Author Archives: Dan

Bunting for a hit — the first hit

On Saturday, I went to the Lakewood BlueClaws’ game against the Rome Braves, a matchup of two sub-.500 teams with few top prospects in either lineup. The game started out great for Lakewood, with starter Victor Santos retiring the first 10 Braves to face him. And then Andrew Moritz, Rome’s No. 2 batter, reached on

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Rickey knows hot dogs

On April 25, 2000, I went to Shea Stadium with a group of friends to see Ken Griffey Jr.‘s first game there with the Reds. This was after he demanded trade out of Seattle but blocked a deal that would’ve sent him to the Mets, so you can imagine how he was received by the

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Doc Gooden was a wizard, at least according to the Mountain Goats

John Darnielle released his 17th studio album under his Mountain Goats moniker on Friday — In League With Dragons — and it comes with a theme: a pseudo rock opera inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. When I heard it described like that in the weeks leading up to its release, I wasn’t sure the songs

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A few words on Scott Sanderson

Upon hearing of the death of Scott Sanderson, I thought of this photo I took in June 1991 at Fenway Park. He went six innings, allowing one run to get the win (5-1, Yankees). About a week later, he was named to his only All-Star team. It was my first game at Fenway. The seats

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Going deep in three countries

When Tom Brady threw his first touchdown pass against the Raiders in a game in November 2017, CBS put up a graphic showing that he’s connected for a score in three countries: the United States, England and Mexico, where Oakland and New England were playing. That prompted this research.