Congrats to Washington

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on winning their first World Series championship in franchise history! That certainly made for a thrilling Game 7.

The Washington Nationals celebrated on the field after clinching the World Series title.

New York Times


Shagging flies

Communication is key when asking someone to help you practice your fielding.

charlie brown baseball flies

Charles Schulz


Quote of the day

It’s really difficult to describe how amazing playing baseball is to those who have never laid hands on ball and bat.

~Steve Mueller

Steve Mueller

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This day in baseball: MVP Jeter

On October 26, 2000, Derek Jeter was named World Series MVP, making him the first player to win both All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP in the same season.  Jeter hit .409 in the World Series that year, including two doubles, a triple, and a couple of home runs to help the Yankees win four games to one over the New York Mets.

Derek Jeter

Wikimedia Commons


“Out of the Game,” by Michael Ceraolo

Here’s another great poem by Michael Ceraolo.  According to the author, this is just one part of what will be a larger collection of work, forthcoming!

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This is a story of baseball:
most here played,
                           though
not all played in the majors;
others of us were involved in the game
in different peripheral ways
Some of us achieved fame
Some achieved shame
Some were between the two extremes
Few of us are remembered nowadays
Some of us stayed in the game in other ways
after our playing days were over,
                                                 and
all of us are out of the game now,
permanently,
                    yet here
we are able to have one more say

This day in baseball: Jackie Robinson passes

Jackie Robinson passed away at the age of 53 on October 24, 1972 as a result of a heart attack.  Robinson’s death came nine days after his appearance at the World Series, where he threw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium.  Robinson died in his home in North Stamford, Connecticut following complications of heart disease and diabetes.

Jackie Robinson


Quote of the day

There’s nothing better than a team that comes out of nowhere and finds themselves in the World Series.

~Tom Glavine

Tom Glavine

National Baseball Hall of Fame


2019 World Series schedule

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Congratulations to the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals on winning their respective pennants and advancing to the World Series!  Here is how this year’s World Series schedule looks to shakeout.  All times are Eastern Time.

Tuesday, Oct. 22
Game 1: Nationals at Houston, 8:08 p.m. on FOX
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Game 2: Nationals at Houston, 8:07 p.m. on FOX
Friday, Oct. 25
Game 3: Astros at Washington, 8:07 p.m. on FOX
Saturday, Oct. 26
Game 4: Astros at Washington, 8:07 p.m. on FOX
Sunday, Oct. 27
Game 5: Astros at Washington, 8:07 p.m. on FOX
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Game 6: Nationals at Houston, 8:07 p.m. on FOX
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Game 7: Nationals at Houston, 8:08 p.m. on FOX


This day in baseball: Klein named MVP

On October 19, 1932, outfielder Chuck Klein became the first Phillie to be named National League MVP when he received all first place votes for the honor.  That season, Klein led the NL in hits (226), runs (152), home runs (38), and stolen bases (20).

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Goudey


Marcie, Peppermint Patty, and baseball caps

In addition to the “Charlie Brown’s All Stars!” episode featured on the DVD, the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Charlie Brown’s All Stars! also includes an “episode” consisting of a string of short clips.  Entitled “A Charlie Brown Celebration,” many of these clips revolve around the kids’ school experiences, and some around events outside of school.  One of these clips was about Peppermint Patty and Marcie having their own baseball-related adventure.

When Peppermint Patty’s team plays Charlie Brown’s team one day, Marcie notes that everyone on Charlie Brown’s team wears a baseball cap.  So why, she asks Peppermint Patty, does their own team not wear baseball caps?

Peppermint Patty is untroubled by the lack of baseball caps for her team, but Marcie decides to take it upon herself to come up with the perfect cap for their team to wear.  While Peppermint Patty insists that winning is better than having caps, Marcie finds or creates a variety of different caps to present as possible team caps, ranging from the impractical to the downright ridiculous.

Finally, Peppermint Patty gives in, and the two see an advertisement for kids to receive a free ball cap when attending the local professional team’s next game.  Peppermint Patty comes up with a scheme to enter the ballpark to receive a free cap, then sneak out by climbing a wall so that she can re-enter to receive another.  The plan was to repeat this until they had accumulated nine baseball caps.

However, in a fit of conscience, Marcie decides that having team caps is not worth doing something unethical.  She leaves the stadium just as Peppermint Patty is climbing the wall out of the ballpark.  With no one to catch her coming down from the wall, Peppermint Patty lands on her head, and she declares that she is glad Marcie had changed her mind because repeating this process nine times likely would have killed her.