Author Bio & Stories

  • In the latest of Robert O'Connell's sketches from baseball's last weeks, we find a weird and suddenly, tenuosly great team getting a great start from a strange place. It's October, you know.

  • The latest of Robert O'Connell's postseason sketches concerns a big swing that wasn't quite big enough, from a player who swings harder than just about any other.

  • The latest installment in Robert O'Connell's October sketchbook concerns John Lackey, October's favorite a-hole.

  • Throughout the postseason, Robert O'Connell will contribute brief sketches of brief moments from the last few games of 2014. Some of these moments will be important, many of them will not be, but only one (probably) will involve a man nicknamed Country Breakfast attempting to steal second base.

  • One year ago, in an otherwise unimportant game, a small drama played out between Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Dempster and baseball's stuffier storytelling instincts. The familiar PED hysteria was there. The difference, this time, was how it made the story so much more interesting.

  • July 28, 2014
    The A's Sell Out

    The Oakland Athletics were baseball's best team through the first half of the season, and recently mortgaged their future to get better. If this seems strange, you've probably read Moneyball. It was a good book, but we'd all do well to forget about it in this case.

  • In what's already looking like a lost season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Andrew McCutchen offers proof of another, brighter possibility, and a very different game.

  • April 3, 2014
    Nothing Better To Do

    The middle of the NBA, and the bottom of the playoff pack, is supposed to be the worst place to be. The Mavericks and Bulls seem not to care much, and have made doomed middle-class striving look downright dignified in the process.

  • February 26, 2014
    Ricky Rubio, Who Lives At Home

    As he approaches NBA maturity, Ricky Rubio is still one of the NBA's most inventive and dazzling passers. That, maddeningly and a little sadly, is still just about it.

  • January 17, 2014
    Marshawn Lynch, At Play The Clog

    In a league overcome and obsessed with its own importance, Marshawn Lynch is more than just one of the most productive running backs. He's a reminder that, under all that synergy and messaging, football is a game to play.