Category Archives: Baseball

Some Baseball History

American friends generally roll their eyes when I tell them that cricket is a much simpler game than baseball. Then I ask them to explain the Infield Fly Rule and their eyes glaze over. That, however, has a rational explanation. … Continue reading

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County Cricket – Down to the Wire

County cricket and nail-biting excitement are not terms that are generally used together. The County Championship is old-fashioned cricket played the way God intended before she realized that T20 games could be a whole lot of fun. Matches are played … Continue reading

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Summer Has Arrived

The baseball season is already underway. The San Francisco Giants opened their season in the snows of Milwaukee last week, where they did OK. Now they are safely back home at Emperor Norton Field and have registered two spectacular come-back … Continue reading

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Orange October – Mission Accomplished

Three in five. Absolutely amazing. Of course I remember all of those freezing cold nights with Kevin at Candlestick Park. I’d bring thermoses full of hot food and hot chocolate to keep us going. In those days the baseball media … Continue reading

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A Cricket Story for Americans

There is a one-day cricket match being played between England and Sri Lanka today in which an event took place that nicely illustrates some of the commonalities and differences between baseball and cricket. What happened was that the English catcher, … Continue reading

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Karen & Karen on Napier’s Bones

The promised episode of SF Crossing the Gulf focusing on Derryl Murphy’s novel, Napier’s Bones is now available for download. It is deeply spoilerific, but as usual Karen Lord and Karen Burnham have a fascinating conversation and I’m delighted to … Continue reading

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Again

And worth every minute of the lack of sleep last night. Especially as Kevin and I got to experience it together.

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In Training

Kevin and I are on vacation in South Devon. The primary purpose is to allow Kevin to ride lots of trains that he has not been on before. There may also be history and good food involved. It is a … Continue reading

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Perfection

I am, of course, absolutely delighted for Matt Cain, and for all of my Giants fan friends. This is right up there with winning the World Series. I so wish I could have been there, or at least have been … Continue reading

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Sports Documentaries

Over the weekend I finished watching a few DVDs I need to send to Kevin. Two of those were sports documentaries: Ken Burns’ Tenth Inning and Stevan Riley’s Fire in Babylon. Both are notable for using sport a a lens … Continue reading

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An American At Lords

A couple of days ago I was pointed to this long essay by ESPN reporter, Wright Thompson. He’d been sent to cover the England-India test match at Lords last summer, and found the experience fascinating. There is much good in … Continue reading

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Private IDAHO?

Today is IDAHO, the International Day Against HOmophobia and transphobia. Those of you versed in queer politics can doubtless already see where I am going with this. A day that should be spent fighting for human rights for all sorts … Continue reading

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World Series

‘Nuff said.

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World Series, Baby!

It appears I have a bunch of new readers thanks to a tweet by Cat Valente. Now I’m probably going to lose a bunch of them again by making a sports post. You know, I really shouldn’t be watching the … Continue reading

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Another Long Day

It has been another very long day in front of the keyboard. This time I have been working on the Wizard’s Tower Press website and on Salon Futura #2. I think I have everything sorted now, but I am very … Continue reading

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Go Giants!

Tim Lincecum wins the Cy Young Award! Nice to have some good news to report for a change.

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Beat LA!

1-0 victory in 11 innings. Oh, sweet!

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¡ Vamos Los Gigantes !

Kevin and I spent much of today up in The City at Emperor Norton Field. It was a good day to be there. They unveiled a new statue of Orlando Cepeda. Jose Feliciano performed the national anthem. And Los Gigantes … Continue reading

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Going, Going, er… Not Sure…

Instant replay comes to baseball. So far it is only for home runs, but I suspect the ability to challenge base running calls won’t be far behind. I’m tempted to make a joke about Bud Selig and Neanderthals not being … Continue reading

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Take Me Out…

… to the ballgame. It has been quiet here today because Kevin and I have been in San Francisco. It was a lovely day, and we had superb seats – right next to the left field foul pole. Amongst other … Continue reading

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