Opening Day

There is nothing like Opening Day in Major League Baseball.  This annual gathering of a community, bonded by a game that signals a start of a new year, the blooming of spring, and hopes of someone’s favorite team winning the World Series in the fall.  Paul Yeager, Becky Mollenkamp, Nick Renkoski, Liz Lidgett, Jason Gavin, … More Opening Day

Opening Day

  It doesn’t feel right at all this morning to be thinking of Opening Day. It’s Thursday for crying out loud! Baseball’s Opening Day was reserved for the first Monday in April.  The traditional first game in Cincinnati, the ceremonial first pitch by the President in Washington, and the Cubs and the Mets being “mathematically … More Opening Day

Rites of Spring

The four most famous words in baseball is “pitchers and catchers report.”  How fitting that the temperatures here in Iowa will reach the 50’s for most of the week as spring training 2011 begin in earnest today.  I could go on by waxing poetically about the grand old game that we call baseball.  But why … More Rites of Spring

An ambassador of summer: Ernie Harwell (1918-2010)

Forgive me this day as I write this without getting misty-eyed.  For those who do not follow baseball, or sports in general, Ernie Harwell passed away Tuesday evening from a year-long battle of terminal cancer.  Harwell was the long-time voice of the Detroit Tigers. Check that.  He was the voice of Michigan, Detroit, the Tigers, … More An ambassador of summer: Ernie Harwell (1918-2010)