¡It's been a few days since Harold Baines has been elected to the Baseball HOF by committee and the articles keep coming about how he doesn't belong. I'm a small hall guy who thinks that if you have to think if a person belongs in a HOF fame they likely don't but let me say … Continue reading Non-Tweets Under the Fedora for Dec 13th: Harold Baines, Rep Swalwell, ¡No Pasaran! San Francisco and Abortion
Yesterday my wife and I visited Sun Trust park and watched the Red Sox, despite a shaky (but scoreless) performance from Nathan Evoaldi, take game one of their 3 game set with the Atlanta Braves 8-2. The game was much closer than the score would indicate and it wasn't until the Sox added two in … Continue reading Sports: The MLB Playoff Race Continues the NFL Kaepernick Season Opens
If you turned in early to the Red Sox Seattle game you saw a lot of offense. You saw the Mariners put up 4 in the top of the first and the Red Sox answer with five. Then Mariners put up six more meaning that Red Sox starter Stephen Wright, who had given up a … Continue reading The Red Sox and Seattle Prove Why Baseball is THE Best Sport AGAIN
An interesting thing happened to me the day before yesterday. I work in a place with a lot of people who are either under 30 or not from the new England and are going absolutely mad about the upcoming world cup and completely excited at the prospect of it coming to the US in 8 … Continue reading Curse? What Curse? or The a difference a Decade Plus makes
By John Ruberry "Baseball is a lot like life. It's a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life." Longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell. For the 2018 Chicago White Sox, so far there have been a lot of downs. The South … Continue reading Horrible season for White Sox may portend bright future
It's been an amazing year for Boston Sports. Last Year the Red Sox Won their Division, the Patriots went to the Superbowl, the Bruins are tied for the lead in their division with 3 games to go and the Celtics, even without their Superstar Kyrie Irving are in 2nd place in their division with a … Continue reading Red Sox Start 5-1 and Nobody Cares
The most important sign of spring has arrived, the grapefruit league is now in full swing and the Boston Red Sox have started Spring 6-2. Over the last year all I heard on local sports radio was how the Yankees (6-1 so far this spring) are the team to beat how their acquisition of slugger … Continue reading Time for some 2018 Red Sox Baseball Talk
Today at Drudge there is talk that baseball players upset that at a time of falling attendance are not spending a fortune on overpriced free agents are thinking about taking action: One day after commissioner Rob Manfred shrugged off the sluggish free-agent market for Major League Baseball players this winter as a blip, and one … Continue reading Is Baseball that Stupid?
"All I was saying was that a losing team, plus bread and circuses, was better than a losing team and a long, still silence." Bill Veeck While Tom Brady prepares for his eighth trip to the Superbowl in 16 years (not counting the season he spent injured) to close his season Tim Tebow who won … Continue reading Tebow in the Majors in 2018 or the XFL in 2020?
As the world series gets ready to start (I'll be cheering for Dave Roberts and the Dodgers) I think it's a good time to revisit an issue hanging over baseball. I'm not a fan of the steroids era in baseball, I think it put players in a position where they had a choice of a … Continue reading It’s Time to Vote Barry Bonds Into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Yesterday I wrote about Nolan Ryan greatness in reference to Chris Sale's 300 Strikeout season. Today it hit me that Ryan is a great example of the follies of convention wisdom. The subject deserves a little more elaboration. Of all the outs a pitcher can produce a strikeout is the most valuable, in my opinion … Continue reading Nolan Ryan and The Conventional Wisdom of Experts.
You're not paid to play, you're paid to win Bill Russell to Charlie Rose 2001 I was going to put up the first of two posts on DACA when I saw this and my jaw dropped. CC Sabathia took issue with what he called a "weak" Red Sox attempt to bunt on him in the first … Continue reading Buntgate? Hey Sabathia can’t field a bunt? Tell it to Jim Abbott
If you are looking for a distraction from the news of the day and a lot of people are these days, you're in luck. Major League Baseball is giving us a some division and wild card races this season that (unless you are a fan of the NL East) really fits the bill. Let's start … Continue reading MLB 2017 A plethora of Remarkable Races
So great that Red Sox fans gave him a standing Ovation for robbing Hanley Ramirez of a Home Run: Red Sox fans know greatness when they see it. That’s why Cleveland Indians center fielder Austin Jackson received a standing ovation from the Fenway Park faithful on Tuesday night after taking away a home run from Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez. … Continue reading How Great Was Cleveland Indians Austin Jackson’s Catch at Fenway Park last night?
By John Ruberry Deep in southwestern Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate state lies the small village of Kallstadt, which has about 1,200 residents. It is well-known for two reasons. It's a stop on the German Wine Route and it's the ancestral home of Henry J. Heinz, the founder of the H.J. Heinz Company, and President Donald … Continue reading Review: Kings of Kallstadt, a film about Trump’s ancestral home