Category Archives: Playing With Balls

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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Lowballing the Fans

“Got something to show you for your blog,” Duck Diamonds tells me as I settle into a booth at the Liquor & Rubber Balls Sports Emporium and Headlamp Fluid Repair Shoppe. He’s got this little grin on his face, but … Continue reading

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