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12 Things Not to Yell at the Game

12 Things Not to Yell at the Game “12 Things Not to Yell at the Game” was originally published on this blog a little over a year ago. It has been retweeted and “liked” and shared as much as any post I have written. In addition, I have received feedback from youth league games all […]

Signs of Spring: Cherry Blossoms and Hope

Signs of Spring: Baseball and Cherry Blossoms “Pitchers and catchers report” is a sure sign of spring–somewhere–as baseball spring training begins again each February in Florida and Arizona. Credit Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s timeless classic “Casey at the Bat” for the magical phrase “…hope which springs eternal in the human breast…” Even Cubs fans, maybe especially […]

Coach Dave Season Two: Watch Party

A Different Type of Dialogue

Coach Dave Season Two: Watch Party “Watch Party” As soon as I entered the private room at Pasquali’s, I could sense the tension. This was my first all-stars wait party in Southburg, and I was hesitant to go. What good could come from the dads—and even some of the moms—of every twelve-year-old in the league […]

The Anatomy of a Blowout (and Its Life Lessons)

The Anatomy of a Blowout (and Its Life Lessons) The following scenario plays out time after time in baseball and in life. I call it the anatomy of a blowout. This is the story of a team that never seems to catch a break. In reality they have multiple opportunities to create their own breaks. […]

A Youth Baseball Complex That Players Deserve

The Youth Baseball Complex That Players Deserve What does the youth baseball complex that players deserve look like? The Little Fella and I pulled up to the mega-baseball complex, already impressed with what we had seen from the road. The fields were beautifully manicured and ready for the teams from various age groups beginning to […]

Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Practice Does Not Make Perfect Practice does not make perfect, no matter what the old baseball maxim says. Players don’t bat 1.000, even with a so-called “perfect swing.” I have been around baseball a long time, and I have seen some pretty sweet-looking swings–usually from lefties for some unexplained reason. Problem is, even the sweetest […]