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29
Jan

Safe At Home

With one swing of Mike LaValliere’s bat, Steve Carlton’s days as a Philadelphia Phillie were about to end. With one snap decision of LaValliere’s managing mind, my days as a Pittsburgh Pirate might be over too. When the light-stick, all-glove, gritty eleven-year big league catcher took Carlton deep on a...
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26
Jan

Two Jews With a Left Arm

Sandy Koufax heaved a huge sigh of relief. So did The Baseball Encyclopedia for not having to print a new edition. For about a year, though, it looked like Koufax, the greatest Jewish pitcher of all-time, would slide down that list to only second best. It also looked like the...
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22
Jan

I Ain’t No Pipp!

Five months ago, almost to the day, I was lying a hospital bed fresh off shoulder surgery. Today, I just didn’t want to take any chances. So before manager Mike LaValliere and coach Chico Lind had a chance to choose their starting first baseman at the opening day of Pirates...
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21
Jan

The MOB

At high noon this afternoon, when Donald Trump agreed to become the 45th President of the United States, at that very same moment, I became a Founding Member of the MOB. No, no. Not the mob of Lucky, Bugsy, Nucky and Tony. I’m too late to be a founding member...
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10
Jan

Wheels Up

‘Beating the rush’ took on a whole new meeting late Monday night into early Tuesday morning in Tampa. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the last guy that wants to get stuck in a parking lot for two hours after a ballgame or event. It’s one of my three recurring nightmares...
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07
Jan

No Mas

“Go ahead and put your golf shoes on,” my wife said to me. Ah, that Andi Berger. Always looking out for me. Despite it being 19 degrees in Birmingham Saturday morning, with a wind chill of about nine, she wanted me to lace ‘me up. What guy wouldn’t give anything...
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01
Jan

My Fair Lady

On paper it seemed like the perfect plan. We haven’t been out for New Year’s Eve in probably a decade. Undoubtedly in our time together we’ve been there, probably done it and frankly we’re getting to old to revel until that wee hour of twelve. But Andi Berger had a...
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16
Dec

Late For Lunch

Does this stuff only happen to me? Can someone please tell me what’s happened to good old customer service and simple common sense. I had an 11:30 am lunch reservation today at our local Ruth’s Chris. It’s not a regular stop for me, but one I probably use three or...
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