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-hit … Continue 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. Halloween … Continue 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, professional … Continue 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-shirt … Continue 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

Baseball Night in Aberdeen

Yesterday morning I decided I wanted to go to a baseball game. I’d not been to one in three weeks, work had been overwhelming, and my soul was missing green fields, blue skies, the crack of the bat, the smell of grilling meats. But Harrisburg (first choice) was out of town, York (second choice) was … Continue reading Baseball Night in Aberdeen

Last Night in Stumptown

A clipping from the Stumptown Progressive… The hometown crowd witnessed something they had never before seen — the umpires examining a baseball for scuff marks and paint — when the Lake Wobegon Whippets took on rival Stumptown at Olaf Field Friday night. The drama came in the top of the seventh inning when Whippets second … Continue reading Last Night in Stumptown

Celtic Festivals and Baseball Games

Yesterday I was in Mt. Airy, Maryland for the Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival. I attended two years ago, when it was the Frederick Celtic Festival. Same location — the Mt. Airy Fire Department Fairgrounds — just a slightly more accurate name. Two years ago, a sudden torrential squall developed mid-afternoon, and it was so thoroughly soaking … Continue reading Celtic Festivals and Baseball Games