STAIRBALL

Ballard, Seattle.   Grandpa and Grandma bought the old house for nothing in the 1930s and raised their four kids in its two bedrooms. I spent a lot of time there, a lot of time with grandma while mom and dad divorced and worked all day.   By nine-years-old, I loved baseball—Baseball cards, baseball gloves, […]

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 THROUGH NO FAULT OF HIS OWN, FELIX LOSES AND I GO HOME TO WATCH FIELD OF DREAMS AND CRY

My father has the tendency to over congratulate mediocre things. For example, he often goes through a play-by-play of his day with me over the phone, and it usually includes his stop into McDonald’s for a cup of coffee. “Their coffee is really good,” he says. Is it actually REALLY good? I’m not saying their […]

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THERE’S NO NOSTALGIA LIKE MARINERS NOSTALGIA: WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE ICHIRO SIGNING

Although the Mariners brass swears up and down that the procurement of Ichiro Suzuki was solely a pragmatic decision, the move reeks of nostalgia and has left many Mariners fans in a crisis of future success versus memory. The best case scenario is he’s meant to be a short-term solution for an outfield in need […]

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TENSION WITHIN SPACE

About twice a season my fiancé, Liz agrees to join me at the ballpark. The agreement doesn’t come easily and without its caveats; usually, the proposition isn’t settled before the promise of hot dogs, beer and Dippin’ Dots is established. Every summer we replay our first baseball compromise, The Great Safeco Compromise of 2014 when these […]

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