June 18, 2019

The End of Perfection?

Only the hardest-hearted Boston Red Sox fan is cheering this weekend. On Thursday night, one of the most consistent, awe-inspiring, likeable and admirable players in baseball history suffered an injury that may end his stellar career. Veteran New York Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera tore his ACL while chasing a fly ball in batting practice before […]

A Special Day in Baseball

From a Major League Baseball press release last week… Major League Baseball is commemorating Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday, April 15, 2012 with a League-wide 65th anniversary recognition of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking the game’s color barrier in 1947. To highlight this special occasion, all players and on-field personnel will once again wear […]

Kevin and Tommy

Back in the day, I was a Little League coach. I remember one year when I had 7-8 year olds. I was a new coach, and that fact plus a bad draw in the draft left me at a disadvantage. I ended up with only 10 players. Two of them were autistic boys. Kevin was […]

Game or Practice?

I have many friends in local baseball community. Many of them go to church. Some of them find it boring. I’ve had several conversations with a acquaintance who goes to the Roman Catholic Church. He did not grow up Catholic, but his wife did, and they agreed to participate in the congregation as a family, […]

Wait No More!

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. • Rogers Hornsby   • • • Photo from Shooting from the Hip by Chicago Tribune Photojournalist Scott Strazzante

Fifty Years Ago

By Chaplain Mike 1:46 pm. October 1, 2011. One of the greatest feats in baseball history was accomplished at 1:46 pm on October 1, 1961, as Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single season record. That’s when Maris walloped his 61st home run at Yankee Stadium in the year’s final regular game. A dramatic race for […]

A Good Weekend

NOTE: Sorry it took me awhile to get to comments and clean out the spammers today. If your response comment got deleted, it’s because the whole thing was just too weird to try and explain. Sigh… What is your definition of a “good weekend”? How about this? I traveled to my favorite city in the […]

iMonk Classic: The Long Dark Night Is Over

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 26, 2008 Note from CM: In honor of the opening of the baseball season, and in remembrance of Michael Spencer’s love for the game, we present this classic post today. “Baseball is not really as much a sport to me as it is an alternate universe where […]

Seven, and It’s Summer

By Chaplain Mike In the wake of last night’s baseball All-Star game, this simple reminiscence. It was one of those perfect summer mornings. I was seven years old, a child in the great Midwest, looking forward to another fine day of riding my bike, playing ball, climbing the old weeping willow in our back yard, […]

Reds Roundup–Oh Were Those Good Ribs!

The first annual Internet Monk Day At The Reds was a rousing success! Well, except for the fact the Reds lost to the Kansas City Royals. (Did you know everything’s up-to-date in Kansas City? They’ve gone about as far as they can go…) The Reds’ bullpen melted down in the seventh and eighth innings, no […]