La Russa opens Hall of Fame Pandora’s Box

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

In all their cleverness, the Baseball Writers Association of America attempted an end run around the steroid era last week when it announced the timeframe of eligibility onĀ the Hall of Fame ballot would be shortened from 15 years to 10. But in itsĀ infinite stupidity, the BBWAA actually left the flank ...

Gary Carter Dies: Au Revoir, Kid

Friday, February 17th, 2012

It seems odd now that when I was a kid, I didn't actually like "The Kid." But Gary Carter was a Met. That meant he was pretty much always beating the Cubs, and then smiling about it the whole damn time. More than anything on the field, it was that smile ...

Better Late Than Never For Santo

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

It's just been one of those years. My favorite football team's biggest rival won the Super Bowl and still hasn't lost a game in 2011. My favorite baseball team's biggest rival won the World Series. Both got into the playoffs thanks to wins over that rival in the final week of ...

Jim Thome Blasts 600th Home Run

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

World's Greatest Living Peorian Jim Thome (apologies to Joe Girardi) moved up in baseball's record books on Monday night by becoming the eighth player in big-league history to hit his 600th career home run. There will be no HBO special to capture the chase to this accomplishment (as far as ...

Hall Of Fame Hawk

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The debate is over. After nine tries, Andre Dawson finally took his rightful place in Cooperstown on Sunday. There's all the stats you know about -- an eight-time All-Star with 2,774 hits and 1,591 RBIs, plus one of only three men with 400 homers and 300 stolen bases -- but did ...

Rube Rules My Trip To Cooperstown

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I will have a much longer, much more insufferable post on the trip I took to Cooperstown sometime after the weekend but I just had to post this one picture that pretty much defined my trip. I've never been accused of being a sentimental guy, but when I finally found ...

Hold Your Horses, Curt

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The thing I love about Curt Schilling is that he has lived up to his name better than any ballplayer since Home Run Baker. (I can't speak to how well Zip Zabel lived up to his name). If there's one thing Curt can do even better than pitching, it's shilling. And ...