At the baseball stadiums, patriotism is always on sale
It’s Memorial Day weekend, the annual tradition in which sports teams and businesses can cash in on the sacrifice of soldiers.
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Baseball rearranges the deck chairs
Baseball doesn’t quite understand — or isn’t willing to understand — why many people have given up on it. Read more →
If you want to be a baseball player, you’ll have to work for free
There are just 19 days before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, but Major League Baseball is already in mid-season form when it comes to trying to stiff players who aren’t stars and are trying to make ends meet while pursuing a dream. Read more →
Twins ball-chaser: mensch or monster?
For a little less than a week, Jason Gabbert was the most hated person in Minnesota sports, based on the Star Tribune’s report of how the Minnesota Twins have banned him for a year for his aggressiveness in chasing foul balls in the nice seats behind the dugout.
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Has Joe Mauer had enough?
A few weeks ago, I wrote in this space that I thought Joe Mauer would be back next season, at reduced pay, because why not? I don’t believe that anymore.
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With a bottomless bank account that puts them at an advantage over almost every other team but the dastardly and vile New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and their fans are in no position to complain that someone’s trying to make a buck off their Eastern Division championship. Read more →
Here’s why watching baseball on Facebook should be the future
Baseball fans hate change. So there’s plenty of chortling among the purists because today’s game between the Twins and the Indians was limited to Facebook Watch — the rival to YouTube — rather than a traditional TV channel. Read more →
No respite from early-season cold for Twins fans in ’19
The schedule-makers for Major League Baseball should come visit Minnesota. If they would, they might understand why some Minnesota Twins officials are shaking their heads after looking at the 2019 schedule, which was revealed to the rest of us today. Read more →
Old tweets are a glimpse into men’s sports’ homophobia, racism
There is only one openly gay player on any professional men’s sports team in America — Minnesota United’s Collin Martin. That should tell you plenty about the climate for people who are gay in professional men’s sports because it’s a sure bet that there’s more than one gay man in all of baseball, football, hockey, or soccer.
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The big business of professional patriotism
At Target Field, there are no more openings this year to be the veteran that raises the American flag — the moment which sparks loudest cheers at a Twins game these days. The games are all booked up for the rest of the year.
It’s a nice moment, for sure, but does the continuing exposition of the military have some exploitation involved? Read more →
An update from Chicago, via the Chicago Tribune, settles the story of the guy at a game at Wrigley Field yesterday who appeared to take the ball from a kid in the first row. Read more →
If there’s still justice in the world, someone is tracking down this Chicago Cubs “fan”, who has no knowledge, we presume, of one of the rules of being a baseball fan: Give the kid the ball. Read more →
Brewers pitcher bitten by his own words
What was impressive was not only how quickly Josh Hader’s old tweets raced around the internet, but how quickly they raced around the stadium where the game was being played. Read more →
Should baseball coddle the distraction generation?
We’re only a month into the season and yet it’s hard to ignore the troubling signs for the game’s future. Read more →
Twins players criticized for complaint about bunting against ‘the shift’
The Minnesota Twins are finding themselves at the center of an ongoing debate in sports: Are baseball’s unwritten rules insanely stupid or just mildly dumb? Read more →