The Baseball Bloggess “is a blend of baseball talk and yoga talk. It’s akin to the old ‘Car Talk’ show on National Public Radio that was part auto mechanics and part philosophy and life counseling.” ~ The Baltimore Sun, 2018
Blogging is “the pole dancing of sports journalism.” ~ Frank Deford, the late sportswriting legend.
It’s Yin and Yang, this sports-blogging thing. In my defense, pole dancers work very hard and stay very fit, two things I also try to do. As for the life counseling? Let’s try it … “You seem nice. Why don’t you quit doing the things that make you unhappy, and start doing the things you love?”
Which brings me to … me.
I fell in love with baseball. I fell out of love with baseball. I fell back in love with baseball. (But, I never fell out of love with writing.)
I tell my friends this: Baseball was my Yoga, before Yoga was my Yoga.
It makes sense to me anyway. And, if I just made you roll yours eyes, I’m ok with that.
There’s not as much spitting in Yoga. Advantage: Yoga.
But, both baseball and Yoga … always seeking a path to home.
(This deep, inspiring stuff? I’m just messing with you.)
But, I do love that baseball and Yoga each demand patience, focus, balance.
This is me, The Baseball Bloggess, on the mat.
And, in the bleachers.
And, The Baseball Bloggess “as seen on” ESPN. (Is this how you take a selfie?)
I am a Baltimore Orioles fan — in good times and bad. (Mostly bad.)
As The Baltimore Sun wrote in 2018, as the O’s were wrapping up their horriblicious 115-loss season: The Baseball Bloggess “in zen-like fashion, has managed to find the elusive sweet spot between passionately caring about the Orioles without being unhinged by their repeated failings.”
“Without being unhinged.” Remember that.
I also enjoy close-to-home baseball from our season seats at the University of Virginia. I’ve seen a lot of baseball over the years and some of the best, most exciting, and inspiring baseball I’ve ever seen has been at UVa. In 2018, UVa’s park was renovated … (Thanks, R yan Zimmerman!) … the old bleachers are gone and we now sit in comfy blue seats. It’s quite luxurious. Come say hi!
I’m proud to be a member of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research, and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of American.
The Baseball Bloggess has been recognized by Freshly Pressed for commentary on the history of vote manipulation in the All-Star Game (much funnier than it sounds) and on the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball (not funny at all).
In October 2016, The Baseball Bloggess was named a Discover Blog for writing about “the game and its rich history with a mixture of deep knowledge and humor.” This could be the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me.
Plus, this blog has been called “fun” by Forbes Magazine. Seriously. Forbes.
And, if I haven’t proven my baseball bona fides to you yet … you can find me in the crowd scenes in Major League II. (I’m one of a couple thousand Baltimore fans pretending to be Cleveland fans. Squint and you just might see me.)
Here are some things you’ll find on here:
Posts on the Baltimore Orioles are here.
Posts on the University of Virginia Cavaliers are here.
A bunch of quirky baseball history, from Babe Ruth and Willie Mays to those cup-of-coffee players who played in just one big-league game … click here.
My five-part series on some of baseball’s most unusual Spring Training locations, from Catalina to Shreveport to Charlottesville, VA … click here.
The myth of Buttercup Dickerson … click here.
And, the Virginia-Born Baseball Project, where Editor/Husband and I foolishly decide to visit more than 100 locations in Virginia, to pay our respects to the Virginia birthplaces of every major league baseball player … start here. (Spoiler Alert: It seemed like a good idea at the time, but covid has slowed our wandering waaaaay down. Like a slow, rambling, extra-inning game, it’s going to take awhile.)
Want to stop by my Yoga studio in Orange, Virginia? Visit www.peacefulhands.com
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