Major League Baseball is failing the Stanford marshmallow experiment yet again; peak winter is choosing to watch one of the dumbest Phillies losses of the season instead of watching someone play a ridiculously difficult video game; does Jesper Horsted regret not sticking to baseball, or is he okay with being a fourth-string tight end for the Bears?
The Bobs help downsize minor league baseball; the importance of baseball in a marriage; finding Marie Kondo-approved joy in “meaningless” games
At least more people now know Yu Darvish is really good on Twitter; the story of a baseball field in Arrey, New Mexico; finding hope in the potentially doomed minor league teams from the Cuban Giants and New York Gothams, who proved you don’t need major league affiliations to survive
On forgetting or not forgetting a past experience at Petco Park; MLB’s plan for 42 minor league teams means they think less baseball is good for baseball?; attending a Rays playoff game alone could be magical
The Uber heckle is still a weird one; an Atlanta fan feels as doomed and defiant as Budd; everyone should wear fun socks
Some players don’t have to be told by Ken Griffey Jr. to keep fighting; the Minnesota Twins are Emma Stone in “The Favourite”; ever see an ejected manager leave the field through the center field fence?
I remember an evening in a warm cafe in Toronto, sitting with Ben, a United Church pastor. We had become friends after I persuaded his church to give sanctuary to a refugee named Ibrahim. We didn’t know that a Holocaust survivor lived nearby, and that Ibrahim’s presence near her home triggered old and dreadful fears….
For the first couple of weeks, he tries to learn everyone’s names, from the trio of outfielders who all look alike, young and tanned and hungry, to the seemingly unending stream of guys coming out of the bullpen, a clown car unloading. So many he sorts them into two groups: Beard and No Beard, and…