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Real Men of Genius: David Wells

August 17, 2007

There comes a point in the lives of most men when they realize they are not going to play professional ball. After reaching this milestone, usually these guys pick up their softball gloves, put on their favorite teams hat and go play in their local beer league. Others may try the world of virtual reality, […]

Boston: City of Champions

August 12, 2007

Yes, this is extremely premature. In fact, it’s the Boston sports fans who are most aware of this fact. However, when your town is home to David Ortiz, Tom Brady, Kevin Garnett, Manny Ramirez, Paul Pierce, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Randy Moss, Ray Allen, Adalius Thomas, Curt Schilling, Bill Belichick, Josh Beckett, Asante Samuel, Jonathan Papelbon, Eric […]

Rick Ankiel Saves the Summer

August 11, 2007

It’s been a Bananarama-esque cruel summer. There’s the horrible Vick dogfighting scandal. (this was actually only “bitter sweet” for me. Granted I love dogs, but any headline that includes the words “Michael Vick” and “Federal Indictment” seems like good clean fun to me.) There was the disturbing Donaghy scandal, which destroyed the semblance of respect […]

Don’t Worry What Ever Your Name Is?

August 9, 2007

(Barry Bonds Being an Asshole after he his record breaking home run) Often times in sports, the greatest moments involve the game’s biggest stars shining to their potential. In these moments, there sometimes has to be that other guy who is remembered, for  their entire lives, for less than good reasons. This is especially so […]

Barry Bonds and His Legacy

August 6, 2007

I remember watching from a hotel room in 2001, Barry Bonds record breaking season, seeing the Giant outfielder club two home runs against his biggest rival the Los Angeles Dodgers. That day in early October (the baseball season was delayed that year because of the 9/11 attacks) as I was laying on the couch attempting […]

It Should Have Been Griffey

July 19, 2007

Growing up, I remember staying at my Grandma’s house and looking for my Uncle’s old baseball cards. One day, through my travels, I found a little publication called the The Home Run Book published by one of the baseball card companies. The book profiled the top home run hitters in baseball history. Having devoured it […]

Philadelphia: City of Losers

July 17, 2007

Philadelphia is the city that birthed a nation, but unfortunately has a history of losing from there on out. At the dawn of America, the city of brotherly love was the largest and most prosperous city in the country. Then little by little that status was taken away. New York took the capital in 1789 creating […]

Kason Gabbard and the Sox New Farm

July 16, 2007

The Sox got their 3rd complete game of the season tonight from the least likely of sources. (Okay, I take that back. Julian Tavarez is still the least likely of sources. Can’t wait to see him back in the pen.) Kason Gabbard went the distance tonight, posting a filthy 9 IP 3 H 0 ER […]

Pirates vs Rockies: Entertainment?

July 16, 2007

First off let me introduce myself as a hockey fanatic from college to the NHL; however, I am from Pittsburgh. This means about five pirates games per year will grab my attention and I will watch the entire game. Tonight’s match-up against the Colorado Rockies was one of those five. I first turned on the […]

What A Career: The Long and Winding Road for Julio Franco

July 14, 2007

In 2004, I was fortunate enough to get tickets diresctly behind the Atlanta Braves dugout, at PNC Park for a Pirates game. They are by far the best seats I have ever had at a professional sports event. Towards the far side of the dugout from home plate, a group of three players and one coach […]