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A Wild, Wild Deadline

The 2019 Major League Baseball trading deadline came in with a flurry and left like a tornado. Leading up to July 31st rumors were swirling all over the place, especially around the Yankees, whose pitchers were battered like a pinata over the ten days leading up to the deadline. They were knocked around at levels not seen since the 1930's Yankees. 

   That's going back "a bit of a while".

   The deadline rumors were so hot there was talk the Yankees and Mets might make a real trade, actually swapping starting players. The Mets and Yankees have never made a significant trade as each team is deathly afraid of being on the wrong side of sending Lou Brock or Nolan Ryan to a cross-town rival in exchange for players who end up coaching Division II baseball two to three years down the line. Read More 

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The Right, of Spring

   It was a beautiful, sunny, seventy-five degree Sunday afternoon as the 13u Go The Distance (GTD) Bulldogs, rostered with kids from Chester and Mendham, took the field at Gazebo Park in Chester for their second game of the year. While the boys were excited to be playing baseball after a long winter, they were especially thrilled as it was thirty degrees warmer than their home opener the previous Sunday, a game that was further dampened by a misty rain that fell during most of the seven innings. Running around playin' ball with your buddies, as God's great sun shines down, is one of the great joys of spring.

   Especially for a kid. Read More 

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Traditional New York

Last week I met my buddy Don for a burger and a beer at The Old Town Bar.  Having served its first pint in 1892, The Old Town is New York City's second oldest saloon, right behind Pete's Tavern (which opened its doors in 1864). The Old Town is a classic place, with large wooden booths, detailed carvings in the wall, a crooked staircase to upstairs seating, and the coup de grace of old NYC bars: a huge, five-foot-high tub-like urinal. A trough some would say. Read More 

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Chasin’ Ruben

There's nothing wrong with good, hard, clean baseball. It's admirable.  And expected. There have been enough recent examples of high paid ballplayers not giving it their all, that at times we yearn for some hardscrabble play. Almost all in today's game play the game the right way.   Read More 

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Thanks Yogi!

It has been said on a number of occasions upon the passing of a beloved parent, "When I think of my dad I smile.  All of the good memories come flooding back and it eases the sadness of his passing."

   I am one of the many to have been blessed with this experience during a difficult time. My dad passed away almost sixteen years ago and I still find myself smiling when I think of him. I imagine, and certainly hope, it will be this way for the rest of my life. Despite my dad not being here, it is a truly wonderful gift to have been given.   Read More 

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New York, New York

What a wild ride the New York baseball teams took their fans on over the last week. Both the Mets and Yankees thrilled their fans, making them feel like they were racing around hairpin turns and riding the fastest roller-coaster at their favorite amusement park. Read More 

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