Category Archives: Playing With Balls

Out At Home

Slouching at the bar, fingers caressing the rim of her sweating rock glass, smoke curling up from the cigarette between her knuckles as she frowns over her newspaper, retired sportswriter Vera Lu Senz is the portrait of feminine noir. Or … Continue reading

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Free Basing

Vera Lu Senz grew up in post-war Chicago, one of three girls and 8 boys in a family of working class Poles where uncles, aunts, cousins, and undifferentiated relatives lived on the streets and in the alleys, beat the crap … Continue reading

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Chicagapologists

Editor’s Note: Important to get this up before the game tonight to demonstrate my prognosticatory talent (True, I control the Delete button.) Cubs fans everywhere lately — you notice? They make great losers. It’s only when they rebirth themselves as … Continue reading

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Dress Code

The manager of the Toronto Blue Jays faced a backlash on Wednesday after saying players might have to “wear dresses” because umpires in Tuesday’s game enforced a new slide rule designed to take deliberate contact out of baseball. Complaining about … Continue reading

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Cuttin’ Hutton

The Marlins handed Tommy Hutton a pink slip, ending his 19-year run as color commentator. Hutton was articulate and well-informed, a straight shooter with a sense of humor whose love for the game came through clearly in his commentary. His … Continue reading

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Put Me In, Coach

It’s an off-night at the Liquor and Rubber Balls Sports Emporium and Muffler Bearing Replacement Center: in fact, the only customers are professional gambler Duck Diamonds and former sportswriter Lu Senz. This is not to say they’re the only people … Continue reading

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Pre-Post-Season

Between the end of baseball’s regular schedule and the first set of post-season competition there often occur rewarding developments for true fans of the game. Here are two: The Washington Nationals, favored by many cognoscenti to not only prevail at … Continue reading

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