Topic: Baseball

October 30, 2013

The 1977 TV movie Murder At The World Series offers none of the excitement of the World Series, and barely any murder. But it does offer notably more Intense Bruce Boxleitner acting and Houston Astros than any Fall Classic in recent memory.

October 29, 2013

The Cardinal Way we keep hearing about does not really exist in a tangible sense. It is just a way to understand baseball -- a lens like our own experience is a lens. The same goes for Red Sox Nation. 

October 29, 2013

Acting out, getting left behind and winding up too big for Little League is no way to go through life. A personal history from the rugged baseball diamonds of Billings, Montana, haunted by the baddest of the Bad News Bears.

October 28, 2013

The Cardinals are a very good baseball team, and their fans are very good fans. No one really argues with all that, but -- with the Cardinals back in the World Series and the Best Fans In Baseball back in the spotlight -- no one seems to like it much, either. What's so worth hating, here?

October 23, 2013

At it's best, it's ike following a real-time, real-life Friday Night Lights, right down to the appreciation of the mundane, the athletic struggles, the triumphs, irrational fans, obnoxious competitors and loving marriages.

October 15, 2013

It is not one of the more graceful visuals on offer in the game of baseball, but there is something stunning and beautiful -- something almost divine -- in watching Prince Fielder run and slide.

October 11, 2013

We are nearly out of baseball teams, and baseball season. To make the most of the (honestly kind of wearyingly predictable) teams left, let's look to the weird Corgi-shaped sluggers and try to ignore Tony La Russa's scowling ghost. Let's at least try.

October 10, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates season had to end eventually, and it ended on Wednesday night with the team helpless before Adam Wainright in St. Louis. At least it ends in, and with, some real hope. That's not a small thing after twenty years of nothing but hope.

October 3, 2013

A look at the disco-soundtracked, Al Michaels-narrated, endearingly batshit highlight video of the not-very-good 1980 San Francisco Giants. Part of an occasional series, hopefully.

October 2, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates won a game in the playoffs for the first time since 1992. It all felt a lot more natural than it should've. Let's try to be cool about this, somehow.