Posts Tagged ‘ baseball ’

nashville love

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i’m in love with my city.  no apologies.  i realize there’s a whole other world out there, but i can visit that world on weekends and vacations.  i’m glad to see nashville’s own imogene + willie loves this city as much as i do.  they’ve recently added a nashville ball cap – celebrating nashville’s baseball history – and a limited edition t-shirt featuring the words – you guessed it – “nashville” on it.  i promise not to wear both at the same time.

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bad news: the t-shirt is sold out, but it’s still great to look at.  fingers crossed they’ll make some more.

jackie robinson off the field

april 15th is one of my favorite days in all of sports.  it’s jackie robinson day.  on april 15th, 1947 jackie robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball by becoming the first african american to play in the major leagues since it was segregated in 1889.  his efforts and determination both on and off the field were seen as one of the major steps in the civil rights revolution.  every year on this day, major league ballplayers wear #42 to honor jackie.  we’ve all seen pictures of him wearing his brooklyn dodgers uniform, but i thought it’d be cool to take a look at how he dressed when he wasn’t playing baseball.

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catching hell

espn does a great job with their documentaries.  the 30 for 30 series is one of the best.  when i saw the trailer for catching hell, i made sure my dvr was set for record.  i watched it last night.  i am so thankful alex gibney made this movie.  poor steve bartman and poor chicago cubs.

if you don’t know the story, let me give you a quick summary: in the 2003 national league champion series between the marlins and the cubs, a cubs fan named steve bartman interfered with a catchable foul ball that led to a complete cubs meltdown.  the cubs went on to lose the nlcs and the world series drought continued.  fans blamed bartman for the collapse.

gibney does a great job taking the documentary from the curse of the billy goat to bill buckner’s missed groundball in the 1986 world series to steve bartman’s fan interference.  he interviews those that were in the stands around bartman as well as baseball announcer steve lyons who called the game and moises alou who almost makes the catch.

if you’re a baseball fan, it’s a must watch.  if you’re not a baseball fan, there’s something there for you too.  it’s an interesting study on being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  if that ball was hit a foot to the left, the documentary might have been about someone else.  instead cubs fans are left blaming bartman for crushing their hopes and dreams.

the old ball game


my wife and i drove up to cincinnati yesterday to watch the reds play the cardinals.  i haven’t been to a major league baseball park since the season they closed down the old yankee stadium.  there’s nothing quite like a baseball game to make you feel like a kid again.  we sat behind a father and his two boys.  he did his best to keep their attention by explaining the rules of the game as they happened, but i believe they were more interested in the snacks.  with the reds down 1 run in the bottom of the sixth, he looked at his kids and said, “this is our inning boys.”  sure enough, the reds tied it up after a controversial play at 2nd and then scored the game winning run in the seventh.  it was a great way to spend a sunday.  next summer, i’m going to pick 5 ball parks i’ve never been to and spend a few more sundays pretending like i’m 10 again.  after all, it is our national pastime.

opening day first pitch

today is opening day of the 2011 baseball season.  i’m a huge baseball fan.  i might have mentioned that last september when i started this blog.  one of the traditions i love about the game is the presidential first pitch on opening day.  it was started by taft 101 years ago.  unfortunately, i just read that obama will not be on the mound today.  kind of a bummer, but check out the full post for more pictures of presidential pitches.  one thing you’ll notice about these pictures is that people used to dress up for games.  i wish we’d go back to that, but i guess sweatpants and tank tops are much more comfortable.   Continue reading

the tenth inning

the tenth inning is a new documentary from documentarian/historian ken burns.  if you’ve seen his documentary on the civil war then you know exactly what to expect.  when it ended the other night, i wanted more.  it reminded me of my youth and that made me incredibly happy.

in my 29 years, baseball has been a pretty big part of my life.  i grew up being able name every player on every team.  i obsessed over it.  i played it (although i wasn’t very good).  when the strike happened, i didn’t understand it.  i thought how in world could these players be complaining over making millions of dollars, so i turned my back on baseball.  it took almost 7 years for me to accept it again.

the tenth inning tells baseball’s history from the 1990’s to now.  it’s an incredible piece of film making.  i watched last night like a 10 year watching his favorite team play in the world series.  i couldn’t help but sit there and think one day i’m going to share this with my boy and tell him everything i remember about this period – from strikes to steroids to 9/11.

if you get a chance to check it out, do so.  i recorded both parts and am planning on watching them again tonight.  baseball might not be america’s favorite past time now, but it will always be an important part of our history.  it’s a shame we don’t recognize that more.