Category Archives: Baseball

My Orioles usually make only one trip to the Bay Area per year.  And I catch as many games as I can.  This year that meant all three.  The bad news is that the MLB-best A’s took two of three from the Birds.  But I definitely enjoyed both the drama and the lighter moments: Britton blowing a 2-run lead in the bottom of the ninth on a  3 run walk-off by J. Donaldson; Brady Anderson making an appearance and sitting two rows in front of me; an O’s fan who (SOMEHOW?!) managed to locate, purchase, and don a Harold Baines jersey to Saturday’s game.  Classy.  I want one.  And Manny.  Wow, do they hate Manny.  Fair enough.  He earned it.  But it was so super-sized awesome when he lit into a fastball for a home run amidst the deafening boos. “Something magic happens…every time you go.”



















I spent the middle part of last week in St. Louis, working and visiting good friends.  Oh, and taking pictures.  It was 85 glorious, sunshiny, humidity-free degrees for the entire trip.  Here are a few from Wednesday’s 2-1 Cardinals victory over the Houston Astros, including an impromptu shoot of Casey done by the light of one bank of fluorescent bulbs underneath Busch Stadium.  Good thing John showed up to take us home when he did, because, despite the class and restraint shown in these pics, Casey’s modeling “style” had the Cardinals staff in stitches.  I’ve obviously filtered the results to protect the silly (that would be me and Casey).

An young autograph seeker waits patiently above the Cardinals dugout…

Hunter Pence preps for batting practice…and posing, I guess.  Jackie (on the right, of course) and her mother, age 90, sit next to the Cardinals dugout and haven’t missed a home game in three seasons.  I spoke with them for a few minutes, and they were just fine posing for a picture (or 5).  John, the teams Assistant GM, actually knows them, although he doesn’t remember singing happy birthday to Jackie’s mother with the other 46k fans last June.  I’m more and more impressed with the Cardinals fans and organization every time I visit.

Fro a second, I thought this dude was Rick Dempsey, former Baltimore Oriole and 1983 World Series MVP.  Alas…nope.

David Freese, Cardinals 3rd baseman (Jackie told me who he was), made some kid happy.  As Freese walked away, the kid’s dad asked, “Who was that?”

Fluorescent Casey…