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Fantasy Come True

Seventy-eight degrees and sunny. That's what it was that Thursday afternoon in November when I arrived in Tampa, site of the Yankees Fantasy Camp. That's what it was that Thursday afternoon in November when I arrived in Tampa, site of the Yankees Fantasy Camp. After checking into the Sheraton Suites where the campers were staying for the Monday through Saturday camp, I shuttled to George M. Steinbrenner Field (where the Yanks play during spring training and also the home of the Tampa Yankees, three levels below the major leagues), to join the camp in progress.

Another Season In The Books

Wow! What a finish to the 2011 baseball season. Even before the interesting seven-game World Series won by St. Louis, there was incredible drama in the final month.

‘Mancation’ In Cincinnati

Two months ago I told you about my "Mancation" (men only, we visit different cities, check out a ballgame and the shuls, etc.).

Hank Greenberg’s 25th Yahrzeit

It was Hank Greenberg's 25th yahrzeit recently and I said Kaddish for baseball's biggest Jewish superstar.

The Glories Of Pittsburgh

On one of those cable financial stations the other day, one of the talking heads was explaining the concept of "Mancations."

The Marlins’ Coming New Stadium And More

While there are great rates on fares to the Miami area this time of year, it's not a place most people want to visit in the summer, unless, of course, they have relatives or good friends to visit or a simcha to attend.

On Jewish Pitchers – And Some Departed Heroes

Jason Marquis became the first Jewish pitcher in 31 years to collect 100 career victories. Pitching for the Washington Nationals this year, Marquis (pronounced Mar-kee) earned his first big-league win ten years ago by beating the Mets at Shea Stadium while pitching for the Atlanta Braves. Jason, who'll turn 33 on August 2, has also pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies.

Random Thoughts A Month Into The Season

A local Orthodox attendance record was set at Detroit's Comerica Park on Sunday Chol Hamoed Pesach as an estimated 500 frum fans were in the stands. They saw a good game as the Tigers downed the White Sox 3-0 on a beautiful sunny day. Seven families from my shul returned with suntans and they reported many shuls were represented in all sections of the downtown ballpark, about a 20-minute ride from my dugout.

Baseball’s Back! Predictions For The 2011 Season

Every team has a bad week. Good teams, however, go through it less often. It all play out over the course of the season, so don't pay too much attention to where good teams are listed in the standings early on.

Baseball Shakes Off Its Winter Slumber

Baseball is back. And for the first time, half the 30 major league clubs are holding spring training in the Phoenix area.

The Man And His Book

In the four years-plus I've been writing this column, I've received many questions from readers. This month would be a good time to showcase some of the more popular questions and tell you of a book about an Orthodox Jew in the baseball field.

A Mighty Fine Feller

Bob Feller was stubborn and opinionated - and, I must admit, I didn't care for him too much at our first meeting over 30 years ago.

Hammerin’ Hank’s 100th

January 1 will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hank Greenberg. And Greenberg's 25th yahrzeit will be marked next August.

Hammerin’ Hank’s 100th

January 1 will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hank Greenberg. And Greenberg's 25th yahrzeit will be marked next August.

Wonderful Rick Ferrell

It's over 15 years since Rick Ferrell died, a few months shy of his 90th birthday.

The Greatest World Series Finish Ever

It was a half-century ago but I still have vivid memories of 1960. Television was still considered kosher and my favorite shows were mostly westerns.

Remembering Bobby Thomson

Those of us who were around then will never forget that afternoon 59 years ago.

Farewell To Four Baseball Legends

Ernie Harwell, Bob Sheppard, George Steinbrenner, Ralph Houk - four legendary men long associated with baseball, all of whom died during this baseball season.

A Chat With PR Maven Marty Appel

Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Thurman Munson, George Steinbrenner - these are just some of the magic names Marty Appel has dealt with and written about.

Non-Perfect Perfect Game

It's been all over the news. You had to be in solitary confinement not to hear about umpire Jim Joyce's blown call at first base that should have ended the perfect game by Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga against the Cleveland Indians in Detroit.

By The Numbers

While we're counting the Omer we'll also be counting Alex Rodriguez's homers. When the Yankees third baseman hits his 17th home run this season, it will be the 600th of his career. A-Rod, who'll be 35 in July, is a good bet to hit 800 career home runs - a number never yet reached by anyone - before he retires.

Postseason Picks

A huge Mets fan from Brooklyn moved to my town (Oak Park, Michigan.) and settled in a few houses from me. Walking home from shul the other day, he took issue with my picking, in last month's column, the Mets to finish fourth in the National League East.

2010 Season Preview

As we clean for Pesach, several players will be cleaning out their lockers after being released by teams paring down their rosters for Opening Day.

Spring’s Almost Here

With spring training almost upon us, our attention turns to Arizona (Cactus League) and Florida (Grapefruit League).

Spring’s Almost Here

With spring training almost upon us, our attention turns to Arizona (Cactus League) and Florida (Grapefruit League).

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