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A beautifully simplistic evening at Wrigley Field

Safeco Field has a lot to offer even if the neighborhood doesn't, but it's nothing like the stripped-down experience at Wrigley Field and the surrounding area.

The Cubs Make Me Drink: A Photo Essay

During this opening series, I personally witnessed three drunken face plants, saw a couple smoking weed in Terrace Reserved, a video of Billy Cub and a bar patron fighting, and watched girls make out at Wrigleyville's "The Dugout."

An ump's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

It might have even been worse than you imagined.

Keeping score at home

Every fan should know how to keep score in a scorebook during a game. HookSlide shows you how it's done.


You'd think the Phillies would be celebrating the final years of one of the team's best, most loyal, most entertaining players ever. You'd be wrong.

The Sighing Gut Punch: My Cole Hamels Emotions

In which I uncover some challenging, confusing feelings and advocate being punched in the gut.

Robinson Cano and the lineup protection myth

There's an increasing amount of chatter that says the Mariners have to "protect" Robinson Cano in the lineup or his offense will be wasted. Don't fall for it.

Inspiration Over Calculation

Josh Reddick may never amount to much in right field. Before he makes an All-Star game, or signs the BIG contract, he may end up skewered on a foul pole or grated by a chain link fence somewhere....

The End of the Run as We Know It, and I Feel Fine

I am confident the Phillies are going to be pretty bad this year. And I can't wait for the season to start.


Josh Donaldson vs. a Curveball

How do hitters adjust to different pitch speeds? Let's find out.

Salary arbitration: A necessary evil

We take an inside look at the salary arbitration process through those who have experienced it on both sides. Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers reached a contract agreement last week, making seven straight years the club has avoided a hearing.

The Royals rotation in gross hyperbole

They're alright.

Reflections on growing up with Jeter's Yankees

I have never watched the Yankees without Derek Jeter on their roster. Next year, that will all change.


Boy, I'm sure you were wondering when I would write about myself. Aren't you lucky ...

On baseball teams and windows

We talk a lot about windows for contending baseball teams, so let's define the term a little better.

The timeless Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner didn't just turn back the clock. He made it seem there was no clock at all.

The Business of Billy

The world continues to speculate about the Moneyball witchcraft of Billy Beane. What is his magic formula, on-base percentage? Fly-ball percentage? Eye of newt? Hardly. For 16 years, and counting,...

Process 2014: The Dayton Moore Timetable

As we inch ever so closer to the most anticipated Royals season in a generation, KC Star columnist Vahe Gregorian asks a question that has been much on my mind recently: If not now, when? We may...

The other Bogaerts brother: The journey of Jair

While Xander Bogaerts has already won a World Series, Jair Bogaerts is ready to take on the challenge of succeeding in the competitive world of sports agency.

Microbaseball: The 2-sentence baseball story

We asked some SB Nation regulars to come up with the best baseball stories they could -- so long as they didn't exceed two sentences.

The dangers of dismissing the Steroid Era

Attempting to invalidate the history of the last 25 years risks alienating the fans who enjoyed it

More thoughts about Barry

You didn't ask for them, but here they are. Barry Bonds should be in the Hall, dammit.

Why the Hall of Fame doesn't matter anymore

The Hall of Fame should be great, but there is too much standing in the way for that to happen these days.

What shall we tell the children?

Another column written by a Hall of Fame voter, and yet another missed opportunity to convince us that players of the Steroid Era had unique character flaws that must now be addressed by Hall of Fame voters. I still have an open mind, though!

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