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ESPN in Sarasota (3)

Feb. 26, 2015

ESPN visited Sarasota on Tuesday. Here are some photos from their day in camp, courtesy of Friend of the Blog Norm Schimmel.



















Buck Honored in Sarasota

Feb. 18, 2015

Sarasota County honored Orioles Manager Buck Showalter on Wednesday for being named the 2014 American League Manager of the Year. Baltimore loves Buck; Sarasota loves Buck.

These exclusive photos from the event come courtesy of photographer Norm Schimmel. 






Manager's Office - Sarasota

Feb. 6, 2015

Unloading day took place on Thursday in Sarasota. Here's a peek inside the stadium and the clubhouse courtesy of Norm Schimmel, friend of the blog. Thanks, Norm!

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Opening Day with Dad & G

Jan. 30, 2015

As I writer, I know the advice: Avoid cliches. That means I shouldn't write about fathers and baseball any more than I already do, and I certainly shouldn't pull out the line from Field of Dreams: "Hey dad, wanna have a catch?" I'm going to do both, and more, because as a writer I also understand that sometimes you have to break the rules. This is one of those times.

Nick Markakis Crosses Home (Sarasota 2014)

Dec. 6, 2014

Baseball memory is shaped by the stories we tell and the stories we are told. Hometown narratives favor longevity, especially in Baltimore, which places Nick Markakis in the gone-but-not forgotten category for perpetuity. So what then of Nelson Cruz? 

Sarasota (Winter 2014 - 1)

Nov. 24, 2014

Johnny Mathis has people thinking about Christmas; meanwhile, Norm Schimmel, my Sarasota connection, has me thinking beyond that. It's beginning to look a lot like Spring Training in Sarasota. 






















Oct. 20, 2014

Things looked a bit different during this year's League Championship Series, and not simply because the Orioles were participants in the American League. This was only the second time since 2004 (11 seasons total) that neither league's championship featured a team in the top five for payroll. 

Oct. 11, 2014

Mine was not a restful night. I hate losing sleep over anything much less a sporting event, but this was my reality following Game 1 of the ALCS as a long suffering yet suddenly hopeful Orioles fan. I felt nauseated early on in Friday night’s game as the O’s fell behind by four runs. I had trouble stopping my body from shaking after they escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth inning. By the end, I was numb.