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.
Bryce Harper may well wind up as a generation-defining baseball talent, and is definitely one of the more interesting people currently playing the game. He's also a Mormon. Let's leave it at that, maybe.
Because it feels like home, and because it is enveloping, being a devoted fan of Major League Baseball can be an intensely comforting thing, especially when confronted with the unfamiliar. But, at some point, we all have to leave home.
On Opening Day, there's hope and promise and all kinds of other good things. Even for Pirates fans, if only for a little while. The first in a periodic series of diaries on following the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pete Gaines said something stupid on Twitter over the weekend, then spent the better part of the day being cyberbullied by a sure-thing first-ballot Hall of Famer and his online sycophants. This is his story.