Did you see the guy in the Batman underpants who leapt from the bleachers at Camden Yards on Opening Day and spent 63 seconds eluding justice on the outfield grass, his cape flouncing in the breeze, before a pile of policemen -- presumably in defiance of Commissioner Gordon -- finally tackled him in left-centerfield?
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- I arrived in Florida for spring training last week and the first order of business was visiting with Joe Corchran and Tommy McLaughlin, longtime clubhouse workers for the Boston Red Sox. The guys behind the scenes carry the institutional memory for every big league club, and time with Joe and Tommy is always time well spent.
BALTIMORE -- As perhaps the most revered Baltimore Oriole in history, Cal Ripken Jr. remembers well what it took to get there. But before he was a Baltimore icon, before he was an Iron Man, even before he was an established big leaguer, Ripken was a 21-year-old rookie mired in a horrific slump and unsure of how to get out of it.
In a front-page article in The New York Times, the architecture critic, Nicolai Ourussoff, expressed "disappointment" on behalf of "students of architecture," because the new Met and Yankee baseball parks don't embrace the modern but, instead, celebrate a "nostalgic vision."
The Tampa Bay Rays, on the verge of clinching their first AL East title, just got a little bit better recently when they called up their No. 1 overall draft pick from last year: left-hander David Price.
I awoke to an unexpected blanket of snow on Opening Day of the 1985 season. It was one of those Rockwell snowfalls, when winter in its last breaths hasn't the strength for anger any more. Boston glistened in the morning light, like a snowglobe on a windowsill. It was too pretty to last, of course, too fragile to hold back the changing of the seasons. Snowmelt would give way to baseball. It was as fresh a beginning as could possibly be imagined, especially for me, as I headed to Fenway Park for my first Opening Day as a baseball beat writer.
On Wednesday at Camden Yards, Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain made what could be his final appearance out of the bullpen, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Orioles in a 4-2 New York victory. With his first start set for Tuesday against the Blue Jays back in the Bronx, Chamberlain was more than happy to talk about his upcoming role as a starter, energizing his club and the energy that his new manager brings to the clubhouse.
Judging by the streams of fans flowing out of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, you'd swear the game had ended. The driving rains sent even the most loyal Orioles' supporters running to the shelter of their cars, or the cover of the nearest bar. But beneath her broken-down umbrella, Bernadette Scudder stood, waiting and wondering if the umps would ever call this game. She can't tell you the name of a player, the outcome of a single game or the Orioles' standing in their division, but no matter how late the hour, Scudder would see this, and every home game, through to its end.