Tongue-Tied

Sometimes, less is more. But not usually when you’re on the radio and there’ll be dead air if you don’t talk. In November of 2006, I got to announce my first college sporting event. I was a freshman at Saint Xavier University and was put on the call of their women’s basketball game for our campus radio station. Announcing games was half the reason I … Continue reading Tongue-Tied

Larry Walker or: How I Finally Gave Up and Stopped Trying to Determine Hall of Fame Qualifications

For the past three years, I have been leading the campaign to get Larry Walker into the Hall of Fame. The campaign has mostly involved talking him up to people who don’t actually have Hall of Fame votes, so you’d think it would be largely ineffective, but his voting totals have gone up every year since I started, so clearly I should take credit. With … Continue reading Larry Walker or: How I Finally Gave Up and Stopped Trying to Determine Hall of Fame Qualifications

WGN – Chicago’s Very Own Home for Baseball

When the White Sox and WGN announced that they had reached an agreement to broadcast all 162 games for the upcoming baseball season and beyond, I heard a lot of celebration that baseball is back on WGN after a three-year drought. But I also heard people express the oddness that it’s the White Sox they’ll be listening to on AM 720 and not the Cubs. … Continue reading WGN – Chicago’s Very Own Home for Baseball

2015-We hardly kne…you get the idea

[Originally published on wcthunderbolts.com in September, 2015] I confess I’ve seen a lot of baseball in my life. But I don’t remember ever seeing a stretch of games like the first 64 that the ThunderBolts played this year. Exactly two thirds of the way through the season, after watching this team play day after day for more than two months, I still didn’t know what … Continue reading 2015-We hardly kne…you get the idea

2013-We hardly knew ye

[Originally published on wcthunderbolts.com in September, 2013] On August 26 of last year, the ThunderBolts suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the eventual champion Southern Illinois Miners. They lost leads in the seventh and eighth and then dropped the game in the tenth. The loss effectively ended the ThunderBolts’ playoff hopes but it was the type of game, with a week to go … Continue reading 2013-We hardly knew ye