Countdown to Spring Training – 11 Days

I’ll take Idioms for $100, Alex. This phrase sums up the timing of the All Things Ed blog post on the number of days until pitchers and catchers report. It’s also a summary of his high school track career. What is “a day late and a dollar short?” Winner! My apologies for being late on…

Countdown to Spring Training – 12 days

Just 12 short days until pitchers and catchers report. I feel sorry for reporters and media who cover baseball. They do a thankless job to bring us fans all the latest, every day, without fail, going to great lengths to cover stories. MLB Network reporter Anthony French filed this disturbing tweet from Lakeland, FL yesterday:…

Countdown to Spring Training – 13 Days

Thirteen days until pitchers and catchers report. Lucky 13! A baker’s dozen of days left. And one degree warmer than it was this morning when I walked out to my car. Spring training cannot come fast enough! Just two players today on this abbreviated post, but they are good ones. Sure, others have graced us…

Countdown to Spring Training – 14 Days

Just two weeks until pitchers and cathers report. A mere 14 days. Unlike yesterday’s post with just one player, today we’ll be looking at a few players. It’s always fun digging into my box of baseball cards. I have each team in there own sealed plastic bag, then arranged by year in each bag. I…

Countdown to Spring Training – 15 Days

It is with great pride that I announce that Thurman Munson is today’s honoree in the Countdown to Spring Training. Munson proudly wore number 15 for the New York Yankees for 11 seasons, and is honored not only for the statistics that he compiled during his shortened career with the Bronx Bombers, but the great…

Countdown to Spring Training – 16 Days

Two words. That’s all you need. Just two words: Bo knows. Most readers know all about Jackson. For the uninitiated who never saw him play, he was an electrifying player to watch, and he combined power and speed. He was the first player ever to be named an All Star in two professional leagues (NFL,…

Countdown to Spring Training – 17 days

We are down to 17 days before pitchers and catchers report. We are getting close!! A friend of mine the other day asked me why pitchers and catchers report early. I was going to joke and say that pitchers aren’t real athletes. But I didn’t want to offend anyone with that. Seriously, I did wonder…

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…

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…