FOR THE LOVE OF . . . PART 2

 FOR THE LOVE OF . . . PART 2 So now we know.   Maybe.   Sort of. Did Max Scherzer sign the second richest pitching contract in history for the love of money or to win a ring?   Or both?  One thing we do know, another team had to offer $66M more than Detroit to make…

By Dan Freedman January 24, 2015 0

FOR THE LOVE OF . . .

FOR THE LOVE OF . . . What do we want from our athletes?  What is – or should be – their driving force?  They play for the love of . . . what, exactly? From a young age we are taught – we are told – it is “all about the rings”.  I remember…

By Dan Freedman January 8, 2015 0

HOPE

HOPE Hope is a dangerous thing. We as fans – and as fathers – often fall victim to the curse of “hope”. We hope that our team will win the World Series; we hope that we get that raise or sign that client; we hope that our kids grow up healthy and happy.  And somewhere,…

By Dan Freedman November 26, 2014 0

112

112 In early March, we headed to Arizona (and some headed to Florida) and watched PFP on side fields.  We sat on the grass and drank cold beer in the warm late-winter sun.  We harangued superstars, has-beens, and never-will-bes for autographs and baseballs.  We got our juices flowing, then they “headed north”. For seven months…

By Dan Freedman October 30, 2014 0

IT’S ONLY JUST A GAME

IT’S ONLY A GAME The tragic and shocking news of Oscar Taveras’s passing on Sunday cast a pall over Game 5 of the World Series.  Buster Posey, the potential new face of baseball had this to say:  “My first thought was, ‘This game is not that important.’  I mean, we make so much about the…

By Dan Freedman October 28, 2014 0

THAT JUST CAN’T HAPPEN

THAT JUST CAN’T HAPPEN  Over the past few years, I have seen my son strike out looking with runners on base in late innings situations.  And each time I have the same response: “that just can’t happen”. I coach my son’s travel team, and I find myself saying, on a weekly basis, after one pratfall…

By Dan Freedman October 10, 2014 0

THROW BACK MONDAY

THROW BACK MONDAY The cycle of life.  Everything that’s old is new again.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Every dog has its day. I awoke this morning and went deep into my closet to pull out my Guess flap-pocket jeans. They were right next to the double-collared Izod shirt and…

By Dan Freedman October 6, 2014 0

October Madness Begins (in September)

Yesterday was the tipping point.  Actually, Tuesday night got me to the edge, and Wednesday my colleagues pushed me over the edge.  I had to start writing. Bill Simmons started his “Boston Sports Guy” blog in the 90s to give a “regular fan’s perspective” on sports.  He has never avoided his biases nor held his…

By Dan Freedman October 3, 2014 0