Thursday, April 30, 2015

Because A Vision Softly Creeping: The Baltimore Orioles, The Chicago White Sox, and the Hollowed Hall of Camden Yards

The crack of the bat. The whip of a pitch into the catcher's mitt. These are the common sounds of a ballgame romanticized for over a century. The purity of these noises is always sullied by the third and most obvious sound of a ball park- the roar of the crowd. Thursday afternoon, there was no crowd. There was no beer vendor bellowing out whatever overpriced lager he happens to carry. There were no aromas of hot dogs, popcorn or peanuts. But there was a game. The Chicago White Sox visited the Baltimore Orioles amid civil unrest following the death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of the Baltimore police. Major League Baseball needed for the game to be played, and the best option for player and public safety was for the contest to go on in front of a completely empty house. For the first time at baseball's highest level, no fans would be allowed in to the ballpark.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Right Where We Left Off: The Open Book of Opening Day

Stories never truly begin. Any tale of merit is an extension and convergence of plot lines months, years, decades in the making. So goes the baseball season. Sunday night, the 2015 season will begin under the unconventional lights of Wrigley Field. Over the subsequent seven months, the same game that has been played professionally nearly 150 years will ebb with the tide of America's infatuation with relaxing summer days and communal activity. New story lines and surprises will appear almost daily. Underdogs will rise and favorites will crumble. Ultimately only one team can win the final game of the year. Last October, the San Francisco Giants survived the Kansas City Royals in a seven game classic after a wild postseason. There isn't a soul alive who can look you in the eye and say in all truth that they could foretell that match-up before the season started. So here we are again with a clean slate, another summer of possibility and hope.

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...