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Entries Tagged as 'Baseball'

The Angels (!) and Signing the Japanese Babe Ruth

December 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

The story of Shohei Ohtani just got a bit more fantastical. The 23-year-old Japanese star who seems to be channeling the spirit of Babe Ruth with his demonstrated star quality as both a pitcher and hitter, has signed with a Major League Baseball team. And it is not the New York Yankees or Boston Red […]

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Playing Catch in France

November 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, France

While packing to move to France, I came across an ancient and tiny baseball glove. An American going abroad … can he really leave behind a baseball glove? (Even one that is not his own?) No. He cannot. There’s going away, and then there is leaving behind an essential part of your cultural patrimony. But […]

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The Baseball Encyclopedia as Doorstop

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Journalism, Newspapers, Sports Journalism

  The wind blows sometimes, here in the south of France. In the summer, that can pose problems with slamming doors, because we like to keep the windows open throughout the season, when it can be a bit warm. And gusty. Thus, we prop open the doors with compact and heavy things lying about. An […]

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A Memorable, 18-Day Iberian Road Trip

November 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Baseball, Dodgers, Sports Journalism, tourism, Travel

(Above: A statue to a bullfighter, in Seville.) Passing references have been made on this site to our tour of the Iberian Peninsula. Normally, more of that would have appeared here, as we went along, but the Dodgers were in a seven-game World Series — which vied for attention on this blog — originally intended […]

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Dodgers’ World Series Defeat: Two Main Factors

November 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Did the usual thing. Asleep around midnight Central European time, “called” to wake up around 4 a.m., and this time around I saw the final innings of Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. Won, sigh, by the Houston Astros. It was the bottom of the eighth when I checked in from a hotel room […]

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Failing to Take into Account the Fall Classic

October 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers, tourism, Travel

I can’t adequately explain how this happened. A couple of months ago, we finalized a commitment to an 18-day trip to and through Spain and Portugal. Not a crazy idea, considering we are already close to the former, which is attached to the latter. Also, not crazy considering that 1) we have spent little time […]

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Alas, No Series-Influencing Powers, After All

October 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

I woke at 5 a.m., in Portugal, and instead of the Dodgers and Astros being done for the evening, back there in Central Daylight Time USA, the teams were tied at 12-12 going into the top of the 10th. Perfect timing for my mental energy — explained and celebrated in yesterday’s post — to push […]

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Adding a Tiny Portion of Juju to Blue Crew Cause

October 28th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Dodgers

“Juju” is a noun with two definitions, according to Merriam-Webster. 1: a fetish, charm, or amulet of West African peoples 2: the magic attributed to or associated with juju I do not have a fetish, charm or amulet, but like many sports fans, I have a sneaking feeling that I can influence, by my attentions […]

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Yu Darvish and Unrealistic Expectations

October 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

The Dodgers can’t have expected Yu Darvish to throttle the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the World Series. Well, maybe they did, given his solid performances in his first two outings of the postseason. But Yu has been fairly consistently inconsistent for the past two seasons — or since returning from more than a […]

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I Hate Today’s Cheap and Easy Home Runs

October 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

In 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were “saving” baseball by pursuing the 37-year-old record for home runs in a season, set by Roger Maris, the sports apparel company Nike came up with an ad campaign based on one sentence: “Chicks dig the long ball.” (Video of that spot, which actually features pitchers Mike […]

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