Tuesday, December 10, 2013

One Fair Night in October: Harry Leroy Halladay, Christopher John Carpenter, and the Great Duel of Our Time

As it goes so often in the game of baseball, dominant pitching tends to be much like a fistful of matchsticks. New power arms present themselves as a long-lasting sources of heat, but inevitably flame out twice as fast as they came. There are exceptions, however. In the mid-nineteen-nineties, the Toronto Blue Jays drafted a pair of right-handed pitchers straight out of high school. In 1993, it was Chris Carpenter. Two years later, Roy Halladay would join the Toronto organization. While fate would draw both men from their Canadian beginnings to separate ends, the friendship that was planted as Blue Jays grew through the years. As both men announced their retirement this offseason, their remarkably impressive careers are presented as Hall of Fame applications. Though the many awards and accomplishments will come to define their careers, it was one cool night in early October 2011 that will linger on long after the bronze has tarnished.

Carpe Noctem: The Geoff Blum Story

A baseball season can seem so long that a single plate appearance can seem largely insignificant. As summer's long days turn cold and th...