February 14, 2013 |
BASEBALL CARDS are awesome - and not just because of the sound they make when flapping against bicycle spokes. They have all sorts of information. The player's height, weight, batting average from 5 years ago - tons of fun stuff. But the jocularity ends when Pete Rose's name comes up. Rob Harris, a Chicago-based writer, noticed the omission of any mention of Rose on the back of Topps' cards from this year. You see, every card has a line indicating how far a player is from a career record.
July 12, 2012 |
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano went 1 for 2 in the All Star Game on Tuesday, fouling out to third in the first inning and singling in the fourth - and setting a record for consecutive days, and volume, of being booed. Seems the fans in Kansas City were unhappy with Cano leaving hometown hero Billy Butler of the Royals off the American League team for the home-run derby, and didn't think it was enough to let him know, often, how displeased they were during the slugging display on Monday.
July 8, 2012
On the surface of it, with both Chase Utley and now Ryan Howard back on the field and Roy Halladay working steadily toward rejoining the rotation, the all-star break should find the Phillies feeling optimistic about their chances for almost the first time this season. The problem is that the Phillies are not on the surface of the National League East, but far beneath it, swimming slowly amid the seaweed like the bottom-feeders they have been. Nothing is more daunting in baseball than its arithmetic, and the reality of being double-digit games out of first place midway through the season, needing a periscope to see one's distant rivals, is hard to ignore.
April 10, 2012 |
If the uniform made the player, instead of vice versa, Aaron Cox could pull on that blue jersey and head straight to the South Jersey baseball Hall of Fame. After all, the last guy before Cox to wear No. 1 for Millville set a South Jersey record with 18 home runs, was a first-round draft choice by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and is widely regarded as one of the best prospects in baseball. But despite his close connection with Mike Trout - the gifted 20-year-old who has spent his first week in triple-A reminding the Angels that he belongs in their big-league outfield - Cox knows he has to wear his friend's old shirt in his own way. On Tuesday, Cox made that locally legendary laundry look as good as ever.
October 30, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - A Game 6 that ranked among baseball's greatest thrillers. A three-homer performance by Albert Pujols that was one of the best hitting shows in postseason history. Ron Washington running in place, Tony La Russa reacting in dismay at a ball that got away. Everyone learning how to chant "Nap-Oh-Lee!" Oh, and a Rally Squirrel on the scoreboard and a telephone mix-up in the bullpen. "I told you it was going to be a great Series - and it was," Texas slugger Josh Hamilton said.
April 8, 2011
By Drew Faust Hope springs eternal, and spring brings hope eternal - for renewal and rebirth, but also for pennants and championships. "Next year" has come at last, with its sense of infinite possibility. No wonder we love baseball. It's so congruent with the seasons, rhythms, and aspirations that shape our lives. My particular path to baseball fandom had some other influences as well. I was first attracted to the game as a child growing up in rural Virginia, 60 miles west of Washington and its legendary - for their unrivaled losing record - Washington Senators.
March 1, 2011 |
This will get him in trouble Boston manager Terry Francona must not have gotten the memo about taking concussions more seriously. Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett showed mild concussion symptoms, according to the team, after he was hit in the back of the head on Monday during batting practice. "I think it hit him in the temple," Francona said. "I bet you it felt like a bolt of lightning. That's not really what you're expecting. It's just a fluke thing. Fortunately, it hit Beckett in the head.
December 15, 2010 |
Guilt's half-life is longer than plutonium's. I know this because 50 years after I tricked my mother into letting me miss school to watch Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, I still feel a need to be punished. The long-suppressed remorse resurfaced recently when film of that memorable game was discovered, and the MLB Network decided it would air the historic game. That telecast, by the way, with Mel Allen and Bob Prince behind the mikes, will be on Wednesday at 8 p.m. While every baseball fan probably has seen footage of a gleeful Bill Mazeroski leaping around the bases after hitting the ultimate dramatic walk-off homer, no one had seen the game in its entirety since the day it was played, Thursday, Oct. 13, 1960.
May 26, 2010 |
There came a point in the career of Phillies player Paul Muller that he'd be "pulling muscles or doing this or doing that," and that's when he became a manager. Never heard of Paul Muller? Well, he wears a Phillies uniform and still takes batting practice when he likes at the Phillies' Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla., hangs out with some of the Phillies Legends, works with the clubhouse staff and trainers, and manages 10 players - for five days each January. Muller, 61, the owner of two Toyota dealerships in the Philadelphia area, is one of 10 baseball fans who is also a camper with the Phillies - in the General Manager division of Phillies Phantasy Camp.
April 1, 2010 |
TATTLE IS SO sick of the Jesse James-Sandra Bullock scandal, which gets more twisted than a pretzel every day, we'd like to take a moment out from our regularly scheduled sleaze for some good news: Jerome Allen has officially been named the head basketball coach at Penn. (See Dick Jerardi's story on Page 54.) Now to the smut. Call the exterminator, the cockroaches are continuing to come out of the woodwork. Tattoo artist Eric McDougall, owner of Ocean Beach Tattoo and Piercing in San Diego, and his receptionist, Skittles Valentine, have decided to tell Life & Style magazine all about the foursome they had with Jesse James and Michelle "Bombshell" McGee last June.