Book Review: One Pitch Away by Mike Sowell – What Happened During & After the 1986 Baseball Season

Being a New York Mets fan, the 1986 baseball season was the ultimate high in my life. I say that even having had three children, that’s how much of a fanatic I am. However, after the euphoria following the World Series win, I always had moments where I mused over the fate of Bill Buckner.Continue reading “Book Review: One Pitch Away by Mike Sowell – What Happened During & After the 1986 Baseball Season”

2021 Road Trip Day 4: Tinley Park, IL to Waterloo, IA – Geocaching, Star Trek, and Baseball

So many places to see, so little time…. Initially, my outline had me staying in Davenport, IA overnight. I didn’t make it that far, so I still had to get through all of Illinois this morning. I drove pretty much right across the state only stopping in the rest areas. I made it to Moline,Continue reading “2021 Road Trip Day 4: Tinley Park, IL to Waterloo, IA – Geocaching, Star Trek, and Baseball”

Movie Review: A League of Their Own – There’s No Crying In Baseball…..

Written by Kim Wilson, Kelly Candaele, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo MandelDirected by Penny Marshall Having watched movies such as Far From Heaven and Mona Lisa Smile lately, it was very refreshing to pick up the newly released special edition of A League of Their Own. Instead of a film that seems to show how difficultContinue reading “Movie Review: A League of Their Own – There’s No Crying In Baseball…..”

Book Review: The Pitcher’s Mom by Heather Choate Davis

This came up as suggested reading in my Kindle Unlimited account. I was anticipating a story of a mother shadowing her son’s career as a professional baseball player, from the early years playing as a child to the Major Leagues. In a sense, that’s what this is. However, it’s also so much more. Jill isContinue reading “Book Review: The Pitcher’s Mom by Heather Choate Davis”

Movie Review: For Love of the Game – December is a Great Time for a Baseball Movie!

Written by Michael Shaara and Dana StevensDirected by Sam Raimi I’ve been a baseball fan all my life, and a diehard Mets fan all that time. There are few films about baseball that don’t speak to me on some level, and For Love of the Game is no exception. Kevin Costner is Billy Chapel, aContinue reading “Movie Review: For Love of the Game – December is a Great Time for a Baseball Movie!”

Book Review – Doc: A Memoir by Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican

I’ve been a Mets fan as long as I can remember. I have a vague memory of watching a baseball game very young, on my parents’ black and white television in the living room of our house. I’m fairly certain that was one of the 1969 World Series games. How that was on our television,Continue reading “Book Review – Doc: A Memoir by Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican”

Tom Seaver 1944-2020

Our heroes are slowly dying. I guess I’m at that age where that’s starting to happen. There have been a few deaths over the years that have left me stunned; people who have left us “before their time.” Now it’s time to acknowledge that I’m going to be seeing a lot of my heroes departingContinue reading “Tom Seaver 1944-2020”

Corona Virus Diaries – July 24, 2020

We had our first Corona Virus death in the county on Wednesday. All we know was it was a male under 60 years old and not connected to a nursing home. Our total number of cases is up to 77. That’s up almost 30 in less than a month – the effect of everything “openingContinue reading “Corona Virus Diaries – July 24, 2020”

Musings for a Hot Afternoon: Sunday, July 19, 2020

We have a heat advisory here in the mountains – something that doesn’t happen too often. It’s 93°F here right now with only 43% humidity, so it actually doesn’t feel to bad to be in the house with the fans going. It won’t get out of the 70’s overnight, so the air conditioning is onContinue reading “Musings for a Hot Afternoon: Sunday, July 19, 2020”

Ken Burns’ Baseball: We Need a Few More Volumes Now

It’s been a tradition in my house that every year as spring training begins, I break out the Ken Burns documentary, Baseball. I owned it on VHS, then on DVD. Now it’s available streaming. I just wished he had added more volumes with everything that’s gone on since this was first put together. The DVDContinue reading “Ken Burns’ Baseball: We Need a Few More Volumes Now”