Thursday, June 26, 2014

In Pursuit of Johnny: Clayton Edward Kershaw and Baseball's Unbreakable Record

Since 1875, there have been nearly three hundred no-hitters in Major League Baseball. Only once has a man followed up a no-hit performance by achieving the feat again. In mid-June 1938, Johnny Vander Meer held the Boston Bees and Brooklyn Dodgers hitless within a five day span. No-hitters are common, especially in recent years, which is why I love the next start so much. Vander Meer's name gets dropped before every broadcast, and once the opposition hits safely, the record is confirmed. Last year, I wrote a dual-story on Tim Lincecum's no-hitter and the game that followed. On June 18, 2014, Clayton Kershaw pitched a no-hitter for the ages. The first such feat to include fifteen strikeouts and no walks. The debate will rage on as to whether that or Kerry Wood's 1998 legendary twenty-strikeout game was better, but I'll leave that for another day. The real story, for me at least, is the game that took place on Tuesday night in Kansas City, when Kershaw became the most recent man to challenge Vander Meer's immortal record.

Monday, June 23, 2014

An Average Game for the Ages: The Chicago White Sox, the Detroit Tigers, and the Night I Took My Father to a Baseball Game

Baseball is romanticized as a pastoral game spanning generations, handed down in a manner rivaling any convention in our nation's fabric. With that, comes the clear development of the father and son relationship with baseball. While surely I would be mistaken to disregard my mother's love for baseball as well, this instance revolves around Father's Day 2014. On a night when a Cy Young Award winner would do something he had never done, the most unforgettable part of June 12 would center around my time with a sixty-one year old man with whom I share a name.

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...