Beisbol!

Minor League Baseball is known for its promotions and its gimmicks, its weird and wild team names and special jersey nights. As a purist, I don’t always like it. I understand it — it’s all about getting fans through the turnstiles and in the seats and finding fun things to attract the crowd — butContinue reading “Beisbol!”

Baseball Night in Lynchburg

Last weekend I visited my parents in Lynchburg, Virginia. This had been in the planning since April, though the reason for the visit was rescheduled to three weeks earlier, which I couldn’t go, but I went anyway, and, when I was there, besides visiting a picturesque cemetery in the mountains, we took in a LynchburgContinue reading “Baseball Night in Lynchburg”

The Daily Cloud: September 4

I genuinely thought about going to Erie, Pennsylvania this weekend. No reason. I could have hit some rock n’ roll shows in Steubenville, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh… Maybe I could have had a pig in competition in the livestock pavilion at the state fair… Listened to Del Paxton’s Time to Blow… Oneders Night! Erie’s favorite one-hitContinue reading “The Daily Cloud: September 4”

The Last Weekend of the Year on the Island

Where has summer gone? It seems like it was only days ago that I attended my first baseball game in a year and a half. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I attended my first baseball game in Lancaster? No. No, it was not. Those were in May and June. Labor Day is next week. HalloweenContinue reading “The Last Weekend of the Year on the Island”

“Lafayette, We Are Here”

Minor league baseball looks very different this year. The reorganization of the leagues, rumored throughout 2019, took effect at the beginning of the year. Teams shifted up and down in levels. Teams from independent leagues were brought into affiliated baseball. Teams that had been part of affiliated baseball for decades no longer had a place.Continue reading ““Lafayette, We Are Here””

Scenes from the Senators’ Opening Night

The last time I was on Harrisburg’s City Island for a baseball game — the fourth and final game of the 2019 Eastern League Division Series between the Harrisburg Senators and the Bowie Baysox — no one had ever heard of COVID-19. And I wasn’t visually impaired. Tuesday night, after something like 612 days, professionalContinue reading “Scenes from the Senators’ Opening Night”

A Loss in the Lynchburg Baseball Community

This came across my Twitter feed late yesterday afternoon: My mom introduced me to Ronnie Roberts two years ago. I’d driven down from Pennsylvania for a Lynchburg Hillcats game — it was Margaritaville Night, and my brother’s company was the night’s t-shirt giveaway sponsor — and at the table where you picked up the t-shirtContinue reading “A Loss in the Lynchburg Baseball Community”

Saving Minor League Baseball: A Manifesto and a Crusade

Last week Baseball America broke the news that MLB is proposing a radical reconfiguration of the minor leagues, eliminating the lower levels of the minors (Short Season and down), replacing them with a quasi-independent league for undrafted players or encouraging contracted teams to reform as college summer wooden bat teams, and realigning the leagues, classifications (ie,Continue reading “Saving Minor League Baseball: A Manifesto and a Crusade”

Lightning Strikes in Bowie

Yesterday afternoon, I left work early and drove down to Bowie to see game 4 of the Eastern League Championship Series between the Bowie Baysox and the Trenton Thunder. Wednesday I toyed with the idea of attending, if there were a game four. Thursday I went back and forth a few times, choosing a seat,Continue reading “Lightning Strikes in Bowie”

Summer’s End in Harrisburg

It was one of those Septembers when it seemed that the summer would never end. Ian Fleming, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service   For the first time since 2013, the Harrisburg Senators were in the Eastern League postseason. In 2013, I attended two postseason games in Harrisburg — the clinching game of the first round,Continue reading “Summer’s End in Harrisburg”