May 20, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - As long as there are 8-year-olds, there will be baseball. Bud Selig has produced revenue-sharing and value-escalation. He deserves much credit. The mothers of this country have produced a never-ending supply of baseball customers. They deserve more. Once upon a time - Sunday, actually - a grandfather accompanied his 8-year-old grandson to a major league baseball game. His granddaughter was there too, but she had a friend with her. If you are a 10-year-old girl, you cannot be seen in public at a baseball game with your grandpa and little brother without a friend along.
April 17, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. reveal their favorite baseball singing traditions. Feel free to share yours in the comment section. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times I'm old-school, so my favorite singing tradition at baseball games is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. It reminds me of going to games when I was a kid and, more important, of singing it with my son when he was young. Just don't ask me to sing it now. You'll wind up hating the song forever But in the non-traditional song category I have to go with "Sweet Caroline.
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April 7, 2013 |
The Padres and Angels are home this week. Pitchers will pitch and hitters will hit at the home openers Tuesday and the rest of the week. But what fans in San Diego and Anaheim will not see are the flyovers of military planes that have become a tradition at outdoor sporting events. The Department of Defense has banned aerial demonstrations, including flyovers, due to the budget cutbacks called sequestration. "We'll continue to focus our use of current funds on ensuring Marines are equipped and trained to fight wherever and whenever called to," said a spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego.
March 5, 2013 |
Scheduling the month of October is going to get a lot easier for the folks at Fox. For years, Fox has had to uproot its October schedule because of postseason baseball. That often meant shows that premiered in September suddenly went missing for a few weeks because of playoffs and the World Series. Although baseball is a good promotional platform, it could also be a momentum killer for a new show trying to build an audience. But starting in 2014, Fox's baseball headaches will be greatly reduced.
January 10, 2013 |
No living players will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, a decision that baseball great Pete Rose said is "kind of sad. " In an interview with Fox News, Rose lamented the first shutout since 1996. "There's a lot of great players that were on the ballot. And Craig Biggio, the first player on the first ballot since 1945 with 3,000 hits not to make the Hall of Fame. Of course, I believe that Mike Piazza is probably the greatest offensive catcher in the history of baseball, only got over 50%. Johnny Bench is the best catcher in the history of baseball, but Piazza has all the record for catchers as far as offensively.
October 11, 2012 |
I'm playing hooky. It's Thursday around noon, and a column is due, but it's 1970 and I'm playing hooky. I'm watching baseball. Gloriously sunny, rapturously dramatic, midweek playoff baseball. I'm sitting in my living room in the middle of the day watching the San Francisco Giants playing in the divisional series in Cincinnati, right down the road from the Louisville, Ky., classroom where I once played baseball hooky on a playground. Kids get tired of hearing these stories, but they really happened.
October 7, 2012 |
If there's anything more American than a college football game, it's the marching band's halftime show. Baseball games don't have it. Pro football games rarely have it. Hockey games definitely don't have it. It's a beloved oddity of tuba-flavored Americana jammed halfway between four quarters of watching giant men batter one another. And despite the brutality of American football - where the athletes get bigger and faster every year and careers are brutish and short - marching bands have helped usher nerd culture into the mainstream.
August 14, 2012 |
Monday was the 39th anniversary of my mother's death, a shock I know, because I had one. She never met my kids, and every time I've tried to tell them about her I get the same look as when I ask them to watch a black-and-white movie. (By the way, we have a baseball beat writer at The Times who never heard of Clint Eastwood or Paul Newman . Can you imagine going through life without ever watching "Cool Hand Luke"?) My wife probably remembers my mother the most — for not liking her. The truth is, my mother didn't like any of the girls I dated, and almost all of those girls came to dislike me as well.
June 21, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before finding a new hiding place for my pine tar. The Skinny: I'm hoping Oklahoma City can extend the NBA Finals to at least six games. Thursday's headlines include a look at whether "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" will slay audiences this weekend, a shake-up is in the works at NBC's "Today" and TBS shells out big bucks for reruns of "2 Broke Girls. " Daily Dose: If you thought you might escape the hype for Charlie Sheen's new FX sitcom "Anger Management" by watching the Mets - Yankees games Saturday, think again.
May 31, 2012 |
David Berg appeared in the last 18 baseball games of UCLA's regular season. That kind of streak is nothing special if you're a position player, or filling in as a defensive replacement. But Berg is a relief pitcher — and is a freshman who isn't even on scholarship. "The 18 in a row is staggering to me," he said. Coach John Savage, whose team will play Creighton on Friday night in an NCAA regional opener, calls Berg "a savior. " How Berg became such an invaluable player for a team that was co-champion of the Pac-12 Conference and is seeded No. 2 nationally stems from his decision to change his pitching delivery.