  During last week’s Home Run Derby, Pitch In For Baseball was selected to participate in State Farm’s Go To Bat campaign.   [if you are in a hurry to win your tickets, you can […]

Wild and Wacky Injuries — new Darwin Award Candidates

July 15, 2010 by  
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Remember the earlier BoB article on baseball’s Darwin Awards? Since then, Kendry Morales broke his leg during his walk-off home run celebration in May ? Courtesy of Jayson Stark, ESPN, here are some of 2010’s wierdest injuries.  Do any of them deserve to be included in BooksonBaseball’s Darwin list? Injuries of the Half-Year First prize: […]

Books on Baseball Contest Winners Announced!

July 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing, Miscellaneous

Ding. ding, ding..we have a winner…or should I say three winners!   Books on Baseball friends Debbie Bentler, Jay Gauthreaux, and Jammie Conrad are the winners of our membership contest.  Many thanks to everyone who helped drive our Facebook membership north of 2,300!  The larger the community, the better the discussion and dialogue we will have.  […]

Baseball, America, and the July 4th Holiday

July 3, 2010 by  
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The July 4th holiday commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration Independence.  This document declared ourselves free from tyrannical rule and reaffirmed our country’s commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  From Paducah KY to Punxsutawney, PA, the July 4th weekend conjures up images of  family get togethers, barbecues, fireworks and, of course, baseball.  As […]

Casey at the Bat — Twilight Zone Style

The classic poem, Casey at the Bat, authored by Ernest Thayer and published in the San Francisco Enquirer in 1888, continues to be a fan favorite.  There are literally dozens of adaptations of the poem as well as an earlier article on this website on the origin of the poem. One of the many adaptations was a season one […]

Happy Father’s Day!

June 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Miscellaneous

“Hey Dad, Wanna Have a Catch?”  With those simple words from the movie Field of Dreams, tears flowed and baseball’s emotional connection to Fathers was firmly embroidered into the fabric of America’s collective psyche.   Of all the holidays, the one with the closest nexus to baseball is Father’s Day.  From the first underhand backyard wiffle ball toss […]

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