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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FELIX GETS NASTY AS THE MARINERS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS IN A 2-1 OPENING DAY VICTORY AGAINST THE CLEVELAND INDIANS

“I hate to say it, but I think Felix is going to get shelled.” There was a part of me that agreed with my friend Mark as we stood in line at a hotdog stand outside Safeco Field. In the last two seasons, Felix Hernandez had started only 41 games and only 17 of those […]

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