About

I fell in love with baseball.  I fell out of love with baseball.  I fell back in love with baseball. 

Baseball is a lot like the other things that sustain me … especially my Yoga. For me, it all weaves together. It’s the stillness and the joyful slowness of this simple, not-so-simple sport that seems to have a lot in common with my Yoga mat.

Baseball was my Yoga, before Yoga was my Yoga.

Not as much spitting in 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.

 

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This is me, The Baseball Bloggess, on the mat.

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And in the bleachers.

the baseball bloggess takes a selfie

And, The Baseball Bloggess “as seen on” ESPN. (Is this how you take a selfie?)

I bleed Orange & Black. That’s for the Baltimore Orioles — loyal to the end. But, I was born on the other coast, so I have a teeny-tiny warm spot in my heart for the San Francisco Giants.

And, I bleed Orange & Blue and enjoy close-to-home baseball from our season seats in Section C 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. Go ‘Hoo’s!

I’m proud to be a member of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research, and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

The Baseball Bloggess has been recognized by Freshly Pressed for commentary on the history of vote manipulation in the All-Star Game (which is funnier than it sounds) and on the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball (which isn’t 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 might be the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me. (“Gee, your hair looks nice today,” is now a distant second.)

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 Orioles fans pretending to be Indians fans. It was filmed at Camden Yards; squint and you might  see me. I can’t, but maybe you will.)

I really appreciate that you took a few minutes to spend your 7th-inning stretch with 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.

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. 

My interview with Kay “Tubby” Johnston, the first girl to play on a boy’s little league team … click 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.

And, here’s The Virginia-Born Baseball Project, where Editor/Husband and I foolishly decide to visit more than 100 locations in Virginia, the birthplaces of every major league baseball player … start here. (Spoiler Alert: It’s going to take us forever.)

If you’re interested in straight-up Yoga talk (or want to stop by my Yoga studio in Orange, Virginia), visit www.peacefulhands.com

Leave thoughts here or email me at jackie@thebaseballbloggess.com

You seem nice. I hope you’ll follow along. An email sign-up is at the bottom of this page and on the homepage.

gloves

49 thoughts on “About

  1. I don’t know why this about page reminds me of my grandma, but it does. She, like most of the people within 300 miles of me is a huge Cardinals fan. When she’s at a game, you’re not to talk to her while she’s watching the action. It drives her batty when people are talking and not watching the game. She’ll give you $20 and let you keep the change leftover after you get her hot dog and Bud Light, though it’s gotten to be a lot less $ over the years. I too love baseball and took yoga in college because there was a 200-me girl to guy ratio. Lol. I look forward to reading your baseball posts.

    • Your comment has made my day! I think your grandma and I would get along great. When I lived in DC, I often went to Orioles games by myself so I could enjoy the game without worrying about entertaining my friends. I’ve since softened, although I most enjoy going to games with folks who like to watch the game. And, sometimes I don’t even bother to bring my scorecard. :)

      I’m so glad you found my page … I’ll check yours out too!

    • Thank you so much for reading my blog and for the kind nomination! It’s so great to find so many interesting writers who take the time to write … and read … and share good blogs with us all. I’ll be sure to pass on the honor to the other “super sweet” blogs that I enjoy … thanks again! Your blog is pretty “super sweet” too.

  2. Hello, nice to meet you. I’ve been travelling all around your blog. Loved the piece on the Dalai Lama, so get the connection between baseball (and cricket which I was raised on in Australia) and yoga. Love yoga. Love when we’re in a place long enough to get to go to some yoga classes. So don’t get baseball :)
    Thanks for visiting our blog and for following. Hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Namaste
    Alison

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Baseball is an acquired taste, I know, sort of like persimmons and Bob Dylan’s latest albums. :) But, it can bring great joy if you can find the sweetness in the stillness of the game. (Cricket and baseball have the same evolutionary “grandparents”.) You have a very beautiful blog and I look forward to reading more. Wishing you good travels (and many joyful Yoga classes) along the road!

      • I’m not surprised to hear baseball and cricket have the same “grandparents – there’s quite a few similarities apart from the pace. Didn’t get into cricket either even though my childhood house was full of it and we *always* played it on Christmas day. I live at a much slower, more present pace these days.
        Thanks for your good wishes. Same to you, and see you on the road!

  3. Hi,
    Hope you are having a sports filled day with the Olympics. I am glued to it.

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment.

    We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.  

    Best Regards,
    Harold

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  5. I love your blog! I’m not a die-hard sports fan – but I love going to St. Paul Saints games – they’re like 3-ring circuses – they let a pig run all over the field, and have a guy walking around on stilts. Once part-owner Bill Murray was running around doing crazy antics – the games are just fun. The field is parallel to a very active train line, and the announcer simply goes, in a very bored voice, “Train…” when the train goes by. I think it’s what baseball ought to be. I get the zen of the game though, and how Yoga plays into it… Your blog is very enjoyable and original!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m a big fan of minor league baseball, too … I love how hard the teams work to entertain everyone and fill every moment you’re at the game. The Richmond, VA Flying Squirrels (Double A) have their own team pig, too … he gets a ride around the field at every game. Maybe team pigs are the new/old “thing.” I love kitsch and low-tech goofiness … and minor league teams are so good at all that! Thank you for your kind words … and I hope our blogs cross again in the ether …

  6. What a Smorgasbord wonder of a profile. Falling in and out and back in love with baseball and it never holds a grudge against us when we crawl in through the cat hole drunk at 4 am….again and then again and again.

    I like your profile pictures as well. Wish I could do the splits like that, but as you suggest; “practice.” I couldn’t help noticing the beautiful leaves in the window; bright red and Orioles orange? so alive and maybe taken around World Series time? Also, you mentioned being a big REM fan. I think one of their members is now a member of the Baseball Project, rare the way they combine so much baseball lore and rock and roll.

    And what a great idea to include links to some posts so new readers like me can get started.

  7. I played baseball when in high school, loved it, everything about it. Then…I discovered surfing. Still like baseball, especially live in a stadium. And I’ve been doing yoga for many years. I absolutely love your avatar: baseball with ohm…seriously cool

    • I love that OM-ball too. I knew I wanted to find a baseball with an OM on it. When I found this image online I had to work a bit to find its “person”. She was very kind and let me use it. She’s a Yoga teacher in Chicago who plays baseball … so I got a sweet avatar and made a nice friend. Win-win. I’m glad you stopped by … I like your blog very much!

      • Oh…how very cool. Yoga teachers are cool people, she’s probably a good friend. I think I’m going to have someone Photoshop an OM sign on a peanut butter sandwich as my new logo…thanks for stopping by my blog

  8. Thank you for liking my post on the Orioles “The Rollercoaster Ride That Never Really Moves,” and it’s great to see you are an Orioles fan! Looking forward to more baseball talk (and the yoga too)!

  9. What a wonderful blog! I just found you after you found me, and the respect is mutual. I love the yoga-baseball analogy! As a writer I often compare baseball to writing–you fail two-thirds of the time. Keep on blogging.

    • Baseball always reminds me, if you just stand there and take all those pitches and never swing … you’ll never get a hit. So, here’s to the swings and misses that make the hits oh-so-much sweeter! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  11. You had me at your title. My child lives and breathes the game, thus by extension, so do I! There’s so much to love about baseball–I’m looking forward to reading all about your views here. Take me out to the ball game. . .

    • Thanks Wendy … so glad we crossed paths! A baseball game on a beautiful day (or night) tucked away far from the stress of the “real world” is my refuge. I always smile when someone finds me here and loves the game, too! :)

  12. Hi, Baseball Bloggess! With a moniker such as yours, I couldn’t pass your site up. Thanks to this Commenting Bootcamp, I have been able to expand my horizons and find other blogs and bloggers who have lots to offer. I have only had a chance to read your ABOUT page, but I’m glad I ran into you and will enjoy your other posts soon. The fact that you’re an AL fan immediately triggered a good feeling. And though I’m a life long White Sox fan (the Cubs are an irritant in my world!), the Orioles have always been one of my “other” favorites. How can they not be, after all, when I had the pleasure many times to see Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell, Jim Gentile, Mark Belanger, et al when they’d come calling at Comiskey Park! And I need not even speak of that great history of their pitching, or the antics of Earl Weaver, or how the O’s broke our White Sox hearts in ’83 after Tito Landrum found the left field upper deck on a gray autumn afternoon. But, that’s baseball, and probably one more thing that sets it aside from all the other sports: the unexpected! Anyway, your blog has raised some good feelings this morning, and as we watch our respective teams work through spring training, we find ourselves counting the days–and hours/minutes–to Opening Day. Best to you and those Orioles! :-)

  13. This seems wrong on a baseball post, but the yoga picture is amazing!
    LOL

    I was that kid who always picked out field and was usually drawing in the dirt when the odd ball came her way. I’m still that kid.

    • Leah … I’m the outfield girl too! I was always stuck in right field and spent much of my time there praying no one would hit it to me. I’m a much better fan!

      Thank you for the kind words about the Yoga photo. I’m much more at home on my Yoga mat (or in the bleachers) than out in right field! :)

  14. I have to tell you because I feel like you’ll appreciate this–as a prelude to opening day, the Milwaukee Brewers were out and about town today, dropping envelopes with a personal note from one of the players along with a voucher for 2 tickets to an upcoming game. Cool, right? Well, while at baseball practice this morning, one of the Brewers, Chris Carter, left an envelope on our windshield. My little one, ALL about the baseball, was so excited to be the recipient! Super cool! I tweeted a pic of him with the note/tickets, and the Brewers retweeted it. You’d think he won the lottery. Happy opening day!

    • Wendy … When I read your comment, I was nearly as excited as your son! (I may have even gotten a little teary-eyed, but don’t tell anyone.) What an amazing and wonderful thing and yet another reason why baseball is the best. (Sadly, the only thing on my windshield this morning may have come from an oriole … but not THE Orioles.) I’m a big fan of Hank the Dog, so best of luck to your Brewers. Happy New Year!

      • I told my husband and son about your referring to opening day with “Happy New Year” they both got a huge kick out of it. My baby has his first scrimmage of the season tomorrow & I plan on waking him up with Happy New Year!

  15. Say hey lady! Thanks for the follow on Twitter and the like on my blog! (in case anyone is wondering my Twitter handle is @OakAsSocksGrl <—- never above a bit of self promotion! Sorry! :-/ ) Anyway, I LOVE your "about me" description! I enjoy Yoga too although not as much as you but my favorite part was you saying, " the stillness and the joyful slowness of this simple, not-so-simple sport" – my boyfriend doesn't like baseball – says it boring but that's part of its beauty! It's not so simple, it's the small things that win games (most of the time) and it's a game of inches! To him it's not fun unless they score a lot of runs – a pitchers duel is so much better. I was at MLB's 19th Perfect Game in Oakland and that was one of the most beautifully cool things I've ever seen and Braden wasn't even just striking everyone out – it was a team effort but when it came down to the last out it came down to a full count on Gabe Kaplar and that at-bat was all Braden and Kapler – that last pitch was so "not-so-simple" – it was of course beautiful when Kapler grounded out to short but an inch in a different direction and it could've been a ball, ya know? Anyway, I am also in love with the ideas surrounding the blog posts you mentioned above! I can't wait to read them and I've known I need to be more creative more often on my blog and your posts are inspirational to another baseball writer and blogger!!! Thanks again for stopping by BBST and for the follow! I look forward to reading your stuff!! :-D

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jen. You emailed me back in April asking about blog metrics etc, and I emailed you back the next day. I just realized I never got a response from you. I hope you received my email and the information was helpful. Take care! I enjoy your A’s baseball perspective!

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog. I, too, like a good double play (I prefer a 5-4-3 as an ex-third baseman) and the serial comma, so we’d probably get along – even though I’m a diehard Pirates fan. (Since they’re AL anyway, I do root for the Orioles sometimes; in fact, I went to a snowed-out game a month or so ago – first time at Camden Yards and no game!) I saw some reference to the Dalai Lama in these comments and you posted on my Tibet photo, so I’d better go check on that connection somewhere in your blog!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! A 5-4-3 around the horn is a beautiful thing, too. I love a perfectly executed double play any way round! Your photos are beautiful. I don’t get much opportunity to travel far, so I’m especially grateful to the kind travelers who share photos and stories on their blogs. Yours are especially wonderful. :)

  17. I’m not sure I’ve ever loved baseball but I did enjoy it. I listened to a lot of Atlanta Braves games on the radio growing up. Before the good years. I remember hearing Hank Aaron break Babe Ruth’s home run record. Years later I met him after an Atlanta Hawks basketball game although he refused to give me an autograph. I’m sure it got old to him. But baseball has always been third in line behind football and baseball and as an adult I found it too hard to follow all three. Who knows though, one day…….

  18. Hey Princess ! I love your work ( Your Passion ) and I am working on getting my blog going …
    I LOVE BASEBALL ( BALTIMORE ORIOLES, SF GIANTS IN PARTICULARLY ) i AM 62 YRS
    YOUNG NOW and Started Following the Orioles when I was about 8 yrs. old ! NO BIG DEAL
    RIGHT ? :-) EXCEPT FOR THE FACT; That I was Born and Raised in Central Oregon … lol
    Now what kinda guy falls in Love with an East Coast Team when he lives in Oregon ? Well, I
    can’t really Answer that Question, other than the Fact that I Love Winners and I Hate the NY
    Yankees ! lol Well, then comes the Conflict of Picking ” Mickey Mantle, ” as my HERO … lol
    Anyway just want to get to know you Better and Learn more about Your Style and Work as
    WE, are both Into the Same Types of things in Life ! ie: Baseball, Yoga, I am also a Reiki
    Level 2 Healer, Massage, Reflexology, Poetry Writer, Painter and Retired … LOL ! Last of
    Five Kids and I have Battled Just about Everything ( Alcohol, Cancer, Degenerative Arthritis
    and Divorce ! )
    I Hope that this E-mail, Post, Comment … Will Open the Door to a New and Exciting Friendship
    with You … I will leave you with One of my Favorite Sayings that I think You Will Relate to …

    ” You Can’t Keep It – If You Don’t Give It Away ! ” What is, ” IT ” ? ” IT ” is LOVE …

    Thank You for Your Time Today …

    Namaste’ Baseball Bloggess

    • Thanks for stopping by, RD … it’s always nice to have other Orioles fans to cheer with. Birdland isn’t confined to Baltimore, so it doesn’t surprise me at all when fans hail from other places.

      It sounds like you were part of the lucky generation of O’s fans who were there to enjoy those first World Series victories. I’ve been to playoff games, but still looking forward to my first Orioles World Series. I’m keeping my calendar free for October … could be the year! (An O’s/Giants series sounds fun … the battle of Orange and Black!)

      • My Pleasure and I always consider it an Honor to meet someone like yourself
        that is Accomplished at what you do, Love the Positive Attitude and Your Energy is Awesome! I am a level 2 Reiki Healer and do Massage and Some Reflexology as well. Certified in the Reiki but not the Massage or Reflexology, I got into it
        when I was in College @ the University of Oregon about a Zillion Years Ago !
        lol ! I owned a Construction Company ( Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Business for over 30 yrs. ) What a way to use a College Education HUH ! lol

        It would be Awesome to see the Orioles and Giants Go at it in this Years World
        Series … Who Knows ? If that does happen and it is on my Bucket List – lol – I
        have it on my List to come to Camden Yards to watch a Game ! Camden Yards
        and AT&T Park in San Francisco are two of the Most Beautiful Baseball Parks
        that I have ever Seen … Now I just need to SEE Them in Person ! LOL ! I kinda
        Doubt that will happen and I will be Watching on my New Flat Screen Sony TV
        at Home …

        I really do Enjoy taking with You and it’s the Top of the 6th Inning Now and still
        Tied 1 – 1 at Camden against the Rockies ! Schoup is looking really Good at
        Second Base this Year; Now if we can just get our Pitching to Step it Up a Notch or Two ! LOL! Actually the Orioles have the BEST ERA in the AL EAST
        at this Time ! If It ain’t BROKE – Don’t FIX IT !! LOL !

        ” GO ORIOLES !! ”
        R.D.

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