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)…

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…

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…

Lake County Captains Don’t Disappoint!

I made a nearly last minute decision to take a trip to Eastlake, OH (just outside of Cleveland) to see the Lake County Captains of the Midwest League take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods. To be honest, I knew nothing about either team, other than the Captains are one of three Single A farm…

Durham Bulls: Baseball, BBQ, and Beer

Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry! Larry: Lollygaggers! Skip: Lollygaggers. “Bull Durham” 1988 Just as a preface, I did not see Ebby Calvin, Crash, Annie, or any intentional beanings…

A Split Obsession

Warning: this post may contain graphic images of me running. Proceed with caution, and certainly not on a full stomach. Last month I joined a gym. Again. I used to be a runner. Not a fast one, mind you, but I’ve been one since middle school. I ran track and cross country in middle and…

A Suite Ending in St. Pete

As the baseball season headed into September, I was a bit melancholy about the end of the season. As most readers know, my blog primarily focuses on first time trips to minor league ballparks, with a few visits to major league parks thrown in. The minor league regular season wraps up around Labor Day weekend,…

Red Sox of the South

Red Sox…. Fenway Park…. Green Monster…. and deep fried oreos? Is this a cross up in the space-time continuum? Nope, it must be Salem, Virginia and home of the Salem Red Sox! While I have yet to see a Red Sox game in Fenway Park (I did get to experience playoff action against the Yankees…