This day started like any random off day for the Cubs. At least, during the tail end of the school year, when I long for summer and want all the kids to just do their work, get their final grades, and leave me alone for a month so I can Continue reading Coping With Loss
The holidays have been relatively boring in the baseball world, so we continue to wait to see what teams like our Chicago Cubs will do to prepare for 2018. In the meantime, the indispensable Ryan Thibodaux has continued his holiday tradition of tallying public Baseball Hall of Fame ballots from Continue reading The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Voting
I’m sure you’ve seen the snippets of Grandpa David Ross dancing his tail off during Chicago Cubs rain delays or just channel surfing on Monday nights. You might also have known that somehow, through sheer will, tons of infectious fun, and the good will of Cubs fans and assorted voters, Continue reading Grandpa Rossy’s Dance Tour
February 20th marks a seminal moment in television history. As the best baseball themed episode, and easy top 20 all- time episode*, of the Simpsons debuted tonight twenty-five years ago. There is no better tribute than watching the episode again either through SimpsonsWorld or your DVD collection (what you don’t have Continue reading The Real Mr. Burns Softball Team 25th Anniversary Roster Update
On this long President’s Day weekend, in the midst of Black History Month, we once again find that February is broken. While the Chicago Cubs were rained out of their full outdoor activities down in Mesa (seriously, Arizona, get it together…but hey, cacti and desert animals need rain, too!), it Continue reading Those Days When You Just Can’t “Stick To Sports”
File this one under: Adorable. The South Bend Cubs recently unveiled a new program called the Silver Sluggers Program. Geared towards older adults, the baby Cubs organization buy into the research that social interaction can help seniors with their mental health as well as their physical health. Russell Andrews. Dedicated Continue reading South Bend Cubs: How cute is this?
As you know, MLB has rewritten some of the baserunning rules that govern slides into second base (although they could have just enforced the existing rule, pay attention to the wording of Rule 7.08b) in an effort to protect vulnerable middle infielders. In response, the Cubs coaches have emphasized fundamentals Continue reading Slide Rules
(UPDATE 4/21/16: I wrote this in February, but this has become more relevant with recent Heyward BFIB story from the New York Daily News and subsequent stories from the Cardinals Double Birds Blog & NBC’s Hardball Talk) The Best Fans in Baseball (BFIB). It’s a term that will light up the Continue reading META: How the BFIB Caused Me an Existential Crisis.
One thing I’ve always been a proponent of is making baseball more attractive and accessible to everyone. Whenever I announce baseball tryouts or conditioning drills at morning assembly, I always drop in a line about how baseball players are less likely to have their brains turned into chowder. It riles Continue reading Choose Baseball