Tag Archives: sports

A Mantra for Middle Age

Today, one of the luxuries of summer: a trip to a family fun center, decked out with video games, a go-kart track, and indoor batting cages. Even as I start to push 40, I can’t stay out of the cages. … Continue reading

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Are Moral Courage and Clarity Going “Incognito”? Bullying, Hazing, and Abuse in American Sports

This week, increasingly graphic and sickening reports of alleged abuse by Miami Dolphins’ lineman Richie Incognito against his teammate Jonathan Martin have emerged. I haven’t been able to get this report from espn.com, which I first saw yesterday, out of … Continue reading

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Season’s End

High school baseball seasons in New England are painfully short. This one began with deep snow in March and ended with heavy rain in May, washing out our last — and most eagerly anticipated — game of the year, against … Continue reading

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Keeping Score

Even though I quit playing organized baseball more than a decade ago, I still feel the same unruly, boyish intensity every time I’m near a field. Whether I’m coaching high school players or rooting for my own young kids, I … Continue reading

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Pastime

Roger Clemens, cartoonishly bloated, pitched a pro ball game in Texas this weekend. ESPN’s broadcasters, reduced to children, hawked it: 5o years old! … One of the greatest pitchers of all time! He came out sharp. The fans erupted. In … Continue reading

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Seventh-Inning Stretch

By the time I finish this post, UVA’s baseball season could be over. Oklahoma has them down 5-1 in the seventh, in an elimination game in Charlottesville. Even if the Cavaliers pull off a miracle tonight, they’ll have to beat … Continue reading

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