Review: Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles

Once in a blue moon a rare book comes along that touches you so much you feel as if it may have been written just for you. That was the rare sensation of joy I got when reading Stacey May Fowles’ new essay collection Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game that Saved Me. The book bears…

Review: Brockmire “Rally Cap”

There is nothing like a well-called baseball game. In this era, when so many announcers are former players brought in for chuckles and color commentary, there are fewer and fewer true “team voices.” Vin Scully has called his last Dodgers broadcast (we can hope he might come back for a World Series run, can’t we?),…

Review: The Only Rule is it Has to Work

Everyone with even a peripheral knowledge of baseball knows the basic premise of Moneyball. Both the book and the movie were hits, the latter even garnering a best picture nod. The story of Billy Beane’s desire to shape a winning team around the use of sabermetrics brought the notion of OBP to a much wider audience….

Review: Pitch – “Wear It”

Note: this review contains spoilers for all currently aired episodes of Pitch. Pitch changed things up a bit this week, narrowing the focus on Ginny’s struggle with her sudden fame, rather than her interactions with the team. The flashback scenes as well were from the same week as the bulk of the episode. Ginny, it…

Review: Pitch – “Alfonzo Guzman-Chavez”

Note: this review contains spoilers for all currently aired episodes of Pitch. I’ll give Pitch this, they certainly know about the ebbs and flows of the real baseball season. Following the All-Star Break (early July), this episode is all about the trade deadline (July 31). Everyone in the Padres clubhouse is on pins and needles leading…

Review: Pitch – “The Break”

Note: this review contains spoilers for all currently aired episodes of Pitch. It’s the All-Star break in San Diego. With only one player–Mike Lawson–expected to be on the roster, Ginny and Blip have made their own plans for the annual week-long summer break from baseball activities. Blip, who has never been named to the team, will…

Review: Pitch – “Beanball”

Note: this review contains spoilers for all currently aired episodes of Pitch.   Last week I asked “What was up with that final scene between Mike and Amelia?” and my question was answered in the opening frames of episode three as we pan over their discarded clothing and find the two enjoying a nice morning…

Review: Pitch – “The Interim”

Note: this review contains spoilers for all currently aired episodes of Pitch When we last saw Ginny Baker, she was coming off the high of her first win, only to have the clubhouse fall apart in fisticuffs (or, to use my most beloved baseball term–donnybrooks) over animosity about her presence. We also learned, in the shocking…

Review: Pitch – “Pilot”

The premise of Fox’s new fall drama Pitch is simple: what would happen if a woman became a major league pitcher? As excited as I was about the trailer and the concept, I had misgivings when I originally heard about the series. Would the writers play fast and loose with my beloved sport, bending logic to…