Boy Do I Have A Lot To Learn!

The basic concept is pretty easy to grasp: two athletes, using their arms and legs, try to take each other down to the mat, and get a pin. Seems easy enough. But… What if there’s no pin? What’s this “ride time” all about? Wait, so folkstyle isn’t freestyle? There’s a mercy rule in freestyle? Any…

Because Who Would Read A Blog Called “All Things Rusty”?

“I wanted it to go a little longer, that way, I could always say that I played in a game that started in May and ended in June.” Ed Kranepool, after playing both ends of a double header in 1964, with the second game going 24 innings. “We’ve got a couple of kids here named (Ed)…

An Old Dog Does Learn New Tricks: My First Wrestling Match!

Growing up in Florida in the 60s and 70s, I had two loves: baseball and wrestling. If you have read any of my other posts (and if you haven’t now would be a great time!), my love for the game of baseball is well documented. Wrestling may shock some. And here’s the real shocker: it…

Old and New Loves?

“Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.” ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha Believe it or not, this blog is not my first attempt at being published. To this day, I have always had two true sporting loves: baseball, and track & field. My love for baseball is well documented with this…

Tebow Mania: It’s real, I was there!

Last month I had a chance to experience “Tebow Mania” first hand. I had heard the stories, read the articles. But really, could ONE guy, who ended the season hitting a combined .226/.309/.347 really have the effect that everyone said he had? I have to say, emphatically, yes! I decided last minute to see Tim…

Brooklyn Baseball and Coney Island – Winning Combination

Unlike my drive to NY last weekend, this will be a somewhat abbreviated post. Why, you ask? Well, when I left the friendly confines of Fairfax, VA on Saturday, Google Maps said it was a 4:24 drive to the Cyclones. Plenty of time, I thought. I was leaving at noon, so I figured I would…

Canines and Crustaceans: An Evening With the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

“Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp…

Having a blast in Binghamton

“Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!!!!”  (oh wait, I think that’s copy written, never mind…” After the 2016 season, Binghamton decided it was time for a change. Since minor league baseball came to Binghamton in 1992, the team was always known as the Mets. They held a contest for a new name (thankfully Pony McPon Face…

A Wet Night in Woodbridge on Mighty Ducks Night

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the stands (for it is in Woodbridge, VA that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps…

Daytona Tortugas: Art class, class organization!

I am actually surprised at how difficult it has been to get this blog published. Normally after a game Saturday night, I will either drive home if it’s under 4 hours from home, or spend the night, get home at a decent time Sunday, and bang out the blog by Sunday evening. In the case…

Summertime and “the living is easy in The Big Easy”

“Unexpected pleasures are sprinkled throughout life to give it a little extra flavor.” Susan Gale Last week, we were in New Orleans, experiencing all the sites and sounds of the Big Easy, not even thinking about baseball. Walks in the French Quarter, beignets at Cafe du Monde, walking around Lafayette Cemetery, listening to jazz at…