In ancient times, the baseball off-season was a yawning, aching void; a prolonged and dreary hibernation occasionally spiced with summer dreams. In todayâ€™s brave new baseball world it is legitimate to ask whether â€” in terms of drama, competitive... Read more
Some things to wonder about as we count the hours to opening day, even if the occasion is possessed of rather less mystical fancy than was the case before we discovered the modern boys of summer have lumpy feet of clay.
But not Curt Schilling.... Read more
At the considerable risk of sounding like a broken record, here are some idle musings on the 'madness' while waiting for it to pass. I'll say this much for it. The stuff is well-named.
And it needs to be further admitted â€” painful or otherwise... Read more
More notes from the Florida spring baseball camps where it is already summertime and the living is mighty easy. Unless you play for either the Red Sox or the Yankees, that is. "C'mon down," as that merry old auto-hustler used to like to say.
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The signs and omens lately have been discouraging, conjuring grisly images of other sags and swoons scattered over the past generation. But be not of faint heart, Bruins legions.
Despite all their stumbling about since Groundhog Day your kids... Read more
Ask any veteran jock journalist to name his or her favorite assignment and the odds are top heavy that the answer will be 'Spring Training.'
We're not talking about the best stories here or the most important news events, let alone the most... Read more
A trio of short subjects for you to consider, quite random and unconnected.
I. Baseball and precedent
When in 1946 the baseball commissioner at the time, wily old Happy Chandler, first informed the major league owners of... Read more
A test column ...
It's only February and pitchers and catchers have just reported but the Conventional Wisdom (CW) has already pronounced the baseball season ruined. It is, of course, entirely the fault of that craven, cheating, wretch Alex Rodriguez. Lynch mobs are... Read more
It used to be back in the days when the world made rather more sense that there was remorse when the baseball season ended with the lament about there being no more games until the swallows also returned presaging a wailing over the onslaught of winter... Read more
Everything, of course, is relative. But rarely has the verdict been so one-sided.
If you are from New England and are devoted to sport, 2007 was a year of wonders. 'Magical' is the gushing term that a couple of local pundits use to describe it... Read more
Some issues to ponder while waiting for the rambling wreck from suburban Foxborough to put the finishing touches on its burgeoning legend.
And if there's one hallowed mark beyond the reach of Merciful Bill Belichick and his jolly record-busting... Read more
Christmas may come only once a year for the rank and file. But if you're a sufficiently fanatic and fully invested citizen of all three of our jock nations then every day is a Holiday. If you're from New England and Boston's your Hub, it's the sports... Read more