Archive for June, 2009

When I was a kid, growing up in Sacramento, I went a couple of summers to a baseball day camp hosted at Sacramento City College. Designed for elementary school-aged children and led by the City College players, the camp let us focus on fundamentals, filming our batting stances, having us hit against pitching machines, and […]

The Joe DiMaggio Standard

Posted: 27th June 2009 by Graham Womack in MLB

I remember a time when Shaquille O’Neal was the most-feared player in the NBA, a 325-pound locomotive, good for about 30 points, 20 rebounds and a wrecked backboard on a standard night.  The only way to stop him was to foul him and hope his shooting from the line was off as usual.  I grew up in Sacramento as a […]

A Ricky Romero story you haven’t heard

Posted: 26th June 2009 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized

I’ve mentioned on here before that I saw current Toronto Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero pitch a couple times in college, when he was with Cal State Fullerton.  Here’s a story about him that I doubt too many people know. I saw Romero pitch for the first time his freshman year six years ago, when […]

Baseball saves the day. Again.

Posted: 25th June 2009 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized

I am now in Week 4 at my new job, continuing to cold call businesses to pitch my firm’s service.  I was on the phone yesterday with a spa owner in Eureka Springs, Arkansas when a thought occurred to me. Arkansas has long been famous for its natural hot springs, and baseball teams used to […]

Know your Giants

Posted: 18th June 2009 by Graham Womack in MLB

I went camping recently in Northern California with a group of friends.  While on the trip, one of the girls told me she was a big San Francisco Giants fan.  I smiled.  I like women who can drive stick, shoot pool, and watch baseball.  I would like nothing more than to find a girl to […]

Damnit, I want to be on ESPN

Posted: 11th June 2009 by Graham Womack in MLB

So it used to be I had a nice, quiet, little blog, where I could write odes to baseball, offering cute anecdotes and historical references.  No one paid all that much attention, but I accepted it as the norm for a new sports blog.  I mainly wanted the chance to write about sports, moreover baseball, on a regular basis […]

Oh, you’re not that Rick Burleson?

Posted: 10th June 2009 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized

I recently started a new day job in Berkeley, California.  Unfortunately, I can’t make all my money as a baseball blogger/historian.  Thus, I pay the bills doing sales work and have recently begun a position as an account executive for an Internet start-up in the East Bay.  In a given day, I’ll cold call upwards […]

A bar I used to drink in

Posted: 4th June 2009 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized
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When I was a kid, growing up in Sacramento, I used to often visit a baseball card shop downtown.  It was two doors over from a building whose sign was a large, glowing baseball with the words, “Joe Marty’s” emblazoned over it.  I used to wonder what the place was.  As a baseball card junkie […]

Before they were famous: Garrett Olson

Posted: 2nd June 2009 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized
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I started covering baseball my sophomore year of college at Cal Poly and the first series I attended, a freshman southpaw making his debut drew my attention.  Pitching long relief against Loyola Marymount, the hurler was a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable game.  Before long, he earned a spot in the starting rotation and eventually, he became a compensatory first-round […]