The November 18th All-Stars


As a child growing up rooting for the Mets, I knew that Dwight Gooden (then Mets’ ace and arguably the 2nd-greatest Met of all time) celebrated his birthday on November 16 and the all-time greatest Met, The Franchise, Tom Seaver, celebrated his birthday on November 17.  With my birthday on November 18, I was a…

MLB Postseason Preferences and Predictions


The Major League Baseball playoffs begin tonight and as I’ve done in previous years, I’d like to offer my opinions on which teams I would like to succeed and which teams I expect will actually win. This is an interesting year in that both of my favorite teams – the New York Mets and the…

Book Review: The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W. P. Kinsella


Author: W. P. Kinsella Title: The Iowa Baseball Confederacy Narrator: Tom Parker Publication Info: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2014] Summary/Review: I’d been meaning to reread this book, one that became one of my favorites of all time when I first read it in a high school, and with the recent death of W.P. Kinsella, this…

Remembering W.P.Kinsella


The Canadian author W.P. Kinsella died on Friday, September 16.  H’es most famous for the novel Shoeless Joe which was adapted into the film Field of Dreams.  From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, if you’d asked me my favorite author, I would’ve said Kinsella.  It’s been a long while since I read a Kinsella…

Photopost: Farewell Summer, Farewell Papi


The kids & I visited Fenway Park on Tuesday night, taking advantage of their free Kid Nation tickets on Xander Bogaerts bobblehead night.  This was our last Red Sox game of the season and thus most likely the last time we ever saw David Ortiz play in person.  Sadly, it was not a great game…

Book Review: Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park


Author: Linda Sue Park Title: Keeping Score Publication Info: New York : Clarion Books, c2008. Summary/Review: This brilliant children’s novel is set in Brooklyn in the 1950s, the golden age of New York City baseball. Young Maggie, a devoted Dodgers fans, listens to games with the firefighters at the local station, until one day a new guy…

Photopost: Baseball, Rainbows, & Fireworks


On Saturday, my family spent 7 hours at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI and we didn’t even see a baseball game!  We started with a free on-field clinic for the kids with PawSox coaches and players as instructors.  Then we settled onto a blanket on the grassy berm in centerfield and waited for the game…

Book Review: The Philly Fake by David A. Kelly


Author: David A. Kelly Title: The Philly Fake Publication Info: Random House Books for Young Readers (2014) Summary/Review: This is a book in my son’s favorite “Ballpark Mystery Series.”  Set at the Philadelphia Phillies ballpark, it’s a mystery that involves the Philly Phanatic and an evil Ben Franklin.  Lots of fun Philly “Spirit of ’76” activities mixed…

Patriots Day Weekend 2016


Patriots Day is my absolute favorite holiday and it’s too bad it’s not celebrated nationwide.  On Sunday we went to Fenway Park for the first time this season. Since Kay is now 4 we got a package for the whole family. She was excited and cheered a lot holding a banner from the Kid Nation…

Movie Review: 42 (2013)


Title: 42 Release Date: 2013 Director:  Brian Helgeland Summary/Review: This straightforward biopic documents Jackie Robinson’s first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers when he became the first black player to break through the color barrier in Major League Baseball.  It suffers from an excess of Hollywood dramatic moments, but mostly it’s true to life in showing…

Book Review: Bambino by Tom Bruno


Author: Tom Bruno Title: Bambino Publication Info: Amazon Digital Services LLC, 2012 Summary/Review: The Curse of the Bambino is noted throughout New England as a reason why the Red Sox failed to win the World Series for 85 years.  But what if it was a literal curse cast by a demon who took the form of Babe…

Movie Review: A League of Their Own (1992)


Title:  A League of Their Own Release Date: 1992 Director:  Penny Marshall Summary/Review: I can scratch this off the list of movies I never got around to seeing.  This highly-fictionalized movie tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League started during World War II.  It’s a generally entertaining account of an overlooked time in sports…

The Designated Hitter in Major League Baseball: A Solution 


Recently, there’s been discussion in Major League Baseball about expanding the Designated Hitter rule to the National League. The DH has been the subject of endless debate and speculation since it was introduced as an experiment to in the American League in 1973. While the AL adopted the DH rule permanently, the NL has resisted…

Major League Baseball Postseason Preferences & Predictions


Baseball’s postseason starts tonight, and so I’m going to run through which teams I want to win and which teams I will expect to win (likely not the same teams, as I do root for underdogs, but know that they rarely win). Preferences Wild Card Round Yankees vs. Astros – I’m tired of seeing the…

Photopost: Portland Sea Dogs


On our way home from a family camping trip in Freeport, ME, we stopped in Portland to take in a Sea Dogs baseball game. The Sea Dogs are the Double A affiliate of the Red Sox who play in the Eastern League.  This was our first game at Portland’s Hadlock Field, and we’ve now been to…

Movie Review: 30 For 30: “The Day The Series Stopped” (2014)


Title: 30 for 30: “The Day The Series Stopped” Release Date: 12 October 2014 Director: Ryan Fleck Production Co: Electric City Entertainment Country: United States Language: English Genre: Documentary | Sports Rating: *** Review: The ESPN 30 for 30 documentary series takes us back to October 1989 when the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and…

Book Review: Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry


Author: Dan Barry Title: Bottom of the 33rd Narrator: Dan Barry Publication Info: [New York] : Harper Audio, 2011. Summary/Review: I’ve long been aware that Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium hosted the longest professional baseball game in history, a 33-inning affair between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in 1981.  I knew that the game featured two…