16,573 Miles

I’ve been doing this little blog of mine since the spring of 2015. As we approach the half way mark of the 2016 season, I got to wondering how many miles I have traveled for games since the spring of last year. I am no professional. Not like Ben, who runs Ben’s Biz Blog. He’s…

Lost and Found With the Trenton Thunder

Saturday I ventured up I-95 to Trenton, NJ to visit the Thunder for the first time. I gave myself plenty of time to get there, as Google Maps said it was about a 3:15 drive when I left. Unfortunately, the I-95 corridor in the northeast is as unpredictable as the weather, and I lost an…

More Rickwood Classic

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I thought I would share a few more photos of Rickwood Field and the 2016 Rickwood Classic. Before we get started, I want to give a shout out to the book by Clarence Watkins, “Baseball in Birmingham” for the historic photos. All are duly credited, and I highly…

All Roads Go Through Rickwood Field

Something old, something new. If there’s ever a city that exudes baseball history, it has to Birmingham, AL. Cooperstown, you say? Nobody really ever played in Cooperstown, despite what Henry Chadwick and the Mills Commission said. If you are looking for a living, breathing piece of baseball history, where no less than 113 members of…

You Never Forget Your First Time

Most of my blog posts have centered around going to minor league ballparks that I’ve never been to, and trying to capture the joy that is minor league baseball. Last weekend, though, I had the chance to take my first trip to the promised land, the mecca known as Dodger Stadium. Dodger Stadium is now…

Vin’s Final Season – First Homestand

  A couple of weeks ago I stated my goal this year was to watch every game and hear every call that Vin Scully broadcasts this season, his 67th behind the microphone for the Dodgers. Sadly, just two weeks into the season, I have to back off that goal a bit, and revise it to…

RubberDucks: A rose by any other name

Since their inception in 1980, the franchise now known as the Akron RubberDucks have gone through no less than 6 name and location changes: Lynn (Massachusetts) Sailors, Vermont Reds, Vermont Mariners, Canton-Akron Indians, Akron Aeros, and currently the Akron RubberDucks. They have changed stadiums and affiliations numerous times, most recently moving from Thurmon Munson Memorial…

Vin Scully – Opening Day

My goal this season for this blog is to post on a more consistent basis. Sadly, I’m not off to a great start. My primary focus of this little blog has been attending minor league games and new stadiums, and try to capture the essence of “real baseball, real close.” I was very fortunate last…

In Memoriam – Joe Garagiola

Feeling very nostalgic this evening. Growing up I was not a great little leaguer. My batting average often flirted around the Mendoza line, even before there was such a thing. But the one thing I looked forward to every Saturday was NBC’s “Game of the Week” with Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek. I would scatter…

Revisting Old Friends

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. – Rogers Hornsby Yesterday marked the unofficial first day of baseball season. With the NFL season finally under wraps, we can start prying ourselves away from the hot…

Baseball history in a box

Baseball cards. A lost tradition. I’m not sure exactly when or why I started collecting them. I mean, sure, I played little league, starting in 3rd grade, so 1972, and sure enough, with the exception of a few I have purchased on eBay, that’s when my collection started. My purchases were limited to whenever we…

2015 Superlatives

We all remember our senior year of high school when the superlatives were announced: Most likely to succeed (usually the valedictorian); Most popular (usually a cheerleader); most likely to crash on a bike and require surgery to repair a shattered wrist (usually…. oh wait, that’s me!) Looking very Darth Vadar-ish after my surgery Well, as…