My First Loves Were A Glove and A Ballot.


Paul Blest on the Phillies, Barack Obama, and one incredible week in 2008.

Why They’re Not Listening to You


The 5 types of listeners in every meeting or presentation, and how to reach them.

After My Kid Learned To Walk, I Got Him a Wiffle Ball Bat. What Happened Next WILL BLOW YOUR MIND (A Satire)

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Michael Kasdan riffs on this week’s story about college sports teams recruiting eighth graders with this home-spun satire. Since when is potty-training a prerequisite for getting a scholarship commitment from Florida State anyway?

The Problem With 60 Minutes’ Report On Alex Rodriguez and Drugs in Baseball


A 60 Minutes interview with the man claims to have supplied Alex Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs shows that no one is serious about fixing baseball’s drug problem.

Where’s The Mentor Alex Rodriguez Never Had?

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Joe Rutland looks at the drama behind Rodriguez and how a mentor could have helped him navigate his life and career with more honesty and grace.

Off The Couch and Onto The Field: The Regular Guy to The Pros Stories That Inspire the Everyman

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Nothing quite captures the imagination and the connects the fans to sport, like that rare story of a comeback attempt or the even rarer tale of a regular guy unexpectedly coming from nowhere, from the realm of mere mortals – those who watch the game – to the playing field at the highest level.

The Dog Days of Little League

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Michael Kasdan wonders if we are molding our boys into well-rounded strong men—-or pushing them too hard, too fast, too young, into a win-at-all costs Hunger Games arena.

The Yankees Embrace Their Dark Side

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Despite losing Robinson Cano to the free agent market, the Yankees are doing what they always do—spend. Neil Cohen explains why they don’t really have a choice.

William Wants a Doll, So Why Shouldn’t He Have One?

Boys can have dolls, too.

Charlotte Zolotow brought us the story of William’s Doll more than 40 years ago. JJ Vincent looks at how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go.

A Phillies Fan Learns to Love the Sox

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Max White was a Phillies fan when he moved to Boston. This year he started rooting for the Sox. That’s not wrong, is it?

Dustin Pedroia is the Reason I Love Baseball


Jim Mitchem wants to talk about heart.

Love and Losing: A Bonding Story

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What is more important when picking a favorite sports team: tradition or location? Larry Bernstein shares losing, love, and baseball with his 9-year-old son.

Lessons From My Nephew’s First College Football Game

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John Kinnear’s nephew reminds him of what he used to know about spectator sports.

Who Will Win the World Series? Let’s Ask Dad

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Today is Game 1 of the World Series. We wanted to know if dads had any predictions, so Carter Gaddis asked them.



In the next in our series on athletes overcoming obstacles, Erik Crosier discusses one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott, the embodiment of achievement in the face adversity.

Lies and Athletes: Why Do We Care?

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They say to “hate the game, not the player,” but sometimes the players bring it on themselves. Carter Gaddis shares his views on athletes, integrity, and the lessons we are teaching.