Category Archives: baseball

RIP Harmon Killebrew and other topics

The blogger returns after a few weeks’ absence and I hope to be rolling out a couple of posts over the next several days. I’m now writing some baseball pieces for the website, and will repost or link to … Continue reading

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The rehabilitation of Jake Peavy

When a minor league baseball team gets to borrow a major leaguer for a while, it’s a pretty big deal. It’s always been fun to cover the occasional minor league rehab assignment (or is it major league rehab? I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Baseball again

To borrow and paraphrase an opening from Norman Mailer, greetings to Ernie Banks across vales of karma. We’re playing two here on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, S.C., as the 2011 Charlotte Knights baseball season … Continue reading

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An all-too-human hero

I didn’t realize it until I read this post on another blog, but New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle died 15 years ago today. (Feel free to click on the above link to Florida writer Kenn Shapiro’s story of his … Continue reading

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The Strasburg effect

If only he hadn’t been quite so good, I might be watching Stephen Strasburg pitch in person tomorrow. Strasburg, of course, is the hard-throwing rookie pitcher for the Washington Nationals, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 Major League … Continue reading

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Late innings

Somebody up there must know that I don’t have a lot of baseball left to cover this season, because I got an extra helping last night. The first five innings of the Charlotte Knights’ game against the Gwinnett Braves last … Continue reading

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Baseball, fireworks and the American way of life

In almost all of the past 15 years, I’ve finished up the Fourth of July at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill covering a baseball game. (I’ve always wondered how the Charlotte Knights manage to get the July 4 home game … Continue reading

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Reporter’s notebook, June 19

“This ain’t football. We do this every day.” So said the legendary Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver, and the point was that — unlike the big-event atmosphere of an NFL schedule, with just 16 chances to get it right — … Continue reading

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Bidding John Updike adieu

The author John Updike died yesterday at age 76 and I immediately thought of the Boston Red Sox. Let me walk you through it. Updike was one of America’s greatest men of letters in the second half of the 20th … Continue reading

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A baseball note

The sports weekend on TV has been filled with college basketball and NFL football. (My assignment covering the Queens-Limestone game last night saved me from having to watch the Panthers’ playoff debacle against Arizona.) But earlier today I was going … Continue reading

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